BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – Christy Reeves has been a long time advocate for women.
“I would say that I’ve been interested in following the life of women from birth to the time that they leave the planet. There is always a vulnerability for women whether it’s taking care of your family of taking care of yourself.”
Reeves is also a very successful businesswoman.
“I’m a 5 time CEO, so I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been able to bypass those kinds of notions.”
Reeves has worked with organizations like The Girl Scouts and I’m that Girl.
With each position she held her goal was to help empower women and young girls at every stage of their life.
“The representation for women, women CEO’s, women in leadership roles has always been very minimal, and overcoming these perceptions that women aren’t going to be the CEO, aren’t going to be the elected official is a challenge, especially if you’re someone who has ambition.”
Reeves said without ambition she wouldn’t be where she is today.
“There have been times in my career where I definitely felt like, in fact I was told that I had to prove myself after being in a company for a very long time, where as I don’t think that a man would have had that same exact issue.”
She didn’t let that experience stop her. Reeves recently became the Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs for Ochsner here in Baton Rouge.
“I also know that women have the greatest influence over the health of the family and health of society basically. They make decisions about where their kids go to the doctor, how often they see the doctor. Those things combined are indicators of how well and healthy a family is, so being engaged and partnering with women’s groups makes just a lot of sense in terms of having the greatest health for a community.”
At Ochsner, Reeves hopes to continue to inspire and encourage others.
“I think it starts just with your own team and the people you interact with from day to day, whether it’s your children, your friends, your staff members. Our patients that walk in the door and maybe we have just one interaction with. Giving them that opportunity to see themselves as what they can potentially be, that full potential they can reach.”
Reeves said the sky is the limit all you have to do is reach for it.
“Fortunately it’s changing. I mean I think there is a lot more opportunity for women. It’s a really exciting time to be a woman. You get to have a family, have a career, all the things that maybe a previous generation didn’t get to have. But that doesn’t mean that you still don’t have some kind of perceptions in front of you that you need to overcome.”