McDonald’s New York Metro Region Leads the Way in Highlighting Women’s Achievements

McDonald’s New York Metro Region honored 60 women at its Annual Managers Banquet, highlighting the diverse range of career opportunities that McDonald’s offers in the region.

The banquet, held at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, New York, celebrated the achievements of outstanding crew, managers and corporate staff in the Tri-State area and awarded 114 individuals – more than half of whom were women – who have contributed to fulfilling McDonald’s vision in the region.  Thanks to the efforts of Kanjee and others, McDonald’s has consistently created a variety of career opportunities within the market.

“This year’s Managers Banquet demonstrated the outstanding achievements of our team,” said Mwaffak Kanjee, President of McDonald’s New York Metro Region. “We are proud to offer a wide range of career paths within our market, and our award winners show that the diversity of our highly talented staff has truly contributed to our success.”

The Iselin, New Jersey-based corporate office offers a range of career paths across several departments including operations, marketing and communications. From its office staff to its restaurant employees, the McDonald’s New York Metro Region has continuously sought to create a workforce and culture that reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of its customers.

Two women in the region received prominent awards for their commitment to driving the McDonald’s vision in the New York Metro market. The 2015 President’s Award, one of the most prestigious honors in McDonald’s system, was given to New York Metro Marketing Manager Zoe Hamburger at the banquet. This award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of the top 1 percent of global staff employees, celebrates individuals who exemplify McDonald’s values. In addition to her award, Hamburger will be recognized for her achievement during a leadership meeting at the company headquarters in Oak Brook. Cheryll Forsatz, Director of Communications for the region, was also a recipient of this year’s “15 Women to Watch” Award, which recognizes 15 women across McDonald’s Corporation who exemplify McDonald’s values and drive business results within their markets.

Three women were also recognized as recipients of the 2016 Ray Kroc Award, which honors the top 1 percent of managers selected from 36,000 restaurants worldwide. Patricia Tulloch of Rosedale, NY, Jody Visek of Aquebogue, NY, and Gladys Espin of Middletown, NJ were among six New York recipients, and 340 recipients around the world chosen for the award, based on their success in operational excellence, management leadership and customer satisfaction.

For 60 years, people have come to McDonald’s to find a first step on their career path, a way to learn skills that will benefit them for years to come, a flexible job that’s there when they need it, or a place to grow, learn and maybe even lead. Our brand continues to provide opportunities to the people who bring our McDonald’s to life every day, offering a range of benefits, educational advancement and resources to cultivate their professional skills at McDonald’s or on the next step of their career path.

“During Women’s History Month, it is imperative to recognize the importance of women’s achievements within our company and celebrate all that we have accomplished together,” said Kanjee. “Our Managers Banquet award winners are a true testament to McDonald’s commitment to opening the door to professional opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds.”


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