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The Office of Governor John Bel Edwards in partnership with United Way of Southeast Louisiana hosted the 2017 Equal Pay Summit at the Shaw Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 10th.  UWSELA Chief Operating Officer, Charmaine Caccioppi, serves as Chair of Governor Edwards' Louisiana Women's Policy and Research Commission while Kim Sport, UWSELA Public Policy Chair served as the co-chair of the Equal Pay Summit. 

Hundreds were in attendance to participate in the discussion, which included panels comprised of business leaders and state representatives hoping to improve the condition of pay equity in our state. We believe that equitable pay is not only good for business, but critical for families who bear the additional burden when an increasing number of women are the sole breadwinner in a household. We must step up to the challenge and change to status quo in accordance with our Blueprint for Prosperity and United Against Poverty Public Policy Agenda.  

2017 Equal Pay Summit: Facing the Facts

2017 Equal Pay Summit: Business and Solutions Practices

2017 Equal Pay Summit: Call to Action

Flood Relief

United Way of Southeast Louisiana's COO and Executive Vice President, Charmaine Caccioppi, along with Sr. Vice President, Long Term Recovery, Jamene Dahmer, testify before the Louisiana Senate Committee on Homeland Security Committee on our Flood Relief Efforts.  See full Hearing from 1/27/2017 here.


Our 2016 Public Policy Legislative Agenda “United Against Poverty”, is a key strategy in our new Blueprint for Prosperity which serves to advance our objectives to eradicate poverty and to assist those on the cusp of poverty or ALICE---Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is a term to describe residents across Louisiana who are working hard, yet still struggling to make ends meet. ALICE has low-paying jobs, little or no savings, and is one emergency from falling into poverty. Our “United Against Poverty” Public Policy Agenda reaffirms UWSELA’s positions previously taken in the 2014 and 2015 Louisiana Legislative Sessions. We hope it encourages others to focus on public policy and adopt the Blueprint for Prosperity, our poverty eradication agenda.Together we can educate and empower people to help lift them out of poverty. We can create a stronger, better Louisiana.

2016 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Supporting Fact Sheets and Research

Advocacy Resources

2016 Public Policy Educational Forums