10 local women were honored Thursday night at United Way of Acadiana's 2021 Women Who Mean Business Awards, presented by Home Bank.
The honorees were selected from more than 100 nominations submitted from UWA's service areas of Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, and Vermilion Parishes.
Women Who Mean Business Awards are presented each year to those who are active leaders in their professions and communities. The Trailblazer Award acknowledges retired or semi-retired women who paved the way for future generations.
The women were recognized during an in-person ceremony at Le Pavillon at Parc Lafayette.
This year's honorees are:
- Jennifer Angelle, Partner and Business Manager of Angelle Partners / Owner of Hugs from Heaven
- Sheri Bienvenue, Office Manager at Veris Global
- Judy Daniels, Retired Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Services at LSU-Eunice (Trailblazer Honoree)
- Ann Hardy, Retired Elementary Supervisor for Vermilion Parish (Trailblazer Honoree)
- Mary M. Morrison, Student Success Advisor II at South Louisiana Community College; President, Lafayette Parish School Board
- Sylvia M. Oats, Nurse Practitioner at The Gastro Clinic
- Melinda Taylor, Executive Director at Lafayette Habitat for Humanity
- Amy Thibodeaux, President & CEO, Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce
- Kacee S. Thompson, Executive Director at Hospice of Acadiana Foundation
- Veronica L. Williams, Clerk of the Council, Lafayette City Council & Lafayette Parish Council
"Many of these women have worked decades to make Acadiana a better place, to make their business a better place," said United Way of Acadiana President and CEO Carlee Alm-Labar, "And it's really awesome to have the opportunity to reflect on what they've given to this area so that they are paving the pathway for more to do and more things in the future."
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