Women’s Leadership Conference Agenda

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8:30 a.m.  Registration Opens

9:00 a.m.  Welcome

9:30 a.m.  Breakout Sessions 1

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Hustle & Health

Christy Reeves, Ochsner Health System 

Hustle & Health is a look at the mindset of women and how in the hustle of life, we often put our own health last.  But when a woman is living the best version of herself, she inspires others to live the best versions of themselves.  Each of us has the power to reset our routines, making the “time” to be healthy.  This interactive session will take attendees through a journey where they explore their own personal health commitment and come away with a new commitment to self. 


Create a Success Plan for Your Career

Janice Lamy, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady 

The disparity between women and men in leadership roles across all industries continues to be significant. In order to address this, women must take a strategic, proactive approach to managing their careers. This presentation will provide women the tools needed to take their careers to the next level and achieve everything they have envisioned–with steps to begin taking immediately. Attendees will learn how to:

· Identify their core values and learn how they drive everything.

· Avoid getting tripped up by fear, limiting beliefs, and the myth of perfection.

· Set tangible career goals for the next three, five, and ten years.

· Create a personal marketing plan to get positioned for success.

Participants will leave with a roadmap for designing their Success Plans.


Making Your Voice Heard

Panel: Christine Lipsey, Attorney, McGlinchey; Yolanda Dixon, Secretary, Louisiana State Senate; Lynnel Ruckert, BOLD Strategies

This panel discussion will feature leaders from the Baton Rouge community sharing their experiences and tips regarding issues facing women today as well as accomplishments of women in celebration of 100 years of suffrage.


10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m.      Breakout Sessions 2

Preparing for and Addressing the “Inevitable” Financial Considerations of Death & Taxes (Why You Need a Will and Things You Need to Know about the IRS)

David Gunn and Tami York, Gunn & York

Taking control over (and maximizing) one’s long-term financial well-being necessarily involves becoming equipped with knowledge related to, and properly planning for issues including (1) Federal and State (individual and business) tax compliance issues, and (2) Estate Planning (implementing Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, etc.). This Session features

a general discussion of these issues by speakers with decades of experience in preparing for and addressing practical and complex Tax and Estate Planning issues.


Supporting Friends Facing Breast Cancer

Dr. Mindie Bowie, Woman’s Hospital 

Breast cancer affects one in eight women. Watching someone you love face breast cancer is hard. Most of us aren’t sure how to help. Woman’s Hospital Breast Surgical Oncologist Mindy Bowie explains the emotional and physical challenges of battling breast cancer and how you can offer meaningful support. Also, learn lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of breast cancer.


Choosing To Be Number One or The Best

Jill Garner, Manners of the Heart

No one can deny that competition in today’s business climate is fierce. However, time spent assessing the competition is time wasted. Leave the competition to compete amongst themselves, while you spend your time contending with the toughest competition of all…yourself. Changing your viewpoint will change your life!


Friends without benefits: The ups and downs of female relationships in the workplace

Dr. Yvette Marsh, Executive Director of Talent Management, LSU Foundation

While there are many instances of women in the workplace supporting and uplifting each other in the workplace, there still exists an “(adult) mean girl” mentality that thwarts the building of authentic relationships and limits upward career mobility.  This session explores the highs of the female dynamic at work and offers suggested approaches on how to manage the lows.


11:45 a.m.      Break

Noon       Luncheon featuring Laila Ali

1:15 p.m   Break

1:30 p.m. Networking Receptions

Ice Cream Sundae Networking Reception Foyer

VIP Reception w/ Photos and Book Signing

**VIP Ticket Required for Admission**

Victory (Mezzanine Level)

2:30 p.m.  Breakout Sessions 3

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Optimize Your Health for SUCCESS

Dr. Keta Patel, Excel Wellness Center 

You wake up with the sound of your alarm blaring, but you end up hitting the snooze button. Now you are running late. You’re waiting for a load of laundry to finish washing so you can switch it to the dryer and leave in time to make it to your appointment only 15 minutes late!!  You are staring at the kitchen sink with a pile of dishes and it’s taunting you. Kids are calling your name as they want you to read them a story before bedtime. You are in over your head, and you just want to be in bed.

As it turns out you are not alone, and what you are experiencing is your body in it’s “survival/overdrive mode” BUT without any off switch. This survival/overdrive mode eventually manifests in your body and creates many real symptoms. In this talk, you will learn how to give yourself the permission to pause, for a healthier and more successful life. 


How to find your voice…and grow professionally

Sandy Michelet, Sparkhound 

Have you ever known exactly what to say in a meeting, but didn’t out of fear, only to hear the same idea praised when someone else raised it?

Do you feel as if you constantly need to prove your value? Or that you are a fraud?

In this session, Sandy guides participants to explore how self-doubt shakes a women’s confidence and can ultimately impact her professional growth.

Attendees will come away with 5 tips to help them find their voice, improve their confidence and to strive to advance professionally. 


Poverty Simulation, Part 1

(must attend during both time slots)

Heidelberg (10th Floor)

3:30 p.m.  Break

3:45 p.m.  Breakout Sessions 4

Truth & Politics

Beverly Brooks Thompson & Alsie Dunbar 

A woman needs to be asked seven times to run for office. She must be encouraged and supported. If you are considering running for office, supporting a candidate, or want to become more politically active in the community – this session is for you. Come learn from two veterans in the arena – the TRUTH about service and politics.

Hear what it takes emotionally, physically, financially and where to start. Not considering running? Learn how you can support others considering making a run.


Using Mindful Eating as a Powerful Tool for Energy, Focus and Weight Management

Shannon Janis, SB Wellness Group

It’s not just about what you eat, but how you eat. This seminar will help you make peace with food, reconnect to your natural hunger cues and learn to better love yourself and the foods you eat.

Take back control of your health and your eating by learning powerful tools that will help you slow down, enjoy eating and build healthier eating habits for the long-term.


Board Roles to Professional Goals: How Nonprofit Board Service Can Advance Your Career

Leigh Anne Chambers, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations 

Finding the right board member can truly benefit charitable organizations in the region and board service can provide great personal and professional benefits for those who elect to serve. Join us as discuss ways in which your knowledge and experience can help grow your network and skill set. The sector needs you to fill a diverse need and to support the social culture of building a stronger community. 


Poverty Simulation, Part 2

(Must attend during both time slots)


(10th Floor)