The She Leads Experience

“ 'She Leads' is the opportunity for the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice to honor and lift women grassroots leaders throughout the state. Our past class leveraged their leadership skills and continue to break barriers changing the trajectory of Louisiana. We are so happy to be a part of that change. As always, we are excited to help community leaders access technical assistance, resources, and the opportunity to grow their work in the community. As a Black women-led organization, we know the importance of centering women in policy and preparing them for leadership. When we center women, we all win! ”

-Ashley Shelton
Founder, President and CEO, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice
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As our 2019 and 2021 cohorts continue to move and shake across Louisiana, we must develop women leaders at all levels across the state to take the principles of equity and justice and people-centered policies. 'She Leads' creates space for women of color and provides the resources necessary to succeed. Implementing a Race and Gender analysis to social justice work is pivotal in fighting for justice moving forward-- this requires not only diversity but equity and ensuring folks who experience different lives can benefit and participate fully; 'She leads' is a positive reflection of the progress needed to continue to win.

-Janea Jamison
Former Director of Programs, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice
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“It is an honor that I was selected for this fellowship, as it has allowed me to return to my roots which I believed helped shape and mold me into the activist I am today. Additionally, it is my belief, these funds afforded me the opportunity to enhance the work I have done over the past 20 years, and it is this solid foundation on which I stand. I remain desirous of continuing the work of making a genuine variance for the youth of Baton Rouge, my fellow citizens, and society as a whole.

-Kuala C. Chambers
2019 Cohort
Bridging the Gap: Youth Empowerment Program
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She Leads helped me as a burgeoning organizer by linking me with a statewide cohort of women and trainings that helped me see political progress from a statewide view. Because of She Leads I made friendships that will last a lifetime and I’m doing the work in my community that has a real impact.

-Candice Battiste
2019 Cohort
Shreveport Organizer, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice

I am currently working on a youth conference to teach the young ladies about self-love, respecting themselves and others, teaching them how to dress for a job interview, how to do a job or college application, and how to do great as an interviewee.

-Kena Blair
2019 Cohort
Founder/Director, EmpowHER Life
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“She Leads was an invaluable experience. I connected with so many great women from across the state and country. Since finishing the She Leads CoHort, I was honored with the Baton Rouge Business Report's 40 under 40, recognized as a New Schools Change Maker and a Southern University Law Center Entrepreneur Technology clinic recipient.

-Ellen C. McKnight
2019 Cohort
Principal, The Maxine Firm

“Because of She Leads’ financial support, I was able to complete the Greater Shreveport Leadership Program, build a website, receive consultation from a nonprofit expert, build a network of like-minded individuals, strengthen my leadership skills, and establish partnerships, among other things.”

-Angela Myles
2021 Cohort
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“These are amazing women and a great informative program that will set you up for success. I learned about myself–how important it is to step back and take care of yourself. when life throws you a lot of challenges you can still win.”
-Gabrielle Bolden Shaw
2021 Cohort
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