The 14th annual Women’s Leadership Conference will be held virtually, 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 2-4, 2021, for three days of educational breakout sessions, inspirational awards presentations, and empowering keynote speakers.
Tuesday, March 2
1:00pm – Opening Session + Awards Program
2:15pm – Breakout Session I
3:30pm – 30-Minute Mentor Session I
4:30pm – Adjournment
Wednesday, March 3
1:00pm – Featured Keynote (Gayle Benson)
2:15pm – Breakout Session II
3:30pm – 30-Minute Mentor Session II
4:30pm – Adjournment
Thursday, March 4
2:15pm – Breakout Session III
3:30pm – Closing Session + Keynote (Jan Hargrave)
4:30pm – Virtual Networking + Happy Hour
6:00pm – Adjournment
Conference App -- Whova
The conference will be hosted on Whova, the event and conference platform. Download Whova today to engage with conference attendees, interact with presenters, and view real-time session information.
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 2021 Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award will be announced during the Opening Session & Awards Program on Tuesday, March 2 at 1:00pm.
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 2021 Rising Leader Award will be announced during the Opening Session & Awards Program on Tuesday, March 2 at 1:00pm.
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 2021 Emerging Leader Award will be announced during the Opening Session & Awards Program on Tuesday, March 2 at 1:00pm.
Featured Keynote -- Gayle Benson
Join us on Wednesday, March 3 at 1:00pm for our featured keynote speaker, Gayle Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. Learn more about Gayle Benson in this featured news story.
A total of nine breakout sessions will be held throughout the three days of the conference, spanning a variety of topics including: leadership and professional development, inclusion and social justice, health and wellness, and empowerment.
30-Minute Mentor Program
The 30-Minute Mentor Program at the Women’s Leadership Conference provides an opportunity for short, but intentional, interactions between small groups of conference attendees with respected community leaders. Hear from community leaders about their journey, and ask questions to guide your own path toward leadership. Meet the Mentors!
Closing Keynote -- Jan Hargrave
Join us on Thursday, March 4 at 3:30pm for our closing keynote speaker, Jan Latiolais Hargrave, internationally known body language expert. Learn more about Jan Hargrave in this featured news story.
A number of businesses and organizations throughout the community dedicated to providing services to support women’s issues will be featured during the virtual conference in the Exhibitor Center. If you or your organization is interested in serving as an exhibitor, click here to learn more and apply!
Registration fees are as follows:
General Registration -- $75
Student Registration -- $35