|How Kat Cole Made It|
When I posted this article on Google+ I prefaced it with: The real story here is Kat Cole, President of Cinnabon, not those cinnabons per se; and it's an awesome one.
In business circles, Cole’s origin story is becoming as well known as her rolls: She got her start as a teen waitress at a Florida Hooters, taking on increased responsibility until she was managing the location. At 19, the chain tapped her to open a restaurant in Australia — until then she had never left the country — and her days of working to pay for her engineering degree at North Florida were soon over. She was now working to work.Cole was, and no doubt still is, a scrapper, even as a young woman, working at a joint - Hooters - that openly flaunted sexy women in both name and attire. Her manager must've seen not just her go-getter attitude, but also her leadership potential.