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Register now for March 20 'W.E' Conference for campus, community women

Contact: Christina Chapple


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     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will hold “W.E. – Women Empowered,” a conference designed to bring community women and university students together for a day of learning and networking focusing on issues that all women face.

     Scheduled for March 20, the conference will feature workshops and presentations on topics such as work-life balance, stress and its effects on health, navigating and negotiating gender differences, minority women in business, smart risk-taking, building a leadership legacy, and business and technology etiquette.

     “The W.E. Conference’s mission is to empower and inspire women to be ambassadors of change with emphasis on learning, leading and living in today’s society,” said Leigh Ann Lanaux, Southeastern’s community liaison and co-chair of the conference. “Southeastern is excited about providing an opportunity for thought-provoking discussions of what it means to be a woman of leadership in today’s society. Please save the date and plan to join us.”

     The cost of the one-day conference is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch. Discount prices are available for Southeastern students, faculty and staff, and members of the FE-Lions.

     The deadline to register for the conference is March 6. A printable registration form is available at Conference sponsors include the Southeastern Development Foundation, Southeastern Student Government Association, and K-Team Printing.

     The conference’s luncheon address will be presented by Neill Corporation head Debra Neill Baker at 11 a.m. at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks. W.E. Conference speakers, who are still being added to the conference schedule, include:

     ▪ Jeanine O’Neill-Blackwell, partner and chief learning officer for Beauty Basics, Inc.

     ▪ Lori Murphy, publisher of the north shore-based magazine Inside Northside

     ▪ Dian Lusher, president of the communications training company DYNEL, Inc.

     ▪ Brenna Barzenick, author of the newspaper column “Tales from the Crib” and the new book Tsumommy

     ▪ Sister Renée Daigle, director of vocation ministry for the Marianites of Holy Cross

     ▪ Southeastern University Counseling Center counselors Barbara Hebert, Amy Oberschmidt, and Paige Moody

     ▪ State Farm Insurance agent/broker Alexis Ducorbier

     ▪ Catherine Wilbert, a nationally recognized wellness expert and owner of “Vitality Juice”

     ▪ Karen Fontenot, head of Southeastern’s Department of Communication

     ▪ Southeastern management instructor Anna Bass, an authority on business etiquette

     ▪ Lori Davis Jones, head coach of the Southeastern Lady Lions basketball team

     ▪ Mari Ann Callais of CampuSpeak, former director of Student Organizations/Greek Life at Southeastern

     ▪ Susan Bonnett, president and CEO of the Northshore Foundation.

     For additional information or a registration packet, contact Lanaux at 985-549-3130,, or co-chair Jennifer Paul, director of Student Organizations and Strategic Initiatives, 985-549-2507,

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