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Providence – Local Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners and their crew members are teaming up with the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) to put on an interactive career exploration program for local high school students in Rhode Island.

The event Friday at Rhode Island College, is part of MFHA’s Showcase of the Stars™ program – a nationwide event series targeted toward urban youth and committed to highlighting the professional opportunities available in the foodservice industry. The program presents guest panelists, the “stars” of the event, who share stories of how they built their careers and offer students firsthand advice on how to succeed in a professional setting.

250 students from five Rhode Island high schools attend the event. Participating students have the opportunity to learn about every aspect of Dunkin’ Donuts’ business, as the panelists participating in the event are each involved in different aspects of the Dunkin’ Donuts’ franchised system – spanning from a local franchise owner to a franchisee’s store manager to a franchised network trainer.

MFHA launched the Showcase program 15 years ago. Since then, the program has had a positive impact on the careers of close to 20,000 students.
About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for
coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot
regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories.
Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee
category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 12,000
restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is
part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more
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About Showcase of the Stars™
Showcase of the Stars™ is the premier, live, interactive, career exploration event
that educates, motivates and inspires students to pursue a rewarding career in the
foodservice & hospitality industry. The primary audiences are multicultural high
school and college students. MFHA has been staging Showcase of the Stars™ events
since 2000, when the first program was held in Chicago. Since touring major US
cities in 2001, it has inspired over 20,000 students and 5,000 educators, in30 major
cities and counting. For more information, email:<>

Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) is an educational non-profit
that helps its members build Cultural Intelligence to deliver better business
results; providing multicultural solutions that help raise the topline, improve the
bottom-line and build culturally authentic brand value. Learn more at