Lalita Tademy was born in
Berkeley, California, far from her
parents' southern roots. Nonetheless,
her parents made sure their household
(Louisiana West) maintained a definite
non-California edge, including a steady
supply of grits, gumbo, cornbread, and
collard greens, and a stream of other
transplanted southerners eager to share
their "back-home" stories.
Lalita decided early that independence and self-sufficiency trumped personal amusement, and set out with dogged determination and methodical resolve to fashion a career. Twenty years later she left the corporate world having achieved the position of VP and General Manager at Sun, a Fortune 500 high technology company in Silicon Valley in order to seek our her family's past. Her ...