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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May Luncheon – Brandy Christian, Chief operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans

American Business Women’s Association’s May 11th luncheon will feature Brandy Christian, Chief operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans. She will  deliver talk entitled, “Port of New Orleans; Our Connections Run Deep.” The networking luncheon will be held on Thursday May 11th, 2017 from 11:00- 1:00pm at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd.) Attendees are encouraged to pre-register through the form below.

The Port of New Orleans is a public agency that manages $61 million in revenues, 292 employees, and $200 million in capital projects. Christian joined the Port NOLA team as the Chief Operating Officer in January 2015. Christian is in the ranks of an elite group of women executives in the Port industry and is the first female CEO in the Port of New Orleans’ 120-year history. She brings a global perspective and experience building high performance teams in complex organizations to her new role, and plans to continue Port NOLA’s success with a strategic focus, collaborative partnerships and bold action.

Prior to her new role in New Orleans, Christian spent 14 years with the Port of San Diego and for five of those years served as vice president of strategy and business development. During her tenure with California’s fourth largest cargo port, Christian was the driving force behind securing major accounts for the cruise and cargo business lines at the Port. She was also instrumental in significantly improving operational processes and reducing costs for the public agency. In San Diego, Christian provided the executive team and the Board of Port Commissioners with organizational-wide strategic guidance and also led a wide variety of business development initiatives related to cruise development, maritime import and export opportunities and industrial leases. She also oversaw several departments including maritime, government and civic relations, and marketing and communications. She began her career with the Port of San Diego in 2000 as the public/tenant liaison for the executive offices and was promoted in 2002 to Director of Strategic Management Services before becoming vice president in 2009.

Since its inception in the fall of 2014, ABWA has continually served workingwomen 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 a few. They have over 60 active members, and have organized many sold out luncheons since the local chapter was started. ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network is open to all, and is actively recruiting new members.

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Equal Pay Day w/ the Chamber & Festigals – April 4th

Join ABWA Crescent City ConnectionsFestiGals and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce  for Equal Pay Day 2017! 

“The Power of YOU: Advocate for Your Success”
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm @ The Cannery 

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Help us to create awareness of the pay gap between men and women while enjoying networking and an empowering program featuring: 

**Presentation from Louisiana State Representative Helena Moreno 

**Power Panel with “Sucess Experts” – Take advantage of this unique opportunity to discuss success tips and gain insight from powerful women in the New Orleans community. 


  • 5:30 – Registration 
  • 6:00 – Program 
  • 6:30 – Power Hour with “Success Experts” 


  • $25 Pre-registered ABWA, FestiGals and NOLA Chamber members. 
  • $35 Pre-registered non-members 
  • $40 Walk-in attendees 

Admission includes light bites and one drink ticket for wine or beer.
Parking is Complimentary!! 

Attendees will have the option to take a professional headshot courtesy of Jeff Strout photography for a fee of $20. 

~Wear Red to Symbolize how women are still “in the red” for pay equality~


March Luncheon – Award Ceremony

American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Crescent City Connections 2017 Award Ceremony and Member Appreciation Day will be held on March 9th from 11:00 -1:00 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill.

The ABWA Protege Award is given to members in good standing who have been a member for at least 1 year and attended at least 10 meetings within that time. They should also have served in a leadership position in ABWA, sponsored a new member and/or completed a WIN course through ABWA.

The Woman of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon a member. In addition, to the above criteria, which includes sponsoring at least 3 individuals in the organization, they must also earn at least 50 points on a stringent rating chart used to evaluate candidates.

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Barbara Barach – Member Spotlight

Barbara Barach educates people on a balanced lifestyle using the Total Wellness Approach. Her diverse entrepreneurial and educational background gives her a well-rounded perspective. She works with consumers offering them healthy alternatives to their consumable products as well as natural solutions to today’s health concerns. She also trains on an entrepreneurial option to take advantage of the growing trend towards online shopping with a business model that does not have the expense or risk of a traditional business.

With her current business venture, JBS Green Enterprises, she continues her passion for helping others lead healthier lives by marketing for the largest online wellness shopping club in North America. Through their products, Barbara and her husband (ages 63 and 82, respectively) are experiencing amazing improvements in their quality of life and she enjoys sharing the health with others so they can experience similar benefits.

Barbara has served on the Board and as Executive Director of the Elmwood Business Association and has served on the Board and as Treasurer for Women of Infinite Possibilities. She loves networking to develop relationships and connect people for the success of others.

Barbara is currently working on a book about the reunion with her son whom she had given up for adoption and is active with Adoptees Birthrights Committee, a voluntary search and support group dealing with adoption related issues.