United Way of Acadiana’s Women Who Mean Business Awards is an annual celebration of Acadiana’s female business leaders. The event also includes a Trailblazer Award presented to retired or semi-retired women who paved the way for future generations. Over the past 25 years, hundreds of local women have been honored through these signature awards.

2024 Women Who Mean Business Honorees


Trailblazer Award


Dr. Phebe Hayes

Retired UL Lafayette Professor & Dean Emerita; Founder of The Iberia African American Historical Society



Missy Bienvenu Andrade

President and CEO of Community Foundaton of Acadiana

Roya Boustany

Chief Prosecutor, 15th Judicial District Court

Diane Meaux Broussard

Vermilion Parish Clerk of Court

Minister Ellen Nora

Executive Director of Solomon House

Fumy Rita

Executive Director of LAGCOE



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