POSTPONED: 2020 Women's Conference (WC20)
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When: May 18, 2020
8:00 AM until 4:20 PM
Where: Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
United States
Presenter: Various

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2020 Women's Conference

May 18 • Renaissance Hotel, Baton Rouge

Find your fire.

Reignite your passion for your profession at the Women’s Conference! You’ll connect with other professionals and spend the day learning ways to boost your productivity and lead a more fulfilling life, both personally and professionally.

This is our highest rated program of the year. The speakers are engaging, the discussions are meaningful, the take-aways are practical and relevant. Don’t miss this powerful event!

"This was much more interactive than the typical conference — the size and setting make it easy to meet people and talk with other attendees."

— 2019 Attendee

"This conference continues to be a great way to engage in relevant topics and network."

— 2019 Attendee


7:30 – 7:55 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:55 – 8:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:00 – 9:00 am

Generational Coaching and Communication

Cynthia Widlitze • Adduco Consulting • Mandeville, LA

As you consider the paradigm shifts over the decades resulting from advances in technology, effectively communicating across the generations can be extremely challenging to say the least. This presentation will help you understand the differences in communication styles as well as equip you with the information necessary to improve communication with your clients, co-workers, friends, and family members.

9:00 – 10:00 am

My Brain Made Me Do It: The Decision-Making Process and Why We Sometimes Make Poor Planning Decisions

Anne Oestriecher, CPA, CFP • Oestriecher Financial • Management Services • Alexandria, LA

Award-winning instructor Anne Oestriecher will be present an insightful look at why and how we make some of the decisions we make, including examples of investment and planning decisions. Some of her findings just might surprise you and have you thinking differently about your approach to how you make decisions.

10:00 – 10:20 am Break/Visit Exhibitors
10:20 – 11:20 am

Wills and Community Property: Girls Just Want to Have Funds!

Lindsey M. Ladouceur, JD • Ladouceur Law Firm, LLC • Abita Springs, LA

Lindsey will provide an overview of community property and inheritance law from a woman’s perspective, including some of the most common – and costly – mistakes people make.

11:20 am – 12:10 pm

Managing Your Personal Brand

Thomas Karam, PhD • Louisiana State University • Baton Rouge, LA

Learn how to manage your personal brand. This session will help you gain a better understand of ways in which you can make your personal brand “more better.”

12:10 – 1:10 pm Women to Watch Awards Luncheon (included)
Presented in partnership with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
1:10 – 2:10 pm

Charter Big Growth: Setting Goals and Maximizing Productivity in 2020

Mary Jane Walsh • Mary Jane Walsh THRIVE – Business and Life Coaching • New Orleans, LA

You’ll leave this session with:

  • Game-changing tools to manage your nervous system more effectively.
  • Strategies to increase productivity by 30-100% in 90 days.
  • Ways to develop micro-habits to create consistent growth.


2:10 – 2:30 pm Break/Visit Exhibitors
2:30 – 3:20 pm

Unravel Stress in the Now: Using the Power of Meditation to Change the Way You Feel in the Present Moment

Nicole Schoolfield • Be Extra Yoga • New Orleans, LA

Explore how to use meditation as a tool to change your mental state during times of stress and anxiety. Dig into your own life's obstacles that cause stress and learn how to practically put mediation to work in your daily life to help you find peace, fulfillment, and joy. We will look into home practices and tools to use at work to help manage the pressure and worry we sometimes face on the job.

3:20 – 4:20 pm

A Screaming Peacock Running the Rat Race

Julie Laperouse • Screaming Peacock • Baton Rouge, LA

How often do you look up and think "what happened to this day/week/year?" While you're busy meeting the deadlines and exceeding client expectations and serving your community and family, your life is marching on. How often do you feel the way you want to feel or accomplish the things that really matter to you? If you're not running in the right race, it might not be that often. Take a few minutes with us to process and exhale and laugh about where we all want to end up and a few simple things in our power to help us get there.

Meet the Speakers

Thomas Karam, PhD

Louisiana State University • Baton Rouge, LA

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He is a Senior Instructor in the E.J. Ourso College of Business and the Flores MBA at L.S.U. where he teaches sports marketing, personal branding and negotiations. He works with college and NFL coaches and athletes and numerous companies on media training,personal branding and professional communication.

Lindsey M. Ladouceur, JD

Ladouceur Law Firm, LLC • Abita Springs, LA

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Ms. Ladouceur is a partner in the law firm of Ladouceur Law Firm, L.L.C. in Abita Springs and New Orleans, Louisiana. A magna cum laude graduate of Loyola University School of Law, Ms. Ladouceur is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, qualified civil mediator, and qualified divorce mediator. Ms. Ladouceur is a Probation Monitor for the Louisiana Disciplinary Board and an arbitrator for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Fee Dispute Arbitration Program. She is the Past Chair and current member of the Board of Directors of The Pro Bono Project and a two-time recipient of its Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award. Ms. Ladouceur is the former President of the New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys and is the co-author of Planning for Marriage, Separation, and Divorce: A Louisiana Perspective.

Ms. Ladouceur is Co-Author of the Louisiana Practice Aid Guide: The Essentials of Law Office Management, published by the Louisiana State Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker to various audiences in the fields of family law, ethics, and law office management.

Ms. Ladouceur is the recipient of the LSBA Pro Bono Publico Award, the Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award, and the Law League of Louisiana’s Bernard J. Caillouet Award. Admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1997, Ms. Ladouceur has a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis on family law, commercial litigation, and professional liability..

Ms. Ladouceur holds an AV Rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible, as selected by her peers. SuperLawyers, through its peer review selection process, has recognized Ms. Ladouceur as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Louisiana in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012; and one of the Top 25 Family Lawyers in Louisiana in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020. In 2009, 2017, and 2020, , New Orleans Magazine recognized Ms. Ladouceur as named by her peers to be one of the Top Lawyers in the New Orleans metropolitan area in the field of Family Law.

Julie Laperouse

Screaming Peacock • Baton Rouge, LA

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Julie Laperouse is an expert trainer and facilitator with an impressive track record of training high-performing professionals. In her role as Emergent Method’s director of training, Julie leads efforts to grow the firm’s suite of training and development services, particularly those involving leadership development, supervisory skills, soft skills, and team building.

Julie joined Emergent Method in 2015 after serving as director of talent development for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), where she oversaw the creation of their highly successful talent program focused attracting and retaining human capital in the Baton Rouge area. Prior to joining BRAC, she and her husband operated Bancroft Paper Company in Jackson, Mississippi – she is happy to discuss surviving business ownership with your spouse if you’d like to buy her a beer or three.

In addition, in 2008, Julie founded Screaming Peacock, a motivational speaking firm, and is author of the book “Are you a Screaming Peacock?” which complements her public speaking engagements. Through Screaming Peacock, Julie has worked with organizations ranging from Nissan North America to Baton Rouge Junior League to the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association.

Julie is a Louisiana native and alumnae of Louisiana State University. She is married and has four daughters.

Anne Oestriecher, CPA, CFP

Oestriecher Financial Management Services • Alexandria, LA

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Anne’s career has spanned public accounting, banking, nonprofits, and financial services. In 2005, Anne started her own practice providing consulting services to small businesses and leading CPE for CPAs across the country. In 2009, she expanded her services to include financial planning for individuals and companies to help them reach their financial goals. Now based in Alexandria, Anne is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, with a BBA in accounting. In 2009, she was named LCPA’s Discussion Leader of the Year.

Nicole Schoolfield

Be Extra Yoga • New Orleans, LA

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Hi, I’m Nicole Schoolfield, RYT-200 and owner of Be EXTRA Yoga. I am a certified yoga instructor, writer, speaker, wife, and mama.

My yoga company, Be EXTRA Yoga, began through my own struggles and search for fulfillment. Yoga became my tool for connecting to the extraordinary within myself and finding the extraordinary in the world around me. Now, it is my mission to help others do the same!

I teach vinyasa flow group yoga classes, meditation, and breathing techniques in weekly classes in the New Orleans area and online. I also teach private yoga sessions, small group classes, office yoga, conference presentations, and mini-retreats for organizations. In my Mindfully Eliminating program, I combine yoga and meditation with anti-inflammation month-long elimination food programs to help people dismantle unhealthy relationships with food, lose bloat, sleep better, and find more energy than ever before.

Visit my website at to learn more and to inquire about classes. Follow me on Facebook at Be EXTRA Yoga with Nicole Schoolfield for free weekly meditations, inspiration, and stories about how I put yoga to work in my own life.


Mary Jane Walsh

Mary Jane Walsh THRIVE – Business and Life Coaching • New Orleans, LA

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Mary Jane Walsh uses a transformative coaching process to help her clients achieve breakthrough results.

Clients typically experience a 30% increase in sales within a 90-day period. Although goals vary, clients often make more money, develop strategies to attract a consistent stream of new sales prospects, increase productivity by 30% - 100% through proven time management tools, and continue to build confidence and “business-esteem.”

Although Mary Jane uses several coaching tools, the coaching process is customized to each individual client. Her coaching clients continue to hit yearly professional milestones and develop strategy plans for future success.

Cynthia Widlitze

Adduco Consulting • Mandeville, LA

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After a 30 plus-year career in financial services, sales and management, Cynthia Widlitze founded Adduco Consulting. As a professional speaker, sales consultant and executive coach, Cynthia’s friendly and professional personality is one of “getting things done” with and for her clients. As a professional speaker, her career and life experiences contribute to her ability to actively engage her audiences as she speaks on relative topics filled with informational content.


Renaissance Hotel

7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Group Rate: $139/night*
Cut-off date: May 1

Reserve Online

*Note: Mention the LCPA Women’s Conference
to get this rate when reserving by phone.

Registration Information

Acronym: WC20

Registration Fees:

Members: $299

Non-Members: $399

CPE: 8 hours (Personal Development)

Non-CPA staff of LCPA members may attend at the member rate.
Prices are good through April 30. After April 30, prices increase $50. Fees includes luncheon.


To register by phone, call the LCPA Member Service Center at 800.288.5272 or 504.464.1040, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

To register by mail, fill out our Individual Registration Form and mail it to 2400 Veterans Blvd., Suite 500, Kenner, LA 70062.

Need to register more than one person? Fill out our Group Registration Form and email it to