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Equal Pay Day 2018

April 10 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

American Business Woman’s Association – Crescent City Connection presents Equal Pay Day 2018, Celebration of Women in the Workforce.  

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, from 4:30 PM t0 7:30 PM  at the National World War II Museum. Seats are limited.


Cocktails & Compensation Happy Hour begins at 4:30pm in the American Sector Restaurant, thank you to the American Sector as Happy Hour will extend all evening!

The agenda is a follows:

5:30pm Welcome 

Join New Orleans Chamber of Commerce for happy hour and Executive Committee Past Chairman, Melissa Gibbs as we kick off the celebration at 5:30pm. Melissa will welcome Girl Scout Troop 40478 to the stage


Negotiation Strategies that work for Women (And Everyone): Lelia Gowland

Lelia Gowland helps make work work for women. Lelia started her company, Gowland LLC, because women kept coming to her for support in workplace negotiations and career decision-making. Now a sought-after speaker and writer on workplace dynamics for women, Lelia has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as GE and Expedia.com as well as professional associations across the country. Considered a thought leader in the field, Lelia is a weekly contributor to Forbes and has been profiled in Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire for her unique approach. Learn more at www.gowlandllc.com.

5:50pm- 6:15pm 

Using Data to Your Advantage:  Nicole Pelengaris Patel, Senior Vice President of People at Lucid

Data can be powerful when leveraged in the right ways— In her role as SVP, People at Lucid, Nicole Pelengaris Patel leverages data on a daily basis and relies on it to create compensation strategies and understand pay parity across gender and leadership roles. How often should you look at the data? How do you break that important data down? What do you do with the results? Using data in the right way can help you diagnose compensation challenges and ensure equal pay. Nicole will share her knowledge on the topic and shed light on the importance of creating a compensation strategy to ensure equal pay in the workplace.

6:15pm- 7:00pm

Creating Gender-Balanced Leadership: Melissa Greenwell

Melissa Greenwell, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer, leads supply chain, information and technology, human resources, corporate communications and legal at The Finish Line, Inc., a national specialty athletic retailer. Melissa has applied her expertise in the design and development of organizations in many industries to help create high-performance companies. Her career includes senior leadership positions with The Finish Line, JP Morgan Chase, Sallie Mae, Brightpoint North America, Alcoa, and Made2Manage Systems. She is also a certified executive coach who helps men and women understand how they can leverage natural strengths and identify and affect behavioral changes that will help them succeed as senior leaders. Her work has been recognized in a number of professional publications including The Boss Magazine.com, Inc.com, Business Insider.com, Recruiter.com and on radio networks. Melissa is a frequent speaker on the topic of gender-diversity in leadership at organizations and conferences around the country in every industry.

Melissa is the author of Money On The Table, How To Increase Profits Through Gender-Balanced Leadership. Greenwell takes a non-blame and logical approach in her challenge to male business leaders to hire more women in leadership positions, for the simple reason that their companies will make more money if they do. With so few women in leadership positions, companies are missing out on creating the best solutions, products, and services for their customers. Gender imbalance is a serious problem that is costly for companies in the long run but also one that is easy to solve. Learn more at www.melissagreenwell.com


Equal Pay Salary Second Line benefiting ABWA’s Educational Scholarship Fund, Julie Burch, ABWA National Vice President will kick off the Salary Secondline with Albanie Falletta Jazz Band

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April 10
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm




National World War II Museum
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
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