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Inclusion is a Growth Strategy

The rapid pace of demographic changes and population growth combine to create unique opportunities for franchising. After careful consideration and months of discussion, the Diversity Institute, under the aegis of the International Franchise Association’s Educational Foundation, is embarking upon a brand-new look and focus, beginning

Shirley Engelmeier, CEO and founder of InclusionINC

Inclusion: Embracing Internal and External Benefits

A new growth strategy of inclusion means mobilizing the diversity of your work force and being open to ideas, knowledge, perspectives, approaches and styles from everyone, to garner better business results. It’s no secret that franchisors are often more quickly successful than independent small businesses,

Karen Powell, CFE

The Diversity Institute Welcomes New Board Members

The Diversity Institute Board is charged with promoting and fostering diversity and inclusion within the franchise community. The institute serves as the home for the International Franchise Association and the Educational Foundation’s diversity programs – education, research, scholarships and liaisons with national organizations. The institute