The first Waffle House opened in an Atlanta suburb in 1955, a short-order restaurant offering sought-after diner fare at affordable prices. In the six decades since, Waffle House and its glowing yellow sign have become American icons, peppering highways across the southern United States, serving up eggs, bacon and hash browns round-the-clock, seven days a week, to customers at its more than 1,500 locations nationwide.
What: "Getting Ahead, Staying Ahead: Challenges for the 21st Century Workforce," a lecture by Pat Warner, vice president for culture at Waffle House
When: Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Kirschman Hall, Room 131
Open to all UNO faculty, staff and students.
On Feb. 16, Pat Warner, vice president of culture for Waffle House, will visit the University of New Orleans, to talk with students about the challenges of facing the workforce of the 21st century and what it takes to get ahead and stay ahead in a rapidly changing business environment. The event, sponsored by the College of Business Administration’s Business Career Coaching Center, will be held 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in Kirschman Hall, Room 131.
Bob Brown, adjunct business professor, said he expects Warner to share valuable insights with students about the realities of working closely with employees in a large, successful business that relies on a strong culture of customer service and quality service. While the restaurant enjoys a reputation for incredible brand consistency, the business also employs a forward-looking strategy with regard to employee culture that has enabled its ongoing success.
Warner has worked at Waffle House for 16 years, leading the organization’s communications strategies before moving into his role overseeing the company’s culture in 2012. He came to the company following a decade as a program director at a local news station.
Warner’s talk is open to all UNO students, faculty and staff. Please RSVP for the event at firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.