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Bridge Award Profiles: Pat Harris
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National Bridge Awards

2015 Richard A. Gonzalez

2014 Jonas Prising 

2012 William C. Weldon

2010 John T. Chambers
2009 Michael E. Szymanczyk
2008 Indra K. Nooyi
2007 Ronald A. Williams
2006 H. Lee Scott, Jr.
2005 Jeffrey Noddle
2004 Ivan G. Seidenberg


Chicago Bridge Awards

2015 Jim Skogsbergh

2014 Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. 

2013 Don Thompson

2012 Gregory D. Wasson

2011 Patricia Hemingway Hall

2010 Frederick H. Waddell

2009 Gregory C. Case

2007 Robert W. Lane

2006 James Skinner

2005 John W. Rowe


Bridge Advocate Awards

2015 Pat Harris

2010 Maestro Paul Freeman

2009 James C. Tyree

2006 John W. Rogers, Jr.

2004 Roel C. Campos

Pat Harris

Retired Global Chief Diversity Officer

McDonald’s Corporation

Pat Harris was 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 Worklife Matters magazine.

Pat is considered an expert in the field of diversity and holds several leadership positions in many national organizations. She is a founder and member of the Women’s Foodservice forum, founder and past chair of the MultiCultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, and past President of the Board of Directors for the Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization). Pat continues her work with non-profit organizations through her work with the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Pat has been featured in several national and local publications including Black Enterprise, Essence magazine, Chicago Tribune and Today’s Chicago Woman. Pat was named one of the “Top 10 Diversity Champions in the Country” by Working Mother magazine, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice and received the Eagle award from the International Franchise Association.

Pat recently 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.

Pat received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Personnel Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Harris resides in Chicago, Illinois and has one son and granddaughter.




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