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Women’s Leadership Conference

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The 11th 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 8, 2018, at the UL Lafayette Student Union for a day full of educational breakout sessions, inspirational awards presentations, and an empowering keynote speaker.

Conference Schedule

7:30am          Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8:30am          Welcome Remarks
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
3:15pm          Closing Remarks    

Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Katrice Albert, the Executive Vice President for Inclusion and Human Resources at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

A native of New Roads, Louisiana, Dr. Albert completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University. She earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She graduated magna cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

Prior to joining the NCAA, Dr. Albert served as the Vice President for Equity and Diversity of the University of Minnesota System. She also previously served as the Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach at Louisiana State University from 2005-2013.

Dr. Albert has written, spoken and consulted extensively on the topics of cultural competence, corporate social responsibility, educational and workforce diversity, gender and power dynamics, educational access and community/university partnerships.

She has received numerous awards for her accomplishments. She is the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Kiwanis Club of LSU in 2013, and she was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of Louisiana’s Most Powerful and Influential Women in 2010.

Breakout Sessions

A total of 12 breakout sessions will be held throughout the day of the conference, spanning a variety of topics including: empowerment, financial literacy, history, branding and social media, health and wellness, and leadership.

Click here more information about our breakout sessions and speakers!

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 2018 Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award will be recognized during the Keynote and Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:15am. 

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 Friends & Family rate.

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

Click here to book your reservations with the UL Friends & Family rate applied.

You may also call the hotel directly at 337-291-1977 and ask for the UL Friends & Family 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 16 – March 1, 2018
Late Registration ($75): March 2 – March 7, 2018
Final Registration ($75): March 8, 2018 – On-site

Student Registration ($30): January 16 – March 1, 2018
Luncheon-Only Registration ($30): January 16 – March 1, 2018 

Register Today!