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                                  MESSAGE FROM THE STATE PRESIDENT
  

LisaMarie K. Brandon

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Welcome!

Greetings and welcome to the new Louisiana Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) year!

The past year has been like no other we have experienced-a year of losses for some, but, also, a year of community as well as exposure of remaining inequities in our nation.

This year’s theme is “Reigniting the Fire-Burning the Boats for Equity and Change.” The term “burning the boats” comes from a historical moment where a leader had as the paramount mission, the taking of an island where failure was not an option and burned the boats upon arrival at the island to remove any option of retreat.

Our mission is centered around advocacy for the needs of women in pay equity, in gender parity, and in support of women-led business-both from an entrepreneurial perspective and in the day-to-day workplace. To this end, our mission, also focuses on the support needs of women- to bring awareness of the needs for child-care options, work-life balance, and personal skills for self-advocacy.

This year the focus will be on reigniting the passionate fire of equity and change for our generation and the generations to come.

So, burn your boats and let us commit through advocacy, support, and action to take the island from the purveyors of inequity!

Laurel Rogers

2021-2022 State Federation President

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