Shades of Success: New calendar, event honor women of color from Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Women of color in Louisiana are getting their flowers in a new calendar.

African-American journalists Valentina Wilson and Virnado Woods of V Squared Visuals created the Shades of Success 2024 Calendar. It honors a dozen women from multiple career fields. You can buy the calendar for $20 now at

Some calendar proceeds will be donated to Women Working with Women Empowerment- 4WE, according to a news release from V Squared Visuals.

A banquet on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Drusilla’s Seafood Restaurant also will honor the nominees. Ticket prices start at $75. They can be purchased on the group’s website.

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The 2024 honorees include:

  • Renada W. Deschamp, senior vice president of health equity and inclusion, chief diversity officer of Woman’s Hospital.

  • Charlotte Claiborne, executive director of The Bridge Center for Hope.

  • Tonya McGill, pastor.

  • Anya Jones, attorney.

  • Katrina Pitre, sales director.

  • Twahna Harris, executive director of The Butterfly Society.

  • Alva Lemon, insurance broker and Attorney.

  • Cecily Holland, project analyst and marketing director.

  • Denella Ri’chard, TV personality and producer.

  • Lebra Bias, Attorney.

  • Dr. Ashley Cesar, U.S. Army major and board-certified adult psychiatrist.

  • Anne Arceneaux, author and education TV technology specialist.

Contact Cecily Holland at for more information.

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