Kathleen Wood is a highly regarded and sought after business growth strategist, trailblazer, keynote speaker and author.
As CEO and Founder of Kathleen Wood Partners, LLC, an innovative growth strategy firm, focused on growing businesses, developing leaders and transforming organizations, Kathleen is an expert in business acceleration. A successful executive, she has spent over 20 years developing highly effective methods designed to achieve business growth and success. She is the architect of the Bold Leadership program, a game changing, culture shifting platform that accelerates people, performance and profits.
A trusted advisor to Fortune 100 executives, start-ups, turn-arounds and non-profits, Kathleen’s Bold Leadership platform has transitioned and catapulted businesses to the apex of their markets, categories or national positions.
Before founding her own companies, Kathleen served as the President and COO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers from 2005-2007. Kathleen led the organization through the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the extensive recovery process that followed. During this time they achieved an unprecedented 100% growth in two years, sales increase from $24M to $100M, store location growth from up 24 to 68, expansion from 3 states to 14, and an increase of workforce from 800 to 2100!
Kathleen Wood Partners, LLC was founded when she realized her formula for success could be a game changer for any business. Her unique perspective and concepts were developed through her vast experience in business management and acceleration. Her dynamic, informative speaking engagements are laced with humor and offer simple, effective ways to create a business road map that will keep your business thriving and ahead of your competition. She blends her corporate sensibility and rigor with entrepreneurial vigor and innovation to deliver sustainable solutions. Today she travels the globe invigorating and enlightening audiences, conducting workshops with business leaders, and offering expert business guidance.
A business strategist who walks her talk, Kathleen has mapped her way to success again with her latest business venture by following her own recipe leveraging her powerful network and forging an outstanding brand. In August 2012, Kathleen, in partnership with her sister [Sue Tierno], and niece [Jen Tierno] launched Suzy’s Swirl in Gurnee, Illinois. Suzy’s Swirl is a self-serve frozen yogurt, gelato and sorbetto shop. Their vision is to re-ignite the American Dream through swirling frozen goodness, swirling greatness and gratitude with their innovative franchise program. Using Kathleen’s business acceleration formulas, they opened their second location in June 2014 in Lake Bluff, Illinois.
She is author of The BEST Shift of Your Life – The Restaurant Manager’s Guide for Success Outside the Restaurant. Kathleen is currently an advisory board member for Bama International, and a co-founder of Foodservice Council for Women. Kathleen is a past president and board member of Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers and a former Executive Committee Member and Board Member for Women’s Foodservice Forum.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel restaurant and management from University of Wisconsin – Stout and Master in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago.