On July 24, the NY/NJ Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA®) hosted the 20th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Gala at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey. In addition to raising money for The Abyssinian Baptist Church Robert Lee Dunham Scholarship Fund and the RMHC African American Future Achievers (AAFA) Scholarship Fund, the event honored McDonald’s diversity pioneer Patricia Harris, Global Chief Diversity Officer and VP of Global Community Engagement for McDonald’s Corporation.
Harris is responsible for the development and implementation of diversity strategies throughout McDonald’s Corporation including the 31,489 restaurants in 118 countries. She began her career with McDonald’s over 30 years ago as an administrative assistant in the Corporate Legal department. Harris was quickly promoted to several positions within the Human Resources department leading to her current global leadership role.
Under her leadership, McDonald’s has been widely recognized for its commitment to inclusion and diversity. This recognition includes, Fortune Magazine’s “Top 50 Places for Minorities to Work”, Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 40 Companies for Diversity”, Latina Style Magazine’s “Best Companies for Latinas”, Asian Enterprise Magazine’s ”Top 25 Companies for Asians,” and the “Disability Diversity Award” by Work Life Matters Magazine.
In 2009, Harris documented her experience within McDonald’s in her book, None of Us is As Good As All of Us: How McDonald’s Prospers by Embracing Inclusion and Diversity.
BMOA operates for the purpose of social, educational, and charitable activities to better the lives of children and their families in the New York and New Jersey communities. It participates in local communities to bring awareness to the many programs and support services that McDonald’s and the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) performs in areas of health, education, the arts, civil and social services.
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