Cinnabon President to Address Women in Transportation

Kat Cole, the 35-year-old president of Cinnabon, will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 annual conference of WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation. The conference will take place May 14-16 in Portland, Ore.

The Annual Conference is WTS International’s flagship event. Attendees gather to network, discuss the state of the world’s transportation infrastructure, strategize on advancing professionally and explore the host city’s municipal and private transportation and transit projects. For the full duration of this year’s Portland conference, private corporations, public agencies and government officials invested in every transportation mode will exhibit, present, learn and network. 

As the president of Cinnabon, Inc., Kat Cole works to lead, evolve and build the multi-channel brand. Her story is often shared because she moved up from working as a hostess at 17-years-old in restaurants to traveling globally to help open new franchises. At the age of 19, she dropped out of college, advanced to various management and leadership positions and at 26 became a vice president at Hooters, making her one of the youngest executives in the hospitality industry.

Cole was recently featured on the show Undercover Boss and was named one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.” 

For more information on the 2014 Annual WTS Conference, visit or contact Margaret Mullins, Operations Director, at 202-955-5085.