If you looked at my March calendar of events then you know I was Living My Best Bougie Life! I even ran into some of my Bou’s in these NOLA streets! Here’s a recap:
On Saturday, March 3rd, I attended the 3rd annual International Women’s Day-New Orleans ,which honored women who are leaders in their respective professions and positive changemakers in the community. This year’s theme was #PressForProgess.
There were presentations by Elizabeth Pearce (Drink and Learn), Diane Lyons (Festigals), and Tammy O’Shea (Fidelity Bank). Did you know that Louisiana ranks #7 in the top 10 states for women entrepreneurs? There are also 43,000 women owned businesses in Louisiana! Check out the P.O.W.E.R. Events Calendar for all local events geared to promoting women in business at www.fidelitybankpower.com.
The panel discussion topic was “Creating A Culture Where Women Can Thrive” and panelists were Amy Landry (Fuel Success Academy, LLC), Leila Gowland (Gowland, LLC), Stephanie Willis, Esq. (Willis Law Firm, LLC) and Stephanie Allweiss (Gotcha Covered HR).
The keynote speaker was, Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell.
Later that evening, I attended the premier of Single Black Female at the Art Klub. This two-woman show explored the lives of thirty-something African American middle class women—one is Bougie, “who search for love, clothes, and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them amongst a parade of stereotypical images.”
This was truly an amazing production. The performances by LaDaisha Bowles-Weber and Tiffany Morgan Dupas of Soulful Productions, Inc. kept me entertained! Visit www.soulfultheatre.com for more info.
On Wednesday, March 7th, I attended Dining with Deb. This event was held on the eve of the International Women’s Day to honor NOLA’s history and the women who have contributed to making our city great. Dining with Deb was created by women, for women. Special guests and speakers at this phenomenal event included Cokie Roberts, Chelsea Hayes, Camille Whitworth and Andrea Chen.
I left this event inspired by women of all races who are moving mountains! Wilson Ave did an amazing job and I look forward to attending the next Dining with Deb event! Be sure to visit www.diningwithdeb.com for future events.
On Thursday, March 8th, I attended the 34th Annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Fashion Show which celebrated the 300th Birthday of the City of New Orleans. The room was filled with beautiful hats and the Spring Fashion Show by Arkis Punto was a hit! This annual fundraiser supports the New Orleans Opera. The Women’s Guild promotes and fosters understanding of opera. Visit www.neworleansopera.com for more information.
On Friday, March 9th, I attended Terrence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz. Champion is the complex story of world champion welterweight boxer Emile Griffith. I had a great seat to take it all in and the champagne reception with members of the Sylvain Society was definitely an added bonus! The Sylvain Society is the New Orleans Opera Association’s young professionals affiliate group, open to men and women ages 21-45.
What a week! Stay tuned for more events!
Live Your Best Bougie Life! xoxo NB