Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Woman


2021 Date – To Be Announced
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
East Ridge Country Club

Community leaders. Generous volunteers. Women committed to helping children, the elderly, those in need, the arts, business development, education, and more. Devoted to our area. Passionate about causes. Those are the credentials for the Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Woman Award. Nominations are now closed.

The award is named for a civic leader, businesswoman, and philanthropist Virginia K. Shehee, who passed away in 2015, after decades of service to northwest Louisiana. It honors women who have made significant contributions to our community and who may do much of their work behind-the-scenes.

A finalist will be chosen by a panel of community members and will be honored at an awards luncheon. The effect of this event also extends to raising money for Holy Angels, a cause that Virginia Shehee championed.

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The 2019 finalists were Dr. Andrea Master Everson, president and medical director of Robinson’s Rescue low-cost spay and neuter clinic; K.C. Kilpatrick, founder and executive director of Geaux 4 Kids Inc., an advocacy project for foster children; Laurie McGehee, juvenile justice leader and head of a coalition to stop human trafficking; Donna Otwell, director of an expanding number of women and children’s programs at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission; Mary Trammel, president of the Caddo Parish School Board and church and community volunteer; and JoAnne Walker, founder, and director of a career training program, school and day-care center to help people become financially independent. Read more here.