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ULM to host Women's Symposium March 27

Published March 18, 2019

LeAnn Boyd, PharmD, is keynote speaker, Guest of honor is La. First Lady Donna Edwards

As part of the celebration of Women’s History Month, The University of Louisiana Monroe will host the 4th annual ULM Women’s Symposium on Wednesday, March 27 at the Bayou Pointe Student Event Center. The event will start at 12 p.m. with lunch and will continue until 5 p.m. with a networking social following the symposium.


“It is my pleasure to invite everyone to the 4th annual ULM Women’s Symposium,” said Kelsey Bohl, chair of the ULM Women’s Symposium. The women’s symposium will feature discussions in a panelist/moderator format. Panelists include university faculty, staff, and prominent leaders within the community.  


“The women’s symposium links students with female leaders from across Northeast Louisiana. The symposium will address topics that are relevant to all genders and focus on professional development, personal growth, and cultural awareness. Some of the panel discussions for this year’s event include women’s leadership, mentorship, self-care, and diversity and inclusion," Bohl said.
The keynote speaker is ULM Alumna LeAnn Boyd, PharmD, Founding Partner & CEO of Southern Scripts. Boyd will speak about her experience in entrepreneurship and leadership. 

The ULM women’s symposium is excited to welcome Donna H. Edwards, First Lady of Louisiana as the Guest of Honor. Edwards will provide the welcome during the event. 
The symposium will conclude with the prestigious ULM Women’s Symposium awards presented to five individuals that have empowered women both personally and professionally. The honorees this year include Betty Scott Cummins, Sydney Canfield, Susan Hoffmann, Kandice Guice, and Dr. Eric Pani.
The overarching theme of the women’s symposium is WINGS: Women Influencing the Next Generation of Success. The mission of the symposium is to empower, motivate, and encourage girls and women from all backgrounds and all educational and professional levels to pursue their passions and seek leadership roles in their desired career paths.
“The ULM campus is 64 percent female, an average higher than the UL system average of 60 percent. Thirty percent of those females at ULM are students of color. Nationally, over half of the graduates in higher education are female” Bohl stated, “While we still strive for gender parity in many professions, the women’s symposium provides an outlet for leaders in our area to share their experiences in hopes of inspiring all attendees.” 
Complete information about the Women's Symposium, including registration, discussion topics, panelists, and more are available at ulm.edu/womens-symposium.