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Registration still open for Southeastern's March 20 W.E. Conference

Contact: Christina Chapple


Click on thumbnail for high resolution photoDebra Neill Baker

     HAMMOND – Although the “early bird” deadline is past, area women can still register for “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 at Southeastern Louisiana University.

     The day-long conference will feature four sessions with presentations by 19 speakers on topics ranging from stress and its effects on women’s health and women in business to building a leadership legacy and business etiquette.

     A special networking browse will precede the conference luncheon, which will include a presentation by Neill Corporation head Debra Neill Baker at 11 a.m. at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks. Employing engaging conversation, insights and personal experiences, Baker will illustrate how, by shifting the way they think, women can realize their own power and potential.

     The cost of the conference is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch and special conference giveaways. Discount prices are available for Southeastern students, faculty and staff, and members of the FE-Lions. A printable registration form is available at

     Participants who cannot attend the full conference may also register for the conference luncheon only for $15. Since seating is limited, reservations and payment are required by March 17 and can be placed by contacting Community Liaison, Leigh Ann Lanaux,, 985-549-3130.

     The W.E. Conference will include presentations by Susan Bonnett, president and CEO of the Northshore Foundation; Kim Hunter Reed, chief of staff of the Louisiana Board of Regents and the following:

     ▪ “Creating the Life You Want” by Brenna Barzenick, author of the newspaper column “Tales from the Crib” and the new book “Tsumommy! Riding the Wave of Motherhood.”
     ▪ “Professional Presence: Let’s Put the Pieces Together” by Southeastern management instructor Anna Bass, an authority on business etiquette.

     ▪ “Emotional Intelligence and Why Is It Important to Women?” by Southeastern communication professor Suzette Bryan.

     ▪ “Hold On, You Lost Me!” by Jeanine O’Neill Blackwell, partner and chief learning officer for Beauty Basics, Inc.

     ▪ “Building a Leadership Legacy” by Mari Ann Callais of CampuSpeak.

     ▪ “Empowered by Faith” by Sister Renée Daigle of St. Albert’s Chapel and Catholic Student Center, director of vocation ministry for the Marianites of Holy Cross.

     ▪ “Financial Fitness: From Chaos to Clarity” by State Farm Insurance agent/broker Alexis Ducorbier.

     ▪ “From Work to Home: Understanding and Handling Stress” by Southeastern University Counseling Center Director Barbara Hebert.

     ▪ “The Heart of the Matter: Women’s Health Issues” by Maryellen Jenkins, North Oaks Health System community health educator.

     ▪ “Full Court Press” by Lori Davis Jones, head coach of the Southeastern Lady Lions basketball team.

     ▪ “Women in Business” by Maida Jones, executive vice president, Guico Industries.

     ▪ “WomenSpeak” by Dian Lusher, president of the communications training company DYNEL, Inc.

     ▪ “Grief … Part of Life, Part of the Workplace” by Southeastern counselor Paige Moody.

     ▪ “Building a Successful Network” by Lori Murphy, publisher of the north shore-based magazine “Inside Northside.”

     ▪ “First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently” by Amy Oberschmidt, counselor at the Southeastern University Counseling Center

     ▪ “Physical Health and Your Success” by Catherine Wilbert, a nationally recognized wellness expert and owner of “Vitality Juice.”

     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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