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Winter 2023 KY Cardinal
January 2024 Newsletter
BPW Women in Business Spotlight
Christen Bohanon- Chick-Fil-A Somerset
In the business world, it's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of power and success, but having a compassionate leader’s heart means that you don't lose sight of the people you are working with and for. It means treating your colleagues with kindness and respect, valuing diversity and inclusion, and striving to create a positive work environment for everyone. For Owner/Operator Christen Bohanon, this is a lifestyle choice and is the foundation of her growth and success at Chick-fil-A.
Ms. Bohanon began her career with Chick-fil-A in the state of Georgia as an entry-level employee. Being in the heart of Chick-fil-A with the headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, she quickly discovered her passion for the corporate side of the business and became an intern for the company.Today, she is the only woman owner/operator in the Kentucky market and one of 200 women owner/operators corporate-wide. She attributes her success to the culture of the franchise and the history on which it was founded.
She commented saying, “Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, grew up during the great depression and it heavily influenced how he wanted the stores to run. That is why all franchise owners are required to work in their stores and it is not a passive income business investment…it was so you were really invested in the business and people. That’s also why the franchise is so affordable…he didn’t want income to prohibit good people from operating restaurants and giving them a chance to make a positive impact.”
The impact Christen Bohanon has made in the almost 4 years in Somerset is shown not only in the lines you see at their drive-thru or the smiling faces in their lobby but in the way her employees view each other and how they return to the store even on their time off. Ms. Bohanon and her management team make certain to have team member appreciation events quarterly to show love to their staff. She also shares the gift of knowledge and mentorship with her staff while working alongside them. Her love of teaching and the mentors she had while growing in her career laid the foundation for how she treats her staff.
When it comes to empowering women, Christen Bohanon lights the torch and passes it daily through mentorship, leading by example, and providing opportunities for personal growth. There is no wonder she has a large percentage of her staff that are female! She also hosts the Chick-fil-A Princess Ball annually to give daddies and daughters a chance to bond and set the tone for how a young lady can be treated well while also learning to treat others with respect and kindness.
Now calling Somerset, Kentucky her home, Ms. Bohanon’s family has joined her and the Somerset Chick-fil-A crew making the store a real family affair! The local Business and Professional Women’s Club of Somerset is proud to support the local Somerset Chick-fil-A by sharing their story and eating ‘’Mor Chikin!”