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Louisiana Women Leaders Business Conference
December 2, 2017

Event Information

The 2017 Louisiana Women Leaders Conference will take place on December 2nd at the Marriott New Orleans at 9 a.m in conjunction with Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business Hall of Fame event.

Featured Presenters

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Elizabeth Smart, Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions

Mike Wagenheim, foreign correspondent in Israel (former Nicholls State University student).  Wagenheim will connect live during the conference with a female member of the Israeli Parliament to shed light on differences between opportunities for women in Israel and the United States.

Demo Diva Simon Bruni and Carol Neff and Louisiana Caterpillar Sally Boyce Rinehart, non-traditional opportunities for women/small business leadership/workforce development.

Linda Thurman and panel, Hollywood South Opportunities.

Registration click HERE 

  • Full registration fee $100. Cost includes Conference, Hall of Fame luncheon, Patron Party reception the night before. 
  • One day registration fee $75 includes Conference and Hall of Fame Luncheon only. 

Make checks payable to “Friends of LCWGB” or pay online via LCWGB Pay Pal.

Mail checks payable to: P.O. Box 2062, Thibodaux, LA 70310

Be sure to check this page for updates and accommodation information.

Call the Center 985-448-4770 if you have any questions.

Presenting our Hall of Fame Nominees 2017


Lifetime Achievement

Senator Mary Landrieu, Washington, DC











Past State Representative Karen St. Germain, Plaquemine








U.S. Marshall Genny May, Baton Rouge and New Orleans










Lafourche Parish Council Vice Chair Luci Sposito








Eva Shanklin, Thibodaux









Kim Sport, New Orleans, 1st Attorney as Executive Council to Supreme Court












Corporate Leader

Marguerite Erwin, Stanley Morgan, Thibodaux










Yvonne LaFleur, Yvonne LaFleur’s, New Orleans












Leadership Council Activist

Elaine Musso, Mandeville












Men Who Support Women

Thibodaux Council President Lloyd “Chip” Badeaux








Dr. Raja Talluri, Lafourche and Terrebonne






CONGRATULATIONS LGLA 2017 PARTICIPANTS – More pictures coming soon….



Louisiana Leadership Organization

Founded in 1990, the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business (LCWGB) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership organization dedicated to empowering women and promoting female involvement. The Center, housed at Nicholls State University, is governed by a board of highly accomplished women from all over Louisiana who are passionate about using their personal talents and strengths to empower and embolden other women.

For more than 20 years, the LCWGB has been promoting female leadership in government and business through a variety of non-partisan outreach and educational programs for women. The Center’s statewide leadership programming includes Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy, National Women’s Leadership Summit on Small Business Entrepreneurship, Non-Partisan Campaign Institute, Congress to Campus and Hall of Fame Ceremony. The LCWGB also partners with other organizations in support of its programs.


Mission Statement:

The Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business (LCWGB) strives to promote women’s leadership in government, public service and business; cultivate economic opportunities for women; acknowledge and support the achievements of women; and educate all citizens about the importance of public service, responsible citizenship, and public policy education.


Apply for Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy 2017 

for girls entering 9th-12th grades


2017 Featured Speakers

Craig Scott, Columbine Hero

Simone Bruni Couere, Demolition Diva

Steve Morgan, Motivational Speaker


California Comedians

Bear Badeaux 

Crystal Rivers 

Collin Turner

Graham Patrick Martin


American Idol Contestant

Cameron Richard


 Louisiana State Officials

Governor John Bel Edwards (invited)

Lt Governor Billy Nungesser  

Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, Vanessa Whipple Louisiana

Director, Health and Hospitals, Dr. Rebekah Gee

First Women U.S. Marshal, Genny May

Creator First La. Dept. of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Sandra Thompson Herman

Lafourche Parish President, Jimmy Cantrelle

Lafourche Parish Councilman, Daniel Lorraine

Lafourche Parish Councilwoman, Luci Sposito


 Corporate VIPs

Executive Director, Port of South Louisiana, Paul Aucoin Director of

Governmental Relations, Chevron, Felicia Frederick


LGLA Organizers

Executive Director, La. for Women in Government and Business, Dr. Laura Badeaux

Chair, La. Girls Leadership Academy, Brandie M. Toups 

Lafourche Commission on Women, Planner, Dawn Chadwick

Lafourche Commission on Women, Planner, Christie Pate

Lafourche Commission on Women, Planner, Eva Shanklin

Lafourche Commission on Women, Planner, Donnell Zeringue


Nicholls State University Administration

President, Dr. Bruce Murphy

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lynn Gillette

Vice President for Advancement, Dr. Neal Weaver

Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Eugene Dial

Vice President for Business Affairs, Terry Braud


2016 Girls Leadership Academy
“Shaping the Lives of Louisiana’s Future Leaders”

Group Photo - Girls Academy 2016
The Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business, in partnership with the Lafourche Commission on Women, was proud to host the 2016 Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy this summer at Nicholls State University. As the new academic year begins, these Academy graduates have returned to their schools, putting their enhanced communications and leadership skills to good use.


Thank you, First Lady Donna Edwards!
Governor’s Mansion Tour and Luncheon


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