25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Success! 


Four-time Emmy Award® nominee, CCH Pounder, headlined our Hall of Fame Luncheon, as we celebrated the 25th Birthday of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, LA

Preceding the luncheon,
Louisiana Women Leaders Business Conference
Saturday, Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Leadership Guru Sam Bacharach
The “Queen of Creole Cuisine” Leah Chase
Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco



Leadership Guru Sam Bacharach
Dr. Sam Bacharach, the best-selling author of “Get Them On Your Side,” and “Keep Them On Your Side,” and the soon-to-be-published, “The Agenda Mover,” will lead a session on the political skills necessary to move agendas for change and innovation. Bacharach is co-founder of the Bacharach Leadership Group (BLG) and also the McKelvey-Grant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Cornell University.


 “Queen of Creole Cuisine” Leah Chase
The “Queen of Creole Cuisine” turned a popular, local sandwich shop into a culturally-significant, world-class restaurant that became the stopping place for U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, entertainers Ray Charles and Duke Ellington, and countless others. Mrs. Chase will reflect on her life, career and leadership highlights.

PHOTO Governor Kathleen Blanco

Kathleen Blanco
Served as Louisiana’s first woman governor (2004 – 2008) through one of the state’s toughest times, as hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck Louisiana within a month of each other in 2005. Governor Blanco will serve as Business Conference emcee and will discuss leadership with Bacharach and Chase.

Hall of Fame Luncheon
Saturday, Nov. 21, noon – 2 p.m.
CCH Pounder of “NCIS: New Orleans”
Hall of Fame Honorees (click here to view the honorees)

We continue our 25th year celebration with the induction of several of Louisiana’s most accomplished women into the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business’ Hall of Fame. The women will be recognized for their exemplary work in several fields, including Media, Public Service, Business, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, The Center will recognize its 2015 Outstanding Activists and its 2015 Men Who Support Strong Women!



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; 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.


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.

Featured Board Member

Sandy Rosenthal

Sandy Rosenthal

Sandy Rosenthal is well known in New Orleans for her role in founding and leading the influential group, Levees.org. Prior to the 2005 hurricane in New Orleans, Sandy was a marketing executive and part-time fitness instructor, but after the Army Corps …

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