Pictured: Kathleen (center) with her family!
At Wingstop, we leveraged Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month as an opportunity to learn more about the AAPI culture and have meaningful conversations. This past month, we sat down with Wingstop team member Kathleen Rosgen to learn more about her career, family, and heritage.
Q: What’s your job title and how long have you worked in Supply Chain?
A: I am the Food Safety Quality Assurance Auditor and I have been with Wingstop for 3 months. I have been in the Supply Chain/ Food Industry for 5 years.
Q: What inspired you to work in your field?
A: A woman by the name of Temple Grandin inspired me way back in high school when I was a part of FFA (Future Farmers of America). In short, she began the movement for humane treatment of livestock during the slaughter process. I love livestock animals and I pursued the dream of being an animal welfare auditor. In conjunction with being an animal welfare auditor, I was required to be knowledgeable of food safety. I can now proudly say that now, every day, I help protect the food supply for all Wingstop guests.
Q: What’s the most exciting part of your job?
A: I enjoy visiting our different manufacturers. Growing up, my favorite show was “How It’s Made,” so every visit is just like watching new episode and learning along the way!
Q: How has your heritage shaped the person you are today?
A: I believe my heritage has formed what values I possess and my personal identity.
Q: Does your family have any traditions that are especially important to you?
A: Something that has stayed with me, that I will convey to my children, is respecting your elders by addressing them with a hierarchical marker. I have never said my brother’s name when communicating to him (honestly forget it occasionally). Instead, he has always been called, “Manong,” which means older brother.
Q: What does AAPI Heritage Month mean to you?
A: Growing up in a mixed-race household, Caucasian and Filipino, I have always embraced the intersection of my ethnicities. I believe AAPI heritage month allows others to understand and spotlight all the different flavors of cultures and values of Asian Americans.