Cathleen Allred

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Allred,-CathleenCathleen Allred

Krispy Kreme
Senior Vice President Human Resources and Organizational Development

Years with company:  12 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • BS Human Development &Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
  • MBA High Point University

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
Ken Hudson, former SVP of HR at Krispy Kreme was my mentor and helped me get to where I am today.  He allowed me to grow in my career, and take on new responsibilities as I was ready, and sometimes when I did not believe I was ready.  Cindy Bay, the SVP of US Franchises & Company Stores is another mentor.  Cindy taught me the importance of giving back to women within our organization.  We need to always seek out opportunities to lift each other up.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to dateI went back to school for my MBA while working full time and having a family.  That is something I am extremely proud of.  It was a difficult time for my family; balancing work and home is hard but adding school was definitely a challenge.  I am proud that I was able to see it through to get my degree.  I am so very thankful to my family at home and at Krispy Kreme who encouraged me.

Most challenging part of your job: 
Finding the appropriate balance between work and family.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Do not wait to be asked.  When you see an opportunity, if it makes sense, you need to go for it.  Do not hesitate to take on new challenges in your current role without the promotion.  The experience you will gain, and the exposure that comes with it, will pay off in the long run.

Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and 2 kids.