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Listee Features — October 19, 2022

Lauren Jayne

LAUREN JAYNE

Lauren Jayne was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, taking care of her two sons, the eldest of whom is disabled, prior to embarking on her career in business. Once the eldest was in a place where he could attend school regularly, she started applying to various companies in her area and was offered positions at both an electronic components company and an exhibit house. Opting to go with the exhibit house, despite not knowing a thing about the field, she was promoted to the role of assistant to the project manager in just three months. Six months in and Ms. Jayne had become a project manager in her own right. After three years with this company, Ms. Jayne set

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Julia Rosengren

JULIA LIMA ROSENGREN

Born in Brazil, Julia Lima Rosengren began her career as a model in the 1990s, a period which saw her traveling all over the world while also trying to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. During this time, she learned numerous languages, achieving fluency in Portuguese, English, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian and Danish. While working as a model in London, she spent time as the host of a talk show before relocating to France, where she brought her expertise to Galeries Lafayette, a Paris department store, as a fashion consultant. Following her time as a model, Ms. Rosengren went on to achieve success in the culinary arts, becoming a master chef and

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Kaylene Ladinsky

KAYLENE LADINSKY

Raised in a family that placed value on community service, Kaylene Ladinsky first earned an Associate of Science in criminal justice from Iowa Central Community College. Through the 1990s, she went to obtain certification in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by the Federal Trade Commission, in three levels of banking principles by the Federal Reserve System and as a mediation specialist for business contract disputes. Achieving a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Northwestern in 1998, she obtained certification from the Medical-Dental-Hospital Business Associates and the American Medical Billing Association in 2000 and in psychology counseling from the Universal Institute in 2010. In 2010, Ms. Ladinsky became the president and business owner of Atlanta’s Impress Express, an

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JODY HAMILTON

An accomplished professional and businesswoman, Jody Hamilton earned a Bachelor of Arts in physical education with a minor in agriculture from Fresno State University in 1975 and was licensed as a teacher for kindergarten through 12th grade. She came to the insurance industry quite by accident when the only job she could find after graduating was with an insurance company. While she only remained with the aforementioned insurance company for about six months, Ms. Hamilton remained in the field, achieving two insurance licenses in California and five insurance licenses in North Carolina. In 1977, Ms. Hamilton joined the American Automobile Association as an assistant cashier and bookkeeper. Eventually transferring to the claims department, she rose through the ranks to serve

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Louise Goggans

LOUISE ELIZABETH GOGGANS

As a child, Dr. Louise Elizabeth Goggans frequently accompanied her mother to her job at a doctor’s office in Anderson, Indiana. There, she would spend her time in the doctor’s library, reading books and becoming increasingly fascinated with the human body and the medical field. She began her career as a sophomore in high school, working as a dietary aide in the dietary department of a local hospital. One day, while delivering a tray of food to an elderly patient, she found the patient on the floor and rushed to get the nurses. This experience caused her to evaluate what she wanted out of a career in health care and ultimately led her down the path to becoming a dietician,

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Constance Knight

CONSTANCE NUSS KNIGHT

Constance Nuss Knight, PhD, formerly known as Constance Dodge, hails from a family of German and Russian immigrants and credits her grandfather, William Stoll, with teaching her that she could do anything that boys could. It was an early fascination with rocks and nature that eventually drew Dr. Knight to the field of geology, though she began her college education studying music. Receiving a full-ride scholarship to the University of Arizona, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in geology in 1970, followed by a Master of Science in geology in 1973, during which time she served as a teaching assistant. Dr. Knight is deeply grateful to Theodore Dodge, a geologist, who helped set her up with her first internship during

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CARLEY RAE

Carley Rae is the chief executive officer of the Realty Rae Group, an award-winning residential real estate team based out of Las Vegas and serving communities throughout Nevada. Before entering the real estate industry, Ms. Rae found success in the fine dining and hospitality industry as an employee of Caesar’s Palace. While at Caesar’s Palace, she rose to become the first female captain in company history. Though poised to continue her rise, her son had recently entered kindergarten, and his schedule changes led her to consider a career change that would allow her to spend more time with him. A former national-level debater with a natural eye for detail and a passion for customer service, Ms. Rae moved into real

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ANITA S. FRASER

Lt. Col. Anita S. Fraser is a 34-year Georgia law enforcement veteran with expertise in recruitment, training, policy review, and other executive leadership responsibilities. Initially aspiring to become an attorney, Lt. Col. Fraser earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and law enforcement administration at Columbia Southern University. Instead of continuing her legal studies, she began working with her state’s department of corrections in 1989. She found herself drawn to law enforcement and corrections for the ability to see the legal system from a different angle and gain a more complete understanding of the work of prosecutors, attorneys and judges. As she remained in the corrections field, Lt. Col. Fraser became aware of the many opportunities and paths for

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Marjorie Pitts

MARJORIE ANN PITTS

After graduating from high school with her diploma in 1969, Marjorie Ann Pitts went on to complete coursework in business at Iowa Lakes Community College in 1970. She began her career with a local credit bureau before joining the Clay County Treasurer’s Office in Iowa in 1973, where she served as a deputy treasurer until 1987. In 1999, she was elected as a county auditor for Clay County. This role saw her working with other auditors in the development of election legislation, and she was notably asked to be a part of a panel discussion at a national cybersecurity conference for election officials throughout the United States. Ms. Pitts retired in 2020. Concurrent to her career, Ms. Pitts spent time

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Justine Toms

JUSTINE WILLIS TOMS

After earning a Bachelor of Education from Auburn University in 1967, Justine Willis Toms, DHL, began her career as a teacher in an all-Black school in Sylacauga, Alabama. In 1973, she founded the New Dimensions Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization through which she launched New Dimensions Radio. Since then, Ms. Toms has blossomed as an executive director, creative producer and host, developing a wellspring of expertise in close listening and interview skills. Some of the most notable award-winning radio series to come out of New Dimensions include “An Open Life: Joseph Campbell in Conversation With Michael Toms,” “Deep Ecology in the 21st Century,” “Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature” and “In Her Company: Deep Dialogues With Women of Wisdom.”

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