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Women Mean Business - Leticia Van De Putte

Leticia Van De Putte

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If it’s your business, you can take your kids to work with you! Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, pharmacist and entrepreneur.

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Leisa: Hello. I'm Leisa Holland-Nelson, and welcome to another edition of Women Mean Business, where we're going to take you up close and personal with extraordinary women doing extraordinary things. My guest today is Leticia Van De Putte, former owner of Loma Park Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas; part-time pharmacist; Texas state senator. Welcome, Leticia.

Leticia: Thank you very much. It's really a delight to be here today.

Leisa: Well, I'm excited to hear about what you did as a pharmacist and tell us about your business. I mean we're all about entrepreneurship here at Women Mean Business, so tell us.

Leticia: Well, I knew very early on that I wanted to be a pharmacist, and my goal was to own my own pharmacy, and I got to live that dream for 15 years. And it allowed me not only the income that I needed for my family, it allowed me to really have six children in nine years. And as infants, I would just take 'em to the pharmacy with me.

Leisa: What do you think made your pharmacy so successful?

Leticia: Number one, you put your patients first. My grandpa always told me, "If you put your customers first, the cash register is gonna take care of itself." So it is absolutely a service-oriented. But I knew I was very qualified as a pharmacist on the clinical, but I had to seek out help and advice of other business owners, other pharmacy owners to make sure that I knew how to run a pharmacy.

Leisa: And you did.

Leticia: I did. I did. In fact, there were other women. There was a group of women that were incredibly helpful to me back in 1983 really through about '87 as I was building my business. They were all pharmacy owners, and they were so generous with their time.

Leisa: Thank you. There you have it. Another extraordinary woman doing extraordinary things. I'm Leisa Holland-Nelson, president and co-founder of ContentActive, Houston's leading Web and mobile technology company. You can find me at or follow me on Twitter @LHNelson. We'll be back again next week with another edition of Women Mean Business.

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