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Women’s Leadership Conference

 

The 17th annual Women’s Leadership Conference will be held in-person, bringing together students, faculty, staff and community members to commemorate National Women’s History Month. The goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for personal and professional leadership development that is centered on the needs of women from various cultural backgrounds.

Join us on March 21, 2024, at the Cajundome Convention Center for a day full of educational breakout sessions, inspirational awards presentations, and empowering keynote speakers.

Conference Agenda

  7:30am     Check-in & Continental Breakfast
  8:15am     Welcome Remarks & Morning Keynote
  9:00am     Breakout Session I
10:00am     Breakout Session II
11:15am     Keynote & Awards Luncheon
  1:00pm     Breakout Session III
  2:00pm     Breakout Session IV
  3:00pm     Closing Keynote & Adjournment

Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award

The Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award was established in 2016 in honor of her service to the community and commitment to advancing women’s equity. Dr. Brabant served the University and Acadiana community selflessly as founder of the Mayor’s Commission on the Needs of Women, President of the Board of Directors for Faith House, and the professor for the first course on death and dying at UL Lafayette.

The recipient of the 2024 Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award will be announced during the Keynote & Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:15 am.

Rising Leader Award

The Rising Leader Award, established in 2021, honors mid-career individuals who are collaborative, dedicated, passionate and inspirational leaders who have made substantial contributions to advancing leadership and gender equity.

The recipient of the 2024 Rising Leader Award will be announced during the Keynote & Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:15 am.

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award, established in 2020, honors early-career individuals who are collaborative, dedicated, passionate and inspirational leaders who have made substantial contributions to advancing leadership and gender equity.

The recipient of the 2024 Emerging Leader Award will be announced during the Keynote & Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:15 am.

Luncheon Keynote  

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Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be held throughout the conference, spanning a variety of topics including:

Follow our Facebook event page for more information about our breakout session speakers!


Desired Outcomes for the Women’s Leadership Conference:
• For women to develop skills for transformative service, leadership, and professional life.
• To enhance a personal sense of engagement, belonging, and empowerment.
• Create a stronger community among UL Lafayette and Acadiana women.
• Gain knowledge and skills for personal wellness and professional growth.
• Increase awareness of campus and community wellness resources for women.
• To provide a platform for our male advocates who are dedicated to supporting the advancement of our women community leaders.
• Celebrate the caring contributions of women, scholars, and health professionals in our community

Exhibitor Center

A number of businesses and organizations throughout the community dedicated to providing services to support women’s issues will be featured during the conference in the Exhibitor Center. If you or your organization is interested in serving as an exhibitor, click here to learn more and apply!

Hotel Accommodations

For any presenters, panelist or attendees that are traveling for the conference Comfort Suites Oil Center has a special room rate for Women's Leadership Conference guest.  Click here for special booking rate.  

 

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