• Ed Gaines

The Youngest African-American Female Chick-fil-A Franchise Owner

Ashley Derby, Spelman graduate, made history in 2011 when she became the youngest African-American female franchise owner in the history of Chick-fil-A at 26 years old. Derby is an Atlanta native who started working at Chick-fil-A as a teenager to save money for a car. She stuck with the company through her undergrad years at Spelman. Because of her boss’ advice, Derby switched her major to focus on economics and applied for leadership roles at the restaurant. company announced that Derby would leave the USC franchise to become the owner of a sparkling new downtown Los Angeles location. #BlackHistory



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