September 20 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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$50.00 – $65.00

12:00pm: Doors Open/Open Networking/Lunch
1:00 pm: Welcome/Primary Sponsor Highlight/Ice Breaker
1:20 pm: Keynote Speaker: Lauren Haydel, Fleurty Girl
2:00 pm: Break
2:10 pm: Ulla Gaudin – Make Up in 5 minutes
2:20 pm: Women’s Panel – How to Achieve Success at Work and Balance in Life
3:30 pm: Break
3:40 pm: April Dupre – Quick Exercises to help relieve stress
4:00 pm: Recap/Housekeeping/Door Prizes
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Individual Kart Races, Crown Winner,
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Open Networking, Shop Local Invitation

Sponsorship Opportunities: 2018 Women Driving Business Conference

2018 Women Can Drive Business Conference Sponsorship Packages

Every year, the ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network brings together 50 – 70 local businesswomen to spend the day networking and training to help enhance their professional lives.

In the past, our conference has been sponsored by organizations like Microsoft, the Port of New Orleans and NOLA Motorsports Park.

We hope that you will join us on this mission as a sponsor of our 4th Annual Women Can Drive Business Conference on September 20, 2018 to be held at NOLA Motorsports Park. Our theme this year is “Achieving Success at Work and Balance in Life.”

Sponsorship Packages:

Checkered Flag Sponsor $1000
 Primary Sponsor, includes joint naming rights for the event and logo on all marketing material, including all social media, website and printed materials
 1 Reserved table with 8 admission tickets to the conference; each attendee to receive an ABWA Swag Bag
 1 Display table at conference and after hours networking event
 3 minute sponsor highlight at the beginning of the conference

White Flag Sponsor $500
 4 admission tickets to the conference; each attendee to receive an ABWA Swag Bag
 1 Display table at either conference or after hours networking event (sponsor choice)
 Sponsor logo included on all printed conference marketing materials
 At least 3 mentions on social media pages

Green Flag Sponsor $250
 2 admission tickets to the conference
 Display table at either conference or after hours networking event (sponsor choice, based on availability)
 Sponsor logo included on printed agenda given to all attendees
 At least 1 mention on all social media pages

Yellow Flag Sponsor
 Display table at conference or after-hours networking event (sponsor choice, based on availability)
o $100 for display table at conference
o $50 for display table at After Hours event
 Sponsors who donate $100 worth of product/service for the following needed items will receive sponsor recognition at the conference:
o Food/Drinks – Lunch, snacks during conference and after hour, drinks for conference
o Karting Awards (1 available)
o Swag bag items valued at $3 – $7 each (25 items needed)

Red Flag Sponsor (50 needed) Any Amount/In-Kind Donation
 Donate a door prize for conference attendees
 Sponsor mention during giveaways

Contacts: Cindy C. Osmer (504)628-6850
Jeanne S. Bergeron (504)427-8672

Equal Pay Day 2018 Photo Gallery

Equal Pay Day 2018 Recap

ABWA’s 3rd Annual Equal Pay Day
Celebration Benefiting Scholarships for Business Women

A New Orleans Women’s Business association, ABWA, championed the Equal Pay discussion for a third year and raised  money to support the development of business women by partnering with New Orleans businesses, Geocent and Lucid, who are dedicated to ensuring equitable pay.

New Orleans, LA: The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Crescent City Connections (CCC) Express Network hosted its 3rd annual Equal Pay Day event held on National Equal Pay Day April 10, 2018 at the National World War II Museum from 4:30pm – 7:30pm.

Having the third celebration is a victory for CCC President Amy Landry, who founded the local event along with the ABWA chapter. “From my training and development background from working for Walt Disney to founding my own company, I wanted to create an event with a trainer’s mentality where women walk away with skills and are empowered to be part of the solution,” she said.
Reflecting that mission, at this year’s event, “We educated business owners and CEOs on compensation best practices from local companies that  championed a culture where talent is compensated regardless of gender,” Landry stated.

The event was sponsored in part by Lucid and Geocent, two local technology companies.
Geocent’s VP of Human Capital and ABWA member, Josies Delaune states, “My priorities lie in making sure our employees are paid equitably and that our employee population is representative of the communities where we work. I constantly look for resources to help our team reach these goals and I’m looking forward to learning impactful strategies from this Equal Pay Day event.”

ABWA has also invited event sponsor, Lucid, to speak. Senior Vice President of People, Nicole Pelengaris Patel, took the stage to educate attendees and local business owners on how Lucid is leveraging data on a daily basis and how they use data to create compensation strategies that are fair across genders.  “Data can be powerful when leveraged in the right ways” states Nicole. “I am most proud of the opportunities I have had building HR infrastructure while also creating a people culture that partners with the business. I have made this happen by hiring best in class employees and fostering a work environment where the Human Resources function truly helps grow the business through employee programs that build a diverse, inclusive, and equal work community.” Nicole believes “a company with a strong People focused culture, comes from strong leadership and data driven compensation and recruiting strategies that align with the business it supports and the types of employees it wants to hire.”

“New Orleans has, in the past, maintained a reputation as lagging in supporting women in their careers. But companies like Lucid and Geocent are paving the way and we are thrilled to be partnering with them for this event.” ABWA, the president, Amy Landry.



August Luncheon

American Business Women’s Association Hosts August Luncheon “One Time in New Orleans, The Tricentennial Campaign”

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The next American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) luncheon on August 16th will feature Mark C. Romig, APR President and Chief Executive Officer 2018 NOLA Foundation and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). Mark will be speaking about “One Time in New Orleans, The Tricentennial Campaign”.

Mark C. Romig’s Bio:

A native of New Orleans, Mark is serving as President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). He leads the city’s official leisure travel promotion agency, responsible for enhancing the tourism industry through effective marketing and promotional programs. He is also serving as the volunteer President and CEO of the 2018 NOLA Foundation, the support arm for the city’s Tricentennial.

Mark is an established public relations and marketing professional and is accredited (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America. Mark has been involved in a variety of historic and milestone events throughout his career, including the development of the Hotel Inter-Continental New Orleans, the 1984 Louisiana World’s Fair, U.S. presidential nomination attempts by both Elizabeth and Bob Dole, the successful 1999 reopening of Harrah’s New Orleans, the 2006 Sugar Bowl (only Sugar Bowl game ever to be played outside of New Orleans due to Katrina) and the wildly successful Idea Village New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.  He serves as Chairman of the NOLA Navy Week Host Committee, the group tapped by the Mayor of the City of New Orleans to present New Orleans’ participation in the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and Star-Spangled Banner in 2012 and 2015. Mark also serves on Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Council.

Prior to joining NOTMC, Mark served several years as Vice-President of Marketing and Public Relations for HCA Inc. – Delta Division (Hospital Corporation of America). Mark joined HCA after a sixteen year career at Peter A. Mayer Advertising. Named Top Executive by the Advertising Club of New Orleans in 2002, he was promoted to President of Peter A. Mayer Advertising’s Public Relations Division in 2004, managing a staff of ten professionals and dozens of clients. While at Peter Mayer Advertising, Mark also provided professional support to many community initiatives including the introduction of former New Orleans Chief of Police  Richard Pennington, and Hurricane Katrina relief programs such as the Bring New Orleans Back Commissionand the Fleur de Lis Ambassador Program.

Before joining Peter A. Mayer Advertising in 1992, Mark served as Vice President – Public Affairs for New Orleans-based Hibernia National Bank. From 1985 to 1987, and then again for a brief period in 1988, Mark served on the Secretary’s staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.  There, he worked as a Staff Assistant to Secretary Elizabeth H. Dole, and also performed a similar role for Mrs. Dole during her husband’s run for the presidential nomination in 1987-88. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Mark was Director of Protocol and Guest Relations for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition (1984 World’s Fair) from 1982 – 1984. Immediately following the World’s Fair, he served a brief stint as Executive Director of La Fete, New Orleans’ Summer Festival, the non-profit organization promoting New Orleans during the summer months. Prior to joining the World’s Fair team, Mark was part of the team that developed the New Orleans Inter-Continental Hotel, and was hired as the hotel’s first National Sales Manager.

Active in his community, Mark, along with his late father Jerry served as Co-Chair of the Media & PR Committee for the New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII (47) Host Committee and the 2014 NBA All-Star Game Media & PR Committee. He former member of the Board of Trustees and Board Secretary for Xavier University of Louisiana and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Mark is immediate Past Chairman of the Louisiana Travel Association (LTPA). He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Mark is a former Chairman of the Board of The Idea Village and is a member of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the annual PGA TOUR ‘s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Project Lazarus and the Southern Repertory Theater. Mark is past International President of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE), and is a former board member of the TKE Educational Foundation. Mark is a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and Leadership Louisiana. For several years Mark taught public relations courses at Tulane’s University College.

Mark graduated from Brother Martin High School and attended the University of New Orleans, where he received his B.S. from the School of Business Administration (School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration) in 1978. While in college, Mark interned at the Royal Orleans Hotel, working in several departments to gain experience and credit toward his degree. He was named the school’s outstanding alumnus in 2012. He was also honored by the Young Leadership Council as a Role Model and received St. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activist Award in 2008.  In 2016, Mark was named the University of New Orleans’ Outstanding Alumnus, receiving the Homer Hitt Award in recognition of his achievements. Recently, the Ad Club of New Orleans awarded Mark the Silver Medal for his contributions to the community and the advertising and marketing profession. In 2017, the French Government named Mark a French Chevalier of the National Order of Merit, recognizing his work on behalf of New Orleans and commitment to the French community and culture of Louisiana.

Finally, after his father’s successful 446 consecutive game career as the stadium announcer for the New Orleans Saints, Mark became stadium announcer for the Saints 2013 season and continues the family tradition to this day. First Down, Saints!!

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