Thank you for attending the Annual Celebration of Women Luncheon. In the new millennium, the glass ceiling has continued to break and women are now on the cutting edge of everything.

Over 60 percent of college degrees awarded in the U.S. every year are earned by women. In fact, women are more likely than men to get a high school diploma as well, and the numbers are only expected to rise in the coming years.

The two highest IQs ever recorded, through standardized testing, both belong to women. Women currently hold 17% of Congressional and Senate seats and 18% of gubernatorial positions in the U.S. Approximately 14% of active members in the U.S. armed forces today are women. In 1950, women comprised less than 2% of the U.S. military.

As you can see, from business and politics to film and education, women are everywhere making things happen! Today, we are proud to honor women from Louisiana and in Louisiana who are doing great things in their communities and throughout the country.

Sincerely,

Gisele Haralson

The Occasion

A Celebration of Women is the creation of educator, author, screenwriter, and producer Gisele Haralson.

It was my desire to bring together women of all walks of life to celebrate each other. To uplift, inspire, and motivate.

I envisioned a gathering of minds in regard to life, equality, and career. While building on the successes and accomplishments of women all over the world; it is my mission to draw attention to the many roles that women play in our society and the tremendous impact we have on families, businesses, communities and the overall well-being of mankind.

My research, studies and experiences have revealed the strong resilience of women of all races and backgrounds. The women we honor and recognize today have thrived in their respective businesses, careers, and everyday life.

With the abundance of opportunities available today, even modest ones, women have been able to stand strong, lift their families out of poverty, start businesses, escape violent situations, enhance their knowledge and expertise, better care for themselves, their families and their communities. Our impact is felt far beyond what is present to the naked eye.

We have emerged as leaders and catalysts for change in our communities, workplace, government, and A Celebration of Women is a way to unite our voices by truly encouraging, embracing, linking, and uplifting each other. But more than anything; I want to teach our children the importance of giving back and caring for others. The mission of this event is to celebrate and honor women for their achievement and accomplishments, but more than anything, to share our experiences and visions for a better society for all women and children.  Child Development Institute represents the non-profit division of A Celebration of Women.

Our Honorees

We are proud to celebrate and honor women for their achievement and accomplishments, but more than anything, to share our experiences and visions for a better society for all women and children.

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of Women Owned Companies Have Been in Business More Than 20 Years

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working mothers with children under age 18 work full-time.

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of women are willing to proactively ask to be involved in a project.

MEET THE FOUNDER

Gisele Haralson

Gisele Haralson is a writer, educator, activist, radio personality, CEO of Follow Dreams Productions, and Executive Director of Child Development Institute. Based in Baton Rouge, LA., she received her B.S. in Child Development and M.A. in Sociology from Southern University.

Gisele is the author of two successful books, More Than Just Sex:  It’s the Art of the Chase and When Money Meets Seduction, Inspiring Financial Lessons of Women Who Have Connected with Money and Power and is working on producing a feature film- The Art Of the Chase, and a documentary film entitled, Who Says You Can’t?  African American Women in Science.   The majority of her professional career has been spent inspiring and encouraging women to be the best they can be.

As an educator many of the women she taught had fallen on hard times. Although these women came from different experiences and background; all were trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward with dreams of a better life.  It was her teaching that gave them the tools needed to rebuild their lives.  She has appeared on national and local radio and television show including America Now.

Gisele’s books have given her a platform to continue to motivate women to follow their dreams.   It is that feeling that anything is possible, that she transmits to her audience, with her over the top personality and dare to dream attitude.  Her lectures and events have connected her with many extraordinary people with amazing talents and skills. She has studied and researched issues that relate to women and children and these issues have been the driving force behind her work.

As the creator of A Celebration of Women, it was her desire to bring together women of all walks of life to celebrate each other.  Her experiences and connections have revealed the strong resilience of women of all races and backgrounds and how we have emerged as leaders and catalysts for change in our communities, work place, and government. The event is held annually in March during National Women’s month with proceeds from the event have gone to charities like Baton Rouge Area Food Bank and Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.  Another major goal of this event is to help young people develop the spirit of giving.

Gisele is an effective communicator, creative net worker and very service oriented, she was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children who have been abused; she is also a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chambers Leadership program.   She works with community leaders and families to improve the quality of life for the children in the state of Louisiana.  Through her work in the area of Child Development she received the National Association for Family Childcare Leadership Award for her diligent work with home childcare providers.

CONTACT

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103 France Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Sat, March 28, 2020
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT

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