Cheers To Modern-Day American Success Icon Kat Cole
Stout Magazine takes this opportunity to give Kat Cole a well-earned #STOUTSHOUT to celebrate her trailblazing spirit.
We’ve delved into Kat’s amazing story to uncover the bold, brave and determined #Stoutways she exhibits as an entrepreneur of her own career, which hold value for anyone looking to make a #STOUT move forward on their own journey.
The Power of Yes
Kat Cole’s rise from Hooters Girl to COO and president of FOCUS Brands (the franchisor of Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Schlotzsky’s) in under two decades is nothing short of phenomenal.
Beginning at nineteen with her decision to say yes to launching a Hooters franchise in Australia (even though she had never been on a plane before) followed by taking a corporate job at Hooters HQ (at half the pay of her waitressing position), and then obtaining her MBA (without first getting a bachelor’s degree), Cole has always found a way to see possibilities and “think bigger”.
That’s always been my thing: I can see the possible in people and situations where other people can’t. And because I can see it, I can help other people see it too.
An Eye For Potential
Focusing on the good in people and situations is how she runs her career and her life. “When I see people, everyone, every human, I understand that I am in the presence of greatness,” she shares. “Maybe potential greatness, or greatness unpolished, or greatness unfound, but every person has the ability.”
Here’s Kat’s advice to fuel other like-minded, entrepreneurial go-getters.