Testimonials

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    “Kathleen was the right catalyst to our team focused on our core competencies and align our energy to grow the business. She provided tremendous guidance and used effective techniques to challenge executives in how they thought about our business and what the future could look like. Her insights and insistence on delivering exceptional service helped us develop programs that met our customer needs.”
    “Kathleen was the right catalyst to our team focused on our core competencies and align our energy to grow the business. She provided tremendous guidance and used effective techniques to challenge executives in how they thought about our business and what the future could look like. Her insights and insistence on delivering exceptional service helped us develop programs that met our customer needs.”

    Kathleen Gilmartin

    CEO and President, Interim Healthcare Inc.
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    “Kathleen Wood’s practical systems - truly inspire, motivate and support managers in achieving their success in and out of the restaurant and I have seen her impact in my organization first hand over the past decade she has worked with us.”
    “Kathleen Wood’s practical systems - truly inspire, motivate and support managers in achieving their success in and out of the restaurant and I have seen her impact in my organization first hand over the past decade she has worked with us.”

    Todd Graves

    Founder and CEO, Fry Cook and Cashier Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
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    “Kathleen has an outstanding ability to guide an organization through transition combined with a career of leadership and learning to provide the reader with a unique opportunity to learn how to move their lives and businesses onward and upward.”
    “Kathleen has an outstanding ability to guide an organization through transition combined with a career of leadership and learning to provide the reader with a unique opportunity to learn how to move their lives and businesses onward and upward.”

    Phil Friedman

    Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Salsarita’s
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    "Kathleen’s ability to see things beyond what is right in front of your face is what makes her successful. She is so passionate that it continues to drive our team to keep going and strive for bigger and better things! The PeopleMatter team love working with Kathleen and highly recommend her!"
    Nate DaPore, President & CEO, PeopleMatter
    "Kathleen’s ability to see things beyond what is right in front of your face is what makes her successful. She is so passionate that it continues to drive our team to keep going and strive for bigger and better things! The PeopleMatter team love working with Kathleen and highly recommend her!"
    Nate DaPore, President & CEO, PeopleMatter

    Nate DaPore

    CEO People Matter
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    "Ask a colleague about Kathleen and the words that are quickly used to describe her are smart, dynamic, energetic, creative, tireless, inspirational, generous, amazing, real, talented and very funny. She is all of that and more! I frequently share stories about how Kathleen helped me from the very beginning to shape the vision for our People Report consortium, and to build it into the resource that it is today for the service sector workforce, and the foodservice industry. Her advice, encouragement, and unfailing belief in our work was a constant that made the difference on many occasions. As the closing keynote speaker for our workforce symposium, Kathleen introduced her book, The Best Shift of Your Life, to a raptly attentive audience who laughed, cried, took furious notes and then gave ...
    "Ask a colleague about Kathleen and the words that are quickly used to describe her are smart, dynamic, energetic, creative, tireless, inspirational, generous, amazing, real, talented and very funny. She is all of that and more! I frequently share stories about how Kathleen helped me from the very beginning to shape the vision for our People Report consortium, and to build it into the resource that it is today for the service sector workforce, and the foodservice industry. Her advice, encouragement, and unfailing belief in our work was a constant that made the difference on many occasions. As the closing keynote speaker for our workforce symposium, Kathleen introduced her book, The Best Shift of Your Life, to a raptly attentive audience who laughed, cried, took furious notes and then gave her a standing ovation as she finished."
    Joni Doolin, Founder and Co-CEO TDn2K

    Joni Doolin

    Founder and Co-CEO TDn2K
  • "Kathleen Wood is one of the most remarkable leaders I know. I don't know where I'd be if it weren't for her coaching, accountability and support. As a team of new entrepreneurs leading a hot growing brand, working with Kathleen helped our team gain clarity on our purpose and direction to become a stronger and more profitable business. She pushed me to think bigger, become more disciplined and to take action in every aspect of my life and business. I owe so much of our success to Kathleen and I am forever grateful for being able to work with her. She is hands down best in class at what she does."
    "Kathleen Wood is one of the most remarkable leaders I know. I don't know where I'd be if it weren't for her coaching, accountability and support. As a team of new entrepreneurs leading a hot growing brand, working with Kathleen helped our team gain clarity on our purpose and direction to become a stronger and more profitable business. She pushed me to think bigger, become more disciplined and to take action in every aspect of my life and business. I owe so much of our success to Kathleen and I am forever grateful for being able to work with her. She is hands down best in class at what she does."

    Amanda Hite

    CEO, Talent Revolution
  • "Personally I have been honored with Kathleen as a mentor and our conversation have launched me, both personally and professionally, to amazing new heights. Without her dedication and tenacity, our industry would surly be lacking. It has been both an honor and a privilege to be a panelist for the Food Service Council for Women in New York as well as Florida. Kathleen Wood expertly assembles an outstanding panel that shows the diversity in our backgrounds as well as how the FSCW panel is changing the industry through innovation, trends, resources, and basic drive. Kathleen sets the bar very high for others to follow and it is a goal well worth the effort."
    "Personally I have been honored with Kathleen as a mentor and our conversation have launched me, both personally and professionally, to amazing new heights. Without her dedication and tenacity, our industry would surly be lacking. It has been both an honor and a privilege to be a panelist for the Food Service Council for Women in New York as well as Florida. Kathleen Wood expertly assembles an outstanding panel that shows the diversity in our backgrounds as well as how the FSCW panel is changing the industry through innovation, trends, resources, and basic drive. Kathleen sets the bar very high for others to follow and it is a goal well worth the effort."

    Betsy Craig

    Founder & CEO, Kitchens With Confidence & MenuTrinfo
  • "I have personally worked with Kathleen within my company and witnessed the shift in myself and in my employees. I love the stories she tells and the personal inventories are such powerful tools."
    "I have personally worked with Kathleen within my company and witnessed the shift in myself and in my employees. I love the stories she tells and the personal inventories are such powerful tools."

    Lori Daniels

    Founder, Two Chefs on a Roll
  • "Upon hiring Kathleen as a consultant for Raising Cane's, I quickly realized the desperate need for the development of core strategies for not only our Operational and Human Resources teams as we prepared for more than 25% company growth, but it also became apparent that there were reflections and actions I had to make personally to ensure I effectively scaled myself as a leader. Kathleen has always been an incredible support of both Raising Cane's and me personally, and her active engagement in both our business and my growth as a leader is recognized as a primary reason both Raising Cane's and I having achieved such incredible results for a sustained period of time. Her vision and passion for the success and prosperity of entrepreneurs is evident in the way she facilitates meetings, coac...
    "Upon hiring Kathleen as a consultant for Raising Cane's, I quickly realized the desperate need for the development of core strategies for not only our Operational and Human Resources teams as we prepared for more than 25% company growth, but it also became apparent that there were reflections and actions I had to make personally to ensure I effectively scaled myself as a leader. Kathleen has always been an incredible support of both Raising Cane's and me personally, and her active engagement in both our business and my growth as a leader is recognized as a primary reason both Raising Cane's and I having achieved such incredible results for a sustained period of time. Her vision and passion for the success and prosperity of entrepreneurs is evident in the way she facilitates meetings, coaches executives, as well as in her keynote presentations. We are forever grateful of everything Kathleen has done for us."

    Ian Vaughn

    COO, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
  • "Kathleen has the incredible talent to see right into the core of an organization, lead the team to assessing and evaluating performance opportunities, then it's "Shake, Rattle and Roll Baby"! We brought Kathleen Wood into the Beef O Brady's organization several times to assist with the creation of organization plans and develop strategic plans and initiatives in a very fast paced growing company. I have also had the honor to work directly with Kathleen at Last In Concepts where we doubled the size of the company in 1 year and created the plans to grow the company another 50% the following year. Kathleen inspires success and helps great teams accomplish great things. I would recommend her without a second thought to any organization that simply wants to become great!"
    "Kathleen has the incredible talent to see right into the core of an organization, lead the team to assessing and evaluating performance opportunities, then it's "Shake, Rattle and Roll Baby"! We brought Kathleen Wood into the Beef O Brady's organization several times to assist with the creation of organization plans and develop strategic plans and initiatives in a very fast paced growing company. I have also had the honor to work directly with Kathleen at Last In Concepts where we doubled the size of the company in 1 year and created the plans to grow the company another 50% the following year. Kathleen inspires success and helps great teams accomplish great things. I would recommend her without a second thought to any organization that simply wants to become great!"

    Scott Taylor

    President & COO, Last In Concepts
  • "We love the energy and wit Kathleen brings to our conferences and admire her powerfully positive and enthusiastic approach to successfully firing up our people. Whether she is speaking on company culture, team building, consolidating a vision, driving for targeted results or healthy communication and planning practices, Kathleen's tireless desire to see others to succeed is felt by each and every audience member."
    "We love the energy and wit Kathleen brings to our conferences and admire her powerfully positive and enthusiastic approach to successfully firing up our people. Whether she is speaking on company culture, team building, consolidating a vision, driving for targeted results or healthy communication and planning practices, Kathleen's tireless desire to see others to succeed is felt by each and every audience member."

    Jim Frank

    President, Marie Callender’s
  • "Kathleen takes a no non-sense approach to leading effectively with purpose. Her stories and techniques will help managers see the restaurant business in a whole new light."
    "Kathleen takes a no non-sense approach to leading effectively with purpose. Her stories and techniques will help managers see the restaurant business in a whole new light."

    Kelli Valade

    COO, Chili's Bar & Grill
  • "I have been a panelist on multiple panels that Kathleen has moderated for the Foodservice Council for Women and each one has been amazing! Her ability to keep the conversation upbeat and relevant is remarkable. She facilitated the panelist and audience interaction extremely well and made everyone feel welcome. Don't miss an opportunity to work with Kathleen. You'll learn a lot from her, will be exposed to new ideas and people and will have fun in the process."
    "I have been a panelist on multiple panels that Kathleen has moderated for the Foodservice Council for Women and each one has been amazing! Her ability to keep the conversation upbeat and relevant is remarkable. She facilitated the panelist and audience interaction extremely well and made everyone feel welcome. Don't miss an opportunity to work with Kathleen. You'll learn a lot from her, will be exposed to new ideas and people and will have fun in the process."

    Sally Saltzbart Minier

    Owner, Sweet Sally's Bake Shop
  • "Throughout the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to benefit personally from Kathleen's development, and recently at both Perkins and Marie Callender's with unit and mid-level management. Kathleen's unique ability to connect with the audience with high-energy delivery combined with high-impact content made a lasting impact with all participants. The team at PCMI is a fan and strongly recommends Kathleen!"
    "Throughout the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to benefit personally from Kathleen's development, and recently at both Perkins and Marie Callender's with unit and mid-level management. Kathleen's unique ability to connect with the audience with high-energy delivery combined with high-impact content made a lasting impact with all participants. The team at PCMI is a fan and strongly recommends Kathleen!"

    Toni Quist

    Chief People Officer, Perkins & Marie Callender's, LLC
  • "Consistently one of our highest-rated speakers, Kathleen Wood comes through every time she is invited to speak at the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) conferences. Some direct quotes from our attendees include, Kathleen ‘keeps the audience learning through laughing the whole time,' ‘set the tone for the whole conference with a very strong message,' and ‘was by far my favorite presentation.' Her practical content is always delivered in a way that inspires and engages."
    "Consistently one of our highest-rated speakers, Kathleen Wood comes through every time she is invited to speak at the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) conferences. Some direct quotes from our attendees include, Kathleen ‘keeps the audience learning through laughing the whole time,' ‘set the tone for the whole conference with a very strong message,' and ‘was by far my favorite presentation.' Her practical content is always delivered in a way that inspires and engages."

    Tara Davey

    Executive Director, CHART
  • "Kathleen Wood recently presented to a group of our early career female General Managers. For many of these team members, it was their first experience with an outside facilitator. Kathleen has the unique ability to teach without anyone realizing they're learning...to engage so everyone feels equal in the room and to inspire these women to reach their highest potential. Kathleen is the real deal who is a very smart and nice leader who genuinely cares about giving back. We are so very fortunate that Kathleen Wood loves the restaurant industry!"
    "Kathleen Wood recently presented to a group of our early career female General Managers. For many of these team members, it was their first experience with an outside facilitator. Kathleen has the unique ability to teach without anyone realizing they're learning...to engage so everyone feels equal in the room and to inspire these women to reach their highest potential. Kathleen is the real deal who is a very smart and nice leader who genuinely cares about giving back. We are so very fortunate that Kathleen Wood loves the restaurant industry!"

    Patti Wilmot

    Executive VP of PeopleFirst, Domino’s Pizza.
  • "Kathleen Wood hit the mark at our company conference! Her keynote presentation, 'The Power of ONE Team: Six Strategies for Achieving Competitive Greatness,' was terrific! The activity and strategies helped attendees take the insights and tools presented and put them into use the right way. It was such a pleasure to have Kathleen speak! We look forward to having Kathleen back as a speaker in the future."
    "Kathleen Wood hit the mark at our company conference! Her keynote presentation, 'The Power of ONE Team: Six Strategies for Achieving Competitive Greatness,' was terrific! The activity and strategies helped attendees take the insights and tools presented and put them into use the right way. It was such a pleasure to have Kathleen speak! We look forward to having Kathleen back as a speaker in the future."

    Christine Andrews

    SPHR, VP Human Resources, Hostmark Hospitality Group
  • "Kathleen’s down to earth approach allowed our team to really connect with the material! Her ability to customize a presentation to fit our company and culture was a huge WIN with our team! She energized and motivated our team and gave us practical tools needed to produce results and have the best shift of our lives. She is truly outstanding!"
    "Kathleen’s down to earth approach allowed our team to really connect with the material! Her ability to customize a presentation to fit our company and culture was a huge WIN with our team! She energized and motivated our team and gave us practical tools needed to produce results and have the best shift of our lives. She is truly outstanding!"

    Bonnie Scott

    VP of Corporate Training and Development, Eat‘n Park Hospitality Group
  • "Kathleen's personality is unmistakable when she delivers a keynote presentation! As a conference director, we have hired Kathleen multiple times to speak at our conferences and we are never disappointed. She has a gift for delivering above and beyond expectations and captivating audiences! If you are looking for a highly engaged, energized, funny and enlightened speaker- you have found her. I highly recommend hiring Kathleen Wood for your next event!"
    "Kathleen's personality is unmistakable when she delivers a keynote presentation! As a conference director, we have hired Kathleen multiple times to speak at our conferences and we are never disappointed. She has a gift for delivering above and beyond expectations and captivating audiences! If you are looking for a highly engaged, energized, funny and enlightened speaker- you have found her. I highly recommend hiring Kathleen Wood for your next event!"

    Melissa Papaleo

    Director of Industry Partnerships and Events, People Report
  • "Kathleen Wood is a dynamic speaker that really got to the heart of what is relevant for our franchisees and managers. Her discussion on the Power of One Brand helped unite our team in thought and action."
    "Kathleen Wood is a dynamic speaker that really got to the heart of what is relevant for our franchisees and managers. Her discussion on the Power of One Brand helped unite our team in thought and action."

    Camille Chavez

    Director of Training, Farmer Boys Food, Inc.
  • "Kathleen's enthusiasm is contagious. She has an energy and passion for people that will leave a room inspired and motivated to ignite meaningful change. We were honored to have her as a Keynote at FSMU 2011 and are anxious to involve her again in the future!"
    "Kathleen's enthusiasm is contagious. She has an energy and passion for people that will leave a room inspired and motivated to ignite meaningful change. We were honored to have her as a Keynote at FSMU 2011 and are anxious to involve her again in the future!"

    Sarah Atkinson

    Director of Social Media Marketing, Fohboh.com
  • "Kathleen's truth can lead you to yours. I've known her for 20 years, and the only thing better than reading every word of Kathleen's inspirational, instructive, fun story would be hearing her share it in person."
    "Kathleen's truth can lead you to yours. I've known her for 20 years, and the only thing better than reading every word of Kathleen's inspirational, instructive, fun story would be hearing her share it in person."

    Edna Morris

    Managing Director, Axum Capital Partners
  • "I was fortunate to win a raffle for charity to have Kathleen as my mentor/coach and achieved fantastic results! Over the course of our six mentoring sessions, Kathleen and I developed a plan of action to help me succeed and flourish in my career. I listened intently to her coaching, took pages and pages of notes, and followed through with the clear plan we developed. During each session, Kathleen made me feel like a longtime friend versus a client she'd only met over the phone. Eight months after our initial conversation, I received a promotion and my team has made great strides in performance! Kathleen helped me to reach my career goals, develop my team to a higher level and I could not be more pleased with the outcome!"
    "I was fortunate to win a raffle for charity to have Kathleen as my mentor/coach and achieved fantastic results! Over the course of our six mentoring sessions, Kathleen and I developed a plan of action to help me succeed and flourish in my career. I listened intently to her coaching, took pages and pages of notes, and followed through with the clear plan we developed. During each session, Kathleen made me feel like a longtime friend versus a client she'd only met over the phone. Eight months after our initial conversation, I received a promotion and my team has made great strides in performance! Kathleen helped me to reach my career goals, develop my team to a higher level and I could not be more pleased with the outcome!"

    Heather Lane

    Vice President, Training & Development, Moe’s Southwest Grill