BY SCOTT NISHIMURA / PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSEPH LACERTE
IT WAS A WIDE-OPEN QUESTION FROM AN INTERVIEWER, ONE THAT COULD HAVE ELICITED ANY NUMBER OF ANSWERS, GIVEN DARLENE BOUDREAUX’S LENGTHY RESUME THAT’S TAKEN HER FROM SHATTERING GLASS CEILINGS AT ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST CONSULTANCIES, TO BUILDING A PHARMACEUTICALS’ MAKER IN FORT WORTH THAT MADE THE INC. 500 LIST OF FASTEST-GROWING COMPANIES THREE STRAIGHT YEARS. “DARLENE, WHERE DID YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY BEGIN?”
Boudreaux could have led with growing up in Seymour, Ind., site of the first robbery of a moving train in the United States, and shadowing her dad, a career pharma chemist. Or getting her MBA at the University of Chicago on a full boat through a program designed to nurture future business leaders (Boudreaux says she’s still uncertain how the committee got the idea she was a future business leader). Or becoming a worldwide partner at the male-dominated Arthur Andersen consulting firm.