Kat Cole, who originally wanted to be an engineer and an attorney, embarked on an unusual career path that eventually led her to become president of Cinnabon. The cinnamon-bun franchise, which is on pace to reach $900 million in sales this year, was the first U.S. franchise to enter Libya. "We are in about 50,000 points of distribution around the world, including grocery, franchise and food-service establishments," Cole said.

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