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September Luncheon – Melissa Willis of Referral Institute

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) will welcome Melissa Willis, owner of Referral Institute, as the speaker for their next networking luncheon on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 11:00 -1:00 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd) in New Orleans. Online registration is available by clicking here.

Networking can be a key element to building business relationships, but are you making the most of our networking time and money? If you attend a lot of business events, you’ve probably experienced of some pretty bad networkers – the chronic business card distributer, the pushy salesperson looking to close the deal, and the guy who got too excited about the open bar. But are you unwittingly making mistakes that could set you back? Melissa Willis will share her expertise to help us avoid common pitfalls in her talk “3 Colossal Mistakes Business Owners Make When Networking.”

Willis is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and has worked extensively in the fashion and entertainment industry. She has worked and traveled all over the world, but she seems to always end up back in New Orleans. Melissa is a long time member of BNI, a current board member of ABWA Crescent City Connections, and is currently the franchise owner of the The Referral Institute here in New Orleans. She believes in helping business owners “work smarter not harder” so that they can create spectacular lives for themselves and their families. 

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Click here to register online. Advanced registration is encouraged.

American Business Women’s Day – Sep 22

Come out for a fun evening of networking and to honor American Business Women’s Day.  ABWA Crescent City Connections and New Orleans CREW will be hosting Happy Hour with drink and appetizer specials on Tuesday September 22nd at Mizado Cocina from 5:00-7:00 PM at 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd New Orleans, LA  70118.  Come prepared with your business cards.  We hope to see you there!

 What is American Business Women’s Day?

Every year on September 22, the United States celebrates American Business Women’s Day. The first annual event was held on September 22, 1982 and was officially recognized by congressional proclamation in 1983 and 1986.

American Business Women’s Day is a day set aside to honor and reflect upon the contributions and accomplishments of the millions of women in the work force and the millions of women business owners in the U.S.

 The organization is responsible for starting this national day of recognition for business women is the American Business Women’s Association, a professional network for women in business and women business owners.

Who Is The American Business Women’s Association?

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) was founded on September 22, 1949 “to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition.”

Today, the ABWA offers a wide variety of membership based resources and networking opportunities for business women, female entrepreneurs, and for women who work from home.

The ABWA offers local chapters in some areas of the U.S., but local membership is not required to become a member of the ABWA.

Members can take advantage of ABWA’s online training programs and earn business certificates. The ABWA celebrates women on National American Business Women’s Day, as well as through awards and other forms of recognition.

To learn more about the ABWA, visit: www.abwa.org

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August Luncheon – Dr. Laura Badeaux

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) will welcomeDr. Laura Badeaux as the speaker for their next networking luncheon on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 11:00 -1:00 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd) in New Orleans. Online registration is available by clicking here.

Dr. Laura Badeaux was a founding member of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business in 1990 and served as Board President and Vice-President.  In 2008, she became Center Director and increased programming, initiating Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy, National Women Leadership Summit and Louisiana Women Leaders Conference.

Her talk entitled “Leadership: Power, Privilege and Politics” will focus on the keys to effective leadership, which include communicating for understanding, flexibility and building power.

Click here for more information about attending an ABWA luncheon.

Click here to register online. Advanced registration is encouraged.

July Luncheon – Nadine McCoy of Organized Impressions

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) welcomed Nadine McCoy of Organized Impressions as the speaker for their next networking luncheon on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 from 11:00 -1:00 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd) in New Orleans.

We all know how much easier our work can flow when we are organized. Despite this knowledge, getting and staying organize can be a huge challenge for many busy professionals. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports that the average U.S. executive wastes six weeks per year retrieving misplaced information from messy desks and files.  Sometimes it takes a professional to help sort through the clutter and set up organizational systems that work, and keep working over time.

Nadine McCoy is a  professional organizer and owner of Organized Impressions, a company that specialized in office organization and paper management for small businesses and home offices. Her presentation, “The Secret To Getting Things Done and Why Organizing Matters,” will cover easy to follow tips on getting yourself organized and helping gain back valuable time in the work day. As a small business owner herself, she understands the challenges professional women face in today’s business world, and gears her advice to real world, manageable solutions.

Born and raised in East Germany, Nadine holds a degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Interior Design.  She is a recipient of the Design of Excellence Award 2014 from ASID – American Society of Interior Designer, and has been featured  numerous times in  “Getting Organized Magazine” the #1 Organizing Magazine in the world.  Nadine recently appeared on the New Orleans addition of the home renovation TV show Fix It and Finish It with Antonio Sabato Jr., where she transformed a neglected storage area into a beautiful functioning office space.

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ABWA Installs New Executive Board

Congratulations to the newly installed Executive Board of the American Business Women’s Association Crescent City Connections Express Network. The new board was installed at the league’s June 11th luncheon by fellow member, and formation advisor Carol Newman.

The 2015-2016 board members are: President – Rachel Nunez of Regions Bank, President Elect – Jodi Archer of Keller Williams, Vice President of Communications- Melissa Willis of Referral Institute, Vice President of Finacne – Angie LeBlanc of Plexus Worldwide, Vice President of Membership – Marigny deMauriac of Edward Jones, Vice President of Programming – Kim Hasney of Rodan and Fields Dermatology, and Vice President of Marketing & PR – Leslie Adams of Allstate.

Click here for more information on the 2015-16 board members.