American Business Women’s Association’s May 11th luncheon will feature Brandy Christian, Chief operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans. She will deliver talk entitled, “Port of New Orleans; Our Connections Run Deep.” The networking luncheon will be held on Thursday May 11th, 2017 from 11:00- 1:00pm at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd.) Attendees are encouraged to pre-register through the form below.
The Port of New Orleans is a public agency that manages $61 million in revenues, 292 employees, and $200 million in capital projects. Christian joined the Port NOLA team as the Chief Operating Officer in January 2015. Christian is in the ranks of an elite group of women executives in the Port industry and is the first female CEO in the Port of New Orleans’ 120-year history. She brings a global perspective and experience building high performance teams in complex organizations to her new role, and plans to continue Port NOLA’s success with a strategic focus, collaborative partnerships and bold action.
Prior to her new role in New Orleans, Christian spent 14 years with the Port of San Diego and for five of those years served as vice president of strategy and business development. During her tenure with California’s fourth largest cargo port, Christian was the driving force behind securing major accounts for the cruise and cargo business lines at the Port. She was also instrumental in significantly improving operational processes and reducing costs for the public agency. In San Diego, Christian provided the executive team and the Board of Port Commissioners with organizational-wide strategic guidance and also led a wide variety of business development initiatives related to cruise development, maritime import and export opportunities and industrial leases. She also oversaw several departments including maritime, government and civic relations, and marketing and communications. She began her career with the Port of San Diego in 2000 as the public/tenant liaison for the executive offices and was promoted in 2002 to Director of Strategic Management Services before becoming vice president in 2009.
Since its inception in the fall of 2014, ABWA has continually served workingwomen and women business owners on a national and local level. Its mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. ABWA provides formal continuing education opportunities and credits in business management, public speaking, and marketing, to name a few. They have over 60 active members, and have organized many sold out luncheons since the local chapter was started. ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network is open to all, and is actively recruiting new members.