Conference celebrates Women in Business

Thursday, February 23, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, along with Tangipahoa Professional Women, will host Women Mean Business 2017 on Thursday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     The conference will be held on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in the Student Union 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 International Speaker and Leadership Coach Dima Ghawi and President and CEO of North Oaks Health System Michele Sutton.
     The event will also feature an informative panel of experts that will address the top wellness issues for women in 2017. Panelists include Dr. Kimberly Guillory with Magnolia OB/GYN, Paige Moody of Southeastern’s Health Center and Dr. Denise Rollette of Rollette Chiropractic.
     A new feature for this year’s conference will be the Business and Career Success Panel, which will concentrate on areas of growth and success for female business owners and professional women. Panelists include Ghawi, Danielle Munro with Home Instead Senior Care, and Tammy Earles with Edward Jones.
     Women Mean Business 2017 will provide opportunities to network with other professionals and local business owners. Table, vendor, and ad sponsorships are available for businesses interested in participating in this event.
     Cost to attend the event is $35, $45 on event day, and includes lunch; Southeastern students may attend at no charge with code WMBLIONUP, but advance registration is necessary.
     To register for Women Mean Business or receive more information about sponsorships, log on to or contact LSBDC at 985-549-3831 or

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