Kathleen is the Founder of Kathleen Wood Partners & Suzy's Swirl. Kathleen is the founder of Kathleen Wood Partners, an innovative growth strategy firm, specializing in transforming visions into reality through strategy brand optimization and leadership development. The scope of Kathleen Wood Partners spans from hospitality, healthcare, service, manufacturing and retail clients. Her firm consistently works with Fortune 500 leaders, INC 1000 founders and entrepreneurial businesses.
Kathleen is a nationally recognized growth strategist, motivational speaker and author, and a proven leader in business and non-profits.
In 2010 she published her first book, The BEST Shift of Your Life – The Restaurant Manager’s Guide for Success Outside the Restaurant.
Kathleen has never left her operational roots and is a founder and business partner in Suzy’s Swirl, a frozen dessert concept founded by herself, her sister Sue and niece Jen Tierno. Their vision is to re-ignite the American Dream through swirling frozen goodness, swirling greatness and swirling gratitude with their innovative frozen dessert concept.
She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in hotel restaurant and management from University of Wisconsin – Stout and Master in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago.