American Business Women’s Association Hosts October Luncheon “Pivoting from Failure to Power”
The next American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) luncheon on October 18th will feature Anna Finch, cofounder of Real DFM, a product design and development company, helping clients take products from concept to reality. Anna will be speaking about “Pivoting from Failure to Power”.
Anna Finch’s Bio:
Anna Finch is the cofounder of Real DFM, a product design and development company, helping clients take products from concept to reality. After graduating from Edinburgh University, Scotland with a Masters in Chinese language, history and culture she moved to Beijing, China where she worked in the wine industry, selling and distributing wine to hotels, restaurants and bars, learning international business skills, marketing and sales. After four years in China, Anna had an opportunity to move to California where she went to work within the male dominated industry of being a Land Man, working for Vintage Power and SunPower, in utility scale Oil, Gas and Solar projects, purchasing mineral rights, determining new locations and managing multi million dollar budgets. Three years into that phase, Anna met her husband in Los Angeles, who was working as a freelancer in industrial design and she uncovered a passion that lay more in the creative, and together, with their combined skill sets, they decided to start their own company, filling a gap in the market of offering a true turnkey solution to innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses seeking help in bringing a product to life, covering everything from conceptual design, engineering, prototyping, development and ultimately mass manufacturing. Anna moved to New Orleans two and a half years ago, over which time she has been growing Real DFM, with which she was a finalist in Square’s The Brassys Awards, she won the Women In Business Challenge through the Urban League in 2017, and was a finalist in The Idea Village’s The Big Idea Challenge at NOEW also in 2017.
Our 2018 Conference was “Achieving Success at Work and Balance in Life.” The conference provided leadership-training opportunities to local businesswomen, created a networking environment for businesswomen to share ideas about self-development and leadership goals and created awareness in the community to support businesswomen. The Women Can Drive Conference raised $2,500 in scholarship and professional development funds for ABWA Crescent City Connections Network Chapter.
Women Can Drive Conference 2018 Gallery
We put together a powerful Women’s Panel “How to Achieve Success at Work and Balance in Life” moderated by Monica Pierre, an Emmy Award winning journalist, television and radio talk show host, and author. Our panel featured five businesswomen including Caitlin Cain, CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, Stephanie Osborne owner and found of The Sit Gift, LLC a Corporate Guided Meditation business, Victoria Adams Phipps, Executive Produce of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), and Donna Accardo, co-owner of Garrity +Accardo Architects, representative of Inner Design and trained facilitator and Area Coordinator for The Way of the Heart and Wendy Dolan, President of Get Online NOLA, a marketing agency dedicated to helping local businesses make the most of their online presence through reasonably priced marketing services and resources.
Monica Pierre, an Emmy Award winning journalist, television and radio talk show host, and author. Pierre hosts the public affairs show Community Matters airing on WWL AM/FM.
Caitlin Cain, CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.
Stephanie Osborne, owner and found of The Sit Gift, LLC a Corporate Guided Meditation business.
Victoria Adams Phipps, Executive Produce of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW).
Donna Accardo, Licensed Architect and co-owner of Garrity+Accardo Architects, Representative of Inner Design and trained facilitator and Area Coordinator for The Way of the Heart, an organization dedicated to supporting individual and collective life purpose, discovering our essence and creating a more empowering and beautiful life, in ourselves and those we touch in our lives.
Ulla Gaudin, is a recognized professional makeup artist and founder of Cinematics by Ulla, the only online makeup academy that focuses solely on teaching TV and film makeup.
The annual dues for Crescent City Connections Express Network are $35 annually. You can pay your dues at the next Luncheon, ABWA website, or send in a check to PO Box 1334, Metairie, LA 70004. Local dues are collected by CCCEN every October, and National dues are due separately on your anniversary join date.
Local Dues are $35 and are due by October 18th. National dues are $115 paid directly to National. See instructions below: You can pay via PayPal, cash or check using the following instructions for local dues:
LOCAL MEMBERSHIP PROCESS: $35 Local Dues
You can pay your local dues either by CASH, CHECK or CREDIT CARD:
A National Express Network Membership is $115 a year and includes:
If you have any questions please contact, VP of membership, Becky Kostik-Livaudais
2018 Women Can Drive Business Conference Sponsorship Packages
Every year, the ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network brings together 50 – 70 local businesswomen to spend the day networking and training to help enhance their professional lives.
In the past, our conference has been sponsored by organizations like Microsoft, the Port of New Orleans and NOLA Motorsports Park.
We hope that you will join us on this mission as a sponsor of our 4th Annual Women Can Drive Business Conference on September 20, 2018 to be held at NOLA Motorsports Park. Our theme this year is “Achieving Success at Work and Balance in Life.”
Checkered Flag Sponsor $1000
Primary Sponsor, includes joint naming rights for the event and logo on all marketing material, including all social media, website and printed materials
1 Reserved table with 8 admission tickets to the conference; each attendee to receive an ABWA Swag Bag
1 Display table at conference and after hours networking event
3 minute sponsor highlight at the beginning of the conference
White Flag Sponsor $500
4 admission tickets to the conference; each attendee to receive an ABWA Swag Bag
1 Display table at either conference or after hours networking event (sponsor choice)
Sponsor logo included on all printed conference marketing materials
At least 3 mentions on social media pages
Green Flag Sponsor $250
2 admission tickets to the conference
Display table at either conference or after hours networking event (sponsor choice, based on availability)
Sponsor logo included on printed agenda given to all attendees
At least 1 mention on all social media pages
Yellow Flag Sponsor
Display table at conference or after-hours networking event (sponsor choice, based on availability)
o $100 for display table at conference
o $50 for display table at After Hours event
Sponsors who donate $100 worth of product/service for the following needed items will receive sponsor recognition at the conference:
o Food/Drinks – Lunch, snacks during conference and after hour, drinks for conference
o Karting Awards (1 available)
o Swag bag items valued at $3 – $7 each (25 items needed)
Red Flag Sponsor (50 needed) Any Amount/In-Kind Donation
Donate a door prize for conference attendees
Sponsor mention during giveaways
Contacts: Cindy C. Osmer (504)628-6850 email@example.com
Jeanne S. Bergeron (504)427-8672 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!