Golden Opportunity:

Remarkable Careers that Began at McDonald's

Marlene González

Marlene González

Hired 1982

"I learned from being a restaurant manager to be persistent and consistent. There are no shortcuts and no mysteries to it."

In the spring of 1982, a fifteen-year-old Venezuelan girl stopped in at a McDonald’s in Virginia to see if she could get some part-time work where she could save for college. The remarkable career that followed took her around the world and up the ladder to one of the most complex jobs in the company—in charge of global training and executive development for 2.5 million employees working in 30,000 restaurants located in more than one hundred countries. Today, she is an entrepreneur, running her own consulting firm working with Fortune 500 companies to help them develop their talent into top producers and leaders.

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