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Breakout Session / Tuesday / October 11, 2022 / 2:30 PM

How to Culturally Inspire Your Workers to Give More Effort

With rising food and menu prices, supply chain delays and shortages, and major staffing concerns, restaurant operators are spending more time and effort than ever on managing operations. But what if their employees could share the burden?

This session focuses on giving organizations the tools and actionable tips needed to culturally inspire hourly employees toward the discretionary effort needed to rise above the challenges facing the foodservice world.


John Pepper | Founder | Boloco
John Pepper is co-founder,CEO and Chief Worker Advocate of Boloco, a New England-based restaurant chain founded in 1997 focused on serving delicious modern Mexican inspired food as a tool for improving the lives and futures of its workforce. Recognizing Boloco’s work in advancing the interests of workers in the typically low wage restaurant industry, John won the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in New England. Boloco also became a Certified B Corporation in 2016 for its long-time commitment and achievements in social and environmental initiatives. Beyond Boloco, he is Senior Advisor - Innovation & Investing at Founders Table (Chopt/Dos Toros, Sweet Chick, Fieldtrip) and co-founder of Worthee, an early-stage software platform focused on providing hourly workers feedback and data to help them rise and thrive. He also invests in and advises early stage restaurant tech companies and promising consumer brands through, with over 20 portfolio companies since 2014.
Steve Schulze | Co-Founder & CEO | Nékter Juice Bar
Now with more than 170 locations, another 200 in development and $100 million in systemwide sales, Steve Schulze, as CEO, has grown Nékter Juice Bar into the clear leader and pioneer of the $2 billion juice bar industry. Founded in 2010 upon a promise to reinvent a restaurant category that had lost its way, Nékter Juice Bar has been a catalyst for change, vowing ingredient integrity and authenticity across its menu of 100% freshly made, nutrient-rich and entirely clean juices, Superfood smoothies, acai bowls, cleanses, and a variety of healthy snacks.

Jordan Ekers | Co-founder & COO | Nudge, an Axonify company
Jordan Ekers is co-founder and COO of Nudge, the top-rated frontline enablement solution that empowers workers with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to execute consistently and confidently every day. He’s worked with many of North America’s leading retail, foodservice and hospitality brands to design transformative approaches for executing the brand promise and empowering frontline teams. Jordan is a Forbes Council Member as well as a guest on BNN Bloomberg.
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