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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.

February Luncheon with Barbara Alleman

The ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network welcomed many new faces at this month’s networking luncheon, held on Thursday Feb. 5th at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill.  Barbara Alleman, former president of the National Association of Women in Construction, spoke to attendees about her experience breaking into the male dominated construction industry in the 1960s and 70s.

Having started out as an office administrator in a small construction company,  Alleman learned how to read specs, and maneuver a world filled with big budgets, unpaid government contracts, and challenging egos. Alleman reminded attendees to reach beyond their grasp. She shared the story of the time she took the leap into self employment after confronting her boss about not paying her what she was worth.

“When I told my boss I wanted more money, he told me to leave. Of course, I felt justified in the coming year when he realized his mistake, and asked me to come back and name my salary.” -Barbara Alleman

But by that point, Ms. Alleman had already realized her potential, and used her hard-earned knowledge of the construction industry to found Impact Construction, Inc. She leveraged her professional network and NAWIC leadership role to gain crucial publicity and valuable insight into money saving programs within her industry.

The winner of February’s President’s Certificate of Merit was Amy Landry, of Wiloz Consulting.  Click here for more info.

Biz Magazine Features ABWA’s January Luncheon

Biz Magazine covered our January Luncheon for their February edition. You can see the whole article on their website.

ABWA members gathered to listen to Connie Uddo, outreach coordinator for the nonprofit Beacon of Hope. Uddo’s speech, entitled “Rebirth for the New Year,” shared her experience of helping to rebuild New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 1

Letter from the President

charlotte-piotrowskiHappy New Year! I hope that 2015 brings you much prosperity, happiness, and good health. And, I hope that your experience with ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network grows and deepens this new year.

I’m amazed by how far we’ve come since the first formation committee meeting (that I attended, at least) back in April at a small coffee shop, to our first annual holiday party, where we hosted nearly eighty attendees at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill! Of course such progress could not have been made without the hard work and dedication of many women—most especially the formation committee leaders, who were inducted as officers during our Charter Ceremony on October 9 th. We were joined by in excess of thirty Charter Members, which is outstanding, especially considering that our goal (and a requirement of ABWA National for formal charter) was twenty-five new members. is outstanding, especially considering that our goal (and a requirement of ABWA National for formal charter) was twenty-five new members.

With the new year comes reflection and goal setting, so I want to share with you our Express Network’s goals for the remainder of the 2014/2015 league year, as approved by the Executive Board:

  • Attain thirty Charter Members by September 15, 2014 (Done!) and fiftyfive by July 31, 2015
  • One or more member testimonial(s) of how ABWA has helped her in some facet of her life
  • Five local media write-ups spotlighting our league (We’re almost there!)
  • Schedule at least one high profile speaker per year to further promote and encourage membership (Done!)
  • 200 Facebook page “likes” by July 31, 2015 (We’re at 191!)
  • 500 LinkedIn group members by July 31, 2015 (We have 292!)

I’d like to leave you with a question to seriously consider as you plan out your upcoming year. How are you going to get involved with the Crescent City Connections Express Network, so that you can help the league achieve its goals while you achieve yours?

Warmly,
Charlotte Piotrowski

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