Restaurant Executive Conference

Annual Event hosted by Business, Management and Legal Programs at UCLA Extension


Our Annual Conference was held on Tuesday, April 4 , 2023. 

For more information about the 2023 event, award recipients, and sponsors please see below. 

Details regarding next year's conference will be provided once available.

24th Annual Conference

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What's the Future?
Recovery, Reinvention, Renewal

UCLA Extension’s Annual Restaurant Executive Conference is a one-day conference which provides a unique, non-competitive forum for restaurant owners and executives. Programming includes the insights of industry experts, with opportunities to learn, network, and be inspired.

This conference is ideal for restaurant owners and operators, service industry professionals, lawyers and real estate developers.

What you can expect:

  • Attend high-quality keynote presentations and panel discussions to learn the latest trends and practices surrounding restaurant industry issues 
  • Speakers include top industry professionals
  • Convenient, day-long format held on the UCLA Campus which includes continental breakfast, luncheon, and evening reception
  • Networking opportunities with leading industry professionals

The Restaurant Executive Conference is a “must attend” event, featuring world-class speakers and deep insight on the most significant industry trends and issues. Spanning a single day, it's perfect for busy executives to catch up with peers while learning the latest thinking on critical industry concerns.

Anna M. Graves
Conference Chair; Partner & Co-Leader of the Restaurant, Food & Beverage Group, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Anna Graves Restaurant Conference Chair

See You Next Year!

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2024 Date TBA

This conference is ideal for restaurant industry operators, owners, investors, supply chain, and professional advisors; labor experts (attorneys, staffing companies, and HR professionals); technology companies (restaurant automation and technology); and real estate (developers, commercial leasing agents)


Sam Fox

2023 Innovation Award Recipient

Sam Fox, Founder, Fox Restaurant Concepts and Author & Edit Hospitality

This year’s Innovation Award recipient is Sam Fox, the Phoenix-based restaurateur and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts who has been nominated 11 times for the James Beard Award as Outstanding Restaurateur.

Maggie Baird

2023 Foodmanitarian™ Award Recipient

Maggie Baird, Founder and President of Support + Feed

Maggie Baird is the visionary behind Support and Feed as well as a long time vegan who is passionate about plant-based eating, helping people in need, and working to end the climate crisis. Maggie is an outspoken advocate for the “greening” of the music industry from the impacts of touring and merchandise to photoshoots and video production etc. Maggie offers expertise in the mission’s subject matter and is the spokesperson for Support + Feed with an active and engaged audience ready to get involved in supporting the cause.


Thank You to our 2023 Sponsors


Dine Brands


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


Deloitte & Touche, LLP

B. Riley Securities

Piper Sandler

Plate IQ

Results Thru Strategy

Marsh McLennan

US Foods

Media Sponsor

Nation's Restaurant News

Wine Sponsor

Louis Latour


Become a Sponsor

To become a sponsor visit our webpage or contact us at

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