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Forum Friday with Carolyn McKnight of BREC

Join us for our monthly Forum Friday luncheon featuring guest speaker Carolyn F. Mcknight!

When: Friday, August 18, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
Where: Juban's Restaurant
3739 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  70808
United States
Contact: Caroline Mladenka & Morgan Kastner

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Forum Friday is an opportunity to network with and learn from other young professionals in the Baton Rouge area, while enjoying a delicious meal and hearing from a featured leader in our community. This month for our Forum Friday luncheon, we welcome guest speaker Carolyn F. McKnight! Read more about her below:




Carolyn F. McKnight, CPRP

Superintendent, BREC


Ms. Carolyn McKnight has served the park and recreation profession for 32 years and is a “real game changer” in the community she currently serves.  Her uncompromising passion for innovative programming and quality facilities has brought the East Baton Rouge community light years into the future. She dedicated the first nature conservation areas in East Baton Rouge at Frenchtown Road and Blackwater serving more than 450,000 residents and protecting and preserving 800 acres of park land. Her leadership acumen in the field of parks and recreation has benefitted the City of Dallas, East Baton Rouge Parish (BREC), the National Recreation and Park Association and the United States Air Force with great skill, finesse and wisdom. Some roles and achievements include the following:

  • NRPA Baltimore Maryland Conference Education Program Committee Chair, 2008
  •  American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators (AAPRA) Fellow, 2008 to Present - National Gold Medal Committee 2015 Chair & CAPRA Accreditation Commissioner – Present
  • Leadership Louisiana Appointed by State Senator Sharon Weston-Broome 2015 Class
  • Texas & Louisiana Recreation and Park Association Member and presented numerous sessions at state and national conferences
  • NRPA/North Carolina State University Board - Supervisors’ Management School Instructor, 2006 to 2012, Chair of the Board 2011-2012 & Directors School Instructor, 2009 to 2013 and present
  • National Recreation and Park Ethnic Minority Society – Chair 2007 and Mentoring Program Leader – 2013 - present
  • Baton Rouge Influential Women in Business, 2013
  • Governor of Texas Lone Star Land Steward Award, 2007
  • Exemplary Service Citation from the NRPA Board of Trustees, 2008
  • Inducted into The Links, Incorporate in 2015 and Chair of Community Health program initiatives
  • National Distinguished Professional Award, 2016


Mrs. McKnight serves with a group of city leaders on the Mayor’s Healthy Baton Rouge Task Force. She organized and implemented the Community Healthy Fair involving over 50 agencies, businesses and professional agencies serving over 32,000 participants. She worked to complete the agency’s strategic plan and has been successful in linking BREC’s 10-year strategic plan with 28 different organizations to achieve critical outcomes over the next ten years and leverage over $200 million in public-private and public-public funding support. Her leadership assisted the First Tee of East Baton Rouge to link knowledge through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through the 8-week summer golf program in 2014 impacting over 1200 youth. She was instrumental in working with the Humana Health Care Corporation and KABOOM! to build an $85,000 playground in a play desert in the southeast area of the parish. She worked with the BREC Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shields Foundation of Louisiana to obtain a $1 million-dollar match grant to design and build 7.4 miles of connecting trails and to purchase a mobile playground to take into play deserts. Some significant accomplishments were to secure over $573 million in renewed property tax millages and ensured BREC received the fifth CAPRA re-accreditation in 2014 meeting 100% of the standards.



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