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Women’s Leadership Conference

Valiant Women of the Vote

The 13th annual Women’s Leadership Conference brings together students, faculty, staff and community members to commemorate the theme of 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 5, 2020, at the UL Lafayette Student Union for a day full educational breakout sessions, inspirational awards presentations, and empowering keynote speakers.

Conference Agenda

7:30am – Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8:30am – Introductory Remarks & University Welcome
9:00am – Breakout Session I
10:15am – Breakout Session II
11:30am – Keynote & Awards Luncheon
1:15pm – Breakout Session III
2:30pm – Breakout Session IV
3:45pm – Closing Remarks & Adjournment

Keynote Panel Discussion

To celebrate the national theme of “Valiant Women of the Vote,” the Keynote & Awards Luncheon will feature a keynote panel discussion on the history of women’s right to vote, the challenge of overcoming structural barriers to representation, and the importance of civic engagement among college-aged and professional women.

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Breakout Sessions

A total of 16 breakout sessions will be held throughout the day of the conference, spanning a variety of topics including: empowerment, leadership and professional development, health and wellness, and women in the academy.

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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 2020 Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award will be announced during the Keynote and Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:30am.

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award, newly 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 2020 Emerging Leader Award will be announced during the Keynote and Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:30am.

Exhibitor Session

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

Hotel Accommodations

If you will be traveling to the conference from out of town, you may reserve a room at the
Hilton Garden Inn at the “UL Family and Friends Rate.”

Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome
2350 West Congress Street
Lafayette, LA  70506

Click here to book your reservations with the UL Family and Friends Rate applied.

You may also call the hotel directly at 337-291-1977 and ask for the UL Family and Friends Rate.


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 fees are as follows:

Early-Bird Registration ($65): January 20 – February 7, 2020
General Registration ($75): February 8 – 26, 2020
Late Registration ($85):  February 27 – March 4, 2020

Student Registration ($35): January 20 – March 4, 2020
Luncheon-Only Registration ($35): January 29 – March 4, 2020

Register Today!