LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It’s been a staple in the community for the last 28 years.
The annual Fall Women’s Conference hosted by the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana was held today at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Designed to uplift and empower women, the conference serves as a day for women from all walks of life to come together and recharge with fun and fellowship.
This years conference was no different, with over 20 workshops aimed at self-empowerment and motivation. Dozens of local businesses were also on display as part of the annual marketplace.
Close to 2,000 women filled up the Lake Charles Civic Center to hear words of encouragement and ultimately to support their fellow woman.
Commission president, Tammy Thibodeaux says it takes them a full year to plan this one special day.
“This is a day created just for every woman, We had over 1,600 people here, year by year it just changes,” said Thibodeaux.
Workshops with topics ranging from decorating, do-it-yourself projects, fashion, fitness, fun, health, home decorating, motivation, personal appearance, pet health, as well as spiritual presentations were on display for attendees.
“We wanted to touch a category for every woman whether she was battered or down, we had something for all women,” she said.
Award winning journalist, Tamron Hall served as this years keynote speaker.
“I was very excited when I received the call obviously being from Texas, the neighbor to Louisiana and having so many friends and family in the area,” said Hall. “It was very special anytime you’re welcomed in a place you consider home.”
Her speech hit home for so many people in the audience. Touched personally by the loss of her sister to domestic violence, Tamron is a proud advocate against it--recently launching the Tamron Renate Fund in her sisters honor.
“My sister was murdered in 2004 and people would ask me what happened to her and there would be many articles on me and they would refer to her as Tamron’s sister who died or Tamron’s sister who was murdered and I wanted her name to be as important as her story," said Hall.
Thibodeaux says preparation for next years conference is already underway.
Click HERE to learn more about the Southwest Louisiana Women’s Commission.