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Franchise Educator Honored for Leadership

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Contact: Terry Hill, 202-628-8000

WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 9—Cheryl R. Babcock, CFE, founding director of Nova Southeastern University’s International Institute for Franchise Education today will be honored by the International Franchise Association’s Women’s Franchise Committee with its Crystal Compass award for her leadership in franchise education.  The association is meeting in Orlando for its 48th annual convention.

Babcock, who designs and develops executive education programs, leadership courses and teaches undergraduate franchise management classes, has served as executive director and arrangements chairwoman of the International Society of Franchising, a multidisciplinary, multi-national organization of academic teachers and researchers, for 20 years. 

She serves on IFA’s Educational Foundation’s board of trustees, Membership Committee and the Institute for Certified Franchise Executives’ board of governors.  She received the organization’s Free Enterprise Award for 2003 honoring her work in strengthening and fostering the development of free-enterprise system.

Babcock has developed and taught courses on franchising and entrepreneurship in the United States and several foreign countries.  In 2008, she will continue her leadership in franchising with a full calendar of educational courses and events at the International Institute for Franchise Education.  Franchise executives may participate in several CFE courses and events designed to fuel collaboration across the various franchise industries.  One of the IIFE’s leading events is the CEO Summit April 16-17.  In its second year, the summit is an exclusive, invitation-only event that focuses on challenges and opportunities specific to “C-suite” executives of franchise systems.  Other events and sessions include the IIFE’s Franchise Mini MBA program in May and October, and the Emerging Franchisor Conference in November.

IFA, founded in 1960, is the world’s largest and oldest group representing the franchising industry.

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Editor’s Note: To request a JPEG of Cheryl R. Babcock, contact the IFA Media Relations Department at 202-628-8000.  CFE is a designation of the IFA Educational Foundation’s Institute of Certified Franchise Executives.  For information about IIFE events, visit or call 800-672-7223 x. 5071.