Rohini Dey

Rohini Dey

Restaurateur (Vermilion Chicago) and Founder Let’s Talk Womxn

A restaurateur and proponent of Indian cuisine with her unique Latin twist, Dey combined her business credentials with her passion for food with Vermilion in Chicago and Vermilion NYC, in Manhattan for 10 years. To redress the “gastro-ceiling” in the culinary industry, Rohini cofounded the James Beard Foundation Women’s Leadership Program in 2011, chaired it, and was a JBF Trustee for a decade.

Rohini launched Let’s Talk Womxn in July 2020 and leads this initiative that connects over 350 women restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs across 12 cities, to counter the pandemic business crisis and to build scale. She is included in the 2021 Top 50 Power List by Nations Restaurant News and featured in The Today Show and Good Morning America for the impact of Let’s Talk.

Rohini has keynoted women’s parity and leadership forums including for Politico Women Rule, The Global Economic Summit by the US State Dept., TEDx, and NATO Summit. She has a Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a Doctorate in Management Science from the University of Texas. Before going entrepreneurial, Rohini worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. managing projects in foreign direct investment and privatization. At McKinsey & Co., she led projects with a focus on hi-tech, telecom and growth. Rohini writes policy, parity and business opinions for many outlets including CNN, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, and Crain’s Business. She has mentored chefs from Vermilion to compete on Iron Chef, Top Chef, judge Chopped, and open their own businesses. Rohini is a frequent judge on Food Network. Her entrepreneurial journey was profiled on CNBC. Vermilion has been lauded as Best Restaurants by Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, USA Today, Esquire, Chicago magazine, and Bon Appetit.

On a personal level, Rohini has two daughters, is an avid reader, loves dark movies, is a policy wonk, still loves to dine out, thrives on travel, runs daily (Chicago Marathon, Half Ironman), is an amateur chess and squash enthusiast, and has accomplished a personal dream - climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Let's Talk Womxn Entrepreneurs: Power, Parity and Positive Collaboration
Monday, May 23 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM