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Sacred Heart alumna Erin Lutkewitte Kilgore '00 was recently featured in the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report as an "Executive Spotlight." After graduating from Sacred Heart, Kilgore attended Washington and Lee University and then LSU law school. She is currently a partner, labor and employment attorney at Kean Miller in Baton Rouge.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up, and at what point in your life did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?
My father is a lawyer, and I never thought about following in his footsteps until college, when a professor suggested law school. When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor or a meteorologist, or secretly a flight attendant like my mother.
You've been very involved with Habitat for Humanity for a number of years now, and have been president of the Greater Baton Rouge chapter since 2016. Why are you so passionate about the cause?
After living in Baton Rouge for a few years, I joined Habitat's board of directors. My firm encourages and supports community service, and I was drawn to the mission of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat does so many wonderful things for the Baton Rouge community and has continued to expand its footprint to meet the evolving needs of our area. I can cite statistics of the impact Habitat has had in Baton Rouge, but for me, on a personal level, my board service has made me a better role model to my children.
What's the greatest personal or professional obstacle you've had to overcome, and how did you do it?
In high school and college, I dreaded public speaking. Like most Americans, it made me incredibly nervous. As a Kean Miller associate, I was given various speaking opportunities, in the courtroom and delivering presentations to clients. Initially, I subscribed to the "fake it 'til you make it" theory in order to project confidence. But my dread evolved and I soon realized that I enjoyed public speaking. A few years ago, I delivered a presentation at a national conference attended by over 1,000 corporate attorneys from around the country—something "high school Erin" never would have imagined.