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The Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. was organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in 1990. We are very proud to be celebrating our milestone 30th Anniversary in 2020!


The Women's Commission of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. is pleased to award four $1000 scholarships for non-traditional students at McNeese State University and Sowela Technical Community College.

A Message from the President

Kathy Sonnier

Today, we celebrate a 30-year tradition that began in 1990 with a group of women who gave their time, talent and energy to the community of Southwest Louisiana. The Women’s Commission is a non-profit, volunteer organization of women committed to developing the potential of women, promoting volunteerism and community service. We welcome all women who value our mission.

To accomplish the mission of the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. we host an annual Fall Conference at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This daylong event is an integral part in educating, motivating, supporting women and giving them their own day! Planning is already underway! We invite you to spend a day like no other, so save the date, October 15, 2020. Our 29th Conference Theme this year is SHARING YOUR PEARLS OF WISDOM!!!!

A crucial part of our legacy is giving back to the Southwest Louisiana community. Each year the Women’s Commission awards scholarships to women attending McNeese State University and Sowela Technical Community College. The criteria are based on grade point average, submission of written essays and financial assistance need. We are proud to bestow the Jack V. Doland Citizen of the Year Award at our Fall Conference to a woman who has touched the lives of people in her community through selfless service.

It is an honor, privilege, and a pleasure to serve with an excellent Board of Directors. I encourage you to learn more about the Women’s Commission of SWLA, Inc. by exploring our website at Thank you for your interest and commitment to our mission.