August Walker of the Month: Meredith M. Crosby, Director of Global Community Engagement, McDonald's Corporation


Meredith M. Crosby - Director of Global Community Engagement  |  McDonald's Corporation
Meredith M. Crosby – Director of Global Community Engagement | McDonald’s Corporation

What do you want your legacy to be?


I have had amazing female role models in my life who have continually blessed me with their advice and support. I am a strong believer in ‘to whom much is given, much if required,’ so I feel a duty to continue that legacy of uplifting the next generation particularly of women of color. I am achieving that by being a role model and by proving that women, regardless of their age, can add value. Professionally I am blessed to be able to  support and build global community programs to address social issues that negatively impact women’s ability to achieve high standards of excellence in any area (i.e. business, science, education, family).


What woman entrepreneur has been the greatest source of inspiration and why?


I have always been a huge admirer of Ida B. Wells. I was inspired by her at a very young age because of her persistence and conviction. As a writer and communicator I was impressed by how she was able to leverage the power of a pen (and in her case a paper)to not only document history but CHANGE history. Ida B Wells showed me that courage is not always immediately rewarded but in the long run it is a sign of progress. When I am not a little afraid, I am not being challenged.  Increasingly in life, decisions become more shades of gray and having a strong moral compass and sense of purpose is truly what separates leaders from the pack.


More about Meredith…


Meredith leads the Global Community Engagement department for the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with more than 33,000 locations in 119 countries. Meredith is responsible for developing and implementing measurable strategies around employee volunteerism, disaster response, corporate contributions and community outreach. Her team is focused on establishing McDonald’s capabilities in Global Community Engagement through collaborating with functional departments and markets to ensure global alignment and achieve optimal social and business impacts.


Meredith joined McDonald’s in 2006 as a communications supervisor for the President and Chief Operating Officer of McDonald’s USA. She has held a variety of roles including Director of External Relations and Brand Outreach working closely with McDonald’s Global Chief Diversity Officer, Pat Harris. In this role she was responsible for the development and implementation of strategic plans for the corporation’s national and local relationships with non-profit, diversity and educational organizations.  Previously Meredith has worked in communications at Verizon, Lincoln Financial Group, Edelman, and Campbell Mithun agency.


Personally committed to community service, Meredith is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the Links, Incorporated. She has been recognized by several publications including Ebony Magazine’s top 30 young leaders in the black community and Black Enterprise’s rising star under 40. Meredith is a recipient of the McDonald’s President’s award, the highest honor presented by the corporation and the Circle of Excellence award for her role in the company’s National Hiring Day. In 2010 Meredith became the youngest person to win the prestigious Global Visionary Award from Howard University.


Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Howard University and a Masters of Science from Northwestern University.

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