100 Women Wall of Honor
About100 Women Wall of Honor

Kathryn L. Nicholas

It’s natural for a grandmother to lovingly boast of a grandchild’s accomplishments, but when her admiration comes with a testimonial about great determination, a strong work ethic and proven success, it’s clear why Kathryn “Katie” Lyn Nicholas (BA 2008 Art History) was chosen by her grandmother, Nancy Johnson Nicholas (BS 1955 Home Economics), for 100 Women recognition. Determined to blend artistic talents with a love of food, Katie moved from treks up Bascom Hill and navigating the streets of Chicago to complete a culinary degree from Kendall College. Returning to her home town of Milwaukee, she gained valuable experience working for several highly-respected dining establishments including Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro and the Town Club of Fox Point, Wisconsin, before finding a position with Burke Candy & Ingredients, a family-owned business known in Milwaukee for its gourmet confections. When not in the kitchen developing delectable candies or helping customers select the perfect gourmet assortment, Katie spends time with family and friends. When she opened her grandparent’s Christmas gift in 2013, she became the youngest 100 Women honoree and the fourth generation of her family to receive this special recognition.