‘Business Report’ will celebrate 2021 Influential Women in Business on May 19

    Business Report will celebrate the nine 2021 Influential Women in Business at a luncheon scheduled for May 19.

    Doors open at 11 a.m.; the luncheon and awards will begin at 11:45. This year’s event will again feature a special panel discussion with the honorees.

    Tickets are on sale now at brwib2021.eventbrite.com. Individual tickets are $55; a reserved table of 10 is $550.


    Sponsors are b1BANK, Franciscan University, Kean Miller, Mercedes Benz of Baton Rouge and Pinnacle Exterior Construction.

    This years honorees are: 

    • State Rep. Paula Davis, who represents District 69; 

    • Yolanda Dixon, secretary of the Louisiana Senate; 

    • Vanessa Graham, owner of VGraham LLC;

    • Susanne Hall, vice president for the west region of Coca-Cola Bottling UNITED;

    • Stephanie Manson, chief operating officer for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center;

    • Yvette Marsh, executive director of talent management and facilities for the LSU Foundation;

    • Kenya Messer, president and CEO of Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; 

    • Dianna Payton, CEO of YWCA Greater Baton Rouge;

    • Sasha Thackaberry, vice president of LSU Online & Continuing Education.