November Luncheon – Susan Roesgen

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Our November member luncheon will feature Susan Roesgen of WGNO-TV, speaking about “Facing the Challenges of Being a Woman In Television News”

October Luncheon – Dima Ghawi

Inspired by her TEDx Talk, Dima uses her personal story of transformation as a powerful teaching tool to encourage women to face and conquer their internal limitations. This keynote recounts the struggles and triumphs of her personal journey with vulnerability and insight that will resonate with each audience member and spark a guiding light for their individual journey of self-discovery and leadership growth. By addressing internal limitations, such as the fear of failure, worries about being judged, and the pursuit of perfection, Dima dares each individual to look deeper into their own internal limitations and equips them with the tools and inspiration it takes to shatter those limitations and emerge as empowered individuals and leaders. Read more about Dima on her website.


EMPOWER EACH OTHER – 3rd Annual ABWA Women CAN Drive Conference

Join us for our 3rd Annual Women CAN Drive Conference~ held at NOLA Motorsports Park on September 14th.

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Our 2017 Conference theme is EMPOWER EACH OTHER!

We welcome Executive from Microsoft Executive, Diane Boettcher.

Diane Boettcher is an expert in military operations, IT, change management and leadership. As an executive at Microsoft, Diane focuses on supporting US Intelligence and Federal agencies, leading a team of over 220 services professionals who assist with Secure Infrastructure technologies. She’s a recognized and sought-after author, presenter, and mentor and will present on ‘Everyone Leads.’

Join an interactive panel and be part of the discussion on how to support and empower EACH OTHER! The panel will give tips on how to build relationships and how to better support other women. It will also educate us on the reasons why women sometimes compete and not collaborate. We will learn best practice tips on how to build other women up. Our Empower Panel will feature Sandra Lindquist, VP New Orleans Chamber, Becky Gustafson, Northwestern Mutual Advisor and Founder of POW (Power of Women Business Strategy Group), Mary Matthews, Executive Director 504oward, and Christine McNabb, Owner & Founder of ‘This Mama Wines’ Blog.

And, lastly, we are thrilled to be present our first ever, Empower Each Other Awards.

ABWA is looking for nominations to honor 5 outstanding women in business who actively demonstrate mentorship and development of other women. If you have been inspired or mentored by an incredible women leader, please nominate today. ABWA board use the nomination forms and independent research to deliberate and vote on final selections.

Nominations are due August 31st and can be submitted HERE.

Selected winners will receive free admission to the conference as well as a special gift by event sponsor Mignon Faget.

After our leadership conference, we will head over to grab our helmets and compete on the racetrack awards will be sponsored by Ronnie Osmer Racing followed by networking and a happy hour sponsored by Ralph Brennan’s with women-owned local shopping vendors.

We have limited tables for local vendors. ABWA members get discounted table for $150. Non ABWA members are $200 and limited table spots. For sponsor information, please contact conference chair, Melissa Willis.

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Member Spotlight – Lisa Winningkoff

Lisa Winningkoff is a Certified Photo Organizer and the owner of iCross+Dot Photo and Digital Organizing. Her passion is solving problems and delighting clients. By combining her extensive organizational skills with creativity and attention to detail, she gets to do just that.

Lisa creates organized photo collections and designs luxury photo albums for busy VIP clients, working with them to capture their family’s stories so they can preserve, share, and enjoy them for generations. She specializes in managing lifetime photo collections by providing custom organizing solutions for print and digital photos. That means gathering photos from boxes, bins, drawers, and all manner of electronic devices and transforming them into an organized, properly named, searchable, and backed up curated collection.

Additionally, Lisa offers a platinum photo scanning service, and she converts videotapes and film to digital formats. She also creates digital photo books that showcase milestone and everyday events, and slideshows that bring photos to life. In short, Lisa establishes long-term relationships with a limited number of clients and becomes their trusted advisor for all things photo related.

For more than 20 years, Lisa managed a busy career, ran a household, and raised a family. During that time, she honed her organizational skills and sharpened her attention to detail. As a CPA with experience in senior-level financial and human resources roles, she firmly believes in “crossing the t’s” and “dotting the i’s” to ensure no detail is overlooked. Those characteristics are the foundation of iCross+Dot, and they allow Lisa to deliver exceptional client service while alleviating stress and anxiety. Lisa is a member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) and the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). For more information, please visit or email

June Luncheon – Julie Burch

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) June 8th luncheon will be held on Thursday June 8th, 2017 from 11:00- 1:00pm at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd.)

The vent will feature Julie Burch, President of Julie Burch Speaks!, where she presents motivational keynotes and educational training workshops. And in her over 19 years of speaking professionally, Julie has had the privilege of speaking to audiences in all 50 states, Washington DC, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Canada, England and Wales. She has designed programs for industry leaders such as Texas Tech University, Mercedes Benz, Fidelity Investments, Wingstop, BP Oil and Gas, Husky Oil, the Social Security Administration, the EEOC, Taco Bell, Texas Women’s University, The American Payroll Association, The United States Army, The United States Air Force and The Society for Human Resource Management. She has also been named as their 2017 Speaker Hall of Fame Inductee.

Julie was honored with a guest appearance on “Good Morning America” where she was interviewed by Diane Sawyer. Julie is an active second-generation member of ABWA, she is a charter member of the North Dallas Business Women and served on the executive board for three years. She has served on many committees, was the campaign manager for a district 2 vice presidential candidate, and co-chaired the DACA woman of the year luncheon in 2015. Birch was the North Dallas Business Women’s Woman of the year for 2016 and is currently District II Vice President, which also allows her to serve on the 2016-2017 SBMEF Board of Trustees.

She is the coauthor of two books including a motivational book for women titled “The Princess Principle: Women Helping Women Discover Their Royal Spirit” and “Success Simplified: Simple Solutions Measurable Results.”

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