2010 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Kathy G. Cabello

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

President, Cabello Associates

Sphere of Influence: The founder and president of the full-service marketing consultancy that bears her name spends a great deal of time giving back to the community. A first-generation American and the first in her family to attend college directly after high school, she speaks regularly about starting a business, educational opportunities and the importance of diversity in the workforce.

Cabello (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

When she isn’t helping Fortune 500 firms develop corporate strategic plans, implementing national product/service launches or re-engineering sales and marketing processes, Kathy G. Cabello, president of Cabello Associates, can be found promoting educational attainment (particularly for Hispanic youth) and business entrepreneurship. She came by her passions early, as a Hispanic immigrant.

“I was lucky,” she said. “My father, mother, siblings and other mentors encouraged, invested, and ultimately shared in my academic success. My experiences as a first-generation college student opened my eyes to the challenges and disparities that not only I experienced, but also the very few Latino students around me. Even as a student in college I knew that I had to do my part to ensure their success in high school and college. Today my passion is even stronger.”

Cabello earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science/math from Eastern Michigan University (and, later, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame). She began her career as a computer engineer, developing systems for utilities and manufacturers. As the years went by she led larger and larger projects, developing a knowledge of—and interest in—strategy and marketing.

She launched into entrepreneurship when her last employer, DowBrands, LP, was acquired. Faced with relocating her family to the United Kingdom, she opted instead to stay in Indiana and strike out on her own. Thus Cabello Associates was born.

“In the beginning, I had to prove to potential clients that my firm had the knowledge and ability to compete and deliver results,” she said. “The need to succeed and to show that a Hispanic woman could own and operate a viable company drove me daily.”

Today Cabello devotes a great deal of time to mentoring Hispanic youth and singing the praises of entrepreneurship in general. “My mother taught me to be generous—to share so that others may grow,” she said. “It gives me pleasure to mentor others, particularly young people in the early stages of their academic and business careers, as well as Hispanic business owners. If I can help them grow and avoid a pitfall, then there is one more business or person that is contributing to the strength and diversity of our community.”

In addition to mentoring young girls and tutoring math students, she’s involved in pre-college programs such as the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s Project Stepping Stone. She also serves on the board of the Indianapolis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

In her spare time Cabello enjoys reading historical fiction, watching classic movies and attending Notre Dame football games with her husband, Eddy. They have two daughters, Gabriella, a junior at Ben Davis High School, and Marcela, a sophomore at Cornell University.

Click here to return to the Women of Influence landing page.


Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.