A Message from our Chairperson

Velika Hurst-Trahan

On behalf of the Women’s Commission of SWLA, I am honored to serve as the chairperson for the 2022 Women’s Commission Annual Fall Conference. I ask that you make plans to attend on October 20, 2022, at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

We are genuinely excited to have Sheryl Lee Ralph as our keynote speaker. She is an internationally acclaimed motivational and inspirational speaker. She is an award-winning actress who delivers empowering and thought-provoking keynotes on family, faith, love and overcoming obstacles.

Sheryl Lee Ralph has displayed her exceptional abilities in films, concert halls, the Broadway stage and on television. She is the CEO of the non-profit organization, Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed (DIVA) that focuses on critical health challenges, women’s health, and overall wellbeing.

Our theme for this year is “Rebuild Renew.” This was selected to truly focus on the rebuilding of our homes and businesses but more importantly ourselves. As each person in our community tries to be everything to everyone, it is important to focus on self-care. It is our desire for each participant to leave our conference with a renewed sense of self and inspiration to continue the work of rebuilding SWLA.

Our commissioners, sponsors and vendors are working together to give you the most memorable day. Again, please make plans to attend our annual conference. We look forward to serving you the only way we know how – By being the best us, will allow you to be the best you!

We are grateful to have you share this day with us.


Velika Hurst-Trahan
Vice President / Fall Conference Chair