P.O. Box 14866

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898


Contact: Yvonne Dupont (............@yahoo.com)



We welcome you to La Capitale chapter of the American Business Women's Association, a friendly, comfortable place for business women of all types to network and continue their professional development.

ABWA supports women throughout their careers by providing opportunities to hone leadership skills, access to unsurpassed professional development resources, and national recognition in the largest network of working women in the country.

We empower women to share their voice, define their personal vision and understand their value in and outside the workplace.

Under the auspices of ABWA's national organization, our chapter has helped women in their academic, professional, and personal lives for over 30 years.

La Capitale Chapter's members come from all walks of life. From 20-somethings to seniors, from women just starting careers to women enjoying retirement, we welcome all!

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Be part of a professional group of women who also have lots of fun and good times! Socialize, learn, and network with some of Baton Rouge's most remarkable women.

Changing women’s lives, one woman at a time, is who we are, what we do, and what we continually strive to do in the American Business Women’s Association. Join us in our quest!


Once again La Capitale earned ABWA's Best Practices Award. We collected this coveted prize at the national conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 15-17.

La Capitale's Officers

From left: Ellen McDowell, secretary; Yvonne Dupont, president;

Traci Adams, vice president; Lois LeBlanc, treasurer

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month.

Next meeting: February 10, 2016

Juban's Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road

Speaker: Monique Moliere Piper

"Keys to an On Purpose Life"

Do you want to feel happier and more positive? Do you want to feel less cluttered, change careers, or improve relationships? Using strategies from her book Dance in the Sun, Monique will teach you how to create an On Purpose Life.

Join us. Invite your friends.
RSVP for each person)

11:00 Registration/Networking
11:15 Meeting and Lunch

$25 for members with RSVP
$30 for guests and those with no RSVP

At our September meeting,
LSU student Sammi Rushing (center) was awarded one of ABWA's $1500 grants from the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund. Looking on are her dad, Dana, and chapter vice president Traci Adams.

September guest speaker Teresa Taylor (left) with chapter president Yvonne Dupont. Taylor, a professional organizer and productivity coach, showed us how to "Move past busy to productive!"

Our new members.


Left to right are:

Sharon Turner
Images by Sharon Turner

Tina Bernard
Photographer and
makeup artist
Tina B Photos

Anne DeVillier Charpentier
Interior Designer
Distinctive Design
and Interiors



August meeting speakers

June Lyle, Jason Doise and

Jerry Graves

Danielle Dawson and guest at our August meeting

Mary Jackson, Jennifer Hardin, Connie Theriot and guest at our August meeting

Hats Off contest
at our July 2015

Guest judge: Pam Bordelon
of The Advocate (far right)

And the winners are
(from left):

Melissa Chapman
Best Overall

Yvonne Dupont
Best "Out of Box"

Kim Callegan
Best Sentimental

The ever-so-chic entries in the
Hats Off contest at our July meeting. Such fun!

La Capitale takes a photo break during our annual ornament exchange at the December 2014 meeting.

 La Capitale, December 2013 (Thanks to Aaron Hogan/Eye Wander Photo)

2013: For the sixth year in a row, La Capitale collected the Best Practices Level 1 award at ABWA's national conference.

The mission of the American Business Women's Association

is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.