The La Center for Women in Government and Business 


Lafourche Commission on Women

for obtaining financial support from

Lafourche Parish Council 

for Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy






Mark your calendar LGLA 2019, June 9 – 12!

Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy June 10-14, 2018 

55 Participants (high school)
5 Jr Counselors (high school)
7 Sr Counselors (college)



–  Networking Dinner –

Thank you Talluri Family and
Governor John Bel Edwards

– LGLA 2018 Keynote Speaker –
Alexis Jones

I AM THAT GIRL” – Author Alexis Jones founded the 501c3 nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, which currently has 1M+ girls involved and chapters in over 20 countries. She is an internationally recognized author, activist, speaker, media personality. Alexis hosted a TV show on the red carpet and several shows on CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, MTV and TLC.


Special thanks to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete for recognizing The Center’s 25 years of service to Louisiana.  Both mayors generously hosted members of our Advisory Board in September and issued proclamations honoring The Center’s accomplishments since its creation in 1990.

Larger file -- Mayor Landrieu Women's Center 25-year proclamation

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu presents his Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Laura Badeaux, Executive Director of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business (LCWGB), on Sept. 2 at a meeting in the Mayor’s Office. Joining in the presentation are LCWGB Advisory Board members (left to right) Sharon Marchand, Nadia AlHashimi, Kathleen Mix, Carol Short, Donnell Zeringue, Danielle Leger, Anna Tusa, Laurie Brown, Renee Carrere, Board President Sandra Herman, Nicole Ferrier, Martha Ellard, Demetric Mercadel, Dedria Givens-Carroll, Marsha Jabour, and Simone Bruni Crouere.

Thibodaux City Council proclamation group picture

Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete presents his “Women Leaders Week” proclamation to Dr. Laura Badeaux, Executive Director of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business (LCWGB), on Sept. 15 in the Thibodaux City Council chambers. Attending the ceremony were (left to right) Rusty Jabour, Communications Adviser for the LCWGB; Donnell Zeringue, LCWGB Outstanding Activist and Advisory Board Member; Brandie Toups, LCWGB Outstanding Activist and Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy Chair; Major Renee Brinkley, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and LCWGB 25th Anniversary Co-Chair; Dr. Raja Talluri, LCWGB 25th Anniversary Patron Party Host; Dr. Bruce Murphy, President, Nicholls State University; Dr. Badeaux; Mayor Eschete; Lloyd “Chip” Badeaux, President, Thibodaux City Council; Alex Arceneaux, Chief of Staff, Nicholls State University; Debi Benoit, LCWGB Advisory Board Member and Director of Research and Sponsored Programs at Nicholls; Nick Hebert, LCWGB 25th Anniversary Patron Party, Co-Chair; Dawn Chadwick, LCWGB Advisory Board Member; and Nadia AlHashimi, LCWGB Advisory Board Member.


The Center is actively engaged in statewide leadership programming, including two signature events: the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy, and the Louisiana Women’s Hall of Fame / Business Conference.  The Center also has been known for its National Women’s Leadership Summit on Small Business Entrepreneurship, and the Non-Partisan Campaign Institute.

About The Center

The Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business provides nonpartisan support and resources to encourage and promote the leadership of women through educational workshops, training seminars, outreach programs and special events. The Center is committed to promoting women in government and public service, to cultivating economic opportunities for women, to acknowledging achievements of women and to teaching all citizens about the importance of public service and responsible citizenship. The LCWGB is governed by a non-profit board of highly accomplished women. It also partners with other organizations and boards in support of its programs.

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Simone Bruni

Simone Bruni

Simone Bruni, a New Orleans resident, was a corporate meeting planner by trade prior to Hurricane Katrina, selling the city to high end convention planners.  She led her customers through the bayous and plantations, as well as the best restaurants …

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