LSU to host third annual Women's Summit

LSU to host third annual Women's Summit

POSTED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:35am

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:36am

For the third-straight year, LSU will host the Louisiana Women’s Summit, a premier conference for women, on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Lod Cook Alumni Conference Center at LSU.

Keynote speakers for the all-day event will be Simone Bruni, president and owner of Demo Diva Demolition, and retired women’s basketball superstar Lisa Leslie.

This statewide conference, titled “Power & Possibilities,” is being hosted by the LSU Women’s Center and sponsored by LSU and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. The Louisiana Women’s Summit serves as a statewide dialog for women in Louisiana with the vision to strengthen the advancement of women by providing an interactive forum that provides advocacy, education and networking opportunities. It focuses on advancing and empowering women by addressing social, cultural, economic and political challenges that women experience through an engaging and interactive agenda.

Conference registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the presentation of the Pathfinder Awards and the opening keynote address by Bruni scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. After two break-out sessions, Leslie will deliver her keynote address during the luncheon beginning at noon. In addition, Rolfe McCollister, the publisher and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, will be presented with the Men Who Champion Women Award during the luncheon. A third break-out session will follow, with the closing remarks scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m.

A resident of Lakeview in New Orleans, Bruni was a corporate meeting planner prior to Hurricane Katrina. After the hurricane devastated New Orleans and particularly the Lakeview area, Bruni chose to stay in New Orleans and founded Demo Diva Demolition. From humble beginnings, her company, now in business for four years, initially specialized in residential demolition in Louisiana. But, Demo Diva Demolition has now expanded into commercial and selective interior demolition throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast region.

One of the greatest women’s basketball players in history, Leslie is a three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player and a four-time Olympic gold medalist. After a standout career at the University of Southern California, Leslie was a seven-time WNBA All-Star and led the Los Angeles Sparks to two WNBA championships before retiring in 2009. The first player to dunk in a WNBA game, Leslie was voted one of the top 15 players in WNBA history in 2011. In addition to her outstanding athletic ability, Leslie is also a fashion model, having signed with the prestigious Wilhelmina Agency in 1996, and has been featured in many publications, including Vogue.

To register for the Louisiana Women’s Summit, visit their website here. Full conference registration is $75, while students can register for $35.

For more information regarding the conference or the LSU Women’s Center, contact Catherine Hopkins at or call (225) 578-1714.

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