Better Together

Posted by on Mar 16, 2019 in Featured Stories, In the News | 0 comments




I share this story on the premise, that all companies and organizations leverage the value their female teams bring to the business and community.  While working at McDonald’s, this partnership was solidified over many years.  I feel honored to have served as Chair of the US Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), representing the female staff for the US.  With the partnership between the corporate women and the female franchisees of the Women’s Operator Network (WON), they identified a need to further leverage the strength of women within brand McDonald’s.

It was during the Women’s Operator Network meeting in October of 2017, that the two leadership organizations challenged each other to share the success of the female leaders within McDonald’s.  The idea was to create a 3 year plan that enabled McDonald’s to share the personal success of women, share how they work together to create and enable success for others, and highlight the value women bring to the organization, as female franchisees, employees, and vendors.  As is likely the case for women in all organizations, we stand tall and “Better Together”.

Take a look at this fabulous video that the female leaders shared during International Women’s Day this month.


Better Together: Congratulations to key leaders of McDonald’s Women’s Operator Network (WON ), Dorothy Stingley, Donna Zlockie, and Terri Nelson

W.O.N. Vision:

McDonald’s Women Owners collaborating and leading for our continued success.

W.O.N Mission:

We are a diverse and inclusive group of women owners advocating for the financial success, growth, and professional leadership of our members.

W.O.N. Objectives:

Drive profitability for the Owner/Operator; Women Owner/Operators are to be equal in the number of stores owned, cash flow, and sales volume as compared to the general market. 

Serve as advocates and resources for our members.

Members elected to leadership positions that influence the system while supporting W.O.N. vision and values.


Better Together:Congratulations to key leaders withing McDonald’s Global Women’s Leadership Network – Wendy Lewis, Francessca DiBiase, Morgan Flatley, and Melissa Kersey

At McDonald’s there are many successful women in key positions who drive the success of the iconic company.   These women in particular , are high-profile  and have significant responsibility through their roles.

Meet Wendy Lewis. Wendy, who is responsible for guiding McDonald’s Global “Diversity IS Inclusion” efforts across all McDonald’s Corporation business functions as Global Chief Diversity Officer, and VP of Global Community Engagement.

Having helped develop a platform that enriches the organization’s history and culture of opportunity, growth and economic impact within diverse communities and strategic partnerships, Wendy has always made it clear that diversity is a crucial element of the McDonald’s Corporation and comments that “Diversity IS inclusion. We cannot be customer obsessed unless we have a global and diverse mindset.”

As McDonald’s Chief Marketing Officer, Morgan Flatley has a reputation for building iconic brands and leading integrated, award-winning marketing programs, as well as insight-driven innovations that respond to the evolving landscape of consumer needs. Her intense curiosity for consumer behavior and trends both within and outside the industry fuel her creative campaigns and innovations that reach the consumer where they are and with what they need. As a member of McDonald’s U.S. leadership team, Morgan plays an important role in advancing the company’s growth strategies and overall brand positioning. She is responsible for leading, developing and overseeing execution of fully integrated marketing plans to drive and sustain long-term growth for McDonald’s USA.

Melissa Kersey is the Chief People Officer SVP for McDonald’s U.S.A. Melissa leads the efforts in the U.S. to evolve McDonald’s People practices to further accelerate growth and drive meaningful results for its employees, business partners and the company.

Francesca DeBiase is the Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer at McDonald’s and has been with the company since 1991. Most importantly, as a leader working on issues in McDonald’s supply chain, Francesca has the power and responsibility to address animal cruelty in McDonald’s supply chain


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