By Yesha Callahan
Alicia Derby started working at Chick-Fil-A when she was 15 years old, now she’s the owner/operator of a Chick-Fil-A franchise located on the University of Southern California campus. The Spelman alum turned her low-on-the-totem pole job into an opportunity that launched her career as an entrepreneur. Earlier this year Derby was highlighted in the LA Focus Newspaper for her entrepreneurial spirit.
My job description was pretty much taking orders on the registers and cleaning up in the dining room,” Derby says of her start with the company.
At that early age, she learned “the basics” of making a better future for herself: coming to work on time, wearing the proper uniform, and doing what was asked of her.
“It was an invaluable thing that a lot of kids don’t get today, but I really benefitted from,” says Derby.
The Atlanta-native stayed with Chick-Fil-A through high school and into college during which time she was promoted to the supervisory role of team leader. Seeing her strong work ethic and drive, the restaurant’s operator asked her if she’d ever considered owning her own Chick-Fil-A.