Member’s Mingle

You’re invited to ABWA’s Member Mingle!

Learn how membership will help you grow

When: Thursday, November 8th @ 5:00 pm -7:00 pm

Where: Zea Rotisserie & Bar @ 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd

Who: Future and current members are invited!

Connect. Learn. Grow with America’s Leading Career-Building Organization for Women. Whether you are starting a new business or looking to advancing your career, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be for working women and women business owners who want to connect, learn and grow.

This event will go into detail about what it means to be an ABWA Crescent City Connections Chapter Member as well as how you directly benefit.

Thank you to our sponsor Garrity + Accardo Architects 


NETWORK face-to-face with accomplished women and men just like you from musicians to physicians by joining a Chapter or Express Network in your community.

CONNECT with members online in ABWA’s Community Connections or members-only Facebook page.

REGISTER for courses or nationally sponsored conferences to acquire the knowledge and skills that will advance you and your career to the next level.

STAY INFORMED by reading ABWA’s exclusive WOMEN IN BUSINESS® magazine and ACHIEVE newsletter.

SAVE MONEY on business products and services with ABWA’s member-only discounts.

ABWA’S VISION: to be recognized as an outstanding league connecting Greater New Orleans career-minded women in an empowering space to develop leadership and business skills with the goal of increasing our earning potential and building meaningful networking relationships that enable members to grow into the very BEST versions of ourselves.

For more information download our Member Brochure today!


Knowledge is Power: Business, Books & Breakfast

2018 Women’s Business Alliance Seminar with New Orleans Chamber of Commerce & Fidelity P.O.W.E.R.

Date: October 26, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM10:00 AM CDT


  • $15 for Members
  • $25 for Non-members
    *Includes breakfast

Join the New Orleans Chamber in conjunction with New Orleans Chamber of Commerce & Fidelity P.O.W.E.R. for our Women’s Business Alliance seminar:

Knowledge is Power: Business, Books & Breakfast

Build Knowledge:  Join us as we listen to three women authors share their stories on writing books and their best business advice for business women.

Build Relationships:  Participate in the business book exchange! Bring your favorite business book with your name in it and a business card, meet another local business-minded woman to exchange books with and build a new business relationship!


Dima Ghawi, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach (BIO)

Val Grubb, Owner of Val Grubb & Associates Ltd. (BIO)

Kemberley Washington, CPA & Owner of Washington CPA Services, LLC (BIO)


Laila Morcos Zissis, ACC, CMC, CHWC
Certified Health & Wellness, Lifestyle & Motivational Coach (BIO)

Hosted by:

Included in Ticket Purchase:
*Complimentary coffee & continental breakfast
*Marketing table for attendees to display marketing materials

Parking available in lots across the street from Cannery entrance

Contact Information:
Ashley Hilsman, Events Director

November Luncheon


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The next American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) luncheon on November 15th will feature four business women that will be speaking about

Overcoming Obstacles and Nurturing a “Success Mindset”

Speakers include:

  • Sheba Turk
  • Mary Jane Walsh
  • Mayra Pineda
  • Deb Elam

Sheba Turk co-anchors WWL-TV’s Eyewitness Morning News and is the author of the book “Off Air: My Journey to the Anchor Desk.” Shortly after graduating from college, Sheba was hired as an associate producer at WWL. She has been there ever since, working her way from behind the scenes to the anchor desk. Sheba is an alumnus of Soledad O’Brien’s PowHerful Foundation and mentors with the organization. She is passionate about helping other people, especially other young women, reach their full potential.

Mary Jane Walsh is a transformation coach who helps clients get breakthrough results.  Mary Jane uses a unique methodology which equips her audiences and clients to navigate the fears that come up in sales and teaches her clients her success process of “Getting to Yes.”

Mary Jane has spoken at several organizations and companies both in the Greater New Orleans area and nationally, helping individuals and teams meet their quarterly and yearly business and personal goals. She is excited to moderate this year’s November ABWA panel of inspiring speakers.

Mayra Pineda is a local business woman and the President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, where over the years, she has worked tirelessly to develop strong and long-lasting business relationships between Louisiana, the Hispanic Community and Latin America. She is a former Consul General of Honduras in New Orleans, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Mrs. Pineda has been the recipient of the Leadership Award by the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the High Achievement in Compliance by Subway Corporation, and Honoree of Men and Women of Fashion/Prix de Elegance, as well as SABAA Business Woman of the Year, and the Personality of the Year by Que Pasa Festival.

Most recently, Mrs. Pineda was recognized as a 2018 Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine, 2018 Minority Business Champion by the US Small Business Administration, one of the CityBusiness Women of the Year Honorees, Partner of Year of Women Business South Council, and accepted the 2017 Chamber of the Year Award and the 2018 SRMSDC Leadership Award for Supporting Partner of the Year on behalf of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana.

She is a former President of the NOHHF (2008-2011) and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation since 2000.  She is also a current and active board member of the following organizations:

  • Commissioner at Jefferson Economic Development Council (JEDCO)
  • New Orleans City Park Improvement Board
  • New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • Jefferson Parish Task Force for Education
  • Forward New Orleans
  • City of New Orleans Oversight Committee on Diversity
  • Mayoral Transition Team Sub-Committee (Mayor Cantrell)
  • Member of USHCC Local Chamber Ad Hoc Committee

Deborah Augustine Elam

President and CEO, Corporate Playbook™

As a corporate pioneer, Deborah Augustine Elam rose to the C-suite at GE as President of the GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer. Her thirty-year career has enabled her to launch Corporate Playbook, an Executive Coaching and Strategic Solutions consulting firm, where she serves as President and CEO.

A trailblazer in her own right, Elam made history when GE’s board of directors appointed her as the first-ever black female corporate officer, making her one of the most senior executive leaders in the company. Today she is one of the foremost experts and champions of leadership development, diversity, inclusion, and philanthropy. Corporate Playbook’s offerings of specialized executive coaching and the strategic development of leaders to advance their professional endeavors form the bedrock and culmination of Deb Elam’s life work.

She continues to disrupt the status quo, with the unprecedented launch of Dining with Deb™, an innovative dining experience that brings together professional women crossing racial, religious and political lines and driving meaningful connections and conversations. Deb’s ingenuity with Corporate Playbook™ and Dining with Deb™, have brought her before audiences across the country, speaking on the main stage, as well as into intimate conversations on leadership.

An alumnus of Louisiana State University, Deb holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Her career catapulted after graduating from Southern University, where she earned a Master in Public Administration. For her steadfast contributions in diversity and philanthropy, she was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Clarkson University in 2016.

Elam has earned a lifetime of accolades, including but not limited to: one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business; and one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy. She is also a recipient of the Women of Excellence Legacy Award by the National Association for Female Executives, and a recipient of the Women of Power Award by the National Urban League.

Deb holds membership in a number of critical organizations. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) – an organization of the top African Americans in Corporate America; The National Black MBA Association; Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Inc. Additionally, Deb is on the Board of Directors at the LSU Foundation and The New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute. She has two adult daughters and resides in her hometown, New Orleans, LA.

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VIVA NOLA Mentions ABWA in August 2018 Edition

VIVA NOLA Mentions ABWA in August 2018 Edition

ABWA is a professional national organization that specializes in honing women’s leadership skills, providing women with continuing education, and highlighting and raising awareness and recognition of the empowerment of women in business. Click here to read more!