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Women’s Leadership Conference

Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

The 15th 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 24, 2022, at the UL Lafayette Student Union 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
10:15am – Breakout Session II
11:30am – Keynote & Awards Luncheon
1:00pm – Breakout Session III
2:15pm – Breakout Session IV
3:30pm – 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 2022 Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award will be announced during the Keynote & Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:30 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 2022 Rising Leader Award will be announced during the Keynote & Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:30 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 2022 Emerging Leader Award will be announced during the Keynote & Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:30 am.

Featured Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote - Angela Morrison is the Community Development Manager for Meritus Credit Union. Read more about Angela Morrison UL Alumni and all her accomplishments.

Luncheon Keynote - Hang Thi Yen Black, author of "Embrace Your Edge." Learn more about Black here.

Afternoon Keynote - Dr. Valin S. Jordan is an academic and social justice educator.  Dr. Jordan also founded an organization called Yoga4SocialJustice® in 2018. Read more

Breakout Sessions

A total of nine breakout sessions will be held throughout the conference, spanning a variety of topics including:
MIND:  Mental and Emotional Health, Emotional Intelligence, Education and Educators, Research & Scholarship, Professionals and Professional Development, Self-efficacy or Confidence; Mindfulness, Self-Care
BODY: Physical Health and Wellness, Women Professionals in Healthcare; Holistic Health and Healing, Self-Care, Access to Care, Activeness, Women’s Walk for a Cause
SOUL/SPIRIT: Honoring, Inspiring, Encouraging, Respecting, and Supporting Women; Hopefulness; Women’s Narratives/Stories; Women’s Autonomy and Dignity

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

Women’s Wellness Walk - Postponed

This year we would like to invite the community and conference attendees to participate in our first Women’s Wellness Walk to be held on a later date at UL Lafayette Cajunfield.  This walk is open to all men, women and children, as a Wellness walker you can enjoy a whole range of benefits including increased fitness, improved mood and increased social interactions with local people and the local area. Walking requires no special equipment or expense and is the ideal way for most people to become more active.  Each Wellness Walker will receive a registration packet (see ticket price) the day of the event. 

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!

Parking

For those who are traveling to the conference from off campus, there will be a limited number of parking spots available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Olivier Parking Tower located at 619 McKinley Street. 

Registration Online is Closed

If you would like to attend you can register March 24, 2022. (registration table - cash or check payments accepted)
Day of Event Registration cost 
General registration $85
Student registration $45
Lunch Only $45.