Chartwells Celebrates Female Leaders’ Achievements in Recognition of International Women’s Day

Chartwells Higher Education Celebrates Female Leaders’ Achievements in Recognition of International Women’s Day
Chartwells embraces this year’s #BalanceForBetter theme

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Chartwells Higher Education, a recognized leader in contract food service management, is embracing International Women’s Day by recognizing three of its leaders that exemplify this year’s theme #BalanceForBetter. Chartwells encourages equality in the workplace by celebrating the achievements and longevity of its female leaders and employees.

A division of Compass Group PLC, Chartwells Higher Education, led by CEO Lisa McEuen, embraces gender equality in the workplace with females making up 57 percent of its workforce. Driven by an innate passion for excellence, McEuen has spent over 30 years leveraging her collaborative leadership style, extensive operational experience and strategic expertise to grow regions, divisions and organizations. McEuen has been with the company for 24 years, serving in a variety of senior leadership roles and today is the CEO of Chartwells and an Officer of Compass Group.

“There is no better time than the present to celebrate the achievements of women and help forge a more gender-balanced world,” Chartwells Higher Education CEO Lisa McEuen said. “We recognize that great innovation and memorable experiences for our customers are driven by our associates. When our team feels empowered and appreciated, we all benefit.”

Chartwells operates in over 290 higher education universities and colleges across North America. In recognition of International Women’s Day, McEuen and Chartwells highlight a few of those female leaders that have made a difference to those around them.

MaryAnn Van Vlack has worked for Northland College for 28 years. She is one of 187 female employees that have been with Chartwells for over 25 years. Van Vlack, who works as a grille cook, has dedicated her “retirement” years to taking care of the students at Northland. In honor of her 90th birthday, Chartwells celebrated her special day on campus with 90 cards from people across the United States.

“MaryAnn is our longest standing employee and sets the example for all others to work by,” said Amanda Tutor, Director of Dining Services at Northland College. “She is dedicated to her job, as well as the students, faculty, and staff that she serves. Despite the recent snow and ice storms, she arrives to work early each day, with a smile on her face. And MaryAnn’s smile can light up anyone’s day.”

Known to most as Nina, Antonina Greiman is completely committed to York College and Chartwells. During her 29 years on campus as the Residential Dining Manager, Greiman has built
personal relationships and embraced the change that comes with new campus administrations. She has always enjoyed and supported efforts to work with students and student groups. Greiman leads a team in support of a local women’s shelter, by initiating and organizing supply drives and fundraisers.

“Nina takes great pride in her work and serving others. By being her natural, altruistic self, she not only represents what it means to be a humble and hungry leader, but she represents Chartwells and all we stand for,” said Corey Wagner, Senior Director of Dining Services.

Chartwells supports #BalanceForBetter and encourages employee empowerment, which begins with collective action and shared responsibility. Chartwells shares the achievements of these women, and the many others like them across the globe, on International Women’s Day. To see more stories on the women Chartwells is celebrating, please visit