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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


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

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!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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