She worked her way through college and law school while managing a McDonalds. Now shes a lawyer for the corporation.
WEBWIRE – Friday, September 9, 2022
McDonalds lawyer Natalie Stephenson has had ties to McDonalds since she was a kid.
Born and raised in New York City, she was impressed by the brand as she saw the business through the eyes of a family friend who owned multiple McDonalds across New York City.
At 15, her family moved to Philadelphia, then a few years later, she was off to Spelman College, an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Natalie takes pride in the fact she attended an HBCU and believes its more than just a school.
Its a time for you to really learn about yourself and have pride in who you are as a person and as a people; it really does change the way you think about yourself and what you can achieve.
Being a full-time Manager and a full-time student
In the second half of Natalies freshman year at Spelman, she began working at the McDonalds on Peachtree Street in Atlanta as a full-time manager and did so all the way up to her senior year. Working as a Manager and being a full-time student meant Natalie didnt have much free time, but she said she would be looking at a lot more debt if it wasnt for her role at McDonalds. It taught me how to relate to people and address difficult situations.
During her time, she also learned the value of work ethic from her Owners/Operators. They would see potential that people didnt even see in themselves. It was inspiring and Ive tried to take that lesson forward in life, she says.
While managing the McDonalds restaurant, Natalie realized crew members were in all phases and stages of life and coming from a diversity of backgrounds I saw my time in the restaurant as an opportunity to provide a positive work environment and to help people grow, she says.
Natalies path to a Legal Career at McDonalds
After college, Natalie went on to law school and she continued to work at McDonalds for the first year. Natalie completed her law degree and went on to practice Criminal and Family Law in North Carolina. In 2004 Natalie and her husband decided that she would stay home during her four childrens early years.
She later started working part-time for a financial services firm and eventually joined full-time once her children became older. During her time at the firm, she also became a certified compliance professional.
From there, the opportunity at McDonalds started to present itself when she connected with a friend who mentioned the position opening. Im new to this area of law, but I love learning new things, she says.
Were so proud to have Natalie back under the arches, but she said it best McDonalds felt familiar, like home, and its kind of like everything that Ive done in my life has come full circle”
Fujitsu today announced that its Corporate Brand Identity System has been awarded the iF DESIGN AWARD 2022, one of the world’s most prestigious design awards, in the discipline Communication, category Company Branding.
Fujitsu’s Corporate Brand Identity System includes a set of documents, design templates and material libraries that define and leverage the design elements which represent the corporate brand, such as logomarks, colors, fonts, and photos, to create a consistent image across advertising, the web, presentation materials, events, business cards, offices, and more.
Fujitsu completely revamped its brand identity in October 2021 with the launch of Fujitsu Uvance, Fujitsu’s new global business brand to create a sustainable world, deploying new creative brand assets globally across all customer touch points and within the Fujitsu organization.
The iF judging panel recognized Fujitsu’s objective to create a new brand identity as part of Fujitsu’s corporate transformation efforts based on its purpose “To make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation,” and its brand refresh activity. Fujitsu’s Corporate Brand Identity System was also evaluated from the perspective of style, emotional appeal, and depth of design elements. The award was jointly awarded to Interbrand Corporation(1), which was responsible for the design of Fujitsu’s new Corporate Brand Identity system. The award ceremony will be held in Berlin, Germany on May 16, 2022.
Characteristics of Fujitsu’s new Corporate Brand Identity System:
– Fujitsu’s iconic Infinity Supergraphic which symbolizes Fujitsu’s commitment to the renewing force of transformation and the virtuous cycle of sustainability in 15 different color gradients
– A color wheel of 8 primary colors and 6 functional colors that represent Fujitsu’s diverse 360 degrees worldview
– Fujitsu’s unique corporate font, “Fujitsu Infinity Pro,” that focuses on readability for millions of people
– Standards for creating photos, illustrations, and videos that represent diversity and inclusion
Roles and responsibilities:
Fujitsu: Corporate Brand Identity System Strategy and Planning
Interbrand (London and Tokyo offices): Global Design Concept Development and Guidelines Development
About the iF DESIGN AWARD
One of the most prestigious design awards in the world, awarded by the iF International Forum Design GmbH (Hanover, Germany) since 1953. Based on the five criteria “Idea,” “Form,” “Function,” “Differentiation,” and “Impact,” a jury of world-class design experts evaluated a record of 10,776 applications submitted this year.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 126,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.6 trillion yen (US$34 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
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Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) and cbs Corporate Business Solutions (NYSE: cbs) announced that they have signed a business partner agreement on September 24, 2021, to support SAP S/4HANA transition for Japanese companies.
In Japan, SAP ERP is widely adopted as a core system mainly by the manufacturing industry and is introduced in Japan and global locations. With the rapid changes in the business environment, there has been a need to link the core system with cloud services to respond to operational changes and speed up management decisions by effectively utilising data.
Hitachi has been providing an end-to-end SAP solutions for Japanese companies and cbs is an international consulting firm for digital transformation and enterprise-wide solutions. Hitachi and cbs will jointly support the renewal of core systems using SAP S/4HANA, the core of the next-generation digital platform.
The two companies, in collaboration, will provide the following three services.
1. Formulation of concept for the visualisation of management information
After formulating the ideal state in a workshop based on “NEXPERIENCE”(1) which is Hitachi’s customer collaborative creation methodology and one of Lumada(2) services, Hitachi will formulate a systemisation concept focused on renewing the management infrastructure and creating a roadmap for optimising the system architecture and data collection and utilisation processes.
Suppose you want to analyse the impact of SAP S/4HANA on the existing system from the functional point of view and the data point of view. In that case, cbs will examine by using cbs SAP S/4HANA Readiness Analysis and provide the base information for future data migration.
2. SAP S/4HANA migration – preparation phase support
Hitachi will support staged cloud migration and process transformation as a necessary preparation phase for smooth SAP S/4HANA implementation. cbs can provide the master data management and data linkage review required to combine the core system and cloud services.
It is essential to know about data management for the preliminary data cleansing of SAP environments that have been in use for a long time. Hitachi works with the cbs consultancy team who have strong knowledge of S/4HANA transformation and preparation service for data managenent.
3. SAP S/4HANA migration – Implementation phase
Hitachi is committed to providing the most appropriate methods (new implementation, mix-and-match, shell conversion, and system conversion) to achieve digitisation goals. Hitachi supports the introduction of SAP S/4HANA.
With cbs Selective Data Migration proprietary tool, cbs ET Enterprise Transformer – for SAP S/4HANA, cbs can effectively support scenarios such as mix-and-match, shell conversion, and consolidation of multiple SAP environments.
cbs Selective Data Transition service can migrate the necessary data selectively with the information needed for management utilisation. It would result in maximum added value with minimal involvement of company resources and end-to-end cost efficiency. cbs also offer master data conversion, migration data refinement, and gradual migration based on SAP data structure to ensure a reliable migration with minimal downtime.
(1) Lumada: General name of solution service technology using Hitachi’s advanced digital technology to generate value from customer data and accelerate digital innovation
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is contributed to a sustainable society with a higher quality of life by driving innovation through data and technology as the Social Innovation Business. Hitachi is focused on strengthening its contribution to the Environment, the Resilience of business and social infrastructure as well as comprehensive programs to enhance Security & Safety. Hitachi resolves the issues faced by customers and society across six domains: IT, Energy, Mobility, Industry, Smart Life and Automotive Systems through its proprietary Lumada solutions. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2020 (ended March 31, 2021) totaled 8,729.1 billion yen ($78.6 billion), with 871 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 350,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.
In the IT field, we have been expanding our business as an SAP partner since 1994, and have been using SAP extensively within the Hitachi Group as a user since 1999. Hitachi proposes the best solution from the perspective of both long-time SAP users and vendors.
For details, please visit the official website (Japanese):
About cbs Corporate Business Solutions
cbs Corporate Business Solutions, founded in 1995, is an international consulting firm for digital transformation and enterprise-wide solutions. The consultants design, optimise and manage digital business processes for mid-sized industrial corporations, hidden champions and large enterprises – end-to-end and worldwide. Realising enterprise transformation for global industrial customers, cbs combines sector-specific consulting expertise with software-driven transformation solutions based on our comprehensive methodology M-cbs – for fast value on the journey to the digital enterprise.
cbs has more than 700 employees based at its headquarters in Heidelberg. Situated in our offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Tokyo (Japan), cbs team members take care of our Asia Pacific clients. For details, please visit the official website: https://www.cbs-consulting.com/apac/
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D CEO Awards Honors Managing Director Brad Purifoy | Investment Banker of the Year 2021
Los Angeles June 16, 2021 Brad Purifoy of Corporate Finance Associate Worldwide (CFAW), an international middle-market investment banking firm, was honored by D CEO as 2021 Investment Banker of the Year. Mr. Purifoy was involved in a unique deal that set him apart from other nominees.
Mr. Purifoy worked with his client for more than five years on an exit strategy, but before they were able to execute a transaction, the business owner became gravely ill. The business owner’s wife, although she was not intimately involved in the business, stepped in to handle the details. Brad worked with legal counsel, the owner’s spouse, and the buyer to protect his client’s legacy during the most trying times.
“People tend to think of businesses as their corporate identity, just products or services. The fact of the matter is, businesses are owned and run by people”, said Brad Purifoy, Managing Director of CFA and the lead dealmaker on transaction. “M&A transactions don’t just involve dollar signs they are about serving the needs of people who build great businesses. This transaction served as a good reminder for company owners to not only plan for eventual M&A transactions, but also for contingencies in business and life that could arise.” D CEO, partnering with Association for Corporate Growth, honored the professionals whose activities set the standard for M&A transactions on May 6th.
About Corporate Finance Associates
Celebrating more than 65 years of service, Corporate Finance Associates Worldwide is a leading investment banking firm, with offices across North America, Europe and India providing middle-market companies with a wide range of financial advisory services and access to capital resources. More information is available via the Internet at www.cfaw.com.