Linda Dutton wears a porkpie hat. Like the lid itself and the jazz musicians who made it popular, she is a cool classic; bopping to the beat of her own drum and, at 52, comfortable in her own skin. As she tells her story, she is inclined to long verbal riffs, peppered with bits of slam poetry of her own creation. Listening to her is like listening to an improvisational jazz piece, freeform, and a little hard to pin down. You never know where it’s going to take you but you know it’s going to be someplace good – so if you’re smart, you’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride. Only then do you realize that what at first seemed a bit extemporaneous actually has structure, direction, and a great deal of lyrical passion. Throughout her life – just like the jazz and R&B musicians she loves – Linda has known when to lay back, when to break out, and when to step up and take the lead. And when she does, she nails it.
Welcome to The Breakroom, Caroline Center's official blog site. We invite you to have a cup of coffee with us and to discover what it takes for women to create better lives through an SSND-inspired education and meaningful work. In The Breakroom, you will find everything about women and work except the gossip. Come to The Breakroom to hear personal stories, to get the facts, to understand the challenges and struggles, to be inspired and enlightened – and, hopefully, to connect with your neighbors in the city and with a small, but very special and powerful place on Somerset Street, Caroline Center - a place that we believe will change your life for good.
Note: All posts in The Breakroom are the property of Caroline Center and should not be re-published in any format without expressed permission from Caroline Center and proper attribution. Posts in The Breakroom from 2014 through 2019, unless otherwise noted, were written by Nancy Sherman, who served in the role of communications and marketing director for Caroline Center during this time. Posts in The Breakroom from 2012 through 2013, unless otherwise noted, were written by freelance writer/director Claire Hartman, who created this blog site.