Lisa Schumacher

Lisa Schumacher

Director of Education Strategies and Workforce Policy
McDonald's Corporation

Lisa Schumacher is the Director of Education Strategies and Workforce Policy at McDonald’s Corporation. She has more than 25 years of experience in organizational learning and development. Lisa’s current focus is on leading workforce development efforts to provide access to education and create non-traditional pathways to careers both within the McDonalds’ system and in other industries. She leads the execution of McDonald’s education strategy, Archways to Opportunity, which provides restaurant employees an opportunity to learn English language skills, receive a high school diploma, complete a college degree, and access education advising services. In her previous role at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) as the Director of WorkforceChicago, Lisa collaborated with Chicago-area CEOs and managed a business-led initiative that identified and disseminated best practice
learning strategies and policies. Prior to that, Lisa was the Director of the Learning Academy at The University of Chicago Hospitals. Lisa sits on the Board of the National Association of Workforce Boards, is a member of CAEL’s Advisory Board and sits on the Alliance for Adult Education’s Board of Advisors. Lisa completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications at Purdue University.

10:35 am - 10:50 am
Coral DE

Archways to Opportunity: Empowering McDonald’s Restaurant Employees by Enhancing Language Skills

Uncover the secrets behind McDonald’s award-winning "English Under the Arches" program in this insightful session led by a prominent industry expert from the McDonald’s Archways Team. This initiative not only breaks down language barriers but also strengthens the fabric of the organizational culture, aligning seamlessly with the company’s core values. Learn about the evolution of this program, learnings along the journey and the tangible results that underscore its popularity.

•Lisa Schumacher, Director of Education Strategies and Workforce Policy, McDonald's Corporation

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