Nominations Open for 2015 Esprit de Femme Award

09/15/2014 03:49 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Women’s Center is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2015 Esprit de Femme award are open. Established in 2009, the award is an annual acknowledgement of a person who has made exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women in Louisiana. This award honors individuals who elevate the status of women in the community through their contributions to the arts, education, healthcare, business and industry, charity and civic engagement.

Nominations can be submitted at through Friday, Oct. 17. The 2015 Esprit de Femme award recipients will be recognized at the third annual Esprit de Femme Awards Sunrise Celebration on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Annette Mire, 2014 Esprit de Femme award recipient, will serve as the honorary chair for this year’s event.   

Past recipients of the Esprit de Femme award include Lauren Thom, Fleurty Girl; Terrie Sterling, OLOL Regional Medical Center; Annette Mire, West Baton Rouge Parish School System; Laura F. Lindsay, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication; Rose J. Hudson, Louisiana Lottery; Donna D. Fraiche, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Law Firm; Elaine Ellerbe, Refined By Fire Ministries Inc.; Sylvia S. Duke, Iris Domestic Violence Center; Jeanette Alcon, Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic; Lindy Boggs, Louisiana Congress; Mary-Brent Brown, Kids Wanna Help; Sherry Brock, Westdale Middle School; Dr. Laurinda Calongne, OLOL Regional Medical Center; Lolo Jones, Lolo Jones Foundation; Amy Mitchell-Smith, Cienaga Motion Pictures Group; Jacqui Vines, Cox Communications; Catherine “Kitty” Kimball, Louisiana Supreme Court; Irma Thomas, “Soul Queen of New Orleans”; Stephanie Anderson, Woman’s Hospital; Mary Terrell Joseph, McGlinchey Stafford PLLC; Jennifer Eplett Reilly, City Year Inc.; and Becky Kondkar, Domestic Violence Clinic.

Proceeds from the Esprit de Femme Awards Sunrise Celebration will support the mission and goals of the Women’s Center. The LSU Women’s Center provides support, referral and information to students, faculty and staff on issues and concerns related to women. The center also promotes the advancement of women’s issues and well being through its services, educational programs and advocacy efforts.

For information about the Esprit de Femme Awards Sunrise Celebration, sponsorship opportunities or the LSU Women’s Center, please contact Summer Steib, director of the LSU Women’s Center, at or 225-578-7563, or visit


Tara  Kistler 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014