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.


2015 Leadership Conference

D.R.I.V.E Communication Workshop: You do not want to miss this opportunity to enhance your communication skills in a high energy, impactful hands-on workshop designed specifically to ensure confidence and credibility when communicating as a WOMAN in today’s business world. This unique TEAM BUILDING experience will allow you to build relationships with other ABWA members, upgrade your leadership skills, and have an absolute BLAST!

Happy Hour Networking Social, Door Prizes, Member Bonding, & Opportunity for Adrenaline High Kart Racing!


Date: Thursday October 8th 2015
Schedule: 1pm – 4pm Leadership Training, 4pm – 6pm Networking Social
Location: NOLA Motor Sports Park, 11075 Nicolle Blvd, Avondale, LA 70094


$45 by July 9th
$55 after July 9th
$60 for non-members
*Continuing Education Credit
*Karting at your own expense


Please note: You will be redirected to the payment page upon completing this form, where you can pay online via PayPal. Your registration will not be confirmed until your payment is received in full. 


June Luncheon – Chris Burke

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) will welcome Chris Burke, Regions Bank Wealth Manager,  as the speaker for their next networking luncheon on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 11:00 -1:00 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd) in New Orleans.

Despite the long-held stereotype that women are less capable money managers than men, new research shows that women are in fact better than their male counterparts at both saving and investing. Burke will elaborate on why women’s tendencies towards  long-term planning and caution can play in our favor in regards to money management.

Mr. Burke began his career in the investment field in 1991 and has worked in numerous capacities. After four years as an investment broker, Mr. Burke joined AG Edwards in St. Louis as one of the firm’s first mutual fund analysts. He later became Director of Research for a regional investment consulting firm where his responsibilities included all facets of asset allocation, capital markets research and manager due diligence. Mr. Burke assumed his current role as portfolio manager in the wealth management area of Regions in 2003. He is responsible for overseeing the management of over $400 million in assets for both private and institutional clients. In addition to his portfolio management responsibilities, Mr. Burke has also served on the firm’s mutual fund committee, the investment strategy committee and as the chairman of the firm’s asset allocation committee. He was instrumental in establishing the role of diversifying strategies within the investment process.

Click here for more information about attending an ABWA luncheon.

Click here to register online. Advanced registration is encouraged.


Jeanne Bergeron – May 2015

Congratulations to the May recipient of the President’s certificate of Merit, Jeanne Bergeron of Community CDC. Jeanne is an ABWA CCC charter member and has been active in the organization since before it began official meetings. She has near perfect attendance, and was one of the first members to step up when the league announce its sponsorship packages.

Jeanne is constantly offering her time and services to help our organization and mission grow.


Letter From the President Elect

ABWA Board PhotoSpring is in the air, and it’s time for flowers to bloom. I hope that your ABWA experiences thus far are helping you to blossom both professionally and personally. As our board prepares for a new board to lead in July, we’re evaluating our processes and ensuring that you’re getting the most value from your time with us. I’d like to share with you some pointers on “How to Get the Most from Your ABWA Experience.”

  • Show up– The 1st step after joining an organization such as ABWA is to show up. Be visible and active. This will not only benefit you by obtaining new knowledge, but also shows others that you’re committed and dependable.
  • Build relationships– Don’t just hand out your business cards. Make an effort to get to know your fellow members and guests outside of our monthly luncheons.
  • Ask for help– All too often, we as women, put the weight of the world on our shoulders and fear failure to the point where we restrain potential. Remember to embrace failure as an integral stage of your growth, but ask for guidance. Some of your fellow members may have been through similar experiences and can offer some support and insight.
  • Set goals– It is important to gage growth and challenge yourself by setting attainable goes to work toward.

I would encourage you to log in to our WIN at, and take advantage of the training and knowledge this is accessible to you through ABWA National.

Our current board has done an amazing job for our first year building an infrastructure to carry us through a successful future. If you have not had an opportunity to check out our local website, please do at

Also, if you’re a paid member, be sure to add your contact information and bio to our directory page. We are excited to soon share some new functions we’ve been planning- keep a look out. As always, we welcome any of your suggestions to develop and support our onward journey.

Yours Truly,

Rachel Nunez, President Elect
“Failure is stripping away of the inessential.” – J.K. Rowling

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