Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy

June 11 – 14, 2023 at Nicholls State University

The Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy is a premiere leadership building opportunity offered to young women in grades 9-12. The program focuses on communication, networking, team work, and building relationships. Participants immerse themself into a real world mock election learning from panel of experts and designing their own group campaign. Participants are also able to stay on campus at Nicholls State University, participate in valuable programming, and meet other high school students from all over our state. The program is perfect for driven young women with leadership potential that are ready to learn new skills.


  • Keynote Simone Bruni – “Building a brand. The story of the Demo Diva.”
  • Learn how to plan a campaign to run for a school office with Dr. Laura Badeaux & Charmaine Caccioppi
  • Beat the Big Guys with podcast producer Sandy Rosenthal
  • Young Entrepreneur Workshop with Skin Care Moguel Emily Beck & Boutique Owner Kirsten Hill
  • Career Readiness. How to build your brand, your resume, and get the job! With Business Owners Stephanie Burks and Laurie Guillaume
  • Leaders in Action Panel with Women in Politics: Kristine Russell, Lafourche Parish District Attorney Annette Fontana, Clerk of Court Wendy Thiboduax, Lafourche Parish Assessor, and Debi Benoit, Terrebonne Parish School Board
  • Keynote Sharon Lavigne – “RISE, How to Be a Justice Advocate.”
  • RAD Self Defense Seminar taught by Lucie Morvant, Reserve Deputy Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office & RAD Program State Director
  • Governor’s Dinner event with political leaders

Apply to be a Participant



Kristen Anselmi,
Chair LGLA


Laura Badeaux

Dr. Laura Badeaux, Director LCWGB & President, Lafourche Commission on Women

Sandra Herman, President Corporate Board LCWGB


Information about the Academy

The vision of the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy (Coreg CR) 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 9-12. LGLA participants will be selected by a committee of the LCWGB Board.

What’s included?

  • Academy T-shirt, tote bag and binder
  • Three nights in university housing
  • Eight 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