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These Women Mean Business: Sara Burnett of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

The following is an excerpt from our spring issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: These Women Mean Business. Click here to view the whole article.

If you want to get to the top, start at the bottom with a can-do, hardworking attitude and take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered along the way. That’s the path seven women took who ended up in important leadership roles at Memphis companies. One of the women waited tables at the restaurant her father began and is now president of the chain. Another began her career as an intern at a medical device manufacturer and today is a senior vice president. And a lady who always loved creating beauty left banking, saved her money and opened her own salon.

While each of their stories is individual they reveal similarities as well. Most of them are native Memphians who stayed here or returned because of family ties. They educated themselves and then went back for more, earning MBA degrees that propelled them into even more success. But they didn’t go it alone. They easily identify mentors and supportive resources and they believe they have a responsibility to help others. They embrace diversity in its broadest terms – diversity of thought, of personality, of experience – for the benefit of the individual, the company and Memphis, the city they love.

Sara Burnett who grew up in Paragould, Ark., loves being part of getting positive stories communicated about the place she loves. She is public relations manager at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, which employs a great number of women, she said, probably because of its pediatric mission. She thinks a lot about the difference between her career experience and what her daughters will experience. Her generation was the first allowed a flexible work load and style. She worked part-time when her three girls were small. “It’ll be wide open for them,” she said.

To read more about the other six women recognized in the spring issue of Memphis Crossroads, click here. For more information about the resources available for women business professionals in Memphis, click here
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