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Vendor Showcase
JW Marriott 3rd Floor

Session Tracks

Session One
Interactive Culinary Experience
  • Wake Up With Val with Continental Breakfast
  • Creating Your Path to Success: A Conversation with Sheba Turk and Monica Pierre
  • #YouToo: Personal & Professional Challenges in Today's World
  • Let Me Hear Your Body Talk: Caring for the Mind, Body & Spirit
  • Designing Your Success: The Business of Fashion
  • Empowering Tricentennial Keynote Luncheon
  • FestiTalks
  • Step Up Pre-Party
  • Step Up Second-Line Parade
  • After-Glow Party
  • Timeless Treasures Breakfast & Tour
  • Lunch On Your Own
  • Vieux Carre Tour by Two Chicks Walking Tours
  • Steamboat Natchez Cruise
  • Dinner With Poppy Tooker
  • Gospel Brunch at House of Blues
A la Carte
Schedule At A Glance
Unleash your passion, live your purpose and discover your power!
JW Marriott 3rd Floor
Complimentary Coffee & Breakfast Snacks - provided by Infinite Health

New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network Presents:

Negotiations - Maximizing the Outcome


Know your worth and create your own value. That’s what these dynamic women hope you take away from the discussion. Women in the workplace and in their personal lives often don’t negotiate for what they deserve. Our panelists will focus on why this is a widespread theme among women and how women can shift their views of themselves so that others follow suit.

Conversation with

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans City Council

Lillian Derouen, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Kim Boyle, Phelps Dunbar, LLC

Moderated by Marguerite Oestreicher, Chief Advancement Officer, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity

The Bad Ass Class - Getting Your BAD On To Get Your BEST On!

Jennifer Raybaud​, The Serendipitous Soul

Potentially turning the widely-held idea of a "bad ass" on its head. I designed this class after going through a very tumultuous time in life. A time that ultimately left me with the understanding that only when I got REAL with myself, would I ever have the chance to get RIGHT with myself. I offer you the opportunity to hear the concepts and see if bravely plugging them into your own life might be one of the badassiest decisions you'll ever make.

Bad Ass Class

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation Presents: The Restaurateur, The Baker, The Coffee Maker...

Contemporary Culinary Entrepreneurs

Join these dynamic women for a lively discussion that focuses on ownership in today’s food and drink industry.  Learn what works and what it takes to stand out and succeed in a crowd.

Moderated by Lorin Gaudin, @nolafoodgoddess

Culinary Entrepenuers
Coffee & Conversations
Coffee & Conversations
Coffee & Networking Station presented by Infinite Health
Session Two

Women's Business Enterprise Council South Presents:

Shift Your Shopping -

Supporting Women-Owned Businesses

Could you limit yourself to ONLY buy products & services from women-owned businesses for an entire year? That’s what Intentional Kate did throughout 2016. She will share her learnings, as well as tips to #shiftyourshopping to incorporate more products & services from women-owned businesses into your day-to-day life.

Intentional Kate
EatFit FestiGals

Ochsner Eat Fit FestiGals Panel

Sponsored by Ochsner Baptist

One of the most difficult things to do when you’re a working woman  - whether you work inside or outside of the home - is to keep things  in balance. It’s much easier to grab something on the go than to think about and plan healthy meals throughout a busy day, much less making time for the gym or relaxation. Women are generally juggling several priorities and often end up putting their own wellness at the bottom of the list. This is also complicated by changes in our body as we age and face peri-menopause and menopause and sometimes diminished sex drive. Our panelists are going to help us understand how to use nutrition and exercise to combat these effects and share ways to bring back the balance we need to be well and to be the strong, successful women that we are.    

Amy Davis, Swegs Kitchen

April Dupre, Footprints to Fitness

Dr. Elizabeth Lapeyre, Board Certified OB/GYN

Moderator: Dawn Anuszkiewicz, Chief Executive Officer, Ochsner Baptist 

The Growing Louisiana Beer Culture and the Women Tapping into the Market

In the past five years, the number of Louisiana breweries has quadrupled, from 8 to 35 (and counting). The women involved in the beer world here have had a huge part in shaping the growth that's occurred, not only by excellence in what they do, but in also creating a beer scene that's female-friendly by leaving old gender stereotypes in the dust. Just ladies who love beer, and want to share that with everyone.

Join this panel of women to discuss the challenges and victories working in this male-dominated profession, and to hear about the exciting path that the local beer scene is on.

Moderated by Nora McGunnigle, Beer & Food Writer

Beer Culture
Keynote Luncheon

Co-Owner of the Colorado Rockies & President/CEO of Alvarado Construction

Presented by:


Artisan Breads

Tomato Bisque Soup with Parmesan Croutons

Roasted Shrimp Salad with Mirliton Salad, Heirloom Tomatoes and Potatoes

Strawberry Shortcake


Hitting A Home Run in Business & Baseball with

Session Three

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses  Presents: Next Generation of Leaders

Leadership isn’t about age! In today’s world, new leaders are evolving as quickly as technology and keeping up with change while respecting traditions and maintaining work-life balance is vital. Learn how to be a great leader and discover the importance of being your own boss from women who have earned their seat at the table and are fostering opportunities to enable the success of future generations of women leaders.

Moderated by Camille Whitworth, Media Professional, Owner: Media By Design, Victory Nola & New Orleans Drink Lab

Next Generation of Leaders

Entergy Presents: Communicating

Smarter, Better, Faster

We spend all of our lives talking, but how well are we really communicating? Get schooled by Dr. Johnston on owning your communication style and connecting with yourself, others and your organization more efficiently than ever.

Michelle Johnston, Ph.D.

Professor of Management at

Loyola University New Orleans


New Orleans Ladies of Burlesque

Rarely in burlesque’s long history in New Orleans has there been a chance to gain a richer understanding of burlesque straight from its own leaders and historians. Join this panel and you’ll learn about burlesque’s renaissance in New Orleans, along with current affairs such as the recent cultural shift of burlesque from exclusive to inclusive and the difference between burlesque and neo-burlesque.


Moderated by Sally Asher, Author

NOLA Ladies of Burlesque
Afternoon Refreshments

Featuring Luzianne Tea and Snacks, courtesy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Click HERE for 2017 List of FestiTalkers!
Sip & Shop Networking Reception

Our 2017 FestiGals enjoyed an opportunity to network, showcase our select vendors, win prizes and of course- cocktails! Professional head shots were taken by Jeff Strout from 3-5pm! 

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