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Women's Symposium

2016 Discussion Track: Health and Lifestyles
sponsored by BayouLife Magazine
Women's Health:
Being Physically and Mentally Whole
 9 - 9:50 am
SUB Ballroom
How do you relieve stress and 'zone out'? What behaviors do you practice to take care of yourself? How do you avoid burnout? Maintaining a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle is vital to a woman’s well-being in her personal and professional lives.

W. Broad's book The Science of Yoga confirms yoga can help reduce stress and improve emotional well-being, particularly in women. Yoga meets both a physical and emotional needs by promoting self-awareness, called “mindfulness.”

“Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” - Michelle Obama

Learn from presenters how your physical health and mental health impact each other and the need to balance both to achieve prosperity.
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Gwenn Jackson, MD
The Woman's Clinic
Dr. Jana Sutton
Marriage and Family Therapies
and Counseling Services
University of Louisiana Monroe
Rachel Vaessler
Teacher, Monroe City Schools
and Registered Yoga Instructor
 MODERATOR: Dr. Judy Fellows

The Balancing Act:
Juggling Multiple Responsibilities 
  10 - 10:50 am
SUB Ballroom
How do you balance your life and reach your goals? Women continually face varying roles, decisions, and expectations. A key to ‘having it all’ is picking and choosing your priorities and determining what you are willing to compromise and/or sacrifice.

Life does not always go as planned, so you must adapt to succeed. Success is not a ‘one size fits all’; it is defined differently by each individual.

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”Anne Sweeney

These presenters will share their stories about how they are balancing their personal and professional lives and how they are accomplishing their life goals.
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Laura Woodard Clark
Corporate Communications Officer
P&S Surgical Hospital
Dr. Lynn Clark
Executive Director
Children's Coalition
for Northeast Louisiana
Dr. Amy Weems
Assistant Principal
Sterlington Middle School
 MODERATOR: Dr. Judy Fellows

Lessons from Professional and
Personal Challenges  

11 - 11:50 am
SUB Ballroom

Every life experience is a learning lesson. How many times have you said, “I wish I had known then what I know now?”

Through experiences, we filter our needs, wants, desires, goals, and life plans. We continuously reinvent our personal and professional selves; young and seasoned professional women can learn from others’ experience.

“Regrets are like molecules. We're all made up of a lot of them. They are elemental. Building blocks. The foundations of memory. You can dawdle in the past, allow it to shadow you, or you can walk forward into the light of tomorrow. But you can't altogether disregard what has already been- byways chosen, detours taken. The misbegotten decisions you can never reverse, but only by sorting through them can you find where you took the wrong turns and gain proper perspective. Time is a parabolic lens, bringing hindsight into focus."Ellen Hopkins

These presenters have been through many challenges in their lives, both professionally and personally, and will share both wisdom and experiences.
 Learn more about Panelist Linda Singler Holyfield  Photo of Tammie McDaniel  photo of Cindy Rogers
Linda Singler Holyfield
President and CEO
P&S Surgical Hospital
Tammie McDaniel
Principal, J.S. Clark Magnet School
Cindy Rogers
Retired Healthcare Executive;
President, Kitty DeGree Foundation
 MODERATOR: Dr. Judy Fellows