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February Luncheon – Courtney Elmer, Success Coach & Transformational Speaker

The February 9th ABWA luncheon will feature Courtney Elmer, Success Coach & Transformational Speaker. Elmer will be delivering an informative entrepreneurial talk on, “The 3 Mistakes Female Business Owners Make That Sabotage Productivity and Lead to Stress, Overwhelm, & Burnout.”

The networking luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 from 11:00am-1:00pm at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd.)

Courtney is on a mission to help entrepreneurs eliminate stress and overwhelm from their business. Most of the time you can find her running some pretty freakin’ awesome retreats, teaching her fellow entrepreneurs how to use her 4-Step Roadmap to achieve their goals and create more balanced and fulfilling life and business.
Courtney resides in New Orleans and when she’s not speaking to groups or leading a retreat, you’ll usually find her in the gym or globetrotting with her husband Alan. (To say she’s an adventurer is an understatement!)
The event is open to all professional women. All attendees are encouraged to pre-register through the form below:

This luncheon is sold out.

Certificate of Merit – Cindy Osmer

Congratulations to the winner of the President’s certificate of merit for Januray, Cindy Osmer of Whitney Bank.

January Luncheon – Julie Thomas

The January 12th ABWA luncheon will feature Julia Thomas, Physical Therapy Director at Slidell Memorial Hospital. Thomas will be speaking about, “How Stress InYour Life Affects Your Body.”

Thomas has been practicing since 1986, primarily in inpatient rehabilitation, home health and outpatient therapy settings. She holds a certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment techniques and in Lee Sliverman Voice Treatment as well as a Certification in Kinesiotaping. Julia also performs evaluations for powered and manual wheelchair mobility and stays abreast of new developments in equipment and technology.

Thomas’ accomplishments include:

  • Serving as chairman for the American Stroke Association’s Stroke Awareness conference.
  • Designing and renovating office space when the outpatient therapy department moved from Robert Rd. to its present location.
  • Designing a rehab kitchen and bathroom at a skilled nursing facility facility.
  • Helping to write an application for the Malcolm Baldridge Award at a skilled nursing facility in North Carolina resulting in an award.
  • Facilitating CARF accreditation status for CMC’s Rehab unit, their first time to achieve this accreditation.
  • Helping to establish a seating clinic at Touro Infirmary.
  • Serving as Clinical Coordinator of Education at Touro Infirmary for 4 years.

Her primary role at Slidell Memorial Hospital is to ensure that excellent therapy services are provided in the acute, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation areas. In addition, she helps provide Physical Therapy coverage as needed.
The networking luncheon will be held on Thursday, January 12th, 2016 from 11:00am-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.



Holiday Luncheon – Peggy Scott Laborde

Our December 8th luncheon will feature Peggy Scott Laborde, senior producer for the New Orleans PBS station, WYES-TV and local historian.

Since 1987, Laborde has been the senior producer for WYES-TV, where she has developed, produced, and hosted over forty five documentaries and in-studio productions about New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, including “Where New Orleans Shopped,” “The Lost Restaurants of New Orleans,” “The French Quarter That Was,” “Mardi Gras: The Passing Parade,” and “Holy New Orleans!” among others. Laborde’s “New Orleans Restaurants With A Past” won a regional Emmy. Laborde also produces and hosts Steppin’ Out, New Orleans’ only weekly arts and entertainment review program, now in its 30th season.

Laborde is a founding member of the Tennessee William/New Orleans Literary Festival and was its president for over a decade. She is the co-author of the books, “Canal Street: New Orleans Great Wide Way,” “Christmas in New Orleans” and “Lost Restaurants of New Orleans,” “Mardi Gras Moments” and the brand new “Fair Grounds Through The Lens”, all published by Pelican. Laborde will be speaking about this most recent project as well as Tricentennial plans, and her time providing coverage for the Rex ball. This is our annual holiday luncheon featuring plentiful door prizes and a signature cocktail!

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