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Introducing FestiGals 2017: Grand Diva, Keynote Speaker & more

MLB Owner takes Center Stage

Headlining the New Orleans Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, June 23, will be Linda Alvarado, president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., a Denver-based commercial general contractor, construction manager, development, design/build, and property management firm with 30 years of experience. Alvarado, whose appearance is sponsored by Morgan Stanley, made history as the first Hispanic owner of a Major League Baseball franchise. As an owner of the Colorado Rockies, her role is also significant as it marked the first time that any woman was involved in a bid for ownership of a Major League Baseball team. She is a nationally-recognized speaker and advocate for business issues and has been a commissioner of the White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education.

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New Orleans Songbird to Reign as Grand Diva

Following in the footsteps of local luminaries, Robin Barnes has been named FestiGals 2017 Grand Diva and will lead the annual Stiletto Stroll. Past Divas include Margarita Bergen, Kelly Schultz, Lydia Benson, Lisa Sins, Irma Thomas and Angela Hill.

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New Orleans Women's Leadership Conference Speakers Announced

The information-packed program, themed Passion, Purpose & Power, also features three seminar tracks focusing on professional development, personal enrichment and New Orleans culture. Sessions include a diverse range of topics such as Negotiations, Next Generation of Leaders; Communicating Better, Smarter, Faster; EatFit FestiGals; New Orleans Ladies of Burlesque; and the Growing Louisiana Beer Culture & the Women Tapping into the Market.

Featured speakers will include Intentional Kate, Propeller’s Andrea Chin, acclaimed attorney Kim Boyle, Chef Kristen Essig, Burlesque Diva Trixie Minx, Coulter IdeaPitch award winner Crystal McDonald, fitness pro April Dupree, Angela Grittman of Wayward Owl Brewery, self-proclaimed food goddess Lorin Gaudin and other notables. Returning will be FestiTalks, rapid-fire, dynamic presentations on a variety of topics which are delivered in small segments that are easy to retain.

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FestiGals 2017 is just around the corner. Fabulous food and cocktails plus inspiring speakers - get ready for a pre-planned worry-free weekend. Buy your Ultimate Diva Package for the exclusive hotel rate at the JW Marriott and to receive your welcome cocktail from Fogo de Chao. Be on the lookout for updates, perks and specials. We'll see you in June!

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