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Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy 2013

Ayla Brown

Country Music Star & American Idol Semifinalist Ayla Brown has pursued a diverse range of endeavors over the span of the last six years.  Her achievements include:  American Idol Semifinalist, recording artist of four albums, national and local performances, involvement in numerous charitable causes, National Anthem singer for the Philadelphia 76ers, and national news correspondent for The Early Show on CBS.  From 2006-2010, Ayla was a NCAA Division 1 Student/Athlete and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Boston College.  In January of 2012, Ayla released a self-titled country album.  The album was produced by Ayla and she also co-wrote seven out of the nine tracks on the CD.  In early December, Ayla released a patriotic-inspired EP titled, “Heroes and Hometowns ”  The project was sponsored by New Balance and part of every CD sale goes to benefit Hugs for Heroes, Inc., a military non-profit out of Massachusetts.  “Pride of America” is the first single released on that EP.

Craig Scott

Craig Scott was at the scene of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history at Columbine High School. Craig was in the school library where ten classmates were killed and over twenty wounded. After witnessing two of his friends murdered next to him, Craig led a group of students out of the school. Later that day, he would discover that his sister, Rachel Joy Scott, was the first to be killed. Craig has had numerous appearances on such shows as Oprah, Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline, 20/20, MSNBC, CNN and many others. He has spoken to over a million people. Craig is also an up and coming filmmaker  His ultimate goal is to tell stories that inspire. Seeing how media impacts teenagers and learning that the tow shooters at Columbine were deeply impacted by violent movies, Craig wants to positiveness affect audiences with stories of ennobling characters.

Former Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco

Senator Sharon Weston Broome, District 15

Southern Rivers Production
Hollywood Improv: Learn to conquer
the camera and your audience through improv

Crystal Rivers

Bear Badeaux

Melinda Schwegmann
Louisiana’s First Woman Lieutenant Governor

Representative Karen St. Germain
Vice-Chair, LA Legislative Women’s Caucus

Charlotte Randolph
Lafourche Parish President

Lieutenant Colonel Genny May
U.S. Marshall, Eastern District LA

Glenny Lee Buquet
LA Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Dr. Laura Badeaux
Director, Louisiana Center for Women and Government

Dr. Stephen Hulbert
President, Nicholls State University

Chair Brandie M. Toups 

Light the Torch and LEAD
June 9 – 12, 2013
at Nicholls State University

Why Light the Torch and Lead?

The vision of the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy (LGLA) is to develop high potential leaders in community and public service through responsible citizenship. Girls will network with peers and be mentored by experienced women to develop knowledge and skills for future leadership roles.

LGLA program focus:
• Communication
• Situational Leadership
• Public Service and Responsible Citizenship
• Current Issues in Louisiana Public Policy

LGLA will include an annual Leadership Service Project. The 2013 Academy Leadership Service Project will focus on Energy.

Who Will Attend?

Girls entering grades 9 – 11 in the 2013-2014 school year. LGLA participants have been selected by a committee of the LCWG Leadership Council.

Registration postmark deadline is Monday, April 15, 2013.- EXTENDED DEADLINE

What’s Included?

  • Academy t-shirt, tote bag, and binder
  • Three nights in university housing
  • Nine all-you-can-eat buffet meals in Galliano Hall
  • Keynote presentation with nationally recognized speaker, Diem Brown
  • Closing banquet and awards ceremony
  • Participation in a state government field trip to Baton Rouge
Parents & Members of the Community May Attend Closing Ceremonies at 2:30pm, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Call the Center at 448-4770 for reservations. Admittance is $15 for parents of the participants and $25 for the general public. Keynote note will be American Idol Semifinalist, Ayla Brown. Public officials will also attend.

For more information and to register, click the link below or view our brochure.




Register Here





Highlights of the Academy and schedule will be available soon through this website and on our new Facebook Page!

Sunday June 9th:

Special Presentation by nationally recognized speaker Craig Scott











What makes BaFa’ BaFa’ so powerful?

Motivates participants to rethink their behavior and attitude towards others. BaFa’ BaFa’ initiates immediate, personal change. This simulation makes participants personally aware of the issues around culture differences. Participants feel the alienation and confusion that comes from being different. BaFa’ BaFa’ shakes participants out of thinking in stereotypes of anyone who is different. They learn the value of all faces in the workplace in a safe, stimulating environment.

ABC’s of running for office on Sunday evening.

Using a Louisiana Fashion Board scenario, LGLA participants will select candidates and run for office Sunday thru Wednesday with the Ra-Ra guidance of consultant Dr. Laura Badeaux.


Monday June 10th

Lunch with the Legislative Women’s Caucus, State Capitol, Baton Rouge.


Tuesday June 11th

Conquering the camera will feature The Labyrinth’s best. Meet the comedians to whom conquering the camera, your audience, and your agenda is SERIOUS business. Improv leader Bear Badeaux will integrate comedy and communications to give you a new perspective in effective leadership.






Wednesday June 12th

2:30 p.m. – closing ceremonies


Meet American Idol Semifinalist, Ayla Brown! Also see creativity and purpose in action as LGLA teams present their energy service projects.

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