CFA’s Leaders in Philanthropy Awards to feature marketing, advertising expert

LAFAYETTE, La. — Community Foundation of Acadiana will feature Roy Spence, co-founder of GSD&M, as the keynote speaker for its third-annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Nov.15.

GSD&M is a leading marketing communications and advertising company in Austin, Texas. Under Spence’s leadership, his agency has helped grow some of the world’s most successful brands and campaigns like “Don’t Mess with Texas,” Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, DreamWorks, the PGA TOUR, BMW, the U.S. Air Force, LLBean and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been a trusted advisor to legendary leaders including Sam Walton and Southwest Airlines founder, Herb Kelleher, and his counsel has been sought by U.S. presidents and leaders in the State Department.

In addition to founding GSD&M, Spence is also co-founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute; a consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their purpose. He co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business is Driven by Purpose with Haley Rushing. His passion is entrepreneurship; his mantra in life is “Don’t Do Mild” in work or life; follow your dreams, follow your passion and follow your purpose. Spence will speak about entrepreneurism and charitable giving.

The luncheon will be held at the Cajundome Convention Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nominations for the Leaders In Philanthropy Awards were received from CFA stakeholders, and CFA’s Board of Directors Emeriti made final selections. Award recipients will be formally announced in September.

Luncheon tickets and tables are open to the public and are on sale. Tickets are $50 each and tables of eight are $495 and may be purchased by contacting Erin Winder at or 337-769-4842. Acadian Companies and Superior Energy Services Inc., along with CFA’s Gold level Ambassadors, are presenting the event. Ambassadors give annually to the foundation and receive benefits such as waived support fees on funds and sponsorship of CFA events such as the Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. Contact Raymond J. Hébert to learn more at 337-769-4848.

CFA’s Gold Ambassadors, as of Aug. 28, were: America’s Pizza Company, a franchisee of Pizza Hut; Broussard & David LLC; Channel One Digital; Chevron; Cox Communications; Dore Family Foundation; D.W. Elmore Family LC; Dynamic Industries Inc.; Ernest P. Breaux Electrical Inc.; Fenstermaker, Greenscape Grounds Management; Halimar Shipyard LLC; Lafayette General Health; The Lemoine Compay; LHC Group Inc.; MidSouth Bank; R.E. “Bob” Miller; the Moody Company; Jennifer & Trey Morice; the Perret Group LLC; Pilots for Patients; Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC; Rader Solutions; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; The Regional Health System of Acadiana; Mike & Cheryl Robicheaux; John & Kathy Rongey, Louisiana Scrap Metal; Stewart & Becky Shea; Stuller Family Foundation; Sunland Construction Inc.; Taco Bell, Brenda & Greg Hamer; Teche Federal Bank; Westminster Christian Academy; and Whitney Bank.

Community Foundation of Acadiana is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA’s core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. In 2013, Community Foundation of Acadiana was recognized among the Top 100 community foundations in the country as third Most Active Grantmaker, 72nd Most Gifts per Capita, and 74th Most Activity. Additional milestones include over $111 million in cumulative gifts and over $62 million in cumulative grants. Learn more at

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