Boissiere, LeBoeuf Launch 2021-22 JMOC Speaker Series

Posted December 15, 2021 / Last updated January 5, 2022

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Troy LeBeouf ’83 shakes hands with JMOC member Dominick LeBouef (no relation) after speaking to the group on December 9, 2021. In the background, fellow speaker Lambert Boissiere III talks with Jacob Washington

The Jesuit Men of Color re-launched their lunchtime speaker series this week with a visit from Lambert Boissiere III and Troy LeBeouf. The best friends and Class of ’83 graduates spoke to a full house in Room 210 about their Jesuit experience.

Today, Boissiere serves as one of five elected members of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. LeBouf is a fugitive recovery agent and operates his own company, No Bars.Both men regaled the audience with stories of their time on Carrollton & Banks and encouraged club members to take full advantage of their Jesuit experience.   

LeBoeuf readily admitted he almost didn’t do so: “I came to Jesuit with a huge chip on my shoulder,” he said. “In football, I ran the ball angry. I was always in the discipline office.

“But eventually I embraced the system instead of fighting it. By the time I was a senior, Colonel Quinn and Sergeant Spencer (the disciplinarians) were calling upon me to reach out to younger students struggling to find their way at Jesuit.”

For LeBouef, being invited to address a new generation of students felt like coming full circle. “I got to tell you guys,” he said, “I cried when I got up this morning just thinking about the privilege of coming here to speak to you.”

Boissiere, meanwhile, talked about the importance of networking for the boys. The group of friends you have now, he told them, will be there for you always, pointing to LeBouef as evidence of the bonds formed at Jesuit. Boissiere closed by reminding students to always be men of integrity and men for others.

The JMOC speaker series had been on hiatus since the pandemic. Past speakers include: civil rights attorney Mary Howell; the husband-and-wife team of David Lee Simmons (then communications manager for Mayor Latoya Cantrell) and Faith Dawson Simmons (editorial director of Tulane University’s News and Public Relations department); Innocence Project staff attorney Kia Hayes; Christian Rhodes, a lawyer and lobbyist with Roedel Parsons; and the legendary Dooky Chase III ’67, Jesuit’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

Jesuit Men of Color, formerly known as The St. Peter Claver Club, is dedicated to promoting diversity and fostering the well-being of students of color on Jesuit High School’s campus. It is open to all students and faculty.