Kathleen Wood

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.

Kathleen’s successful career experience features extensive strategic and executive leadership in operations, franchising, sales and marketing. Kathleen served as the President and COO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers from 2005–2007. 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. The highlights of Kathleen’s tenure as President and COO included sales growth from $24M to $100M, expansion of store locations from 24 to 68, geographic expansion from 3 states to 14 states and an increase of workforce from 800 to 2100. The most significant contribution however was the development of a strategic platform for growth while maintaining the integrity of the Raising Cane’s culture and brand.




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