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Working hard comes naturally for Kansas City business leader

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For Rachel Sexton, the seeds for success were planted at an early age. Now, she is going beyond the glass ceiling seven days a week. For Rachel Sexton, the seeds for success were planted at an early age. Now, she is going beyond the glass ceiling seven days a week.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

For many, their parents play a pivotal role in what they end up doing in life.

For Rachel Sexton, the seeds for success were planted at an early age. Now, she is going beyond the glass ceiling seven days a week.

Among many other roles, Sexton is a vice president at an agency that focuses on medical patient outreach, connecting people who have lived with chronic diseases with those who want to hear their stories.

"You can live with diabetes, you can take control of your multiple sclerosis, that you can have hope living with a progressive disease. So I always feel like my job is sort of being an advocate of hope, and when you think of that as your job really, it is impossible to have a bad day," she said.

The University of Missouri graduate has been with VPR Creative Group for 16 years and has been recognized by many publications. It is hard work that has propelled her career, but it is something that comes naturally.

"My father was a business owner. So, from the time I was 12 or 13, he had us out at his steel plant working the assembly line in the summer. So it really gave me a good appreciation of how hard work can pay off," she said.

On an average day at the office, Sexton tries to integrate her three children into the office. She says it is done by design rather than necessity.

"That's something I've tried to do with my kids ... so they look at it as this place not that mom has to go to work, but mom wants to go to work, and some great things happen here," she said.

And some great things have happened there. Sexton was named one of the most influential women of 2011 and made the cover of a Kansas City business article on 28 rising stars.

She says women need to know their worth and take credit for a job well done.

"I think a lot of it is that as we're growing up we were taught to be ladylike. So many times when I congratulate a woman or tell her how good she did, she'll say 'oh, you would have done the same thing,' or 'it was nothing,' and I don't hear that as often from men," she said.

Sexton and her husband, Brian, have two sons, Will and Grayson, and a daughter, Kitty.

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