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 several programs and resources 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. 


WFN’s are local networks 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 May 2002 in Denver and now includes markets across the United States and Canada. Click below to find out more info about the WFN and how to establish a chapter. 


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.


History of the Women's Franchise Committee



Join us the last Wednesday of every month at 12PM EST for Women in Franchising Clubhouse Conversations

From operations, to development, to leadership, and more— the Women in Franchising Club on Clubhouse is a space where those in the franchise industry engage in conversations, ask questions, and develop one another franchise industry professionals. The club endeavors to mentor, build, and grow relationship among women passionate about the franchise world. Although led by women, the Women in Franchising club encourages all genders to join and diversify the conversation in this social audio space. The Women in Franchising Club meets at 12 PM ET on the last Wednesday of every month (unless otherwise noted). Each week features a new speaker, panel, or roundtable event to bring in new ideas and best practices to members of the franchise world.

Chair of the Women’s Franchise Committee, Robin Gagnon, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of We Sell Restaurants, serves as the club’s moderator. Robin is joined by the moderator team consisting of Danessa Itaya, President at Bio-One Inc., Katrina Mitchell, Chief Matchmaker at Franchise Speakers, Liane Caruso, Fractional CMO, Ashley Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Streamline Brands, Samantha Neugebauer, National Sales Director at Zinc Insurance, and Larisa Walega, Vice President of Marketing at Ziebart.


Those interested in listening to the events can do so by installing the Clubhouse app on their smartphone or tablet and creating a profile. On the app, they are invited to find the Women in Franchising Club and join as a member to receive notifications for every meeting.


Questions? Please reach out to Jeanine Littrel at jlittrel@franchise.org