Roberta Madden

Roberta Madden

Co-Director,
  RATIFY ERA-NC
Former Executive Director
  YWCA Great Baton RougePhoto courtesy of Barbara Bozeman 

 

 What is the best career decision that you have made?

I accepted a position with the YWCA Greater Baton Rouge, first as Executive Director, later as Director of Racial and Social Justice.  Working there for nearly 20 years, I fully embraced the YWCA’s mission: eliminating racism empowering women–and it remains my personal mission.

If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently?

I would have taken the position as Director of Racial and Social Justice from the outset, rather than having to deal with the ongoing headaches of any nonprofit executive director.  The “lesser” position allowed me to initiate programs dear to my heart, including a Dialogue on Race series, a networking group for women, advocacy of the Equal Rights Amendment, and an annual legislative Breakfast.

How have women helped further your career?

Working with board and staff at the YWCA, I interacted daily with women.  They helped me do the kind of work important to me. Most were extremely supportive.

 

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