November Luncheon – Crafting the Perfect Elevator Speech

Desiree Young of VentureWalk Business Partners gave an energetic and useful presentation on “Crafting the Perfect Elevator Speech.” Attendees identified their own “pitch persona”and learned how to best utilize it in a business setting. After Desiree’s lesson, members had the chance to share their own pitch with the group.


What’s your “Pitch Persona”?
1) Shark: quick on your feet & sometimes aggressive
2) Dolphin: emotional listener
3) Seal: funny, life of the party
4) Penguin: educational & full of stats

The New Orleans advocate reported on the program here.

Jodi Archer – November 2014

Most of you know Jodi Archer as the friendly face who greets and checks you in each month. However, that’s a tiny fraction of the work that she has done to get our league chartered, including filling out many tedious forms, creating a budget nearly from scratch, and setting up our account, which she did as Formation Committee Financial Chair. As Vice President of Finance, Jodi has simplified our luncheon payment procedure, kept up with our accounting, and sees that our league stays within budget. Many thanks for all of your hard work, Jodi!!

WWNO covers ABWA Crescent City Connections

New Orleans’ NPR station, WWNO, covered the ABWA Crescent City Connections Network Charter. Read the excerpt below, or click here for the full story.

New Orleans is growing its reputation as a business and technology hub, and as of last week, there are new resources for women entrepreneurs in the city.

The American Business Women’s Association chartered a new league in New Orleans last Thursday, with financial and logistical help from the LaCapitale Baton Rouge chapter.

Wendy Dolan is a website programmer and the founder of Get Online NOLA, an organization that helps businesses utilize online resources to gain visibility.  Dolan was active in opening the Crescent City Connections ABWA chapter.

“New Orleans is a really great place to be an entrepreneur and its becoming more and more of a great place for female entrepreneurs or female businesswomen,” Dolan says. “But, the wage gap in Louisiana is so troubling, and we can do more to encourage young women to understand that they do have the potential to earn as much as men, and to really fight for themselves.”


ABWA in Silicon Bayou News

ABWA Crescent City Express Network was featured in Silicon Bayou News. Read an excerpt of the article below, and click here for the whole story.

Back in July, the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) hosted a kickoff meeting to celebrate the chartering of a New Orleans Chapter, which had previously had a nine year absence following Hurricane Katrina. The new group is called the ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network.

The official charter ceremony and monthly luncheon will be held on October 9th, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill. The event will include the installation of the league’s board members, charter member inductions, and recognition of those people who have been integral in the group’s formation over the last few months.

ABWA on the Angela Hill Show

Members of the ABWA Crescent City Connections Network were honored to appear on the Angela Hill show on WWL Radio. The board members spoke about their various professions, their experiences as business women and the upcoming charter of the New Orleans league of the American Business Women’s Association. You can listed to the podcast here.

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