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March 17, 2018

Kat Bruno with MAIKA bagsThis month, we are celebrating the amazing women in our community. Kat Bruno lives in Portland, Oregon. In her words: "I’m married to an amazing guy and we have a seven-year-old son. I lead the creative team at a small, awesome grocery store chain (New Seasons Market) based in the Pacific Northwest."


What is your superpower?
Definitely multi-tasking – but I wish it was the ability to read minds!

What is your favorite book/ podcast/ film?
Book: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Podcast: My Favorite Murder
Film: Godfather

What does your perfect day look like?
I love Sunday. My perfect Sunday starts with a great cup of coffee and hanging out with my son while my husband sleeps in a bit. Around 9am I lace up my running shoes and head out the front door. I love to go for a long, slow run on Sunday through the surrounding neighborhoods. Portland is an amazing city to see up close as you run. The key to a good run for me is a great playlist. When I get home, I shower and my son and I head out shopping. I call him my “Target buddy” because we love to walk the aisles of Target together. Then we head to the grocery store. Did I mention I work for an amazing grocery store chain that carries the best quality food and gives back to the community? I love walking the aisles of the grocery store and picking out things for the week. After the store, we head home and have a somewhat lazy afternoon. Once my son goes to bed my husband and I watch one of our favorite shows.

Who is your inspiration/ role model? Why?
My inspiration(s) are some of the strong women I’ve worked for, and with, over my career. There are pieces of each of these leaders I think about and aspire to be more like. I’ve been lucky – I’ve had amazing support and leadership throughout my career.

What would you tell your 20-year-old self?
Save more money!

What has been your greatest adventure?

What is the best gift you've ever received?
It sounds cheesy, but I love a good, hand-written card in the mail. When someone remembers my birthday, or sends me a thank you note.

What words do you live by?
This changes often – but right now it’s “Flip The Pancake”. I can’t take credit for this phrase, it’s something the amazing female CEO of our company shared with me. She used it with her boys growing up. Whenever they had a bad attitude about something she’d tell them to “flip the pancake” – to turn it around. I started using it with my son when he was negative about something and he totally understand the concept of changing his attitude. Now I find myself using these words too – if something is frustrating at work, I remind myself to change my attitude.


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