Women in Franchising
Formed in 1996, the Women's Franchise Committee (WFC) is dedicated to inspiring and encouraging women in franchising by creating a network of business professionals dedicated to strengthening the success of women in franchising. The WFC has created a number of programs and resources in order to achieve this goal, ranging from "how to" guides and conferences to local networking chapters.
The mission of the Women's Franchise Committee is to promote women's participation in franchising by providing international networking opportunities for the exchange of ideas, resources, and experiences.
The Women's Franchise Committee is committed to providing resources for women seeking career growth opportunities in franchising.
Click here for a list of committee members. To learn how to join the committee, contact Anne Poodiack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 WFC Leadership Conference
February 17, 2013 ** MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's conference, "All Systems Go: Leadership in Action"
"A leader knows the way, goes the way and shows the way." Great leaders not only have a clear understanding of their personal road maps for success, but also the detours they managed in route to their desired destinations. They put their words into action and motivate their team, share lessons learned and execute decisively on the vision they have for their businesses. This is true "leadership in action."
In the last several years, leaders were repeatedly tested as the economy slowed and franchise system growth became increasingly more difficult and the truly great leaders seized upon these as an opportunity to re-evaluate their leadership skills, build upon an already strong foundation and become better. Participants will get invaluable tools for developing their own leadership skills. Click here for the program and speakers information.
WOMEN'S FRANCHISE NETWORK (WFN)
A network of local chapters that are designed to develop relationships with women franchising professionals and to address issues, share ideas and offer solutions related to franchising. The first chapter was launched in May, 2002 in Denver and now includes the following markets: Chicago, Denver, San Diego, the Twin Cities, Southern California, New York/New Jersey, Washington, DC/Baltimore, Seattle, Toronto, Miami, Connecticut, Richmond, and Dallas. Look for more chapters such as Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Pittsburgh to pop up across the country soon! Click here for a listing of chapters and corresponding planning chairs. For a calendar of 2011 WFN events across the country, click here.
WFC GUIDELINES FOR ESTABLISHING A LOCAL CHAPTER WITHIN THE WOMEN’S FRANCHISE NETWORK AVAILABLE
The success of the Women’s Franchise Network continues to grow, and we have taken “lessons learned” into consideration to revise and add to our Guidelines for Establishing a Local Chapter. This comprehensive manual provides in-depth information on how to set up your own local chapter, host your first meeting, and keep the energy level high at all your meetings throughout the course of the year. We’ve included ways for customizing your chapter to meet the needs of your particular market including sample budgets, sample agendas, ideas for topics of discussion, sample handouts, and more! If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, please contact Anne Poodiack, IFA Director of Meetings, at 202/662-0773 or email@example.com to obtain your own copy of the Guidelines.
GUIDE TO ESTABLISHING A MENTORING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN AVAILABLE!
Women’s mentoring programs are an important component in any franchise organization that can assist in developing career growth opportunities and building professional networks that women can rely on to continue to be successful in today’s marketplace. The WFC has recently created a Guide to Establishing a Mentoring Program for Women. Click here for more information and order your copy today.