Women's Franchise Committee

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. 

To learn how to join the committee, contact Jeanine Littrel at Jlittrel@Franchise.org

WFC PODCAST, HER SUCCESS Hear from women leading the charge in franchising! The Women’s Franchise Committee is proud to bring you Her Success: The Stories of Female Franchise Leaders, our new podcast and video series. Women who are changing the future of the franchise sector share their insights on everything from being an effective leader to the mentors who inspired them. They’ll share stories of workplace challenges we can all relate to: managing work and life, climbing the corporate ladder, and the ultimate power of entrepreneurship and franchising to change lives. Each 15-minute segment will motivate and recharge you. New episodes are being released all the time, so check in often.

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Episode 1: Interview with Emma Dickison, President & CEO, Home Helpers

Episode 2: Interview with Saunda Kitchen, Franchisee, Mr. Rooter of Sonoma County, CA

Episode 3: Interview with Mary Ann O'Connell, President, FranWise®

Episode 4: Interview with Paul Pickett, Chief Development Officer, Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc.

Episode 5: Interview with Mary Kennedy Thompson, COO, Neighborly

Episode 6: Interview with Marianne Murphy, Vice President Brand Experience, Floor Coverings International

Episode 7: Interview with Shelly Sun, CEO & Founder, Brightstar Care

Episode 8: Interview with Amy Cheng, Partner, Cheng Cohen LLC

Episode 9: Interview with Jania Bailey, CEO, FranNet

Episode 10: Interview with Rosemarie Hartnett, President, Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education



Episode 1: Interview with Tam Kennedy, Franchisee, Taco John's

Episode 2: Interview with Nancy Bigley, COO, Painting With A Twist

Episode 3: Interview with Heather Hudson, COO & Co-Founder, 9Round

Episode 4: Interview with Mary Mills, VP, Marketing, College Hunks Hauling Junk

Episode 5: Connie Hill-Johnson, Owner, Visiting Angels of Cleveland, OH

Episode 6: Clarissa Bradstock, CFE, CEO, Any Lab Test Now Franchising, Inc.

Episode 7: Megan Allen, Market President, FranNet of Colorado

Episode 8: Brian Schnell, CFE, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Episode 9: Shannon Wilburn, CFE, CEO & Co-Founder, Just Between Friends

Episode 10: Jennifer Herskind, CMO, Propelled Brands



Episode 1: Interview with Meg Roberts, CFE, CEO & President, The Lash Lounge and CMO, FranWorth

Episode 2: Interview with Greg Nathan, CFE, Founder, Franchise Relationship Institute


WFC SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: Need a playlist to get you into the summer mood? Check out the WFC Summer Tunes playlist on Spotify – curated by members of the WFC to keep that summer feelin’ going year-round!


WOMEN'S FRANCHISE NETWORK (WFN) WFN’s are local networks are designed to develop relationships with women franchising professionals and to address issues, share ideas and offer solutions related to franchising. The first network was launched in May, 2002 in Denver and now includes markets across the United States and Canada. Click here to find out more info about the WFN and how to establish a chapter.