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.

Emma Dickison home helpers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Look for more networks to pop up across the country soon! Click here for a listing of networks and corresponding planning chairs.  

WFC GUIDELINES FOR ESTABLISHING A LOCAL 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 Network. This comprehensive manual provides in-depth information on how to set up your own local network, 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 network 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 network in your area, please contact Jeanine Littrel at Jlittrel@Franchise.org to obtain your own copy of the Guidelines.