BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In honor of Women's History Month, Baton Rouge Community College's Office of Student Programs and Resources and Student Government Association will host local leader, Dr. Beverly Brooks Thompson, as the keynote speaker for its Women's History Celebration - "The Influential Woman: Recognizing Women & Their Contributions."
Thompson gained national attention as the director for Forever LSU: The Campaign for Louisiana State University, supporting the three adjoining campuses of LSU.
Raising more than $798 million, exceeding the $750 million goal, the Forever LSU campaign has stood out as a paradigm for success in higher education campaigns nationwide. This led to her joining one of the most prestigious consulting firms of its type in the country, Pursuant Ketchum.
As vice president and executive counsel for two years, Thompson was senior counsel to leadership of the most prestigious non-profit organizations and boards in the country, with responsibility for campaign development, implementation, and management for programs that exceed goals of $500 million.
As the president and chief development officer at the Foundation for Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, she led the foundation's major gifts program, planned giving program, annual giving program, endowment development, donor relations, and special events.
Thompson established Woman's first supporting 501 (c) 3 foundation, seated and managed the Board of Trustees, and all strategic and fiscal management of the foundation, including a $4.2 million endowment and served as a member of the executive leadership team of Woman's Hospital.
"The Influential Woman: Recognizing Women & Their Contributions" is intended to be an educational experience, where womanhood is celebrated and women's contributions to society are appreciated by the learning community. Along with Thompson's keynote address, the program will feature performances by students.
The celebration will be held on March 29 on BRCC's Mid City campus in the Magnolia Theater at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
A reception will be held following the program.