Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy
June 14 – 17, 2015
Auntie Anne Beiler
Anne Beiler began twisting pretzels in 1987 to support her husband’s vision to offer free counseling services in their community. What began as a single farmer’s market stand grew into Auntie Anne’s Inc., the world’s largest hand rolled soft pretzel franchise with over 1,200 locations worldwide. Anne is among an elite group of women that have founded national companies in America, and is one of an even smaller number that have owned an international franchise company.
Anne’s journey to become a leading female entrepreneur began many years before the first pretzel was rolled. In September of 1975, Anne and her husband experienced any parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of a child. This event propelled Anne into years of darkness during which she nearly lost her husband, her family, and her faith. Out of her pain came purpose and the desire to persevere towards personal and professional success.
Auntie Anne Beiler’s commitment to excellence is rooted in the belief that we give to get, to give again; and that success can only be realized when you have a great product, great people on your team, and a purpose greater than yourself.
Leveraging her entertainment background as a platform, Alexis launched “I Am That Girl,” and quickly became an internationally recognized speaker, media personality, activist, and author.Alexis’s first book, I AM THAT GIRL, was released January 2014.
Eric Frederick Skrmetta
The Louisiana Center for Women & Government and Business at Nicholls State University encourages and promotes the leadership of women by providing resources and non-partisan support through educational workshops, training seminars and outreach programs. The center is committed to promoting women in government and public service, to acknowledging achievements of women and to teaching all citizens about the importance of public service and responsible citizenship.
The Center is actively engaged in statewide leadership programming, including Hall of Fame Ceremony, Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy, Campaign Institute, Congress to Campus, Legislative Women’s Luncheon, Statewide Leadership Institute for Women, “Women’s Perspective” on “Bayou Time” and Regional Celebrity Fund-raisers.
LCWG initiated a National Women’s Leadership Summit held in New Orleans, Louisiana with honorary chairs Senator Mary Landrieu D, Louisiana and Senator Olympia Snowe R, Maine in September, 2009. In June, 2010 the Center hosted a Summit in Alaska with honorary chairs Senator Lisa Murkowski, R, Alaska and Senator Maria Cantwell, D, Washington. In September, 2010 Arkansas was the next site for the National Women’s Leadership Summit with honorary chair Senator Blanche L. Lincoln, D, Arkansas. Senators Landrieu and Murkowski then hosted a Washington D.C. summit May 11-12, 2011.
The Center is supported by over 700 women in seven leadership councils throughout Louisiana. LCWG also partners with other organizations and boards in support of its programs. Partnerships include Bayou Junior Woman’s Club Mad Hatters and a future conference on small business entrepreneurship for women with the governor’s office on women.
Another focus of the Center is its internship program, which is one of its kind in Louisiana and began with the Spring 1992 semester. The program allows students, both male and female in any major, to earn 15 hours of college credit while gaining hands-on experience working in a governmental office. The students work four days a week and spend one day in the classroom. Interns receive stipends and those assigned to offices in Baton Rouge are provided dormitory space. The internship is open to students from colleges and universities around the state.