Dear Guests,

Thank you for attending the 1st 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.


Gisele Haralson & Veraniece “Vera” Williams
Pi 3.14 Foundation

The Hosts


Gisele Haralson


Gisele Haralson is an educator, author, screenwriter, and activist. She is also the founder of Follow Dreams Productions- a film company created to assist others to bring their projects to reality. Her professional career has been spent educating, inspiring and motivating women to follow their dreams and become self-sufficient. It was that work that led her to her graduate study research and inevitable More Than Just Sex: It’s The Art of the Chase; African American Women Defining Themselves, Black Men, Each Other, Relationships, and Secrets to Love and Happiness and her new book When Money Meets Seduction; Inspiring Financial Lessons of Women Who Have Connected with Money and Power.

She was also the editor of Teen Insight Magazine, as well as a blogger. Much of her writing is centered on social issues that affect women and children. It was that work that led to her receiving the National Association for Family Childcare Leadership Award.


Veraniece ``Vera`` Williams


Over the past twenty-five years, Veraniece “Vera” Williams has enjoyed an increasingly successful career in both education and business. A graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Vera received a Bachelor of Arts in Vocational Business. Upon graduation, she began working as an English in Terrebonne Parish Schools and attended Nichol’s State University and received an English minor Less than ten years after graduation, Vera went on to receive Masters of Science in Administration and Supervision and along with an additional thirty credit hours in Guidance and Counseling.

During her time at Terrebonne Parish, her love for beauty and fashion led her to seek out her cosmetology license and open her own salon and beauty bar. Ultimately, her education career led her to New Orleans where she served as marketing education/entrepreneurship instructor for the New Orleans Public Schools System.

During her career in New Orleans, Vera entered into the hospitality industry in New Orleans’s historic 7th ward neighborhood.