( Courtesy ACF )

Tracy Smith, cofounder and CEO of St. Augustine, Fla.-based Centerline Brackets, a steel support brackets manufacturer, will speak at the American Culinary Federation’s inaugural women’s symposium.

The symposium, “United in Food: Women Leaders of Today and Tomorrow,” is Aug. 8 at the federation’s 2019 national convention in Orlando, Fla., according to a news release.

Smith, who worked for the federation for more than 14 years as senior events manager until she launched Centerline Brackets in 2012, will take part in the panel about being a multi-tiered leader in a changing kitchen culture.

About 1.2% of manufacturing businesses are women-owned, although the number of women-run businesses overall in the U.S. has increased 114% in the last 20 years, according to the 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses report commissioned by American Express.

For more information, visit www.acfchefs.org

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