New 'success' calendar features 12 Louisiana women who will be honored Feb. 24 in Baton Rouge
V Squared Visuals launches the second visual calendar project honoring 12 the accomplishments of women of color with Louisiana roots, from various professions.
For the second year, the Shades of Success Calendar features 12 outstanding women of color who were born or reared in Louisiana. They will be honored during an awards program in Baton Rouge next month.
The calendar shares the stories of powerful women through pictures and biographies, said Virnado Woods who partnered with fellow journalist and Louisiana native Valentina Wilson in establishing the calendar and awards. The calendar is also a unique instructional tool of Black history, women’s history, and Louisiana history that features living role models.
The 2024 honorees are:
Renada W. Deschamp, Senior Vice President of Health Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer of Woman’s Hospital
Charlotte Claiborne, Executive Director of The Bridge Center for Hope
Pastor Tonya McGill
Anya Jones, attorney,
Katrina Pitre, Sales Director,
Twahna Harris, Executive Director of The Butterfly Society
Alva Lemon, Insurance Broker and Attorney
Cecily Holland, Project Analyst and Marketing Director
Denella Ri’chard, TV personality and producer
Lebra Bias, Attorney
Dr. Ashley Cesar, United States Army Major, and board certified adult psychiatrist
Anne Arceneaux, Author, and Education TV Technology Specialist.
“The idea behind this project is to give back to the community and the team felt this visual project is a great way to inspire younger generations; especially during Black History Month and Women’s History Month,” said Wilson who was also featured in the original Shades of Success Calendar. She and Woods established V Squared Visuals which produces the calendar annually.
The 12 honorees will be recognized at an awards banquet on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Drusilla’s Seafood Restaurant. Tickets for the banquet and calendars can be purchased at https://theshadesofsuccess.net. The Shades of Success 2024 Calendar is now available for purchase.Portion of the proceeds will be donated to Women Working with Women Empowerment- 4WE, the 2024 charity of choice.
4WE is a 501c3 non-profit organization promoting diversity and equity by providing opportunities to develop and cultivate the personal and professional skills of women that have been historically excluded or underserved