April 2016, Part II


April 2016, Part II


Engineering A Road To Success.  On April 14, CNBC profiled J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison in “From $4.35 per hour to JC Penney CEO.” The article details his journey, which began with work as a part-time associate at Target and continued as he learned valuable leadership skills while climbing the corporate ladder. Ellison stated: “The easiest thing to do is to find someone in a job you’d love to have in five years and figure out how they got there. Reverse engineer their path.”

Women Lead the Way In America’s Restaurants. National Restaurant Association (NRA) President and CEO Dawn Sweeney highlighted women leadership across the restaurant industry in a recent blog post for The Huffington Post. Mirta Guitierrez, an immigrant from Argentina who started her career as a dishwasher and now serves as the Executive Chef at a popular Washington, D.C. restaurant, explained: “Through the restaurant industry in the United States, I found an open door and a pathway to success that was completely closed to me in my home country.” Inspiring stories of women who found a path forward thanks to the restaurant industry are not unique. Kat Cole, Group President of FOCUS Brands, which includes brands such as Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s, along with Julia Stewart, Chairman and CEO of DineEquity, Inc., which includes brands like IHOP and Applebee’s, are among the 37 percent of women who found their first job in a restaurant.

A Messy Whopper And Life Lessons. In “Fast-food workers face a respect gap,” author Cheryl Rice describes the lasting lessons she learned from her first job as a part-time employee at Burger King writing, “the lessons I learned there actually contributed to me getting exactly where I wanted to be.” Throughout the article, Rice points out that her time spent at the restaurant taught her the importance of displaying a positive attitude towards anything you do, connecting with the people that you work with and ensuring that you are always doing quality work.

The Corporate College Perk Works. In the April 25th story, “What Workplaces Gain When They Send Their Employees Back to School,” Mikhail Zinshteyn of The Atlantic reports on a new analysis on the benefits companies see when they provide “college perks” to employees. In a previous edition of the Path Forward Post, we covered other tuition assistance programs provided by the service industry including McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.

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