Mission Statement

The Women's Commission of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., was organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in 1990. The Commission’s overall mission is to educate, empower, and expand the status of women living in Southwest Louisiana.

The Women’s Commission seeks to

(1)    assess the needs of women and to initiate, endorse, and support suitable endeavors that will advance the fulfillment of these  needs

(2)    provide women with resources that will enable them to enhance their personal, social and professional development

(3)    promote diversity, fellowship, and unite women in service to the community, and

(4)    address the concerns of women in a public forum

Each year the Women’s Commission holds an Annual Fall Conference, which is scheduled on the 3rd Thursday in October at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The objective of the Fall Conference is “to serve as a resource for the personal and professional growth of the women in Southwest Louisiana.” The majority of the funds are raised through the generous support from our local sponsors. Attendees are encouraged to patronize over two hundred MarketPlace booths spread across two floors, purchased from vendors throughout the area. Registrants listen to presenters of 20 plus workshops in various categories of personal development, finance, fun and fluff, spiritual, emotional/mental, health, fashion/jewelry, and DIY (do it yourself). Participants can look forward to give-aways from the sponsor and vendor booths. The conference fee also provides for a catered luncheon accompanied by an inspirational keynote speaker, solicited from across the country, who delves into the issues facing women in multiple aspects of their personal and professional lives.

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 from the funds received at the annual October Fall Conference. To date, the Women's Commission has given in excess of $50,000 in scholarships to support students working to complete their degrees. The Women's Commission has also completed a donation to the McNeese Foundation to endow a Women's Commission Scholarship.

Non-traditional McNeese and Sowela students meeting the criteria for selection can make application and submit an essay to Scholarship Office.  Applications are screened by the Scholarship Office then forwarded to the Women's Commission for final selection.

The Jack V. Doland Citizen of the Year award was created to honor the late Senator for his contribution to the causes of women.  Each year, the Women’s Commission selects a recipient from a slate of candidates nominated based on their reputation in the community, humanitarian efforts, volunteer services and contributions made to the lives of the people they touch.  The Women's Commission of Southwest Louisiana has honored many wonderful people throughout the years and continue to do so each year at the annual fall conference.  We also proudly make a $1000 donation each year to the recipients’ charity of choice.