Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy

Celebrating 10 years (2009-2018); and

educating over 400 young leaders…

Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy (LGLA)

***53 young leaders selected to participate in 2018***

– Sunday, June 10 – Thursday, June 14, 2018

– @ Nicholls State University

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Click here to view the LGLA 2018 brochure


New for LGLA 2018

“Holden On” MovieBased on a true story, director, Tamlin Hall will premiere the movie and talk about the importance of teenage suicide prevention. Lead actor, Matt Fahey and supporting actor Bear Badeaux will meet with participants as well.



Returning for LGLA 2018 – 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.

Congratulations to LGLA 2017 from GOVERNOR John Bel Edwards

(Pictured with participants  at Governor’s Mansion)


2017 Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy

(Participants pictured with FIRST LADY Donna Edwards)


The Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business was proud to host the 2017 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.


2017 Featured Speakers

Craig Scott, Columbine Hero


Simone Bruni Couere, Demolition Diva

California Comedians

Bear Badeaux      Crystal Rivers      Collin Turner


American Idol Contestant

Cameron Richard

LGLA 2017

Steve Morgan, Motivational Speaker

 Louisiana State Officials

Governor John Bel Edwards

(pictured with Lafourche Commission on Women Planners)

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

(pictured with Michael Gautreaux, Director, Nicholls PETSM)


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



2017 Girls Leadership Academy
“Light the Torch and Lead”

group bright
The Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business, in partnership with the Lafourche Commission on Women, was proud to host the 2017 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


Collage LGLA 2016 State Capitol Tour

Collage LGLA 2016 Networking Dinner 1

Collage LGLA 2016 Networking Dinner 2

Inspirational Words From The Academy’s 2016 Featured Speakers

Shiza Shahid, Academy Keynote Address
Co-founder of The Malala Fund and International Entrepreneur
Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner


“You must never doubt your ability to achieve anything,
overcome anything, become anything, and inspire everything.”

Alexis Jones

Featured Academy Speaker
Best-Selling Author


“As long as you live a life of mere consumption and not a life of contribution,
you will never have true joy.”

Information about the Academy

Anne Beiler with girls

“Auntie Anne” Beiler shares her business knowledge

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. The LGLA program focuses on:

  • Communication
  • Situational Leadership
  • Public Service and Responsible Citizenship
  • Personal and Interpersonal Well-Being
  • Current Issues in Louisiana Public Policy

Who can attend?

Girls entering grades 9-11. LGLA participants will be selected by a committee of the LCWGB Board.

Selfie with Alexis

“Self work” with best-selling author Alexis Jones

What’s included?

  • Academy T-shirt, tote bag and binder
  • Three nights in university housing
  • Nine all-you-can-eat buffet meals
  • Keynote presentations with nationally recognized speakers, such as Alexis Jones
  • Participation in a state Legislative Women’s Caucus luncheon in Baton Rouge
  • Participation in the networking dinner: The First Among Louisiana Women in Public Service

Application Process

The application process for the Academy will begin in January/February. The following criteria will be considered:

  1. Participation in service and leadership organizations in school, community or church
  2. Offices held in organizations
  3. Honors and awards received
  4. School GPA (minimum 2.6)
  5. One letter of recommendation
  6. A student essay on “Why I should be a leader selected for LGLA” (150 words)
Governor's Mansion inside Girls Academy 2015

Lunch at the Governor’s Mansion after State Capitol tour

Application Deadline and Timeline

Mid March – Late April

Application Checklist

  • One letter of recommendation from nominator (teacher, staff, community leader, etc.)
  • Resume with a complete list of extracurricular activities from the past three years
  • School GPA
  • Student essay (complete online)
  • Application fee $75 (payable to Nicholls State University)
  • Application form

Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy Sponsors


Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business

Lafourche Commission on Women

LGLA Sponsors logos









– Program Focus

  • Communication
  • Situational leadership
  • Public service and responsible citizenship 
  • Current issues in Louisiana public policy

– For girls entering 9th-12th grades

Click here to apply for LGLA – deadline – April 15