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JOHN BROWN JR.
Senior Vice President
& Chief Human Resources Officer
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
John Brown Jr. joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in January of 2017 and is responsible for overseeing all functions of Human Resources. He is a seasoned healthcare executive who previously worked for national companies such as Humana, Aetna and Marsh USA Inc. Beyond his operational leadership, Brown is also recognized as a thought leader on employee engagement and recruitment and as a champion of diversity in the workplace. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated an ability to transform operations and build cultures of performance through investments in talent management, people development, recruiting and employee engagement. He is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a senior certified professional and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from DeVry Institute of Technology in Kansas City, Missouri. A community advocate, he has served on the board of directors and member of organizations across the country and currently serves with 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge and Southern States Scholars.
Human Resources Director
Postlethwaite & Netterville
Karen Breaux has been with the P&N team for more than eight years, with more than three decades of experience as a human resources professional. She develops and maintains policies, procedures and strategic initiatives within the firm, handling matters of compensation, employee relations, evaluations and other initiatives related to employment. She is the former president and a board member of the Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management, the secretary/treasurer of the State Council for the Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management and a member of both the the Society for Human Resource Management. Community involvement includes membership in the Junior League of Baton Rouge and the Big Buddy Advisory Committee for its Level-UP Program, and board directorship for Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School.
Partner + labor and employment law attorney
Kean Miller LLP
Erin Kilgore is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller and practices in the labor and employment law and litigation groups. She represents local, national, and international clients in cases involving a wide variety of substantive areas in state and federal courts, including the United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the United States Courts of Appeal, Fifth Circuit. Erin is listed among the top labor and employment lawyers in the State of Louisiana by Chambers USA 2019 and 2020. She is listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2019-2020. Erin was appointed as a member of the 2020 class of Fellows of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.