"In all that you have done, were you able to help someone in the process... did you make a difference?"

- Dr. Markey W. Pierré


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About the course

As an advocate for good public policy and meaningful change, Dr. Markey Pierré's groundbreaking work has led to substantive progress in the areas of public education, higher education, construction, health care, maritime law, and municipal government.  During her 20 plus year career as a successful business owner and executive, author, motivational speaker, lobbyist, and adjunct professor, Dr. Pierré's philosophy of inclusive leadership resulted in pioneering legislation that has had far-reaching positive consequences for generations to come.  


Her lifetime of professional excellence, community service, promoting good public policy and inclusive leadership stemmed from her life experiences. Born into a broken home and raised by her grandparents in the small rural community of Princeton, Louisiana, Markey learned hard lessons about overcoming adversity and surviving tremendous loss at an early age.  At the age of 24, Markey lost her husband to cancer but vowed to carry on his legacy of good works and commitment by living a life that would honor his memory. As a young widow, she faced the challenges of raising her daughter alone while establishing her professional career.  Dr. Pierré mapped out a life plan that would allow her to complete graduate school while simultaneously building a professional career that would earn her numerous honors. She speaks about how her life experiences strengthened and motivated her to achieve success.

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Her work on K-12 education in the Lousiana State Legislature led to the implementation of Jump Start, a high school technical career diploma program which allows hundreds of thousands of students to pursue a lucrative career after high school. Jump Start, dual enrollment, and other key K-12 initiatives are funded through the Lousiana Supplemental Course Allocation and Career Development Fund (CDF), created by legislation that Dr. Pierré also helped pushed through the Louisiana State Legislature. Dr. Pierré builds partnerships across different ideologies, sometimes bridging deep divides to drive good public policies that benefit everyone.


About the course


Dr. Pierré collaborated on two books, WIN From The Beginning and Funding Public Schools in the United States and Indian Country.

In WIN From The Beginning, a collaboration book, Markey wrote about how she survived devastating loss and her principles of success. Commitment, Resiliency, and Faith – these principles can transform your personal and professional life.  Buy WIN From The Beginning ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Funding Public Schools in the United States and Indian Country is a must read for any educator, political leader and parent. Learn innovative new ways to fund K-12 education from thought leaders who have championed public school funding. Buy Funding Public Schools ​​​​​​​

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