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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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Devan Szczepanski, MD – Enterprising Woman March 2020

Just Say “Ahhh” The feeling one gets when arriving at Dr. Devan Szczepanski’s office is like coming home. From the outside, patients see an Acadian cottage—a nod to her Cajun heritage. Stepping inside reveals soothing, muted green walls dotted with artworks. An aromatherapy diffuser sprays therapeutic essential oils as relaxing spa music wafts through the …

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Poppy Ann McGovern – Enterprising Woman February 2020

A Woman of Many Hats “You can have anything in life if you dress for it,” is the motto that Poppy McGovern shares with clients and it’s indicative of her own life story. Poppy is fearless in chasing her many dreams and has established herself as a savvy and diversified entrepreneur. “I grew up in …

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Tyra Brown McGary – Enterprising Woman January 2020

Becoming the Star of Her Own Story It is a place where the lines of countless playwrights baring their souls have been performed and songwriters’ music of the heart has been laid at the audience’s feet. Amidst its lights, stages and echoes of past catharses and applause, Tyra Brown McGary has chosen the backdrop of …

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Bri Steilberg – Enterprising Woman December 2019

The stately oaks of Lewisburg reach out their limbs to shelter an unassuming sanctuary. Nestled among those enduring guardians, a schoolhouse emerges after a bend in the enchanting landscape. Through the front gate, a meditation labyrinth offers a path for reflection and enlightenment before entering the school and discovering what wisdom it holds. As Bri …

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Erica Williams – Enterprising Woman November 2019

Modern-Day Renaissance Woman In Leonardo Da Vinci’s day, those proficient in many fields were revered. Alongside of intelligence, these distinguished figures cultivated a warm personality, demonstrated philanthropy and thrived on freedom and diversity. Modern-day Renaissance woman Erica Williams upholds that tradition evidenced by her many achievements­–all reached before her 30th birthday. From inside her latest …

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Enterprising Woman Michelle Lawson – October 2019

Mastering Growth By Design Yin/yang represents a belief that everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposite but complementary. That theme is reflected in Michelle Lawson’s story of creating a career that intertwines artistry with technicality, and also in her relationship with Justin Greenleaf, her business partner in their architectural design firm. Lawson …

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Enterprising Woman Liza Ledet, DVM – August 2019

“Operating at the Next Level” “He’s been with me through everything. I adopted him during my first semester of vet school. We made it through four years at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, several moves, the beginning and end of relationships, a new baby, starting my own business… He’s 15 now and having degenerative issues with …

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