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Meet the Women Who Make Pizza Hut Restaurants Possible

Published 04-01-22

Submitted by Yum! Brands

Jessica De Leon, RGM American West Restaurant Group (AWRG)
Jessica De Leon, RGM American West Restaurant Group (AWRG)

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In honor of Women’s History month, these Restaurant General Managers (RGM) and Area Coaches share what’s most rewarding to them about working at Pizza Hut, their best advice, and their favorite menu items.

Jessica De Leon, RGM
American West Restaurant Group (AWRG)

The most rewarding part about working at my restaurant has to be creating a fun working environment that makes the Team Members want to come to work.

My advice … there is always room to learn and grow, and never feel intimated to ask questions.

Favorite menu item: Cinnabon® Mini Rolls

Astrid Garcia, RGM Amerian West Restaurant Group (AWRG)
Astrid Garcia, RGM American West Restaurant Group (AWRG)

Astrid Garcia, RGM
American West Restaurant Group (AWRG)

The most rewarding part about working at my restaurant has been the amount of growth I’ve been able to achieve as a leader and as a person in general as I’ve worked with various different type of people throughout the years as an RGM.

One piece of advice I would like to offer women in the industry would be to never stop learning, always aspire to do more and continue to grow.

Favorite menu item: Delicious and crispy Quepapas®

Sierra Walker, RGM Celebration Restaurant Group (CFL)
Sierra Walker, RGM Celebration Restaurant Group (CFL)

Sierra Walker, RGM
Celebration Restaurant Group (CFL)

The most rewarding part about working at my restaurant is the pleasure of meeting different people, whether it’s a customer or a team member, and making a positive impact on their day/ life. To see coworkers turn into family within a six-month period, because we all chose to bond with each other. Knowing there are always opportunities to grow within CFL, and with the support and love you receive from your work family, you begin to see the potential in yourself that they had already seen in you.

One piece of advice I would offer to women in this industry is to envision where you want to be in this industry. Make sure to plan the steps before you take them. Include your work family and home supporters in your decision-making; the advice they give you will follow you on your career and those who are inspired by you. If you stumble and fall, its ok. Get back up and keep striving to accomplish your vision.

Favorite menu item: Thin N’ Crispy® pizza with garlic parmesan sauce with grilled chicken

Lisa Pratt, Area Coach Arnold Family of Restaurants
Lisa Pratt, Area Coach Arnold Family of Restaurants

Lisa Pratt, Area Coach
Arnold Family of Restaurants

After serving 20 years as a manager with the Pizza Hut® brand, finally having the opportunity to work above store as an Area Coach for AFR has been very rewarding.

Never think you can’t do something you put your mind to because you’re a woman; women are the strongest people God ever made.

Favorite menu item: Alfredo Sauce…and the salads

Judy Golden, Area Coach Arnold Family of Restaurants
Judy Golden, Area Coach Arnold Family of Restaurants

Judy Golden, Area Coach
Arnold Family of Restaurants

The most rewarding part about working with the Pizza Hut® brand and AFR is experiencing a breakthrough performance. There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone become their best and they do just that.

Always strive to do your best and never give up no matter what obstacles are in your path, and no one can stop you. Be the best you that you possibly can. Be unstoppable.

Favorite menu item: Thin ‘N Crispy® double pepperoni pizza with extra sauce

Devon Meshell, Area Coach Arnold Family of Restaurants (AFR)
Devon Meshell, Area Coach Arnold Family of Restaurants (AFR)

Devon Meshell, Area Coach
Arnold Family of Restaurants (AFR)

Working with the Pizza Hut® brand has allowed me to become my best. I was able to make a career from a job with AFR. I accomplished things I thought I would never accomplish since my college path did not go as planned. It has helped me become successful. I am very proud of where I am and who I have become since starting my journey.” Hard work always pays off. Perception and attitude are everything. And you can do whatever you want, just do it!!!”

My piece of advice is to work hard, stay positive and make it happen. These three things are key. Hard work always pays off. Perception and attitude are everything. And you can do whatever you want, just do it!!!”

Favorite menu item: Currently the Spicy Lovers Pizza, but I will always bring up honey siracha in hopes it will be brought back.

Latoya Law, Area Coach Arnold Family of Restaurants (AFR)
Latoya Law, Area Coach Arnold Family of Restaurants (AFR)

Latoya Law, Area Coach
Arnold Family of Restaurants (AFR)

The most rewarding part of working with the Pizza Hut® brand is the growth opportunities that are available to everyone with AFR.

My piece of advice is that hard work pays off in the end; don’t ever give up!

Favorite menu item: Boneless Honey BBQ Wings

Alicea Cox, RGM Pizza Hut of America, LLC
Alicea Cox, RGM Pizza Hut of America, LLC

Alicea Cox, RGM
Pizza Hut of America, LLC

The most rewarding part about working at my Pizza Hut® restaurant is getting to be a part of growing my team’s confidence inside and outside of the restaurant.

Never quiet your voice, let it be heard and let it be loud.

Favorite menu item: Spicy Lover’s Veggie!

Renett Williams, Area Coach JJB Pizza, LLC
Renett Williams, Area Coach JJB Pizza, LLC

Renett Williams, Area Coach
JJB Pizza, LLC

The most rewarding part about working with the Pizza Hut® brand is meeting and leading people every day and being able to inspire our youth to become more than what they may see. Building relationships professionally and personally with JJB Pizza team members, peers, and customers.

Never underestimate yourself.

Favorite menu item: Spicy Garlic Wings

Sadie Rosell, Area Coach JJB Pizza, LLC
Sadie Rosell, Area Coach JJB Pizza, LLC

Sadie Rosell, Area Coach
JJB Pizza, LLC

The most rewarding part of working with the Pizza Hut® brand is working with a great team that has pushed me personally and professionally to new heights, inspiring me to do the same for all my JJB Pizza managers and team members.

Opportunity is waiting for those that have the right attitude and work ethic. When the going gets tough, get tougher!

Favorite menu item: Honey BBQ Wings and Stuffed Crust Pepperoni

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