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Pick Your Passion at FestiGals!

Looking for a day just for you?

Tell your boss to send you to the New Orleans Women's Leadership Conference – it’s a business expense and money well-spent.

You’ll laugh, learn, connect and be inspired during a full day of top-notch speakers on topics important to YOU. And, you’ll be able to select three sessions from varied seminar tracks focusing on professional development, personal enrichment and New Orleans culture.

Construction Mogul & Major League Baseball Owner

The centerpiece of the information-packed day will be the Keynote Luncheon with Linda Alvarado, Co-Owner of the Colorado Rockies & President/CEO of Alvarado Construction.

As part of the Georgia-Pacific's Brawny paper towels Women's History Month campaign, Linda and other empowering women were featured on its packaging. Check out her video HERE.

What Else Is In It For You?

Negotiations: Maximizing the Outcome

Know your worth and create your own value. 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.

Contemporary Culinary Entrepreneurs

James Beard Semifinalist & Chef/Co-Owner Kristen Essig of Coquette, Gracious Bakery Chef/Owner Megan Forman & Cherry Espresso Bar Owner Lauren Fink will discuss ownership in today's food/drink industry: what works, social media and what it takes to stand out and succeed, in a crowd.

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.

Ochsner Eat Fit FestiGals

presented by Ochsner Baptist

One of the most difficult things to do when you’re a working mother - whether you work inside or outside of the home - is to keep things in balance. Its 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 and probably most of you who are juggling several priorities often end up putting our own wellness at the bottom of the list. The women on our panel are going to help us understand ways to bring back the balance we need to be well and to be the strong, successful women that we are.

That’s just a sampling, but there’s more!!

Check out the full New Orleans Women's Leadership Conference schedule HERE. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the passion and knowledge that fill the room forFestiTalks, fun dynamic sessions offered by women just like you, delivered in bite size takeaways. Topics range from beauty to happiness to business savvy presented in a fast-pace, informative setting. You’ve heard of TedTalks and Disrupt HR, but just wait until you join us for FestiTalks!

Finally, the day closes with a Sip 'N Shop Networking Reception featuring a variety of local vendors. Kendra Scott gift cards, headshots and more - a great opportunity to network and share experiences.

Talk about a full day. Talk about getting your money’s worth. Talk about the New Orleans Women’s Conference! Stop talking and register now!!


Upcoming Events!


Join FestiGals & NAWBO (New Orleans Association of Women Business Owners) for an evening of networking and discussion with women who have experienced the challenges of growing their businesses.


Margarita Bergen's Round Table Luncheon co-hosted by FestiGals!

Learn firsthand about the upcoming FestiGals weekend at our "Has Been Diva" Margarita Bergen's Round Table Luncheon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. The $55 all-inclusive price includes a three-course luncheon, champagne/wine and valet parking. Make your reservations by calling Judy LeBlanc at 504-571-4672 or email her at

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