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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

Velika Trahan

In 1990, a group of women 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 and promoting volunteerism and community service. We welcome all women who value our mission.

Each year, we host an annual Fall Conference at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This event is an integral part of educating, motivating, and supporting women and giving them a true sense of empowerment. We invite you to spend a day like no other, so save the date, October 19, 2023. Our 32nd Conference Theme is “Southern Grit”! 

Our legacy is giving back to the Southwest Louisiana community. Each year, the Women’s Commission awards scholarships to non-traditional students attending McNeese State University and SOWELA Technical Community College. The criteria are based on grade point average, submission of written essays, and financial 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 the 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.