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2024’s Top Women in Franchising: Mary Ann O'Connell

Each year, 1851 Franchise does a roundup of the most influential and successful women in the franchising industry. In this installment, we speak with Mary Ann O’Connell, founder and president of FranWise.

By Victoria CampisiStaff Writer
Updated 8:08AM 03/26/24

The Franchise Leader: Mary Ann O'Connell 

The Company: FranWise

1851 Franchise talked with O’Connell about her journey in franchising, her accomplishments in the industry, and the strategies she suggests for franchisors looking to empower and support female franchisees this year.

“I do think that, as much as we like to say everyone is the same, we're not — we're different but equal,” said O’Connell. “And I think franchisors need to understand that women intrinsically come from a different point of view. We tend to be more collaborative and we tend to be more loquacious. There are studies that show we speak more in conversations than men do. So be patient and listen — and then just get the hell out of our way.” 

Watch the interview above or on YouTube.