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Cocktails for a Cause at Mizado August 30th

Special fund raising effort to support those impacted by the recent devastating floods in Louisiana.

August 30th 5-7pm | 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70118 I-10 and City Park Ave | (504) 885-5555

Mizado will donate 10% of cocktail sales to anyone who presents this flyer or mentions ABWA. Click here to download the flyer.

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August Luncheon – Ulla Gaudin

“Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Redefining what success looks like on you!”

August 11, 2016 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd.)

The next American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) luncheon will feature Ulla Gaudin, of Tiffin & Posh. Ulla Gaudin is an entrepreneur and a professional make-up artist and hair stylist. She has contributed to many successful international stage, film, and television productions, and her expertise includes skincare, prosthetic make-up and wig-making. As an entrepreneur and also a consultant for the 2nd largest premium skincare company in the United States, she prides herself in helping women own their style, own their power and change their lives.

Gaudin will be delivering an encouraging talk entitled, “Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Redefining what success looks like on you!” It will focus on empowering women in business to think outside the box of how they think they need to dress in order to be successful. Gaudin says, “I’m the Fairy Godmother who turns you from the busy-messy-don’t-have-a-clue-how-to-dress-Cinderella-Executive into the glamorous, badass boss lady you are inside. And I make sure the magic lasts beyond the stroke of midnight.” The networking luncheon will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 11:00- -1:00pm at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd.) The event is open to all professional women. All attendees are encouraged to pre¬register through the form below:

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2nd Annual ABWA “Drive Leadership Conference”

Forget the Golden Rule, it’s time for The Platinum Rule: Using your behavioral style to get maximum results in your business and personal life.”

The 2nd Annual ABWA Leadership Conference will be held at New Orleans Motor Sports on Thursday September 22, from 1pm-6pm. Melissa Willis, owner of Referral Institute, will lead a four-hour workshop entitled, “Forget the Golden Rule, it’s time for The Platinum Rule: Using your behavioral style to get maximum results in your business and personal life.” The conference will focus on exploring how to quickly recognize behavioral “style” of the people we interact with every day. This information will help women to become a master networkers, which in turn helps business relationships by being able to adapt their communication style and quickly establish rapport and trust.

Melissa loves helping business owners to work smarter, not harder so they can create spectacular lives for themselves and their families. She has been speaking professionally since 2000 and truly connects with every audience.

Tickets to the event include the workshop, a happy hour, networking, and door prizes. Early Bird Tickets for members are available for $49 and General tickets are $65. Karting is optional and specialty priced at $15. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here to download a sponsor packet.

Register using the form below:

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Conference Sponsors

Member Spotlight: Gail Varuso

Gail Varuso has been in the hospitality industry since the early l980’s when she joined the Administrative team of the Louisiana World Exposition which launched her career in hospitality. After the close of the World’s Fair, she became employed by the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, in a position in Human Resources. That ended more than 11 years later in the overseeing of their Catering and Convention Services Team and then led to a catering position at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.

Gail left Sheraton in 1998 to join Freeman Decorating as an Account Manager. After a 2-year short tenure, a new opportunity was offered to her as Director of Sales at House of Blues. Her 12 years in that position offered her insight and experience in the music and talent world as well as booking memorable special events including MTV, NFL and Super Bowl parties. She was able to work with well-known clients and managers of celebrities such as Drew Brees, Kevin Costner, Harry Connick, Jr, and President Barack Obama. In 2012, she became the General Manager of the Civic Theater. Then moving on in 2014 she joined the Ralph Brennan Catering and Events team as Director of Sales, also overseeing private bookings at Heritage Grill in Metairie. Her position has recently expanded to represent Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group’s restaurant portfolio. Gail currently serves on the board of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience and is a member of Meeting Professionals International and ABWA. She is from the New Orleans area, has 2 daughters, and currently resides in Lakeview.


Ralph Brennan Catering & Events & Heritage Grill, Director of Sales

504-539-5515 / gvaruso@neworleans-food.com