Southeastern to host Women Mean Business 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, along with Tangipahoa Professional Women, will host Women Mean Business 2018 on Thursday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference will be held on Southeastern’s campus 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 SBDC Assistant Director Sandy Summers. “This full-day event will be jam packed with knowledge, tools, resources and connections.”
     Summers said Women Mean Business presenters include negotiations coach and author Jacqueline Twillie, Shantel Johnson, marketing director at North Oaks Health System, and communications CEO Dian Lusher.
     This year’s conference includes a leadership success panel, which will concentrate on areas of growth and success for female business owners and professional women. Panelists for this new addition include Cherie Franz with Thinkerella, 21st Judicial Court Judge Blair Edwards, and Casey Robert with Chalereaux.
     “Women Mean Business 2018 will provide opportunities to network with other professionals and local business owners,” Summers added. “Table, vendor, and ad sponsorships are available for businesses interested in participating in this event.”
     Cost to attend the event is $40 in advance or $50 on event day and includes lunch. Southeastern students may attend at no charge with the code WMBLIONUP, but advance registration is necessary.  
     Funds raised will go toward scholarships for Tangipahoa Parish women through TPW’s scholarship fund. TPW was able to award $17,000 in scholarships last year.
     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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