Women's Conference - A Virtual Event

September 24, 2021 8:00am - 4:20pm

(Check-In 7:30am)

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8.00 Credits

Member Price $299.00

Non-Member Price $399.00


Don't miss our highest-rated event of the year!

This conference brings together CPAs at all stages of their career and from industry and public accounting to discuss the biggest issues impacting women in the profession.


7:30 – 7:55 am Online Access Opens

7:55 – 8:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks   

8:00 – 8:50 am 
Women on Corporate Boards 
Suzanne T. Mestayer • ThirtyNorth Investments, LLC • New Orleans, LA 
Get a closer look at the inclusion and impact of women on boards. Suzanne Mestayer's research and years of experience in board service will provide background on roles, responsibilities, and gaining access into today’s corporate board environment.   

8:50 – 9:40 am 
Equal Pay: Past, Present, & Future 
Amy Landry, SHRM-CP • Women's Leadership Academy Program Facilitator - Loyola University • New Orleans, LA 
Learn the past discriminatory practices that have prevented transparency and equal pay in the workplace. Become educated on current laws and workplace practices that exist to encourage equal pay in the workplace. Leave inspired on how you C.A.N. (Collaborate, Advocate, Negotiate) for yourself for Equal Pay to guarantee this current issue becomes a "non-issue" for the next generation. 

9:40 – 10:00 am  Break 

10:00 – 10:50 am 
Building Resilience for the “Next Normal:” Applying our Pandemic Lessons for a Healthy Work/Life Balance  
Tina Meilleur, CPA, MBA, • Design Your Success • New Orleans, LA 
We are all trying to get things back to normal, whether it involves working in offices, meeting with clients, or managing employees – all while trying to balance it all with a life that now looks very different. How can we create a healthy and meaningful “next normal” that takes into account all that we have learned? In this session, Tina Meilleur will offer her “10 Strategies for Resilience” that will help you focus on what is most important to you in both your life and your work, all while reducing the pressure and stress associated with moving into our “Next Normal.”

10:50 – 11:40 am 
Business Etiquette in Virtual Environment: Tech Tips     
Les Nettleton • Bourgeois Bennett • New Orleans, LA 
In 2020, due working remotely, businesses implemented virtual meetings to inform, discuss and stay in touch.  However few organizations offered training on attending or hosting a digital event.  This session will look at etiquette and best practices for using remote meeting technologies.  We will look at the technical issues you should address as well as the style and look you will want to project to make your virtual meetings successful. 

11:40 am – 12:40 pm Lunch Break

12:40 – 1:30 pm
Networking Tips 
Jessica D. LeBlanc, CPA/CFF, RENE/ePro • Jessica LeBlanc, CPA, LLC/ CPA Realty, LLC • New Orleans, LA 
Networking can be a very scary thing for a lot of people.  However, it is extremely important to network especially if you want to grow professionally.  Hear from a CPA that loves to network and learn some tips that you can use at the next networking event that you attend. 

1:30 – 2:20 pm 
Mentor/Mentee: Together We're Better 
Michelle Ganon • Port of New Orleans • New Orleans, LA 
Supportive personal relationships are just as important as individual accomplishments and team contributions at work. Let's talk about the best ways to ensure you're both getting what you need to grow professionally and helping others reach their potential as well. 

2:20 – 2:40 pm Break  

2:40 – 3:30 pm 
Time As Your Most Valuable Resource: Triple Your Productivity and Achieve Big Growth 
Mary Jane Walsh • Mary Jane Walsh THRIVE – Business and Life Coaching • New Orleans, LA 
This session will cover: 

  • Tools to develop a time awareness practice to identify where your time is going.  
  • How to prioritize the most important actions in your day and week. 
  • Understanding important vs. urgent actions: learning what to delegate and where to get support. 
  • Navigating procrastination and learn tools to do the actions that scare you. 
  • Developing a focus allocation practice and manage distraction addiction. 
  • Learning your ideal workflow practice and minimize interruptions during core hours. 
  • Collaboration vs. working independently
  • Moving through burnout and overwhelm and step into the game of business. 

3:30 – 4:20 pm  
The Art of Communication to Increase Your Sales 
Cynthia Widlitze • Adduco Consulting • Mandeville, LA 



Les Nettleton

Les Nettleton serves as Director of Information Technology Services for Bourgeois Bennett, CPAs and Consultants. In that capacity, he manages the team of specialists that both supports the technological infrastructure of Bourgeois Bennett and provides individualized technology services to the firm’s diverse client base.
Les has specialized experience in the areas of systems analysis, technology management consulting, database management and information systems training. He regularly addresses academic, community and professional groups and organizations, both locally and nationally, on a variety of technology topics and provides technology training to the firm’s staff.  Les was awarded the 2020 Outstanding CPE Discussion Leader by the Louisiana State Society of CPAs after receiving the highest overall speaker rating for 2020.
Active in the community, Les is on the Board of Directors of Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans. He is a member of the St. Catherine of Siena Pastoral Council. He is also an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs Technology Sector. Les is also a member of Technology Section for AGN North America, an international association of 200 accounting and consulting firms.

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Non-Member Price $399.00

Member Price $299.00