**Your questions will be answered Thursday, September 29th at 2 pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!**
Hi - I'm Kat Cole.
I'm the group president of FOCUS Brands, the parent company of Cinnabon. I'm responsible for leading global, multi-channel businesses in licensing, manufacturing and ecommerce for all 6 brands that operate across 65 countries: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky's, McAllister's, and Carvel.
Prior to taking on my current role, I spent four years as president of Cinnabon Inc and was accountable for leading, evolving and building the team and multi-channel brand, which boasts 70 products in 70,000 points of distribution.
My background in the restaurant business started when I was a teenager. I notably rose through the ranks at Hooters. I have literally done a little bit of everything when it comes to the restaurant business: hostessed, bartended, waited tables.
One of the favorite things I like to tell people is, "Don’t forget where you came from, but don’t you dare let it solely define you.” It's a mantra I like to use to encourage learning and help teams and businesses embrace their roots while driving innovation and growth.
Some more information about me: I appeared on Undercover Boss. And I'm a passionate supporter of entrepreneurs, community, and elevating self-sufficiency through education and access to opportunity around the world.
Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Thursday, September 29th at 2 pm ET.
It's part of Mogul's new interactive Q &A sessions, Ask A Mogul Anything.
Come on and ask me *anything* ... about leading a large corporation and international brand ... rising from waitress and hostess to company president... and my thoughts on what it takes for women to succeed in business (and beyond) in the 21st century.
Former president of Cinnabon Inc., now Group President of Cinnabon's parent company, FOCUS Brands, where she leads global, multi-channel businesses in licensing, manufacturing and ecommerce for all 6 brands that operate across 65 countries: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky's, [...]