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Danitra Barnett
Danitra Barnett
Since she started as a crew member, Barnett has ascended the ranks at McDonald's to a vice president position in their corporate headquarters near Chicago.

As VP of human resources for McDonald's USA, she fights against the low-wage stigma attached to the company and hails their managerial training programs.

"We are not a minimum wage employer," she said. "In fact, most of our restaurants start well above minimum wage."

About 75% of McDonald's restaurant managers and 40% of their corporate staff started as crew members, she said.

"Whether you're coming into McDonald's for a year or for a career, you can work for us," she said.

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