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Enterprising Woman

Angela Cox Williams: On Her Own Terms

Enterprising Woman Angela Cox Williams In the early 90s, Angela Cox Williams was dating her high school sweetheart and studying speech therapy at USL in Lafayette (now ULL). Deep down, though, she felt the need to seek something more. Now, from her well-appointed, Slidell law office, Angela recalls those uncertain times. “I struggled to split …

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Melissa Mitrik Enterprising Woman

Enterprising Woman Melissa Mitrik

Daring to Dream Beauty. It’s all around us if we know where to look, but more importantly, if we learn how to experience it. Enterprising Woman Melissa Mitrik feels beauty while connecting with locals over a cup of exquisite European coffee during overseas travels. She’s found beauty in empowering an underestimated woman to reach full …

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Enterprising Woman Tricia Wood Thomas

Enterprising Woman Tricia Wood Thomas

Enterprising Woman Tricia Wood Thomas When Enterprising Woman Tricia Wood Thomas opened her specialty boutique in November of 2019, she knew her combination of life experience and professional training would mix beautifully to help empower women and make them shine on the most important days of their lives. What she couldn’t have known was how …

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Hilary Walker: Kidz Klub House

Life Lessons A SELF-MADE WOMAN, Hilary Walker’s life is a continually blossoming adventure, the product of lessons learned and a deep-rooted desire to share the wealth of her knowledge and experience with others. With multiple businesses including three locations of Kidz Klub House, Hilary runs one of St. Tammany’s largest female-owned businesses and is proud …

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Enterprising Woman Katie Toups: Spreading Her Wings

Enterprising Woman Katie Toups: The Blue Heron Group powered by Anchor South Real Estate   A NORTH AMERICAN NATIVE tradition declares, the Blue Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance. This elegant soul represents an ability to progress and evolve with grace. The heron’s long thin legs reflect that one doesn’t need massive pillars for …

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Enterprising Woman: Simone Bruni

Demo Diva: Her Own Force of Nature   THE DAY BEFORE Simone Bruni’s cover feature interview, an article about learning to cope with life’s unexpected turns found its way to her. Particularly attuned to the importance of timing, she took it as a sign for the theme of the day’s discussion.  Simone Bruni religiously reflects on …

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Samantha Bates, AIFD – Thinking Beyond The Bouquet

WHAT MUSE BECKONS from the lush landscape of Louisiana to Samantha Bates? What creations does it call forth and what sense of home does it offer to her? As a decorated artist with growing national acclaim, Samantha could live anywhere and utilize her range of extraordinary talents in a variety of ways, but expressing herself …

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Enterprising Woman Ellen Creel – Natural Born Leader

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Creel describes a childhood lacking in wealth but not spirit. “Our parents instilled in us two things – maintaining a strong faith and the necessity of college education. Mom’s question wasn’t if we were going, but where. Excelling was our way out.” And excel she did. Creel earned a National Merit …

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Enterprising Woman Tina Aust: It’s the Lemur Things in Life

AS DAWN BREAKS over Madagascar, the forest comes alive with wild, glowing eyes searching for the perfect place to bask in the sun before beginning the dance that dates back over 60 million years. Wails waft through the tamarind trees calling the troupe together for their morning forage. And as lemurs begin their daily ritual, …

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Maryann Bruno – Enterprising Woman July 2020

A LAND OF NEW BEGINNINGS MARYANN BRUNO RECENTLY celebrated a momentous occasion—40 years of marriage to her high school sweetheart Robert Bruno. The couple met at his senior prom in New Orleans, and although they arrived with different dates, they left having sparked an immediate connection. Their life together has been filled with great joy …

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Warren Montgomery, District Attorney – Enterprising Man June 2020

FOR WARREN MONTGOMERY, balance is at the heart of his life as a public servant. “My driving force is a hunger for justice, but that also needs to be tempered by mercy. The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:6, explain the relationship by stating both, ‘Blessed are the merciful,’ and ‘Blessed are those who thirst after justice.’ …

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Deirdre Klein Ochipinti – Enterprising Woman April 2020

SUPER MOM. SUPER STORY. Now, Deirdre KLEIN Ochipinti turns her world upside down on purpose as a show of strength and self determination at her regular workouts. But it wasn’t very long ago that she felt her world was spinning out of control. After five years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, which left her and husband …

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