Faith | Work | Culture

Friends, get your pen and paper out, I promise, you will want to take notes as you listen in to today’s guest, Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Today’s episode is all about Popeyes, Purpose, and Principles.

Cheryl and I chat through many of the topics that professional women like you and me, are thinking about and questioning on a daily basis. Things like:

💥 Second-guessing our stages of life
💥 Our failures and how God redeems those experiences
💥 Knowing who to take feedback from
💥 Being the unexpected leader that “they” didn’t see coming
💥 Choosing to see the “land of opportunity”

Friends, if you’ve ever experienced failure or have been embarrassed by certain failures in your life, listen in. Not only does Cheryl share about a difficult moment in her professional life, but I do too, something I don’t think I’ve ever shared before. This episode will help you see how God wants to redeem those experiences as He prepares you for the next right thing He has for you.

Cheryl Bachelder is a passionate, purpose-led business leader — the former CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. From 2007 to 2017, she led the transformation of a tired brand and discouraged organization into a top-performing quick-service restaurant chain. The story of Popeyes success is chronicled in her book Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others. Cheryl’s earlier career included brand leadership roles at Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company, and Procter & Gamble.

Today Cheryl’s aim is to encourage and invest in senior leaders, helping them to understand and implement Dare to Serve leadership in for-profit and non-profit workplaces.

Cheryl serves as a director and chair of the compensation committee at US Foods Holding Corp (USFD). She is currently the lead independent director at Chick-fil-A, Inc. She is an advisor to Procter & Gamble’s franchising venture, Tide Dry Cleaners. She is a member of CEO Forum, an organization that encourages and disciples Christian CEOs and senior leaders. She is a mentor to ministries that develop future Christian leaders: Spring Hill Camps, Crossroad Farms, Work Matters, and CRU.

Cheryl holds Bachelor and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is married 40+ years to Chris Bachelder and they have three grown daughters, two terrific sons-in-law, and four handsome grandsons. Cheryl and Chris reside in Atlanta, Georgia, and attend Peachtree Church. They are avid learners, fans of the classical education movement, and can always be found reading a good book!

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