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PTA alumna, Brigitte LaPointe (’07), talks career success, sports on Leading the Pride

July 3, 2019

Brigitte LaPointe ('07)

Leading the Pride is back and talking with Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Brigitte LaPointe (’07). LaPointe is originally from Baraga where she grew up in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. She ultimately came to Finlandia to study in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and play for the women’s basketball team.

Following her passion for health and wellness, LaPointe also serves on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of Marquette County, the Lake Superior Community Partnership Economic Development Board, coaches basketball for LevelUP Express Basketball and Marquette Public Schools, and was recently appointed to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health & Sports. In addition to her associates in PTA from Finlandia, LaPointe has a Bachelor’s in Sports Science and a Master’s in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University, and is actively pursuing a second master’s in Management, Strategy and Leadership from Michigan State University.

Listen as host Olivia Myers and LaPointe talk about her decision to change from an elementary education major to PTA, the value of sports for young women and how she has time to sleep.

Brigitte Lapointe’s WORDS OF WISDOM

“Finlandia’s different but you learn to grow with it. If you continue out your four years here you can look back on it and go, ‘Wow that was a great experience,’ and it prepares you for a lot of things in life.”


Know an amazing Suomi or Finlandia alum we should feature or even would like to be featured yourself? We’d love to have you!

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Thanks for checking out Leading the Pride, one of four podcasts in the Finlandia University Podcast Network. Leading the Pride is a monthly interview series getting to know the story of Suomi College/Finlandia University alumni. You can check out an archive at finlandia.edu/fridays. We also invite you to subscribe to the Finlandia Podcast Network wherever you get podcasts.

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