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Kathleen Wood
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Gerry Fernandez and Kathleen Wood are now friends
Oct 11, 2011

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Kathleen Wood's blog post was featured

Lessons from Leaders - Five Secrets to Business Success

One of the things that I like to do when I I travel is to devour a diverse portfolio of books, magazines and websites. I clearly have some favorites magazines and sites; Success, Fortune, Forbes, Pink, Franchise Times, Nation's Restaurant News and the vast majority of trade magazines and websites. This week I came across a great article by Richard Branson, the founder of the mega brand Virgin. I thought this article was so powerful because of his amazing job of synthesizing 40 years of business…See More
Sep 13, 2010

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Kathleen Wood posted a blog post

Lessons from Leaders - Five Secrets to Business Success

One of the things that I like to do when I I travel is to devour a diverse portfolio of books, magazines and websites. I clearly have some favorites magazines and sites; Success, Fortune, Forbes, Pink, Franchise Times, Nation's Restaurant News and the vast majority of trade magazines and websites. This week I came across a great article by Richard Branson, the founder of the mega brand Virgin. I thought this article was so powerful because of his amazing job of synthesizing 40 years of business…See More
Sep 12, 2010

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Ty Sullivan commented on Kathleen Wood's blog post What can you commit to for 30 days?
"I commend you! At least you got your bucket list done! I still have yet to do so. Ironicaly, one of my items to address during my 30 days...Making time to take care of myself! LOL. And So it Goes..."
Sep 10, 2010

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Kathleen Wood's blog post was featured

What can you commit to for 30 days?

This month I joined Amanda Hite, Founder and CEO of Talent Revolution in her company’s 30 Day Personal Revolution Challenge. The 30 Day Personal Challenge is a public commitment of creating positive change to improve yourself, your life, your business or anything else that is important to you. I love that quote by Ghandi, “be the change you want to see in the world.” I happen to be one of those people who love change for the positive. I have found in my life that I can not speak, ask or…See More
Sep 7, 2010

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Kathleen Wood posted a blog post

What can you commit to for 30 days?

This month I joined Amanda Hite, Founder and CEO of Talent Revolution in her company’s 30 Day Personal Revolution Challenge. The 30 Day Personal Challenge is a public commitment of creating positive change to improve yourself, your life, your business or anything else that is important to you. I love that quote by Ghandi, “be the change you want to see in the world.” I happen to be one of those people who love change for the positive. I have found in my life that I can not speak, ask or…See More
Sep 6, 2010

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Ty Sullivan commented on Kathleen Wood's blog post Taking Back Our Power!
"Kathleen this post is great! Tweeting it now! Thanks you!"
Aug 30, 2010

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Paul Paz commented on Kathleen Wood's blog post Taking Back Our Power!
"PS... I hope I speak for the many independents (the backbone of our industry) out there who have carved out their own successful niches in these changing times. Paul"
Aug 29, 2010

Profile Information

Title
President/Founder
Company
Kathleen Wood Partners
Website
http://kwoodpartners.com
What best describes my company
Other
Interests
Consulting, Learning, Networking
Personal Quote
Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. Julia Child
Biography
Kathleen is the founder of Kathleen Wood Partners, LLC, an innovative growth strategy firm, specializing in shifting leaders and businesses to new levels of success. Kathleen and her partners offer consulting services, career coaching, keynote presentations and result driven solutions for hospitality, healthcare, service, manufacturing and retail clients. Her firm consistently works with Fortune 500 leaders, INC 1000 founders and entrepreneurs.

Kathleen is a nationally recognized growth strategist, motivational speaker and author, and a proven leader in business and non-profits. She blends her corporate sensibility and rigor with entrepreneurial vigor and innovation to deliver sustainable solutions.

Kathleen recently published The Best Shift of Your Life – The Restaurant Manager’s Guide for Success Outside the Restaurant! A practical personal development book specifically designed to provide managers with a blueprint to advance their career and personal success. Managers will find this fast -paced and engaging book easy to relate to as it based upon many of the practices and principles of successful restaurant operations. It is also an excellent tool to support and enhance existing management development and retention programs.

From 2005-2007, she served as President and COO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Kathleen was instrumental in leading Raising Cane's through unprecedented growth, national expansion and the recovery of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita. Prior to Raising Cane's she was a co - founder and president of both Elliot Solutions, a national consulting firm and the Elliot Leadership Institute, a non-profit leadership institute.

Today, Kathleen serves on the Advisory Board of Two Chefs on a Roll and the People Report™. She is a member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and chairs the Entrepreneurial Development Committee. She serves as Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and is a member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure National GLBT Advisory Council. She also is a member of the Trevor Project’s Inner Circle.

She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel Restaurant and Management from University of Wisconsin – Stout and Master in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago

Please visit her at Kathleen@kwoodpartners.com
Years in the Industry
35

Growth Strategists for Leaders and Businesses in Hospitality


We deliver solutions we believe in. Our strategic specialists bring practical, real-world, experience backed with industry and academic credentials. Successful outcomes result from client and consultant understanding and active participation in the entire process.

At Kathleen Wood Partners, LLC, collaboration is the key to success. First, we assess and identify your needs. Next, our strategic specialists customize the best solutions for you and your company. Finally, we integrate customized solutions effectively into your business.

We approach our work with three objectives. We are strategic, we are solutions oriented and we are committed to bringing clear results to every project. This proactive approach improves communication and creates accuracy and efficiency at every level.

Our success is measured by our ability to provide practical solutions and adding value to your organization. Our work is not complete until the solution is fully integrated into your organization.

Specialties:
Strategic planning, organizational development, infrastructure architecture, crisis management, growth strategies

Experience

President/ Founder
Kathleen Wood Partners, LLC
August 2007 – Present
Growth Strategy Consulting specializing in strategic planning, infrastructure architecture, organizational development and crisis management planning.

President/ Chief Operating Officer
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

May 2005 – August 2007

Co-Founder/President
Elliot Leadership Institute

January 2003 – May 2005

Co-Founder/President
Elliot Solutions

October 1994 – January 2003


Kathleen Wood's Blog

Lessons from Leaders - Five Secrets to Business Success

One of the things that I like to do when I I travel is to devour a diverse portfolio of books, magazines and websites. I clearly have some favorites magazines and sites; Success, Fortune, Forbes, Pink, Franchise Times, Nation's Restaurant News and the vast majority of trade magazines and websites. This week I came across a great article by Richard Branson, the founder of the mega brand Virgin. I thought this article was so powerful because of his amazing job of synthesizing 40 years of…

Continue

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 8:30pm

What can you commit to for 30 days?

This month I joined Amanda Hite, Founder and CEO of Talent Revolution in her company’s 30 Day Personal Revolution Challenge. The 30 Day Personal Challenge is a public commitment of creating positive change to improve yourself, your life, your business or anything else that is important to you.

I love that quote by Ghandi, “be the change you want to see in the world.” I happen to be one of those people who love change for the positive. I have found in my life that I can not speak, ask or…

Continue

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Taking Back Our Power!

On July 4, 1776 the founders of our country signed their names to the Declaration of Independence. This document became the foundation for uniting the many states of America. Our forefathers had the insight to write a very powerful document. The second paragraph clearly states: ” We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among them these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of… Continue

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Building Community and Connection with Purpose - Foodservice Council for Women

This weekend we have reached another historic milestone in our country’s history – Elena Kagan being sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice. This is the first time in our country’s history that we have had three women on the Supreme Court at the same time. It is truly an historic event and one that speaks to how far women have come since the passing of the 19th Amendment on June 4, 1919 that gave women the right to vote.



These national events give me pause to reflect on how far women… Continue

Posted on August 8, 2010 at 1:00pm

The Power of Community Service

Over the past few weeks I have been involved in a lot of conversations over the very real concern that “if the economy comes around are we are going to lose our great people because we have not given them a raise or a bonus in the past two years? Someone will make them a better offer.” Now I could go on and on however, you probably know where it leads and you wouldn’t have to worry about that if you were taking care of them all along and that your staff was stretched to the point of breaking.… Continue

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 11:27am — 3 Comments

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At 1:53pm on December 22, 2008, Ian vaughn said…
I finally made it! Very happy to finally be back in contact!
At 4:06pm on November 19, 2008, Anthony Presley said…
Kathleen, thanks for the comment on my blog post about manager time and labor schedules! We (at my company) focus a lot on things that the industry just assumes is 'part of the job', and pick it apart to see what a computer can do better/faster/cheaper, so that staff can focus on the important stuff -- not the mundane.
At 7:30am on November 19, 2008,
Non-Operator
Mark Frank
said…
Thank you and I too look forward to more...

Mark
At 7:59pm on November 16, 2008, Judy "the foodie" Asman said…
Kathleen, thanks for adding me as a connection. I appreciate your highly progressive approach to leadership! We're lucky to have you as a member on FohBoh.
At 3:24pm on October 9, 2008, Leslie Howard said…
Hello,

I stumbled across your bio and loved it.
At 3:01am on October 4, 2008, Bill Baumgartner said…
Kathleen,

Thank you for adding me to your list of friends!

I look forward to sharing with you.

Hope you have a Great week !!!

Bill
Success Coach
"Helping you Achieve your Greatest Self"
At 7:45pm on October 2, 2008,
Operator
David Groll
said…
Hello Kathleen,
Thank you for the invitation! I hope we are connected.
Cheers,
David.
At 8:26am on October 2, 2008, Melissa Papaleo said…
Kathleen- SOO good to see you on here! I can't wait to read your blog and see you at conference! You ROCK! :)
At 8:26am on October 2, 2008, Amanda Hite said…
Hello Sunshine!! Have I told you how cool I think you are? And, I hear you have a cool pad in LBC. I was out there not too long ago and hooked up with Teresa she said you were doing great! Congrats and stay in touch.
At 7:25am on October 2, 2008, Forrest King said…
Hello, Great to hear from you again. Keep in touch. Forrest
 
 
 

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