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McDonald's Partners with CBCF and CHCI on Annual Forums

September 24, 2018

CBCF Panelists Group Photo

Using our Scale for Good is an important part of McDonald’s growth plan, and at the heart of our values. Nowhere was this more on display than through our participation in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) 28th Annual Legislative Conference and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Leadership Conference, both held the week of September 10th in Washington, DC.

Serving as a sponsor for each conference, McDonald’s participated in multiple panel discussions involving Members of Congress and business leaders to speak about the role McDonald’s plays in communities we serve, from mentoring and providing skills development to youth, to the abundance of career choices available at McDonald’s – including STEM career paths – and opportunities to build wealth through our franchise model.

During a panel entitled “The National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Braintrust: The Power of Black Women,” Wendy Lewis, McDonald’s Global Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President, Community Engagement, discussed the investments McDonald’s Owner/Operators are making in HBCUs, noting the company’s university recruitment program with HBCUs and multicultural academic alumni associations. Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) hosted this day-long panel. McDonald’s also presented a $5,000 check to the Advancing Minorities’ Interests in Engineering (AMIE) scholarship fund to support students studying engineering.

McDonald’s Owner/Operator Jimmy Williams, Jr., in a panel hosted by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), spoke about his rise from working in an East St. Louis, MO, restaurant to owning 18 restaurants, noting opportunities available to restaurant employees to advance their education through the company’s Archways to Opportunity program. In a panel hosted by Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)., Harry Thomas, Jr., Field Vice President of McDonald’s Bethesda office, spoke about small business entrepreneurship and McDonald’s Owner/Operators who are thriving through restaurant ownership.  

McDonald’s also hosted breakfast for Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (D-PR) and leaders of the Congressional Language Leadership Institute to discuss shared priorities.

McDonald’s has potentially created more economic impact for diverse communities than any other company in the world. Our belief is rooted in “Diversity IS Inclusion,” a value proposition where EVERY individual feels their culture, identity, and experiences are valued and respected. We know that listening to and participating in knowledge-sharing and eclectic insights – through national forums such as these – helps shape the organization, from our crew members to our board members and from our suppliers to our customers to our community partners.

McDonald's Chief Global Diversity Officer, Wendy Lewis