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Liberal Arts Graduates

Sheila Norman

What I do now:
I am the Director of Operations and Event Management for the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. In this role, I handle day-to-day operations of the office and coordinate sports commission events.

My work/job consists of:
Interaction with clients, negotiations, reviewing ads, press release creation and press conference setup, budgeting, PR, and event coordination and implementation.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
11 years in the legal field, television production, front office for the Shreveport Captains and Independence Bowl

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I wanted a 4-year degree, and I felt LSUS would provide a quality education and experience.

Fond memories of LSUS:
Working with the Young Republicans and enjoying the UC during breaks

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. Linda Martin and an algebra teacher who took the time to make sure we understood it! (It's been 15 years, so I can't seem to remember this faculty member's name. Perhaps you can relate.)

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS took me above and beyond what I already knew, and aided me in perfecting my skills.

Advice to college-bound students:
Meet regularly with your advisor and stay on track.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Take classes that make you well-rounded. Hold jobs that expand your knowledge. The more you know and can do, the better!

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Do something you love. Don't be afraid to try areas you haven't thought of, but be realistic. It's a tough job market out there.

My toughest professional challenge:
Being taken seriously as a woman. It is still hard to be heard, especially in sports, as it is a male-dominated industry.

My toughest personal challenge:
Balancing a very demanding job with my family and home life.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
I am also a notary public and a licensed Realtor--two very tough tests to pass in Louisiana.

I've learned this from life:
I can't move forward if I hang on to the past.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
I would spend more time with my family and travel more.

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