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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 https://www.fastcasual.com/articles/kat-cole-gives-advice-to-women-looking-to-lead/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/katcole/ https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227970 https://qz.com/648389/cole-profile/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/bogardandhoffman/2016/12/19/on-resilience-how-kat-cole-rose-from-hooters-hostess-to-president-of-cinnabon/2/#1f5070842035 https://www.forbes.com/sites/deniserestauri/2016/09/06/kat-cole-knows-how-to-stay-positive-and-let-go-of-failures/#4bc78d5a1097 https://www.fastcasual.com/articles/kat-cole-gives-advice-to-women-looking-to-lead/ http://www.stephgrantphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/BurningManWedding_StephGrant_Tea-102.jpg http://www.stephgrantphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/KAT-COLE-BURNING-MAN-WEDDING-720x260.jpg https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/db/6c/09/db6c09ea46fe5ca4b4a1f24f402611e7.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4a/Kat-Cole_227970.jpg/220px-Kat-Cole_227970.jpg http://blogs.pb.com/corporate/files/2015/01/Kat-Cole-315-304.jpg https://www.realsimple.com/sites/default/files/styles/rs_horizontal_image_4/public/kat-cole.jpg?itok=C0oLkk-Q

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