More than 145 juniors from Springfield, Holden and Maurepas high schools joined area business leaders Dec. 1 for the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce’ Connecting to Success Business Conference.

The one-day student business conference kicked off at Carter Plantation in Springfield.

Students learned about ethics, team building and personal presentation.

Students also were able to dine with Livingston Parish business leaders and have an open discussion on the topics.

Connecting to Success is a new program of The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce as part of their Education Initiatives.

Students said they appreciated the opportunity to meet with business leaders and pick up career advise.

Instructors, volunteers and business speakers included James Cathey, of North Oaks Health System; Lisa Roache, of Gainey’s Concrete; Brian Abels, of Boyer, Hebert, Abels, & Angelle; Tab Lobell, of the Livingston Parish Council; Jill Wyble, of Our Lady of the Lake; Shannon Bernard, of Primerica; Regina Scott, of North Oaks Health System; Jamie Seal, of Quality Engineering & Surveying; and April Wehrs, of the Livingston Parish Chamber.

Also, Chad Bacas, of Forte & Tablada; Trixie Sheffield, of eLearningK12; Bob Toepher, of Springfield Drug Store; Kay Landry, of Covington & Associates; Leesha Gleber, of the Livingston Parish News; Dr. Ron McMorris, of Elite Chiropractic; Mike Fulmer, of Berryland Campers; Amie Barton, of Regions Bank; Margot May, of Livingston Business Journal; LeAnn Stelly, of Gage Telephone; Genevieve Howard, of Iberia Bank; Delaine Hood, of Carnahan Andrews, CPA; and Spencer Harris, of Springfield High School.

Partners for the event included Livingston Parish Public Schools; Carter Plantation Resort and Golf Club; Junior Achievement; North Oaks Health System; Springfield, Maurepas and Holden high schools; the Chamber’s Education Committee; and a slate of business leaders.

For information on the initiatives or other chamber events, call the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce at (225) 665-8155 or visit