Women’s Leadership Conference Speakers

TUNDE OYENEYIN

NYT Best-Selling Author, Peloton Instructor, Nike Athlete, Change Maker

Peloton’s elite cycling and bike boot camp instructor has quickly become known for her empowering and motivational rides that force you to dig deep and open your mind. From addressing human rights and racial injustice to advocating the importance of “Soul Care,” her devoted followers know they are unclipping with a better sense of self every time they strap in.

Tunde’s New York Times best-selling book, Speak, was released in May 2022. Speak is an empowering, inspiring memoir that shows how she transformed grief, setbacks, and flaws into growth, self-confidence, and triumph. Tunde believes that in order to S.P.E.A.K., you must “Surrender, know your Power, lead with Empathy, remain Authentic, and have the knowledge to back it up.” Speak debuted #1 on Amazon’s List of Movers and Shakers and New Releases on the first day the book was made available for preorder. A Texas native of Nigerian descent, she began her career as a professional makeup artist and brand educator for some of the most sought-after beauty lines in the world. Tunde developed and harnessed her talents for over 15 years, “gifting people with confidence.” Tunde struggled with her body image and self-esteem throughout her entire childhood and into her adult life until fitness offered her a greater form of self-love.

Eventually, Tunde realized her true calling was to motivate people to join her in becoming the best version of themselves. After starting out as a cycling instructor in Los Angeles, Tunde landed a coveted spot on Peloton’s superstar instructor team. She trains up to 20,000 live riders on any given day through her motivational and unifying classes. “Team Tunde’’ knows they can always rely on her to show up as her authentic self, ready to inspire.

Tunde launched her Instagram Live Series, SPEAK, which spotlights stories and voices of those who have thrived and shown resilience in the face of adversity. Celebrities such as Venus Williams, Common, Cynthia Erivo, Mel Robins, and Allyson Felix have all joined as featured guests supporting Tunde’s mission. Tunde has since announced her partnerships, as a proud Nike Athlete and the face of Revlon, along with other high-profile brands. She is a leader in Facebook’s “We The Culture” program elevating black voices and hosted her own Facebook Audio Live Show, “The Roots,” featuring guests like Emmanuel Acho, Robin Arzón, and Cat Cora. Tunde has recently been featured for her powerful work on The TODAY SHOW, Access Live, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, SHAPE, O Magazine, and more.

Speech Topics

Overcoming Adversity
Learning to Trust Your Gut
Leaning into Your Full Power and Potential
Embracing Uncertainty
S.P.E.A.K and Be Heard
A Conversation with Tunde Oyeneyin

Why Tunde Oyeneyin is Captivating Audiences

“Uncertainty is infinite possibility. When you don’t know what’s next, then anything can be next. That’s a gift.” Electric and charismatic — Tunde Oyeneyin has lived an incredible story and transformed tragedy into triumph by realizing her life’s mission is to S.P.E.A.K. (Surrender, Power, Empathy, Authenticity, Knowledge). Tunde invites audiences to unlock what it means to S.P.E.A.K. and lift their voices to be heard. During her in-person or virtual speaking engagements, Tunde commands any room or screen with her unparalleled positive energy allowing the audience to discover a newfound hope to go back into the world ready to “create great change.”

 

8:30 am Session Breakout Speakers
OCHSNER HEALTH
MODERATOR: Lee Jacoby, MBA
PANELIST: Dr. Desireé B. Dawson, Dr. Lindsey Fauveau & Dr. Jaclyn Isabella

The Woman’s Health Trifecta: Hearts, Breasts, and Bottom Line

Dive into a dynamic health discussion with top experts in colorectal surgery, breast surgery, and cardiology. Join us to debunk myths, explore women’s wellness, and uncover the impact of our partnership with MD Anderson.

Lee currently serves as a Program Manager for Ochsner Health in the Baton Rouge region. In this role, she is responsible for leading and supporting operational projects and initiatives that focus on Finance, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Ochsner’s Cancer Institute. Lee received her MBA from Louisiana State University, with a specialization in Healthcare Administration and IT.

As a young professional in the healthcare industry, she is passionate about collaborating with others and creating purposeful innovation. Lee was born and raised just outside of Washington, DC, in Northern Virginia.

 

Desireé B. Dawson, M.D., is a cardiologist at Ochsner Medical Complex The Grove. After undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, Dr. Dawson earned a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed an internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. Dr. Dawson is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.

 

 

 

Dr. Lindsey Richard Fauveau is a surgical oncologist with a focus on breast surgical oncology at Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Born and raised in Gonzales, Louisiana, she graduated from Louisiana State University and earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She then completed her general surgery residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Fauveau uses advanced surgical techniques and is certified in oncoplastic breast surgery and hidden scar breast surgery. Her special interests include surgical treatment of breast cancer, nipple-sparing mastectomies, oncoplastic breast surgery, and multidisciplinary care. She provides in-office ultrasound-guided biopsy and aspiration procedures. Her research interests focus on treatment of Ductal Carcinoma In-situ (DCIS). Dr. Fauveau is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and the Louisiana State Medical Society. Dr. Fauveau has been on staff at Ochsner since 2018.

 

Jaclyn Hebert Isabella, MD, specializes in colon and rectal surgery at Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Isabella earned her medical degree from LSU Health School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Isabella is a member of the American Medical Association, Women in Surgery Association, American College of Surgeons, and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. She specializes in minimally invasive robotic surgery to treat colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other benign colon pathologies. She has a special interest in advanced colonoscopies and female pelvic floor health as well. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, LSU sporting events, and trying local restaurants.

 

 

Anna Kornick

It’s About Time

What’s In Your Genius Zone: How To Spend Your Time on What Matters Most

As leaders, we wear a LOT of hats, play a LOT of roles, and have a LOT on our plates. Sometimes it’s downright overwhelming to do ALL the things.

Lean in and listen up to learn the three roles that exist on every team – even if you’re a team of one. Find out how to sift through your expansive to-do list and nail down your most impactful work. Make sure you have the 4 tools every smart leader needs to streamline for success and learn three ways to do less while achieving more.

We want to spend as much time as possible doing the work we love, right? Get excited because, in this workshop, Time Management Coach Anna Dearmon Kornick has your roadmap for making it happen.

Anna Dearmon Kornick is a highly sought-after time management coach and keynote speaker, a top 1% globally ranked podcast host, and founder of the It’s About Time Academy. A true Louisiana firecracker known for making time management fun, Anna helps busy professionals and business owners struggling with overwhelm, manage their time using her personality-driven HEART Method.

Known for her infectious energy from the stage, Anna has delivered keynote speeches and workshops to thousands across the United States and partnered with nonprofit organizations and companies like Chick-fil-A, Future Business Leaders of America, and others.

Anna’s podcast, It’s About Time, has been described as a saving grace for the overwhelmed and ambitious, which is evident by the 1M downloads since her launch in 2019. Her impact on a global scale has resulted in her being featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Business Insider, and The Washington Post.

Her book, Time Management Essentials: The Tools You Need to Maximize your Attention, Energy and Productivity quickly rocketed to the top of Amazon’s new releases for time management after its launch on World Productivity Day in 2023.

Building on more than a decade of experience in the high-stakes world of political and crisis communications, it’s no surprise that Anna thrives on creating order out of chaos. Early in her career, she wrangled media for a Lt. Governor and managed the hectic schedule of a U.S. Congressman. Her rapid response background and relentless approach to problem-solving position her as the go-to expert for purpose-driven time management for busy professionals.

 

Sara Landry West

South Coast Organizers

Efficient Home Organizing: A Four-Step Approach to Tackle Any Project

Feeling overwhelmed by your disorganized home? In this presentation, you will learn a systematic and effective approach to organizing your home, no matter how cluttered or chaotic. This Four-Step Approach breaks down the daunting task of decluttering and organizing into manageable stages, empowering you to reclaim your living spaces with confidence and ease. From identifying problem areas to implementing sustainable organization solutions, this presentation provides practical strategies and actionable tips to transform any mess into a harmonious and functional environment. You will leave feeling inspired and equipped to tackle your home organizing projects with efficiency and success.

My name is Sara Landry West and I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After years of being the go-to organizer for friends and family when moving out, moving in, and moving together, I launched my business, South Coast Organizers, in 2019. I am excited to extend my passion, vision, and talents to assist my clients in organizing, decluttering, and designing spaces they will love. I enjoy working with clients who want to be engaged in the process, but I also understand that some people are ready to hand off the project, ghost, and return later for the grand reveal. After working with me you will feel relieved and re-energized about your spaces. Whether you’re a busy mom craving order in your home or a business owner who needs systems for better productivity, I am here to help.

 

Jennifer Braud

Believe Grow Glow, LLC

Let’s Get Glowing: Ignite Your Wellness Journey

Join us for an empowering session as we dive into the transformative power of mindset and motivation on your health and wellness journey. In “Let’s Get Glowing,” we’ll explore practical strategies and inspiring insights to help you prioritize self-care, cultivate a positive mindset, and ignite your inner glow.

Drawing from personal experiences and proven techniques, Jenn Braud will guide you in discovering how to break free from limiting beliefs and create sustainable habits that nourish your body, mind, and spirit.

Whether you’re seeking to boost energy levels, reduce stress, or simply enhance your overall well-being, this session is designed to empower you to take charge of your health and vitality. Get ready to unlock your inner radiance, unleash your potential, and embark on a wellness journey that leaves you glowing from the inside out. Don’t miss out—let’s get glowing together!

Jenn Braud is a seasoned professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Management from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Master’s degree in Accounting from LSU. Her journey in the corporate world swiftly propelled her into leadership positions, overseeing finance and accounting functions in multi-million-dollar organizations in the six years leading up to launching Believe Grow Glow, her life and business coaching firm, in 2021.

Jenn’s coaching journey is deeply rooted in her own transformative experiences. After almost losing her life in an unexpected traumatic event, Jenn realized that despite experiencing significant external milestones throughout her life, she did not feel happy. This sparked a personal journey of self-discovery and authenticity that reshaped her approach to life and work. Her coaching and speaking are fueled by a passion for empowering others to Wake Up and discover their power to create a life that brings them joy.

Drawing from this profound shift, Jenn channels her insights and lessons learned to guide her clients toward lives filled with joy, purpose, and success. Her coaching philosophy emphasizes holistic well-being, authenticity, and growth mindset as essential pillars for personal and professional fulfillment.

What sets Jenn apart is her unwavering commitment to her clients’ holistic growth and transformation. Through compassionate support and practical strategies, she empowers individuals to overcome obstacles, break free from limiting beliefs, and create lives aligned with their true aspirations.

Join Jenn as she inspires you to embrace authenticity, prioritize self-care, and unlock your full potential for a life of fulfillment and purpose.


9:30 am Session Breakout Speakers

 

Dr. Keta Patel-Amin

Excel Wellness Center

Hormone Mastery for High-Performing Women: Strategies to Excel in Leadership and Life!

We will discuss the pivotal role of hormonal balance in shaping the health, productivity, and success of professional women. This empowering session will guide you through the intricacies of hormonal health, uncovering how imbalances can not only cloud decision-making and dampen energy levels but also stubbornly hinder weight loss efforts. By mastering your hormones, you’ll learn to harness your body’s true potential, overcoming common barriers like weight loss resistance that many high-performing women face. Through practical strategies and actionable insights, we’ll explore ways to optimize your hormonal health, enhance your leadership abilities and pave the way for personal and professional triumphs. Join me to unlock the secrets to navigating hormonal challenges like thyroid dysfunction, pcos, and insulin resistance with grace and emerge as a more vibrant, effective leader.

Dr. Keta Patel is not only a dedicated mother and wife but also a dynamic speaker and advocate for holistic wellness. With a robust background in functional wellness, lifestyle medicine, and chiropractic care, Dr. Keta specializes in empowering women to take charge of their health. She is particularly passionate about guiding driven women toward achieving optimal health by leveraging her clinical expertise alongside their commitment to wellness.

In her leisure time, Dr. Keta finds joy in cooking, exercising, reading, dancing, and engaging in public speaking. She cherishes de-stressing with her family and understands the importance of health as our most valuable asset. This belief fuels her mission to support women in leading healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.

Dr. Keta challenges the conventional treatment of hormonal imbalances like hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, PCOS, and insulin resistance, advocating for a holistic, side-effect-free solutions. Her innovative approach focuses on weight loss by addressing the imbalances from a cellular level, optimizing organ function, and viewing the body as an interconnected system. Dr. Keta believes that by adopting the right habits and nutrition, under her guidance, it’s possible to alter our genetic expression, transforming the outcome of hormonal imbalances and the myriad symptoms they entail.

By educating her clients on the body’s innate ability to heal, Dr. Keta empowers them to become their own best health advocates. She is committed to providing the knowledge and tools needed to improve health outcomes significantly and sustain wellness for a lifetime. Dr. Keta’s philosophy centers on the body’s remarkable capacity for self-healing, given the right support and resources.


Bianca Chandler

Focusing Ahead/ Bianca Chandler, LLC

Conquering Self-Doubt: The Breakout to BREAKOUT

In this dynamic breakout session, attendees will embark on a transformative journey toward breaking free from the confines of their limiting thoughts and beliefs. Through engaging discussions, interactive exercises, and shared experiences, participants will be inspired to confront their fears head-on and embrace the courage needed to take a leap of faith toward personal growth and empowerment. By the end of the session, attendees will not only have gained valuable insights into the power of challenging their own mental barriers but will also leave with practical strategies to navigate through obstacles, cultivate resilience, and foster a mindset of limitless possibilities. This empowering experience is designed to equip individuals with the tools and motivation necessary to break through walls, conquer self-doubt, and embark on a path toward realizing their full potential. Get ready to shatter limitations and unleash your inner strength! It’s the breakout to BREAKOUT!

Bianca lives with the goal of helping people improve themselves, their lives, and the world around them. Her philosophy is simple yet powerful; “Living for impact: motivating, learning, improving, evolving.”

She is an enthusiastic speaker, purpose coach, event curator, and two-time author who is dedicated to serving others. Whether providing keynotes, professional development, workshops, youth empowerment, leadership training, or seminars, she is always ready to meet a crowd with energy and impact that is not to be forgotten.

In addition to her work helping people improve their personal and professional lives, Bianca is invested in helping people build their spiritual lives. She is a licensed evangelist, who unashamedly proclaims the Gospel and is currently in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Theology. She works tirelessly to help others discover their gifts and how to best utilize them.

Bianca founded Focusing Ahead in 2019, an organization built to enhance the well-being of women by equipping them with tools that can be used in everyday life to thrive spiritually, physically, and mentally to focus on all that is ahead.

 

Amber Pearson

Black + Blanc Aesthetics

The Power of Self Care: Nurturing Your Skin and Soul

In a world that often demands more than we can give, it’s essential to prioritize self-care as a means to nurture not only our physical bodies but also our inner selves. “The Power of Self-Care: Nurturing Your Skin and Soul” is a transformative presentation that delves into the profound connection between skincare practices and emotional well-being.

Led by Amber Pearson, a licensed esthetician and passionate advocate for holistic wellness, this presentation offers insights and practical strategies to cultivate a harmonious relationship between skin health and soulful nourishment.

Amber Pearson, owner and Lead Aesthetician of Black + Blanc Aesthetics, earned her esthetics license from Aveda Institute in Hammond, LA in August 2016.

Amber combines her passion for skincare with specialized knowledge in laser hair removal and corrective skincare, with a focus on ethnic skin. With years of experience and a commitment to excellence, she helps clients achieve radiant, healthy skin they can feel confident in.

 

 

Dr. Melissa Thompson

Success Labs

Leadership & Success: Leadership with Influence & Growing Key Relationships

The role or title of leader can be an intimidating concept for some since it can allude to big, bold moments where people take big, bold actions. But at its core, being a leader is about the small moments where we connect with others and help them find success. In this session, we’ll talk about what leadership is, how you are likely to already be a leader, and how you can enhance your leadership skills to build trust. We’ll also discuss how important relationship building is and how you can build your own networks.

Dr. Melissa Thompson serves as a consultant and coach with extensive experience in interpersonal communication, public speaking, and leadership & organizational development. She works with individuals and companies to build better leaders, better teams, and better organizations.

Melissa currently serves as an organizer and speaker coach for TEDx Baton Rouge and is an adjunct faculty member at the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business. She is a board member of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, and serves in local and national volunteer roles for Delta Gamma.

 

10:30 am Session Breakout Speakers

 

Evon Roquemore

Bright

Growth & Development: I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me This

Surrendering your gifts feels like a sacrifice you don’t ask for but it is a necessary step for the growth and development of the community around you, both as an employee and employer. This session will teach you how authenticity is the most sustainable way to grow as a leader.

Evon spent 20 years in the healthcare industry and is celebrating her tenth year as an entrepreneur. She started out bootstrapping her business but shifted into using the power of “gift surrender” to build her business into a multi-million dollar brand, Bright.

Evon Roquemore serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Bright.

Evon is responsible for developing the strategy for Bright’s healthcare delivery system. Her executive responsibilities include The Bright Clinic, Brightside Clinic, EVERSO, Bright Technology Group and The Bright Foundation.

Under her leadership, Bright has developed proprietary electronic visit verification and compliance measuring software which provides real-time facial verification, compliance risk analysis, and productivity reporting for healthcare providers. Additionally, Bright launched its workforce development program through strategic community partnerships, designed and implemented a statewide community-based mental health training curriculum, and developed and implemented, The Bright Model, a mental health treatment model, that boasts sustainable outcomes after 6 months and 30 days of treatment.

In addition to her executive-level expertise, Evon is a thought leader on mental health policy, advocacy, and financing. She uses her expertise to train and educate leaders on mental health integration in business.

She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She studied Pre-law at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned her Bachelor of Arts. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy concentrating in Finance. Evon also earned her Lean and Green Belt in Six Sigma from Villanova University. She has two children, Emmie and Liam, budding pre-teens, whom she affectionately refers to as Honey Buns 1 and 2.

 

Ashleigh Howard

Zhuzh Glam Group & Salon Zhuzh

The Art of Zhuzh: Simple Tips to Elevate Your Makeup Routine

This session will include a live makeup demonstration that will take your makeup look to the next level with products that you already have in your makeup bag!  Feel free to bring your personal makeup to follow along with the demo!

Ashleigh Howard is a cosmetologist from New Orleans, Louisiana.  She moved to Baton Rouge, LA in 2003 to obtain a degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University.  After graduating, she worked as an elementary school teacher for 6 years before pursuing her dream of a career in the beauty industry.  She graduated from the Aveda Institute in 2015 and began working at a prestigious salon in Baton Rouge where she honed her craft.  In 2018, she took a leap of faith moved to Los Angeles, CA.  During this time, she expanded her skillset by working in television and editorial hair and makeup. Two years and a global pandemic later, she moved back to Baton Rouge and returned to her previous salon home.  As of August 2023, she became an independent stylist when she opened up her salon suite, Salon Zhuzh.

Ashleigh’s passion has always been to champion women.  With a heart to serve in her community and beyond, she hopes Zhuzh will become the solution to the needs of women all over who desire a safe and luxurious space to feel good about themselves.