"Cagnolatti launched her career in the late 70s, broke gender barriers, and was the first female in nearly every position she held."

Gonzales native and East Ascension High School Class of 1974 graduate Claire L. Cagnolatti was recently inducted into the 2018 Louisiana State University Hall of Distinction.

The LSU E. J. Ourso College of business appointed Cagnolatti for her outstanding work in the field of engineering. According to a media release, the female engineer "launched her career in the late 70s, broke gender barriers, and was the first female in nearly every position she held."

Moreover, "Cagnolatti graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering in 1978 and a master’s of business administration in 1982," according to the release. "She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the E. J. Ourso College. She serves on many other LSU boards including those in the College of Music and Dramatic Arts, the College of Engineering Office of Diversity, and the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering. She is also a lifetime member of the band honor fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi."

She currently serves as Vice President of Chemicals for HSB Solomon Associations LLC, a world-renowned firm based in Dallas, Texas.

Cagnolatti will be inducted into the prestigious Hall of Distinction at a banquet held at the Business Education Complex on Friday, March 16. She is joined in this year's induction by Maurice J. "Skip" Robichaux, a partner with KPMG LLP.

"Claire and Skip are successful professionals and outstanding volunteers who have surpassed the criteria we use to determine our Hall of Distinction members,” said Richard D. White Jr., dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business in the release. “They are a credit to the college. We look forward to their special evening."

Congratulations to Claire L. Cagnolatti, who reached out to the Weekly Citizen to share this great news. Enjoy your honor! Gonzales is proud of your success!