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Leading business women really mean business

There was a book written in 2007 that could be a manual for those who care to know anything about the 2010 class of 50 Leading Business Women named by the Mississippi Business Journal. “Why Women Mean Business” tackles the point that gender is a business issue, not a women’s issue. According to a review of the book, “Never before ...

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Patricia R. Hemphill

Assistant Chief, Program and Project Management Division, USACE In some of the darkest hours for Mississippi and the nation, the Gulf Coast was struggling to recover from the most devastating natural disaster ever to strike the country, Hurricane Katrina. With the wind and waves of Katrina destroying huge swaths of the Coast, it is hard to imagine how much debris ...

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Christine Bunting

Manager of Corporate Training, Mississippi Blood Services The importance of training is definitely not lost on Christine Bunting. She has had an exemplary career training trainers to be ready for whatever life and nature present. A resident of Brandon, she serves as manager of corporate training for Mississippi Blood Services in Jackson. In that position she designs and conducts orientation ...

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Judy Johnson

Diversity Manager for Eaton Corporation University Relations Judy Johnson grew up in Sunflower County deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta and received a degree in engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU) at a time when few women became engineers. She went on to earn a MBA from Mississippi College as well. Johnson wasn’t content to just achieve on ...

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Justice O’Keefe Duhon

Account Executive, Stewart Sneed Hewes/BancorpSouth Insurance Services As a highly motivated person, Justice O’Keefe Duhon has successfully made the transition from student to congressional intern to certified public accountant to licensed insurance producer. Currently, she is account executive, producer with Stewart Sneed Hewes/BancorpSouth Insurance Services in Hattiesburg. “I am able to use my analytical skills and financial background as an ...

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Linda Simmons

Chief Operating Officer of Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis PA Linda Simmons, chief operating officer (COO) of Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A., has more than 20 years of experience overseeing human resources (HR) and other management responsibilities. At times disciplining an employee can’t be avoided. But how that is done makes a huge difference. Through all those years, Simmons ...

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Sharon Gray Garrison

Communications Director, Mississippi Center for Justice Sharon Gray Garrison tries to approach business with the heart of a social servant, and much of her career has championed that philosophy. She currently serves as communications director for the Mississippi Center for Justice, which has offices in Jackson and Biloxi. “I find that making decisions that are good for business does not ...

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Cheli Strumila

Entrepreneur Former casino cocktail waitress Cheli Strumila got the idea for starting a free Gulf Coast entertainment publication when she would have a night off and couldn’t find something to do. She wanted to know what was happening entertainment wise, and that wasn’t easy to find out. With the casino industry growing and the influx of a high number of ...

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Joyce M. Plunkett

Human Resources Manager for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company Being named the Jim Wilkins Human Resource Professional of the Year in Mississippi for 2010 is certainly a career highlight for Joyce McEwen Plunkett, who is human resources manager for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company in Jackson. But what ranks right up there in terms of importance to her ...

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