Inspiring, innovative, empowering and business-savvy are just a few of the words often used to describe Florine Mark, President and CEO of The WW Group, Inc., based in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more than 30 years, Florine has used her knowledge, influence, energy and resources to help people help themselves. Florine is the leading U.S. franchise holder of Weight Watchers International. The WW Group, In c., an internationally recognized weight loss enterprise, had its humble beginnings as a family business created by Florine from the ground up. Her relatives were the first members. Success and growth quickly followed as Florine consistently acquired franchises throughout the Midwest, East Coast, Canada and Mexico. Some of these franchises were sold in 2003 in a lucrative deal to Weight Watchers International, but Florine retained all operations in her home state of Michigan, as well as in Northern Ontario, Canada. A multi-faceted entrepreneur with a special eye toward empowering women, Florine employs a large number of women from various age groups and backgrounds in her Michigan and Canadian operations. She is the Inaugural Career Mastered Living Legend Honoree.
Affiliated with some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, Florine serves on The Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government where she works to globally advance women in leadership and public policy, and create solutions for public problems.