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Education & Social Science Graduates

Laurie Boswell, MBA

Laurie and Luke, one of her Goldens.

What I do now:
Chief Executive Officer, Holy Angels Residential Facility, since 2009

My work/job consists of:
Responsible for operational and financial excellence in addition to advocacy and development for residential training facility for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our facility cares for approximately 185 individuals with disabilities and employs 300 staff. I report to the Board President. Direct Reports - Senior Leadership Team and Development Department.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
My career path began with my degree from LSUS. I studied education and taught in the Caddo Parish School System. I also attended the Caddo Parish Vocational and Technical School where I advanced my typing skills. At LSUS I identified my love for the French language and for France, and continued my studies at LSUS to secure a special certification as a CODIFIL teacher. I traveled to France with a select group of teachers and studied in Vichy and Paris. This educational experience in studying French and typing, prepared me for a job in Houston at the Import/Export Bank of France, Banque Francaise du Commerce Exterieur. Training in bilingual business provided me with an introduction into marketing and management. Through these experiences I secured management positions in banking and later specialized in healthcare. My passion for healthcare developed as I worked for several local hospitals. All of these experiences prepared me for my current position as CEO at Holy Angels. Here I draw on my training as an educator and manager to oversee Advocacy, Development and Operations.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I chose LSUS because of the school's reputation in academics. The difficulty level of the class work motivated me to become a better student and taught me discipline.

Fond memories of LSUS:
Sitting in a cubical in the library studying - I loved this spot. French Phonetics class, where I truly learned to speak the language. Traveling to France to study!!!

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Professors who inspired me to love American and French Literature were Dr. James Lake and Dr. Joe Patrick.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
As I completed difficult course work, I developed a desire to excel, a keen work ethic, and a passion for learning.

Advice to college-bound students:
Focus on excellence in all classes. You never know where life will lead you and how you may use one of those early electives to secure a pathway to success. Excellent communication skills are required for success. Leave college with excellent IT skills, polished public speaking, and excellent grammar. Employers are seeking great communicators.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Healthcare management is a complex career path that requires skill in accounting, finance, marketing, development, and communication.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Obtain a certification and/or degree in a needed field. Follow your passion, but also have a fall back plan. For example, I majored in English, but later taught French, my minor.

My toughest professional challenge:
My toughest challenge is my most rewarding challenge, working as CEO of Holy Angels. It is a tremendous privilege to serve individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

My toughest personal challenge:
Losing my mother, father, aunt and uncle in a 2-year period.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Leadership Awards include:
2016 LSUS Circle of Excellence Award
2016 Leadership Louisiana 2016 Class
2016 Featured as a "Riveter" in ROUGE Magazine
2013 Finalist - Shreveport Bossier Athena Award (selection November 2013)
2013 Chair - Workforce Innovations for North Louisiana Health Care Alliance
2013 Lady of Philanthropy - Krewe of Les Femmes Mystiques
2012 The Kiwanis Club of Shreveport Lay Person of the Year
2012 The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow
2011 Association of Fundraising Professionals Fundraising Executive of the Year
2010 The Shreveport Times Outstanding Leaders of 2010
2010 Lt. Governor's Award for Social Innovation
2005 CHRISTUS Leadership Academy
2001 Department Head of the Year for Minden Medical Center
1995 Leadership and Outstanding Performance Award for CPC Brentwood Hospital

I've learned this from life:
Each day is a gift. We can find the spirit of God throughout our day if we listen and watch for His miracles. Stay close to those you love. Their spirits will inspire you, even after their deaths.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
Learning to play golf so I could play with my husband, Rick.
Working as a therapy team with my golden retrievers, Luke and Leia.
Volunteering in Caddo Parish Schools. My Sunday School volunteers at J.S. Clarke. I would join them.
Gardening. Building raised bed gardens of vegetables and flowers
Returning to Africa to complete another photo safari!
Renting an apartment or small home in the French countryside and visiting regularly.
Reading great literature and then traveling the world to see where they wrote or where they lived.
Traveling with my children and grandchildren.
Returning to college to study law and audit literature and French classes.
Learning to paint with our clients at Holy Angels!