Dr. Laura Badeaux was a founding member of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business in 1990 and served as Board President and Vice-President. In 2008, she became Center Director and increased programming, initiating Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy, National Women Leadership Summit and Louisiana Women Leaders Conference.
Laura was appointed Chair of Louisiana’s Policy and Research Commission on Women by Governor Bobby Jindal and has previously served the Commission as chair under Governors Edwin Edwards and Kathleen Blanco. She has also served Lafourche Parish as chair of the Commission on Women for 16 years under four parish presidents.
Laura has served as Board Member for the Louisiana League of Women Voters and as chair of the Lafourche League of Women Voters. As a community activist, she served as President for the Volunteers for Juvenile Justice, the Lafourche Cancer Society, the Bayou Junior Women’s Club, the Lafourche Daughters of the American Revolution and the Louisiana Jaycee Jaynes, among others. In support of culture, Laura serves on the boards of New Orleans BRAVO and Women of Fashion (and service).
Laura holds a Ph.D. in Management, Business Communications and Marketing from Louisiana State University and is a full professor at Nicholls State University. She has served Nicholls as President of the Faculty Senate and founded PRO-NSU. She is a published speaker on leadership, communications, power and parliamentary procedure. Laura has been honored by Who’s Who as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Women in America, as an inductee in the LCWGB Hall of Fame, and as one of only three women named as Outstanding Citizen of Thibodaux by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.