Patricia Harris

Global Chief Diversity Officer

McDonald’s Corporation LLC

Patricia (Pat) Harris is 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 it’s 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.

Harris is considered an expert in the field of diversity and holds several leadership positions in many national organizations. Pat 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, and the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees. Pat was awarded an Honorary PhD from South Carolina State University. 

Pat has been featured in several national and local publications including Black Enterprise, Essence magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Today’s Chicago Woman and Diversity Woman magazine. 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, received the “Harold Washington Professional Achievement Award” from the Roosevelt University Alumni Association, 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.