Pivot, Turn, Charge: An Interview With Laura Grantham Broussard

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Hello, everyone!

I’m back with another Pro.File feature! I know, I know…it’s been a year since the last one, but life happened while I made all these plans.

So my next interview is with my friend Laura. Funny thing about Laura: We’ve never actually met in person. She’s a native of Port Charles, Louisiana, where she lives with her lovely family…and I’m still spreading the love in the Brooklyn way from my perch in Flatbush, the greatest ‘hood of all time. We met via the Catholic Fashion and Beauty Group on Facebook, which is a fashion and beauty daily that’s geared towards Catholic women, and we became good friends outside of the group through our daily comments, posts and suggestions. I’ll be honest with you: when I saw how much she accomplished during the day while taking care of her family and working at her job, I’d always say to myself “How on Earth does she do it?” But my admiration of her grew leaps and bounds when she changed jobs from working as a social media manager at Grovia to becoming a paralegal for an immigration law firm. After her dinnertime interview, she changed into comfy clothes and drove to the office (at night, mind you) to pick up documents so that she could get straight to work. 

So without further ado, my friend Laura.

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Hands of the Earth: Rachel Dorrell of Scrumblewood Farm.

I’ve always admired women who ran their own businesses. I’ve admired them because I come from a legacy of women who have done just that. My great-grandmother Dorothea ran a bakery that supported her, my mother, and her older brother, my Uncle Percy. My grandmother was a seamstress and domestic who still managed to sell her Scorpion and Scotch-Bonnet peppers to her neighbors, as well as her hens’ eggs in retirement while raising me. Even my mom has dipped her foot in the entrepreneurship game from time to time, most notoriously working two jobs seven days a week to help put me through college. So as a result of being raised by women who took their destinies into their hands in order to feed their children, I have developed a deep respect and admiration for women who dare to run their own businesses, which brings me to my old friend Rachel.

When I came up with this concept of interviewing amazing women with radical businesses, the first person who came to mind was my old friend Rachel Dorrell. Read on to find out more about her radical entrepreneurship journey on 21 acres of lush farmland in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

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