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Celebrate Baton Rouge’s Influential Women in Business with two free virtual events

Celebrate Baton Rouge’s 2020 Influential Women in Business with two special virtual events on Wednesday, July 29.

The celebration was originally scheduled as a live event but is now virtual in keeping with restrictions on community events due to the pandemic. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a webcastInfluential Women in Business: A Conversation About Resilience. At 11 a.m., sister publication Baton Rouge Business Report will honor the 2020 Influential Women in Business in a special virtual livestreamed event.

Both events are free and are sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, b1BANK, Kean Miller LLP, Mercedes Benz of Baton Rouge and Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge.

Those being recognized this year are:

 Cheri AusberryLouisiana customer service manager, Entergy
 Kim Bowman, founder, The Bella Bowman Foundation
 Stacia Haynie, executive vice president and provost, LSU
 Racheal Hebert, president and CEO, Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center
 Norisha Kirts Glover, owner, NRK Construction
• Gloria Moncada, refinery manager, ExxonMobil
 Tiffany Stewart, director of Behavior Technology Laboratory and Pennington Diabetes Clinic, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
 Padma Vatsavai, founder and CEO, Vinformatix

The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a webcastInfluential Women in Business: A Conversation About Resilience. Join us for an hour of conversation with five former Influential Women in Business honorees. In this moderated and Q+A session, we’ll talk about how the ability to be resilient—to bounce back, regroup, and lead and inspire others—is an enormously important attribute for women, both in their professional and personal lives. Panelists will share the source of our resilience and what has sustained and challenged it—not just in this moment in time, but throughout their lives and careers.

Panelists are L’Auberge Baton Rouge Vice President and General Manager Kim Ginn, Jani-King of Baton Rouge franchise owner Monique Scott-Spaulding, ExxonMobil Chemical Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant Manager Angela Zeringue, Emergent Method Director of Training Julie Laperouse, and author and leadership coach Dima Ghawi.

The Influential Women in Business virtual awards event recognizing the honorees will begin at 11 a.m. It will livestream through Facebook and YouTube.

Keynote speaker Lauren Bailey, founder of national sales training company Factor 8, has traveled the world to launch inside sales teams, and her corporate experience and clients include SAP, Sony, Waste Management, Grainger, Microsoft and Google. Recognizing that only one in five sales leaders is a woman, and just one in four mid-level sales roles is filled by a female, she also founded #GirlsClub, an intensive nine-month program that connects female protégées with sales mentors and thought leaders designed to elevate them to the next generation of digital sales managers and executives.

Click here to register for the 8:30 a.m. webcast. Click here to register for the 11 a.m. virtual awards event.