Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy

June 11 – 15, 2022 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 Speaker Crystal Rivers, “When your dream changes”
  • Keynote Speaker Sonia Perez, ATT President Southern Region, “The Climb” A story of struggle to success
  • Balancing Leadership Opportunities and Life as a Student Leader
  • LGLA Ambassador Elections and Campaign
  • Leaders in Action Panels & Entrepreneurs in Action Panels
  • What’s the next step? College Leadership Opportunities and How to Get Involved
  • Conquering Communications Using Improv – Southern Rivers Production

LGLA Brochure 2022

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A Glance at the 2021 LGLA Academy

2021 Girls Leadership Academy
“I am Woman Hear Me Roar”

June 27-30, 2021  @ Nicholls State University

44 Participants
6 Counselors
2 Program Assistants 

Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors! Without you this is not possible. See the full list below!
Sponsor List 2021

2021 LGLA Participants 









Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser pictured with 2021 LGLA Participants, Dr. and Mrs. Jay Clune Nicholls State University President, Dr. Laura Badeaux Director for the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business (LCWGB), and singer Suzaune Yee McKamey




Lafourche Commission on Women. Front Row: Dawn Chadwick, Andrea Stentz, Desiree Bodin, Brooklyn Hawkins, Dr. Laura Badeaux President, Cristie Pape, Maggie Grigsby  . Back Row: Ron Sapia Secretary, Renee Brinkley Vice President




Corporate Board LCWGB: Allison Clune Board Member, VP Sandy Rosenthal, Diane Hollis Board Member, Dr. Laura Badeaux Director, Sandra Herman President, Faith Peperone Secretary, Stephanie Burks Board member






Keynote speaker Craig Scott Columbine Survivor pictured with Counselor Priya Talluri, and participants Elizabeth Zamora and Reese-Estelle Philips





Leaders in Action. Moderator Major Renee Brinkley left to right: Wendy Thibodeaux, Lafourche Parish Assessor; Julie Stokes, Elevate Founder; Amanda Brunson, Director of Women’s Policy, Governor’s Office; Sandy Rosenthal, Author of Words Whispered in Water, Founder and President, Levees.org.; and Charmaine Caccioppi, Executive Vice President and COO, United Way of Southeast Louisiana



Archie Chaisson, Lafourche Parish President; Armand Autin Chair of the Parish Council; Annette Fontana, Clerk of Court; Wendy Thibodeaux, Parish Assessor; Craig Webre, Sheriff; Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete



Jay Dardenne, Commissioner of Administration and keynote speaker pictured with board members of the LCWGB, Mistress of Ceremonies, Major Renee Brinkley;  and Kristen Anselmi, LGLA Chair





Sandra Herman, President of the Corporate Board for the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business addresses the LGLA attendees






LGLA Delegates representing Lafourche Parish






Community Service Project Award winners pictured with Councilmen Daniel Lorraine and Armand Autin






Presenters on communications and media Bear Badeaux and Crystal Rivers pictured with Lafourche leaders Renee Brinkley, Dawn Chadwick, and Donnell Zeringue





Sandy Rosenthal, Founder of Levees.org, with 25,000 supporters, explains her book Words Whispered in Water, and how she exposed the Army Core of Engineers in the worst disaster in Louisiana history



Presenter and Corporate Board member Stephanie Burks pictured with Counselors Mya Scott and Destiny Lombard.







Leaders in Action. Moderator Major Renee Brinkley left to right: Beryl Amedee, Louisiana House of Representatives, Terrebonne; Annette Fontana, Lafourche Clerk of Court; Debi Benoit, First Female Terrebonne Parish School Board, President




Dr. Laura Badeaux Director and Faith Peperone center pose with the delegates from Jefferson Parish and Bill Peperone former Entergy leader





2021 LGLA Counselors and program assistants







2021 LGLA Ambassador winner Diana Diaz of St. James High School





2021 LGLA Ambassador candidates







St. James Parish leader Shelly Stall pictured with the delegates from St. James Parish participants






Dr. Jay Clune Nicholls State University President, Suzaune Yee McKamey singer, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Allision Clune First Lady Nicholls State University and LCWGB Board Member, Dr. Laura Badeaux Director LCWGB








Participants enjoy the 2021 Governors Dinner event






Q & A with Author Sandy Rosenthal. Participants were each able to take home a copy of her book “Words Whispered in Water.”






Opening session with Keynote speaker Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser







Participants enjoyed a fun pool party and Chick Fil A Bar after a day of leadership development






Participants enjoyed “Pearls of Wisdom” during the Dress for Success Session








Participants learned valuable skills about running for office through our Ambassador program and the ABC’s of Running for Office with Dr. Laura Badeaux






This years program featured 2 Leaders in Action Panels






Sandra Herman introduces our Keynote Speaker Craig Scott Columbine Survivor and Hero at the Closing Session






Craig Scott speaks at the closing session of 2021 LGLA

Participant Molly Callais explains her painting during the Purple Penguin session titled Live your Life on Purpose Participants during the Closing Session






Participants during the closing session

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