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Dr. Laura Badeaux
Director, Louisiana Center for Women and Government

Dr. Badeaux was a founding member of the Louisiana Center for Women and Government in 1990 and served the Board as President and Vice-President. In 2008, she became Director of the Center and has increased Center programming from two to ten programs, including Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy, National Women’s Leadership Summit, and the National Girls Leadership Academy, to be initiated by the center in 2012.

Badeaux serves as interim Chair of Governor Bobby Jindal’s La Women’s Policy and Research Commission and served on state commissions on women under Governors Edwin Edwards and Kathleen Blanco. Badeaux has also served Lafourche Parish as chair of the Commission on Women for 15 years.


Dr. Badeaux holds a Ph.D. in Management, Business Communications and Marketing from Louisiana State University and is a full professor at Nicholls State University. She has served Nicholls as President of the Faculty Senate and was the founder of PRO-NSU. She has been honored as one of 10 Outstanding Young Women in America, as an inductee in the Louisiana Center for Women and Government Hall of Fame, and as one of only three women named as the Outstanding Citizen of Thibodaux.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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