July Young Professional Spotlight
Meet Dorothy Kemp
Occupation: Director of Educational Support Services
Tell us a little about your Baton Rouge Story. What brought you to Baton Rouge?
I first moved to Baton Rouge to attend LSU for undergrad and I never left! Every time I approached a point of transition in my life, I was drawn in by the charm and growing potential of the city.
Tell us more about how you’re involved in Baton Rouge.
For my day job, I oversee the learning support programs for LSU student-athletes. I have the exciting task of helping all of the LSU athletes achieve success in the classroom. I am also working to finish my PhD from LSU. I’m involved in several organizations. I am the incoming President for the Baton Rouge Kiwanis Club, Club Blue Great Futures Gala Chair, and Junior League Training Chair. This past year I participated in Leadership Baton Rouge Class of 2019 #ThePerfectClass.
What is your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?
The PEOPLE. Most of the people I’ve come across here will go out on a limb to help someone else. I’ve met so many great people dedicated to so many amazing causes. It’s really inspiring.
What is your dream for Baton Rouge?
My dream for Baton Rouge is that everyone has equal access to all of the great things the city has to offer. That means we have a lot of work to do to drive improvements in our educational systems, promote economic growth in all areas of the city, and enhance the infrastructure of the Capital City.
How are young professionals like yourself shaping Baton Rouge?
We are a huge part of what is driving the push toward the dream Baton Rouge. We’re not just demanding better educational opportunities, we’re creating them. We’re developing economic opportunities where there may not have been before. We are being the change we want to see in Baton Rouge (and having a great time doing it).
What would you say to someone considering a move to Baton Rouge?
Baton Rouge has something for everyone, you just have to know where to look… or the right people to ask. If you have an interest, just show up. I guarantee that you will be welcomed and embraced in your new BR tribe.
What is your Baton Rouge favorite?
- Place to eat: Mason’s (brunch)
- Place to capture the perfect Instagram pic: LSU when magnolias are in bloom
- Place to people watch:The Lakes
- Place to network: BRAC or Junior League Events
- Way to give back: Participating in events for Boys and Girls Club like the Club Blue Great Futures Gala
- Event: My favorite annual event is the Club Blue Great Futures Gala. Not only does it benefit the kids of Boys and Girls Club, but it is, dare I say it… the best party in town! My favorite recurring event is tailgating at LSU football games. There’s nothing like a Louisiana Saturday night!
With significant job growth, a bustling arts scene, delectable cuisine, abundant outdoor activities and more, the Capital Region attracts talent of all ages, including young professionals. Whether straight out of college or looking to establish their own business, more and more young professionals are choosing to lay their roots in Baton Rouge.
Each month, BRAC highlights one of these young Baton Rouge Area movers and shakers in the Young Professional Spotlight.