She Said, She Said: An Interview with the Women of EDPNC

She Said, She Said: An Interview with the Women of EDPNC

Business North Carolina (blog post)

March 10, 2021

For Liz Isley, a grad school fellowship first exposed her to economic development and the challenges faced by municipalities and local organizations. “I fell in love with the work,” says Isley, who is now  International Trade Manager at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). “My current field is a far cry from what I thought I wanted to do when I was much younger, which was to be completely enmeshed in public policy for the arts, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Isley says. No longer the men’s club it once was, economic development now offers a welcoming career path for women. In celebration of Women’s History Month, BNC interviewed female staffers at EDPNC about their work. What advice do they give other women interested in the field? Sarah Bernart, EDPNC’s Existing Industry Expansion Manager for the Northeast region, now scans the sports headlines as a prelude to interacting with business contacts “so that I at least have a passing knowledge of whatever sports news is being discussed in the boardroom, elevator or networking dinner,” she says. “This is ACC country after all.”

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