Changing women’s lives...

one woman at a time.™

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association 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.

Upcoming events


18jul11:00 am1:00 pmJuly Membership Luncheon 

30julAll DayMix and Mingle at The Gilded Perch


15aug11:00 am1:00 pmAugust Membership Luncheon


2023 SBMEF Scholarship Recipient
Emily Kohnke & Payton Ulicsni
2024 Scholarship Interest Form

About Us...

The vision of ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network is 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.

Our local New Orleans Chapter was formed in October 2014 with 40 Charter Members. Since being chartered we have grown to more than 90 business and professional women.

Our core values are the foundation for which the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) was founded on in 1949. They’re reflective of the ethos of the ABWA culture, and have been integral to creating an enduring and supportive community for generations of women in the workplace.

1. Selfless Leadership – Be committed to doing the right thing, always. Be transparent in your actions even when no one is looking!
2. Building Community – Be committed to creating sustainable ABWA communities where women can connect, learn, and grow together.
3. Value and Seek Diversity – Be committed to recruiting new members from diverse cultures, work industries and experiences.
4. Manage for Innovation and Excellence – Be committed to original thinking and delivering excellence in everything you do.
5. Lifelong Learning – Be committed to enhancing your own business knowledge, skills, and acumen. Be unafraid to make mistakes, iterate, err and try again.
6. Focus on Facts and Own the Results – Be committed to using “data” to drive your decisions and actions, and be accountable for your performance, good and bad.
7. Choose to Make a Difference – Be committed to unlocking a member’s potential and inspiring/motivating her to become the best version of herself.
8. Celebrate – Be committed to celebrating members’ achievements.


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events & Meeting information

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Monthly Program Luncheons are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at Nole Special Events, 2001 St. Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130.  Check our event page for any changes to the schedule.  The cost to attend is $40 for members and $45 for non-members with pre-registration before the Tuesday of the luncheon.  Walk-in registration is $50.

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend these exciting events!  Embrace new concepts, understand new technology, improve your leadership skills, and build invaluable relationships with like-minded businesswomen.



One Membership, A Lifetime of Possibilities

At a time when it was socially unacceptable for women to pursue a full-time career, have a girls’ night out, or even join a women’s association; four individuals from Kansas City; Shirley Cupp, Irma Beisel, Frances Stuckey and Mr. Hilary Bufton Jr. , founded the American Business Women’s Association. Breaking barriers for women and on behalf of women is nothing new in ABWA. We’ve been doing so since 1949.

Executive Board

Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.

Alex Clark

Bellingrath Wealth Management & Employee Benefits

Laura Roberts

VP of Membership
ITC Creative Branding

Kay Oplinger

VP of Special Initiatives
Just Kids Dental

Connie Richard

VP of Communications
The Executive Office

Barbara Barach

Past President
JBS Green Enterprises

Courtney Jehoich

President Elect
Allstate Financial Services, LLC

Trish Thibodeau

VP of Finance
LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors

Hollie Apple-Kratzberg

VP of Programming
OnPath Federal Credit Union

Candace Schrag

VP of Marketing/PR
Landry Training

Membership Sponsored

Mix & Mingle After-Hour Events

Want to take advantage of ABWA’s membership perks? Every month one of our members sponsors an after-hour social event where they can spotlight their business. These events are always fun, exciting, and a great way to socialize!