The chartering of our ABWA league marks the return of ABWA to New Orleans after a 10 year absence. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, there were six leagues in the New Orleans area. The Advocate covered our new group in its article “Local professional women re-organize ABWA group lost to Katrina.” Read the excerpt below or click here to read the full story.

Eight professional women have formed a committee to establish a local chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. Before Hurricane Katrina, there were six active ABWA chapters in Greater New Orleans and another in Baton Rouge, which continued functioning.

One of the members originally from who was displaced by the storm, Christi Felder, comes over from the Baton Rouge LaCapitale chapter to assist in the reorganization.

The local chapter, the ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network, will host its first official networking lunch meeting for interested women from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 10 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill, 111 Veterans Blvd.

“I’m really excited to be a part of ABWA because I’m passionate about supporting other women in business,” committee member Wendy Dolan said. “I know that I definitely have it easier than previous generations of working women, but there’s still a long way to go toward equality.

“For example, the wage gap in Louisiana is one of the worst in the nation, with women earning only 66.9 cents for every dollar men earn. I hope that encouraging women to get involved in well-organized, national groups such as ABWA can start to make a difference in that area.”