Lissa Bowen


“Putting people first is just good business.”

- Lissa Bowen, Chief People + Culture Officer

Lissa has over three decades of experience in restaurant operations, talent recruitment, retention, and company culture. She began her career in operations and training, working across a number of brands from fast-casual to fine dining, such as Applebees®, O’Charley’s® and the Atlanta-based Fifth Group Restaurants.

As the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition for FOCUS Brands, Lissa partnered brand with leaders from Schlotzsky’s®, McAlister’s Deli®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels®, Cinnabon® and Carvel® in the design, implementation and management of workforce planning processes.


37+ years Foodservice Experience

  • Casual Dining
  • Fast Casual
  • Fine Dining
  • Franchisor Executive
  • Franchisee


  • Talent Acquisition
  • HR
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Leadership Training
  • Organizational Development
  • Restaurant Ops

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