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Forum Friday with Melissa Thompson of TEDxLSU

Forum Friday is an opportunity to network with and learn from other young professionals in the Baton Rouge area, while enjoying a delicious meal and hearing from a featured leader in our community. This month for our Forum Friday luncheon, we welcome guest speaker Melissa Thompson, Organizer of TEDxLSU! Read more about her below.

When: February 15, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: Juban's Restaurant
3739 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  70808
United States
Contact: Brooke Hathaway

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Join us for our November Forum Friday event on Friday, February 15! Hear from Melissa Thompson, Organizer of TEDxLSU. Tickets cost $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. 


***To ensure a proper headcount, registration will close on Wednesday, February 13. Be sure to register and reserve your spot!***


Speaker Bio

Melissa Thompson is the Director of Talent Development for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) where she designs and executes recruitment and retention strategies to meet workforce demands. She partners with Baton Rouge Area employers to provide services that complement their human resources practices, including regional tours for candidates and acclimation content on Additionally, she provides leadership development programming for young professionals and collaborates with area universities and employers to connect students to internships. 

Melissa grew up in Arkansas and moved to Louisiana to pursue a bachelor’s in communication from LSU. She received a master’s in communication theory from the University of Memphis in 2008 and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Memphis in 2014. She serves as an organizer and speaker coach for TEDxLSU since its inception in 2012 and is an adjunct faculty member in the LSU College of Business. She is a member of the 2017 class of Baton Rouge’s Forty Under 40 and a member of the 2018 class of the Baton Rouge Leadership Program. She is also actively involved in the Mayor’s Millennial Agenda Committee, Junior League of Baton Rouge, Forum 35, and Delta Gamma.


TEDxLSU is the premier TEDx event in the greater Baton Rouge area. Launched in 2013, TEDxLSU is an intellectual and creative experience that brings local, regional, and statewide communities together in a way that enables them to imagine the possibilities, spur discussion and dialogue, and generate big ideas that will move the state of Louisiana forward.  

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