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Mayor Sharon Weston Broome began her political career 30 years ago with a seat on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council, where she surprisingly found little gender disparity among her colleagues, as one of several women serving on the local level. That changed, however, once she moved into higher office by 1992. “As I went

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Over the course of her two years with environmental consulting firm QRI, L. Rivers Berryhill made an effort to become the go-to person in the company for help. The Baton Rouge native, working as a project coordinator and environmental scientist, steadily took on more tasks and responsibility, and earlier this year, she realized her role

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Asked + Answered is a new recurring feature in The Network. We pose reader queries about workplace and management matters to a panel of three Baton Rouge executive coaches and management consultants to get their take. Submit your questions anonymously. I’m the first and only female on my company’s executive team. Any tips for navigating

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When the internet began entering American households 25 years ago, it hardly seemed like a marketing revolution. There was one commercial web browser and about 10,000 sites, none of which came remotely close to the present versions of Amazon, Youtube and Google. So, a quarter century and countless innovations later, does it matter if your

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Lori Virdue’s love for vintage was born in her grandmother’s closet. Growing up, she lived with three siblings in her grandparents’ retro home in south Baton Rouge. When getting dressed for school, she would borrow ’50s, ’60s and ’70s pieces from their closet. The free-spirited gaucho pants, timeless printed shift dresses and high-waisted pedal pushers all

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Sponsored by East Baton Rouge Parish School System   Summer is quickly coming to an end and getting back into school routines can be challenging for kids and parents. Being a kid isn’t easy. At any age, facing the start of a new school year can feel overwhelming. Even kids who look forward to beginning new […]

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Sarah Taylor thrives on chaos. There’s no way to predict injuries, so she’s never able to plan a workday. She constantly has to move in a reactionary way by what walks through the door. “My days are a little chaotic, We don’t schedule our work, it arrives on our doorstep.” Nevertheless, as CEO of Gulf

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“What is your definition of success?” I asked Mary, a college graduate sitting on the other side of my desk, dressed sharply and demonstrating professionalism that any hiring manager would be deliberately observing in an interview. She looked at me while thinking hard for a good answer and finally said, “Huh … hmmmm … I

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Firsts in Five poses five questions to South Louisiana women who were first in some aspect of their field or in the community.  With 37 years of experience in Baton Rouge’s legal scene, Christine Lipsey is widely recognized throughout Louisiana for her expertise in commercial litigation, having served as the first female president of the Baton

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The Business Report Executive Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 session. Business Report offers this customized program for advancing professionals and entrepreneurs to elevate their leadership skills through personal development, professional growth, civic outreach, networking with like-minded peers and insight from top CEO speakers. Professionals with a minimum of five years of

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What’s the best way to provide feedback to colleagues and how best to talk to workers about their performance? Even the Harvard Business Review can’t seem to decide. One of its recent stories argues that constructive criticism won’t help and that highlighting shortcomings can hinder learning. Managers should instead encourage employees to worry less about

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