Lauren Copeland Mitchell at 35 years old is possibly the youngest Black female owner of a McDonald’s franchise in the country. Her restaurant is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is one of the top-performing locations in that area.
Lauren, who became an owner and operation in November 2022, is a graduate of Howard University, an HBCU in Washington, DC. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and finished with a 3.83 GPA.
Her career journey says quite a bit about her character and how she came to be so successful. As a college student, she interned at Procter & Gamble and at J.P. Morgan. After graduating, she went on to work at ExxonMobil for 13 years and held junior and senior-level positions at the company.
This all changed though just last year when she decided that it was finally her time to be an entrepreneur, and with her skills and experience in leading and supervising diverse teams to meet organizational goals, she will no doubt see years and years of success.
Lauren joins more than 250 other African Americans across the country who own McDonald’s franchises. Of that number though, only about 50 or less are reportedly women.
Be sure to connect with her on her LinkedIn page.