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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.

MISSION
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.

VISION
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 apoodiack@franchise.org.

2014 Leadership Conference
February 22, 2014 ** 11:30 am – 5:45 pm ** New Orleans Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
 

(held in conjunction with the IFA’s Annual Convention) 

 Digging Deeper:  Mining for the Leader Within 

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everyone can understand.” –General Colin Powell 

Great leaders rarely develop overnight. They cultivate their leadership abilities over time through education, hard work, risk taking, reflection and help from other great leaders. Whether you are currently a CEO grooming your successor and building your leadership team, an aspiring leader developing your individualized leadership style, or a franchise professional looking to further your personal career growth, join us for this program that will provide you with valuable lessons and techniques to develop the great leader within you.  Please click here for our current schedule of events.  The Leadership Conference is open to all fully-registered IFA convention attendees at an additional fee of $100.  We encourage men and women to join us from various backgrounds, different system sizes, and different stages in their careers.  Simply indicate your participation while completing the IFA Convention registration form (click here to register online). You will earn 100 CFE Education credits for participating in this event. 

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 apoodiack@franchise.org to obtain your own copy of the Guidelines.

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 nearly 20 active markets in cities such as Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Orange County, CA, Washington, DC/Baltimore, Vancouver, Tampa, Miami, Raleigh, NC Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and more!   Click here for a listing of chapters and corresponding planning chairs.  For more information, please contact IFA’s Senior Director of Conferences & Meetings, Anne Poodiack at apoodiack@franchise.org.