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Kat Cole by Anagha Prasad


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Biography of Kat Cole as a leader in all parts of life, written by Wharton MBA student for a course on leadership from the point of view of the whole person.

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Kat Cole by Anagha Prasad

  1. 1. MGMT671 Leadership Biography: Kat Cole ANAGHA PRASAD
  2. 2. Early Life: Resilience and Hard Work • Began working in high school to support single-parent, single-income household • Worked at Hooters through college • Started as hostess and began training others • High performer asked to open Hooters locations around the globe • Eventually dropped out of college given her success at Hooters
  3. 3. Career Progression: Rapid Growth Age 17: Became Hooters hostess Age 19: Opened her first overseas Hooters location (Australia) Age 26: EVP, Hooters Age 31: President, Cinnabon, Inc. Age 32: Georgia State’s first eMBA candidate without an undergraduate degree Age 36: Group President, FOCUS Brands
  4. 4. Integrating Domains through Service • Community investment: Board of Directors, Women’s Foodservice Forum • Mentoring: Global Entrepreneurs Council (UN) & Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum) • International development work: Humanitarian aid work in East Africa • Intersection of self, community, work, and home domains through the pursuit of these activities • “Balance between heart and hustle”
  5. 5. Takeaways & Key Lessons • Resilience • Gratitude and its limitations • Seizing opportunities of all shapes and sizes • Balancing humility • Reflection and self- awareness
  6. 6. Sources