Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy

2019 Girls Leadership Academy
“Light the Torch and Lead”

Sunday, June 9 – Wednesday, June 12  @ Nicholls State University


Click Here for Speaker Bios


Click Here for the 2019 Girls Leadership Brochure



Congratulations to LGLA from Governor John Bel Edwards

(Pictured with participants  at the Governor’s Mansion)


Information about the Academy

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 9-12. 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

Application Process

The application process for the Academy will begin each January. 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)

Application Deadline and Timeline

  1. January 1 – online application open (click here)
  2. April 15 – deadline to apply
  3. April 30 – deadline for supporting documentation to be submitted by email to nicholls.lgla@gmail.com
  4. May 6 – selected letters with acceptance packet mailed to participant
  5. May 15 – postmark deadline to return acceptance packet to the Center

Application Checklist

  • Application online with $80 fee
  • Application supporting documentation emailed
    • One letter of recommendation from nominator (teacher, staff, community leader, etc.)
    • Resume with a complete list of extracurricular activities from the past three years and school GPA
    • Student essay 

Click Here to Apply for LGLA 2019


Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy Sponsors


Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business

Lafourche Commission on Women

Rosenthal Foundation
New Orleans, Louisiana

Past Program

Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy June 10-14, 2018 

55 Participants (high school)
5 Jr Counselors (high school)
7 Sr Counselors (college)




Inspirational Words From The Academy’s 2018 Featured Speaker

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.”





Click Here for the LGLA 2019 Brochure