The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, with Tangipahoa Professional Women, will host Women Mean Business 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in the Student Union Ballroom in Hammond.

“The Women Mean Business conference will provide high impact strategies to help women of all ages survive and thrive individually and professionally,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the LSBDC. “This full-day event will be jam-packed with knowledge, tools, resources and connections.”

Women Mean Business presenters include international speaker and leadership coach Dima Ghawi and President and CEO of North Oaks Health System Michele Sutton.

The event also will address wellness issues for women. Panelists include Dr. Kimberly Guillory, of Magnolia OB/GYN; Paige Moody, of Southeastern’s Health Center; and Dr. Denise Rollette, of Rollette Chiropractic.

A new feature will be the Business and Career Success Panel, which will concentrate on growth and success for female business owners and professional women. Panelists include Ghawi; Danielle Munro, of Home Instead Senior Care; and Tammy Earles, of Edward Jones.

Table, vendor and ad sponsorships are available for businesses interested in participating in this event.

Cost to attend the event is $35 in advance, $45 on event day and includes lunch; SLU students may attend at no charge with code WMBLIONUP, but advance registration is necessary.

To register or for information about sponsorships, visit, call (985) 549-3831 or email