Women empowerment is not new to the world at large; however, it is something that, these last few years, three North Louisiana women have decided to live into it fully—understanding that women empowerment is more than just a good Facebook post or a photo of them and their achievements but being a resource to help women with transformation. Continue reading to meet three women who understand the true meaning of women empowerment.



Besides being a wife, mother, and grandmother, Pamela D. Smith is an Award-Winning Author, Evangelist, Mentor, and Corporate Professional. She has previously empowered and equipped women by helping them amplify their voice through healing and sharing their stories through her self-publishing services. Understanding that her purpose consists of different assignments, she is shifting her marketplace ministry to helping corporate women amplify their voice and become servant leaders in the marketplace. Pamela’s empowerment is multifaceted, but she states she is most proud of sharing the gospel and praying with the over 60+authors that she has helped go through an inner healing process and served as a publisher for, helping them add a stream of income to finances.

To learn more about Pamela, purchase her books, or send a prayer request, visit and follow her on Instagram @pameladsmith1.

Pamela is a Ruston, LA native but currently lives in the Dallas area.


Photo courtesy of Lauren Bethany Photography


Lakysha Starks-Sampson is a wife and mom of one daughter. She is the CEO of LaPaz LLC, a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling Agency operating in Louisiana and Texas. Lakysha is the author of two books, in which she sought the services of Pamela D. Smith to assist with self-publishing. Her passion for empowerment led her to write these two books to empower others to take control of their lives no matter what barriers they have faced. Her first book, Bossn’ Around, helps women to be the boss of their own life and assures them that they can accomplish anything in life.

The empowerment services of her business, LaPaz, are growing daily. With starting roots in her hometown of Ruston, LA, her services have expanded to serve a primarily Hispanic population in San Antonio and Harlingen, Tx.

To connect with Lakysha or purchase one of her books, you can follow LaPaz on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Jones Monroe


Kretena Hunter is a mother, grandmother, entrepreneur, and author who is also a native of Ruston, Louisiana, currently residing in the Dallas, Texas, area. She is on a journey of self-empowerment as she empowers others. She believes that women empowerment is educating women and helping them build an identity of their own no matter what obstacles they have encountered in life. Her first book, which was recently released, It Had to Happen, is a part of this mission. Kretena says this book is being used to help women build their confidence, self-respect, and love for themselves even after going through challenges. Kretena openly shares how pain birthed her purpose. She also used the services of Pamela D. Smith to help with her mission by self-publishing her book.

To purchase a copy of her book and to connect with Kretena, follow her on Instagram @painbirthedmypurpose


Photo courtesy of Joshua James of Jamestown Visionz