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Barret Grads in the News!

A few recent Barret Grads in the news...thought we'd share. Marka Shaffer, featured in... 2016-06-22– David Douse, featured in... Read article June 26, 2016– Allen Waddell and Rhonda Owens, featured in... Read article June 25, 2016– Louis Marascalco and Justin ... (Read more)

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Kat Cole, Group President of FOCUS Brands, was our featured Lecture Series speaker for 2016.

Barret Lecture Series 2016

Kat Cole is the former president of Cinnabon Inc., now Group President of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, where she leads global, multi-channel businesses in licensing, manufacturing and ecommerce for all 6 brands that operate across 65 countries: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAllister’s, and Carvel. Kat is an angel investor, humanitarian and philanthropist focused on elevating self-sufficiency through education, technology and access to opportunity around the world. She is the co-founder of Changers of Commerce, chair of the board of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and a mentor, board member and advisor to emerging, retail, education and tech startups.

Kat is a frequent guest for global business media, was featured on CBS’ “Undercover Boss”, named one of Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 and one of CNBC’s Next 25 List of Innovators, Leaders and Disruptors. Her Twitter handle best describes her: “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, YGL, EDM fan, Coffee-Loving Chronic Learner”.

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Barret’s curriculum is selected and designed to deliver to the student, in a demanding academic environment, a high level of understanding of all major functions performed in the financial institutions of today. Included are the analytical, operational, planning, and regulatory areas. The curriculum is reviewed and up-dated each session.

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Expertise: Over 40 years of banking experience to benefit you in your career. Large endowment allows tuition subsidies and faculty excellence.

Education: Outstanding and innovative curriculum. Superb faculty including nationally known speakers in the industry

Lecture Series: Featuring nationally distinguished speaker – Fred Smith (2010)

Tuition: Among lowest in the industry. Approximately 1/3 of the cost of other banking schools around the country.

Convenience: One-week resident session means employees spend less time away from the job. Centrally located for easy transportation access.