More than half of women surveyed feel that opportunities for women in foodservice have improved just slightly, not at all, or have, in fact, declined over the past five years, revealed the Catalyst study commissioned by the Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) entitled, Women in Leadership in the Foodservice Industry. This groundbreaking study also unveiled key barriers to advancement and strategies to succeed expressed by both women and CEOs within the industry. "Since two out of three women surveyed aspire to advance to senior management within the foodservice industry and expect to do so within the next five years, it's important to understand the barriers standing in their way," said Barbara Timm-Brock, WFF Chair and COO of Cinnabon/AFC Enterprises. The study indicates that both women and CEOs feel that lack of mentoring is the most important obstacle facing women today. The top four barriers identified in the study are: