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Jennifer Ragsdale

Jennifer Ragsdale, 38

Chief Administrative Officer

Uniti Group Inc.

Little Rock

Professional achievements
• HR lead for diverse restructurings, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate development initiatives with total transactions valued at more than $2 billion.
• Overseeing customer experience for a customer base of $28 million.
• Named to Soiree Magazine’s 2016 Women to Watch list.

Community involvement
Former foster parent through The Call; former board member of Immerse Arkansas, the University of Central Arkansas Alumni Association and the Central Arkansas HR Association.

Professional “aha” moment
“When I started setting non-negotiables for myself. I have the tendency to do everything at full speed and 120%. When I decided there are certain elements of my personal life that I won’t sacrifice for a job, I became happier at home and at work.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“That we don’t have an In-N-Out Burger. And that we don’t promote more alternative learning opportunities such as trade schools, apprenticeship programs, vocational training, etc. The youth of Arkansas should feel empowered and encouraged to seek advancement that showcases their God-given talents and abilities even if that means they forgo a traditional four-year degree.”

Professional inspiration
“As an HR professional, our teammates are the ones who inspire me to do and be better. I spend countless hours analyzing decisions ensuring that I always have the best interest of the business, our teammates (and their families) and our customers in mind.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Create a road map for the next five to 10 years comprising the professional and personal goals you want to achieve at specific points. Check in with yourself every few months to ensure you’re on target, but don’t be afraid to adjust your goals along the way.”

First job and lesson learned
“As a receptionist at McNaughton Real Estate I learned how to create ‘raving fans’ and to treat your employees with love and respect.”

Most valuable lesson
“To stay authentically me.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“The ways in which Arkansans show up for one another when it’s needed most.”

How you define success
“Anytime my husband or I achieve a personal or professional victory, we drop the kids off at the grandparents and head to the Capital Bar & Grill. I order champagne, he orders an old fashioned, we pray a prayer of gratitude and reminisce. In those moments, success is less about those victories we’re celebrating and more about being present as we achieve them.”

One word to describe you
“Determined.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Hopefully on a tropical island taking a nap.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self?
“Always know your worth.”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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