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Leslie Adams – March 2015

Congratulations to this month’s recipient of the President’s Certificate of Merit, AllState agent Leslie Adams. Adams is a charter member of Crescent City Connections, and has been involved in chapter business since the very beginning. Leslie received the award because of her passionate participation on all of CCC’s social media platforms. We thanks Leslie for helping spreading  the news about ABWA.

April Luncheon – Brian Greffenius of Sandler Training

Brian Greffenius of Sandler Training

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) welcomed Brian Greffenius of Sandler Training as the speaker for the April networking luncheon on April 9th 2015 from 11:00 -1:00 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd) in New Orleans.

Effective relationships are a key factor to success in both our professional and personal lives.  We all know that we can’t please “all of the people all of the time,”  but it can be frustrating when our personalities do not mesh with coworkers and business prospects. Brian Greffenius reminded us that when we face such challenges, it’s important to ask, “Who am I talking with?”

“Avoid aggravation by not assuming that your values are represented in the people you’re dealing with. Think about the people who frustrate you and seek to understand them.” -Brian Greffenius

His talk addressed the variety of personality types we encounter in professional situations, and presented effective tools for best addressing those individuals. Greffenius encouraged attendees to plot their own personality using the DISC personality test, in order to better understand how we function in interpersonal interactions. You can take the test here.

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Brian Greffenius has eighteen years of executive management experience as CEO & COO, and ten years of direct sales and marketing support experience. His career exposure in multiple industries and his experience as a trainer have honed him into an engaging and dynamic speaker. He has worked in the technology, law firm operations and aviation industries along with having earned an MBA. Brian has been a software trainer and flight instructor and effectively connects with students.

During the meeting, President Elect Rachel Nunez welcomed several new members, introduced the slate women nominated to run for office at the May luncheon, presented the new Organizational Chart, and announced the new levels of corporate sponsorship.

The winner of April’s President’s Certificate of Merit was Wendy Dolan, owner of Get Online NOLA.  Click here for details.

Click here for information about attending a luncheon.

April Photo Gallery (click the images to enlarge)

Press Release – March

American Business Women’s Association Hosts Luncheon Featuring Guest Speaker “Demo Diva” Simone Bruni

Download a PDF of this press release here

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) will welcome “Demo Diva” Simone Bruni as the speaker for their next networking luncheon on March 12, 2015 from 11:00 -1:00 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd.) The event is open to all professional women, and attendees are encouraged to pre-register through Eventbrite.

As a female owned business in the male dominated construction and demolition industry, Demo Diva Demolitions has made its mark on the New Orleans business scene. Like many others in the city, Bruni had to reinvent herself after Hurricane Katrina. Following the storm, she saw the city’s need for a reliable local demolition company, and entered the market with a uniquely female brand that stood out from the bland marketing usually associated with the construction industry. Ms. Bruni’s presentation, “Down to the Dirt,” will elaborate on the entrepreneur’s journey from having “only a few hundred hot pink yard signs” to owning her own fleet of heavy equipment, and competing for major contracts against the big guys in her industry.

Kim Hasney, ABWA Vice President of Programming, said, “It’s so important that business women in our city hear from others who have started from the ground up and manufactured their own success. Simone’s business and her continued growth are an inspiration to women trying to make it in the business world, especially in male dominated industries.”

ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network was chartered in October of last year. The group already has over 50 active members, and has organized several sold-out luncheons over the past few months. In January, Connie Uddo, a pillar of the New Orleans non profit community, spoke to the group about the importance of business & non profit collaboration. Last month, Barbara Alleman, former president of the National Association of Women in Construction, gave an inspirational presentation about her journey to break into the construction industry in the 70s and 80s. The organization has an exciting set of educational programs in the works for coming months including April’s program from Sandler Training’s Brian Grefferius about using your personality type to increase sales.

Since its inception, ABWA has continually served working women and women business owners on a national and local level. Its mission is 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. ABWA provides formal continuing education opportunities and credits in business management, public speaking, and marketing, to name few.

ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network is open to all professional women, and is actively recruiting new members. Cost for membership includes $115 annual national dues, and $35 local dues. Monthly networking luncheons are held on the second Thursday of each month and include an enriching program; the cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and $35 for walk-ins (space permitting).

For more information about membership, you can visit the group’s website (www.abwaneworleans.org), or contact Membership Chair Lyndsey Graham at lyndseymgraham@gmail.com. Please direct media inquiries to Wendy Dolan wendy@getonlinenola.com or 504.482.1096.

March Luncheon – Simone Bruni “Demo Diva”

As a female owned business in the male dominated construction and demolition industry, Demo Diva Demolitions has made its mark on the New Orleans business scene. Like many others in the city, Bruni had to reinvent herself after Hurricane Katrina. Following the storm, she saw the city’s need for a reliable local demolition company, and entered the market with a uniquely female brand that stood out from the bland marketing usually associated with the construction industry. Ms. Bruni’s presentation, “Down to the Dirt,”  elaborated on the entrepreneur’s journey from having “only a few hundred hot pink yard signs” to owning her own fleet of heavy equipment, and competing for major contracts against the big guys in her industry.

Amy Landry – February 2015

Congratulations to this month’s winner of the President’s certificate of Merit, Amy Landry of Wiloz Consulting. Amy is a charter member of ABWA CCC, and is the head of the Newsletter Committee. We’re so grateful for her work publishing the very first edition of the Crescent City Connections Newsletter. You can see it here.