MEET THE FESTI-TALKERS
Eight remarkable women with disruptive stories to tell, only at the Tricentennial Women's Day.
Leslie T. Snadowsky
Snadowsky is an award-winning print journalist, columnist and TV reporter who contributes to Biz New Orleans as a business news reporter, video blogcaster and WWL/ WUPL-TV BizCast liaison delivering weekly business news segments on Eyewitness News. Her business articles are often picked up by The Associated Press, she contributes to Bloomberg News, Reuters, The Times-Picayune, The New York Post and The Dallas Morning News, and has appeared on CNN’s “Nancy Grace,” “Jane Velez Mitchell” and Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” as an investigative journalist. Snadowsky, who’s also the host and producer for “Community Health Heroes,” an award-winning health and wellness TV show, earned her BA from Newcomb College at Tulane University and her MS in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. As an exhibited and published rock photographer (Rolling Stone, GQ), Snadowsky enjoys live music and the eclectic culture of New Orleans.
Lauren Siegel is an Advisor at trepwise with experience in marketing and operations management, as well as strategic planning and business development. She has experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors and has worked in a variety of industries including food & beverage, fashion, digital media, public health, and healthcare. Lauren is a second generation New Orleanian. Born and raised in the city by transplant parents, she has always seen herself as an integral link between the city’s historical culture and entrepreneurial rejuvenation post-Katrina. Lauren is an active volunteer at the Louisiana SPCA and an empowerment coach for the You Night Breast Cancer Survivor Program.
New Orleans Psychic Medium Cari Roy has been featured on The Today Show, A&E Network, Fox News and The Discovery and The Travel Channels. Recognized as New Orleans most accomplished psychic medium, she is a third generation spiritual practitioner. Her mother was a gifted medium and her grandfather a published numerologist and astrologer. This made for very fertile ground for her own abilities to develop - abilities that she’s been working with professionally for 20 plus years.
Jeanne Souders has worked in publishing for over 20 years in New York, New Orleans, and Chicago. Ms. Souders also wrote for online magazines, including eCityofTravel.com and eCityofStyle.com as well as served as editor for New Orleans Living Magazine. She also successfully launched her own online magazine, NolaWoman.com, whose goal was to celebrate, inspire and connect the women in New Orleans. Ms. Souders is an accomplished photographer and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City. In addition to being a novelist, Ms. Souders is a publishing executive and resides in Chicago, IL. Jeanne also founded her organization, WAVV (Women Against Video Voyeurism).
Mary Jane Walsh is a transformation coach who helps clients get breakthrough results. Mary Jane helps her clients move through the trauma that is blocking them so they can reach their big goals.
Mary Jane Walsh
Juli Juneau first made New Orleans her home in 1989. She is a blown glass artist as well as an explorer and entrepreneur. She was the vice president of CNN News Radio New Orleans for six years. She has traveled extensively including a 2 1/2 years solo adventure from Dakar, Senegal to Cape Town, South Africa, through 23 countries, a multitude of adventures and later spent 1 year volunteering with the International AIDS Trust. Juli’s passion for creating lush glass forms is reflected in her broad client base which includes Sir Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Lou Gossett Jr.,Hoda Kotb, Dave Chapelle, Dustin Hoffman, Cokie Roberts, Tom and Gayle Benson.
Christina is a hospice Patient navigator for Passages Hospice. Her job is to inform the community, patients and families, who are facing an irreversible disease about what comfort care is and how helpful it can be for the mind, body, and soul of the patient and family. Her passion is giving confidence to a suffering individual and their family that there is a way to be supported during the worst time in their lives. She has worked as a liaison in the local medical community since the early nineties specializing in home medical equipment, home health, in-home care and hospice. She has been married to John for 24 years and has two amazing children, Philip (18) and Deanna (19).
Debra W. Gould, MS, is a management consultant, motivational speaker, workshop trainer/facilitator and author. Debra is the President of Debra Gould & Associates, Inc. which provides management consulting and training services to commercial and government clients. Debra specializes in self-development seminars in management development, leadership development and professional development. With more than 20 years’ experience in the management consulting and training field, Debra uses her experience with large and small organizations, as well as with educational institutions.
Jessica D. LeBlanc, CPA, CFF owns her own CPA Consulting Firm called Jessica D. LeBlanc, CPA, LLC in which she provides financial consulting and accounting services in the areas of business consulting, forensic accounting, litigation support services and outsourced accounting services. In addition to her Certified Public Accountant and Financial Forensics certification, she is a Louisiana licensed real estate broker and owner of her own real estate brokerage firm called CPA Realty, LLC. Jessica has over 17 years of experience in private industry and public accounting as well as over 14 years of experience in the real estate industry. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Greg, and they have two children, a 20 year old son named Trey and a 13 year old daughter named Tristin.