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February 3, 2013

Executive out to help other women succeed

She does so through inspirational sorority

— Lai Andrea Granger Gandy says she never craved the limelight, not even when she was involved in the drama program at Muskogee High School.

“When we did the all-school musicals, I was in the background,” Gandy said. “I was in ‘The Pajama Game,’ and I was in the background.

“Deb Mehew, the drama teacher at the time, took me under her wing. It was just something different. I liked it because it was something I had not done before. I worked on the lighting and the music. But it was all in the background. I’m not a person who has to be in the limelight at all.”

OK, so she doesn’t seek the limelight, but that doesn’t keep the outgoing 33-year-old from seeking to put her best foot forward.

As a retail account executive for a phone company, Gandy puts her best foot forward on the sales floor to help customers.

“You take customers to make them friends — friends who keep coming back to your business for life,” she said.

As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, she puts her best foot forward to encourage young Muskogee women to succeed.

“When these young girls look at you, you want to make sure you want to be that role model for them,” she said.

And as the mother of a 4-year-old boy, Gandy puts her best foot forward to help him discover the values of a close family.

“I always had close cousins around me,” she said. “I want my son to know that, too.”

Gandy has a strong family legacy to uphold. She comes from the Granger family, which operates a funeral service in Muskogee.

“My dad is the third generation in the family,” to run the funeral service, she said. “I would have been the fourth.”

Even while putting her best foot forward, Gandy said she continues to learn ways to improve her service.

“I have to always be learning or else I would not be a good teacher,” she said.

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