Conference celebrates women in business

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, along with Tangipahoa Professional Women, will host Women Mean Business 2016 on Thursday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
     The event will be held on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in the Student Union Grand Ballroom.
     “The Women Mean Business conference will provide high impact strategies to help women of all ages survive and thrive individually and professionally,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the LSBDC. “This full-day event will be jam packed with knowledge, tools, resources and connections.”
     Women Mean Business presenters include Lady Lions Head Basketball Coach Yolanda Moore; Louisiana’s First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards; Stephanie Clouatre Davis, humorist and storyteller; and motivational speaker Mari Ann Callais.
     The event will also feature an informative panel of experts that will address the top wellness issues for women in 2016. Panelists include Dr. Mayra Porter of Magnolia Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Pam Deters of Crossroads Behavioral Health; and Julie Day of Spoga Fitness Center.
     “Women Mean Business 2016 will provide opportunities to network with other professionals and local business owners,” Summers said. “A few banner sponsorships are still available for businesses interested in participating in this event.”
     Summers said the cost to attend the conference is $35, $45 on event day, and includes lunch; Southeastern students may attend at no charge, but advance registration is a must.
     To register for Women Mean Business or receive more information about table sponsorships, log on to or contact LSBDC at 985-549-3831 or

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