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Laura Leach

Louisiana Legends Gala



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-06-23

Duration: 00:08:31

Subjects: LEACH, LAURA | Business | Philanthropists | Louisiana State University System


  • Nickel, Jim Host
  • Leach, Buddy Interviewee
  • Champeaux, Poddy Interviewee
  • Lombardi, John Interviewee
  • Werner, Mary Leach Interviewee
  • Leach, Laura Speaker


This segment from the 2011 Louisiana Legends Gala features a profile and a speech by Laura Leach accepting her recognition as a Louisiana Legend. Leach, a native of Lake Charles, is a businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the chairwoman of Sweet Lake Land and Oil Company and North American Land Company, as well as a member and past chair of the LSU Board of Supervisors. She is also a supporter of several causes, including the Children’s Miracle Network, the Nature Conservancy, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, and the Lake Charles Symphony. The profile includes interviews with: Buddy Leach, her husband; Poddy Champeaux, the former director of the Children’s Miracle Network in southwest Louisiana; Dr. John Lombardi, the LSU System President; and Mary Leach Werner, her daughter. Host: Jim Nickel