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Thursday, October 26

Alexandria Museum of Art


Opening Session & Conference Reception


4 pm:  Welcome | Deborah Randolph, IOM, President, Central LA Regional Chamber of Commerce


4:05 pm: Message from Reception Sponsor | Lafe Jones, APR, Vice President/Executive Director of Industry Relations, Louisiana Central


4:15 pm: Opening Presenter | Jessica Thacker, Department Chair, Communication, Languages & Arts, LSUA

Courage and Communication: Telling My Story My Way


5 pm:  Reception


Friday, October 27

The Community Center at England Airpark


8 am:  Breakfast


8:30 am:  Open and Welcome | Deborah Randolph


8:40 am:  Welcome | Jacques Roy, Mayor, City of Alexandria


8:50 am:  Welcome | Monte Wilson, CEO/President, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System, and Chair of the Board, Central LA Regional Chamber of Commerce


8:55 am:  Message from Presenting Sponsor | Brooke Taylor, Director of Talent & Communication, RoyOMartin


9:05 am:  Samantha B. Zeringue, MD, Trauma Surgeon, Rapides Regional Medical Center

She Did It Her Way…Empowering Others to Do the Same!


9:45 am: Jamilla Bynog, Assistant United States Attorney, Lafayette, LA, Criminal Civil Rights Coordinator

Empowerment, Resilience, and Success!


10:25 am:  Panel Discussion: Women Who Inspire, Women Who Lead

Facilitator: Dr. Abbey Bain, Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement, LSUA
Panelists: Valencia Sarpy Jones, Immediate Past Chair, LSU Board of Supervisors  |  Mary Werner, LSU Board of Supervisors, and Director/Vice President, The Sweet Lake Land & Oil Company and The North American Land Company


11:20 am:  Senator Beth Mizell, President Pro Tempore, LA State Senate

The World Waits for a Woman’s Heart


12:20 pm:  Welcome Back | Deborah Randolph


12:25 pm:  Lunch / Keynote Lunch Speaker | Lauren Haydel, Founder, Fleurty Girl

She Did It Her Way 


1:25 pm:  Annie Beard, International Elite Gymnast

What’s Your Story?


1:30  pm:  Message from Diamond Sponsor | Optimum


1:40 pm: Shelley Jinks Johnson, Poet, Entrepreneur, Maker, and Performer

Shattered by Grief, Rebuilding a Life on My Terms


2:15 pm: Wrap Up | Deborah Randolph


2023 Women in Business Conference Committee

Mary E. “Beth” Palmer, PhD

Assistant Vice Chancellor Holistic Education & Career Development, Academic Affairs, Louisiana State University of Alexandria, WIB Committee Chair


Heather Poole, EdD, MBA

Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Student Services & Enrollment Management/Director of Foundation Relations, Central Louisiana Technical Community College


Charla H. Ducote

Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations & Business Development, Rapides Regional Medical Center 


Melinda F. Anderson

Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, Louisiana State University of Alexandria 


Connie D. Baker, PHR, SHRM-CP

Senior Director of Human Resources, RoyOMartin


Deborah Randolph

President, Central LA Regional Chamber of Commerce


Cindy Cespiva

Events Director, Central LA Regional Chamber of Commerce, and CEO, CAC Consulting Group, LLC


Sandra McQuain

CEO, McQuain Group, LLC


Catrice Johnson

Founder, CEO, Broker/Owner, Johnson & Johnson Realty of Cenla, LLC



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