United Way and BASF to Celebrate the Power of Women

BATON ROUGE, LA (August 21, 2018) – Capital Area United Way’s Women United Committee will host its annual Celebrate the Power of Women breakfast next Thursday, August 30. Sponsored by BASF, this event will include a panel discussion featuring inspirational women leaders as well as an awards ceremony to recognize women making a difference in the Capital Area.

The breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel. Tickets and tables are still available at www.cauw.org/celebrate.

“This event serves as a great opportunity to recognize and thank women in our community who make a difference through United Way,” said Jolen Stein, BASF’s Southeast Communications Hub Manager and United Way board member. “This is BASF’s fourth year to sponsor this event, with this year bringing together a panel of inspirational leaders as well as incredible award winners and attendees.”

The panel discussion will be moderated by Beverly Brooks Thompson, President and Executive Counsel of Brooks Thompson Consulting, and will feature the following participants:

- Kris Cangelosi, Founder and Artistic Director of Cangelosi Dance Project School and Company
- Terrie Sterling, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
- Padma Vatsavai, Founder and CEO of Vinformatix 

After the panel discussion, Women United will present its annual awards to the following winners:

- Legacy of Service Award: Lois Smyth, Donor Services Program Officer at Baton Rouge Area Foundation
- Leadership Excellence Award: Melissa Juneau, CEO of The Emerge Center
- Woman of Inspiration Award: Jeanette Dansby, St. Vincent de Paul

“We’re looking forward to honoring these women for the amazing work they do to improve our community every day,” said George Bell, President and CEO of United Way. “This event is so inspirational. We’re grateful to BASF, our panel participants and Women United for making it possible.”

For more information on Celebrate the Power of Women or to purchase tickets or tables, please visit www.cauw.org/celebrate.      


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Capital Area United Way
Capital Area United Way works to create a community where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential. CAUW is leading a movement to focus donated resources on programs that have significant impact within our communities; to move the needle by addressing our greatest needs. We are creating a pattern of real change by putting people in a position to achieve their full potential. Our efforts focus on impacting our communities in the areas of: education, income stability, health, basic needs, and community level strategies. For more information, please visit www.cauw.org.