Women in Franchising

Franchise Today podcast is a production of Franchise Foundry and has been on the air since 2009. Guests include some of the brightest minds in the franchise world, with specific expertise and experience within various areas of franchising.

Women in Franchising is a hot topic in franchising.  In the episode below, Paul Segreto was joined by Mary Ann O’Connell, Founder of FranWise, a full-service franchise-consulting firm, specializing in strategic planning, operations, documentation and compliance. Mary Ann has worked hard and enjoys a long career in franchising from franchisee to franchise corporate executive to business owner providing guidance and support to the franchise community.

About Mary Ann

Mary Ann was introduced to franchising as the first Money Mailer franchise. For 11 years, she and her partner expanded two franchises while she coached other franchisees. She then worked for her franchisor, Money Mailer, Inc., as VP of Franchise Support Services for over 600 franchisees. Mary Ann then joined Great Clips, Inc. and as part of its leadership staff, she launched two major markets and continued to develop two mature markets overseeing all aspects of operations and training.

As a consultant and founder of FranWise® she has worked with major brands, new concepts and the top professionals in the world of franchising. FranWise® boasts an impressive client list of over 80 brands and maintains strong relationships with its past and present clients. Mary Ann is also an active member of the IFA and serves on many committees and the Supplier Forum Advisory Board. She is frequently asked to contribute articles and be a speaker for many franchise-related events.

We highly recommend you connect with Mary Ann at the upcoming annual IFA (International Franchise Association) convention. In the meantime, open the podcast below!

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