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Kathleen Wood
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 strategic consulting services, brand development, keynote presentations and results-driven solutions for hospitality, healthcare, service, manufacturing and retail clients. Her firm consistently works with Fortune 500 leaders, INC 1000 founders and entrepreneurs.

In 2012, Kathleen, her sister and niece launched their concept Suzy's Swirl in Gurnee, Illinois. Suzy's Swirl is a self-serve yogurt, gelato and sorbetto shop. Their vision is to re-ignite the American Dream through swirling frozen goodness, swirling greatness and swirling gratitude.

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. In 2010 she published her first book, The BEST Shift of Your Life – The Restaurant Manager's Guide for Success Outside the Restaurant.

Before founding her own companies, Kathleen served as the President and COO of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers from 2005–2007. This award-winning, $100M company operated 68 restaurants in 14 states with over 2,100 employees. During her tenure, she led the organization through the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the extensive recovery process that followed and through an unprecedented 100% growth in two years.

Kathleen is also a featured speaker and keynote presenter at corporate events, association meetings and multiple industry functions.

Kathleen is currently a board member for the People Report™, executive committee member for the Women's Foodservice Forum, and is the co-founder of The Foodservice Council for Women. She also serves on the strategic advisory council for People Matter. Kathleen is a past president and board member of Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers.