For Karen Breaux, life is a series of moments, which, if you play them right, can teach you everything you need to know to move forward, even if the lesson isn’t immediately obvious.
As human resources director at Postlethwaite & Netterville, where she has worked for the past 11 years, Breaux is often in a unique position to help staffers navigate those moments.
Breaux was named one of this year’s Influential Women in Business by Business Report and will be celebrated at a special luncheon May 10.
“When I mentor or coach people, sometimes I refer to (these) different points because there’s something typically of value that has happened that helps explain something, gives some motivation, some inspiration that helps them take another step,” she says, “because that’s how I took my steps.”
One of Breaux’s first such steps was at the beginning of her career when, after graduating from what was then the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), she was offered an administrative human resources role in Baton Rouge.
“I came in and I worked really hard, and the people I worked with and worked for saw that, and I very quickly began my journey in HR,” Breaux says.
That work ethic was something instilled in her early by her grandmother Fannie Jack, who Breaux calls a “praying woman of God.”