2018 Tricentennial Women's Day Speakers 

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Wake Up With Val

Presented by Fidelity Bank


A la Carte
Schedule At A Glance
Val Grubb

Valerie Grubb is the Principal of Val Grubb & Associates Ltd. which she founded after holding a succession of leadership roles within major corporations including NBC Universal, Oxygen Media, IAC and Rolls-Royce. From hiring to firing and everything in between, VG&A offers HR consulting, coaching and training services to start-up and mid-range companies wishing to expand and larger companies seeking efficiencies in the human capital and back-office operations. Her motto is: "We help company leaders get back to business."


Creating Your Path to Success:

A Conversation with WWL-TV Anchor & Author Sheba Turk

Presented by Patrick J. Gros, CPA


Sheba Turk

Sheba Turk co-anchors WWL-TV’s Eyewitness Morning News and is the author of “Off Air: My Journey to the Anchor Desk.” Sheba’s inspirational book lets readers in on how she worked her way from working behind the scenes in a newsroom to the anchor desk in just about two years, pushing past obstacles like financial issues and self-doubt. The New Orleans native is an alumnus of Soledad O’Brien’s PowHerful Foundation and mentors with the organization.

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Monica Pierre

Monica Pierre is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, television and radio talk show host, and author. Pierre hostthe public affairs show Community Matters airing on WWL AM/FMPierre is the author of the personal growth books, Found My Soul in a Sweet Potato Patch: Living a Life of Victory and No Permanent Scars: It's Never Too Late to Have the Life You Truly WantShe encourages her audiences through social media and her motivational talks. Pierre is an adjunct instructor at Xavier University in New Orleans where she teaches announcing and digital storytelling to the next generation of broadcasters.

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#YouToo: Personal & Professional Challenges in Today’s World

Presented by Ochsner Baptist


Stefanie Allweiss

Stefanie Allweiss is a Human Resources consultant, mediator, and co-founder of Gotcha Covered HR. During her 25 years of law practice, Stefanie specialized in the area of Labor and Employment Law, first as a partner with McCalla, Thompson, and later with Fisher & Phillips. She litigated and rendered advices in employment-related matters, conducted independent and impartial investigations of discrimination and harassment complaints and provided a myriad of training sessions for workplace conduct for a variety of clients.

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Barbara Johnson

Like many in the restaurant business, Barbara started as an hourly employee with ambitions to learn and grow — and she has over 20 years in the restaurant business in a variety of positions. Her most recent roles have included General Manager of high volume and training stores, Director of Training over multiple concepts in a nationwide company, Director of Training & Human Resources, Senior Director of Human Resources and her current position of Chief Human Resources Officer. Barbara has been recognized for building training systems utilizing industry-leading practices for corporate culture, employee development and risk management. She continues to develop expertise in the area of Human Resources, with her SPHR certification qualifying her as a Senior Professional Human Resource manager. She joined the CCRC family in 2016.

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Shawanda Poree, MBA, BSN, RN

Shawanda Poree is the Director, National Healthcare Recruitment Services under the Veterans Health Administration. Mrs. Poree is responsible for leading all national aspects of the recruitment, retention, and marketing for the 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the nation. As a member of the executive team, Mrs. Poree participates in the strategic planning and operations management to ensure medical centers have the most qualified healthcare providers at the bedside to care for the military veterans.   As a Nurse Executive, Mrs. Poree is responsible for providing leadership, direction and consultative approach on staffing methodologies, workforce succession, and retention. Mrs. Poree singularly noted a need for an innovative medium to attract the best and brightest healthcare professionals to the VA. Mrs. Poree designed and established the National Recruitment Program which allows the largest integrated healthcare system an opportunity to be innovative and creative along with utilizing private-sector methodologies to aid in the recruitment of healthcare professionals.

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Moderator: Ashley O

Ashley O brings her obsession with Alternative music and a fresh new voice to ALT 92.3 weekday afternoons, connecting with listeners from her hometown of Lafayette to her “soul city,” New Orleans. Like any Louisiana girl, she LOVES live music, good food, and a Bloody Mary… or any other boozy concoction. Always down for an adventure, she’s got a quirky bucket list she’s trying to knock down before she hits the big 3-0 (ask her about cliff jumping, Mardi Gras parades with her dancing mermaid krewe, or her appearances on TV game shows). Listening to Ashley O is more like hanging out with your silly, kinda awkward, but funny friend who will go to every concert or festival with you and always wants to see your animal photos.

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Let Me Hear Your Body Talk: Caring for the Mind, Body & Spirit

Presented by Infinite Health Integrative Medicine Center

    LeNae Goolsby

    LeNae Goolsby is an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, Empowerment Coach & Public Speaker. She has been a featured Expert in Entrepreneur, Business Insider, MindBodyGreen.com and many others. Additionally, she is the Co-Founder of Infinite Health Integrative Medicine Center, a boutique integrative medical practice focused on health optimization and longevity, with offices located in both New Orleans and Lake Charles, Louisiana. LeNae received her certificate from the Duke University Integrative Medicine Center Leadership Development Program and her law degree from Tulane University Law School. She is a co-author of the Amazon #1 Best-selling book, "Empower Your Life," as well as the co-author of "Empowered Medicine-Harnessing the infinite laws of the universe for optimized health.”

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    Mignonne C. Mary, MD

    Dr. Mignonne Mary is the founder of the Remedy Room and primary physician at the clinic. Dr. Mary graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Charity Hospital. She has been in practice since 2001. Her passion for the benefits of infusion therapy began with her father, Dr. Charles C. Mary, Jr, who served as the Medical Director of Charity Hospital and founded the prestigious Mary Medical Clinic of New Orleans. Dr. Charles Mary, Jr. is a pioneer in infusion therapy and complementary medicine as he was one of the first to successfully utilize these modalities in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. His innovative approach to wellness and recovery inspired Dr. Mignonne Mary to provide infusion therapies to prevent illness and promote healthy, sustainable lifestyles for her patients.

    Sandra Sigur

    Sandra Sigur, is a Certified Reflexologist (hands, feet, face and ears), Lymphatic LMT, Yoga Instructor, Reiki/Energy Practitioner, Aromatherapist, and Author of ‘Healing Groovy’ – a realistic holistic guide for the layperson. Other areas of Immune, Energy and Detox support include Ionic Foot Detox, Self-Energy Testing for Supplements, Body Brushing, Korean Hand Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Acid/Alkaline Balancing, Chakra Balancing, Ear Candling and pet therapies. Her expertise has afforded her appearances on health talk shows, a wellness radio show, numerous health publications, as well as Health Fairs and meetings on Capitol Hill to speak with Members of Congress to discuss making complementary care covered by insurance for all Americans. Her focus is to do public speaking to enlighten all Americans on the importance of self-care as health care.

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    Moderator: Betsie Gambel

    One of the most respected public relations professionals in the Greater New Orleans area, Betsie Gambel has deep experience in all aspects of PR including media, community and government relations; special events; crisis communication; and issue management. Incorporating public relations strategies into marketing and branding campaigns is one of her strengths. She is a “networker extraordinaire” - her passion is putting people and ideas together.

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    Designing Your Success: The Business of Fashion

    Presented by New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network


    Reagan Charleston

    Reagan Charleston spent her childhood watching her mother and grandparents carefully craft giant swaths and sheets of copper into intricate works of art that were collected worldwide and sold out of their Toulouse Street gallery. Influenced by sculpture, architecture, and heritage, Charleston designs accessories as strong and bold as the personality they adorn. Her wearable art has been featured in national print, on the red carpet, and by trendsetting men and women around the world. She designs sustainable pieces with a classic and elegant aesthetic that withstands the test of time. Currently, Charleston stars on Bravo’s Southern Charm New Orleans. Outside of design and entertainment, Charleston is graduating Magna Cum Laude this year from Loyola University College of Law, and aspires to use her law degree to help other female entrepreneurs navigate the business world.

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    Anne Monlezun

    Anne G. Monlezun is a native of Welsh, Louisiana and is the owner and designer of Sassy Royals Hat Company of Lake Charles. As a certified dance teacher, she began her career operating seven dance schools and after marrying, moved from dance to Mardi Gras, creating the first carnival celebration in Lake Charles, second only to New Orleans.  She is president of Krewe of Krewe’s Mardi Gras Association there and continues to help form krewes in the area, which now totals nearly 60 organizations. Monlezun has won numerous honors for creating the city’s Mardi Gras and Mardi Gras Museum and received the Lake Charles Fashion Week Fashion Icon Award,  her districts Louisiana Pace Setters Award, and the LSU Honorary Medical School Alumna Award for her work with Marianne Cohn of New Orleans, raising Hurricane Katrina relief money for rebuilding the LSU Medical School.  Feeling she can “move mountains” in both volunteering and running successful businesses, Monlezun has owned, operated and sold three profitable international companies, including Bootie Baby Crochet Baby Clothing, Appliqués with Glitz & Glitz-Teaz Pasties.

    Kristine Pichon

    Kristine Pichon of K’Pich Designs is a local fashion designer and entrepreneur born and raised in New Orleans, Louisana. Kristine stems from a long line of creative family members with deep roots in fashion, culture, and tradition. She was exposed to the arts as a child being given her first sewing machine at age 5. She decided she would pursue a career in the fashion industry because of her love and passion for the craft. In 1998, she moved to New York to study fashion and later went on to receive her Masters in the field. After graduation in 2003, she moved back to New Orleans and began developing the idea for her own line of custom fashion apparel, K'pich. Combined with her exposure to the sometimes "crazy" world of fashion and her own cultural influences, Kristine returned home with a renewed sense of creativity and a broadened eye for design. Kristine describes her clothing as the “New Era of Class, leaving my client feeling beautiful and unique!” Read more here.

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    Moderator: Tracee Dundas

    Tracee Dundas is the Founder and Executive Producer of New Orleans Fashion Week. She has been a fashion pioneer since receiving her degree in fashion and apparel design from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In addition to overseeing the annual production of New Orleans Fashion Week, Dundas is a freelance fashion stylist, contributing fashion editor to numerous publications and host a regular styling segment “Fashion Friday” on New Orleans FOX Network, WVUE as well as coordinate fashion shows, productions and events throughout the year.

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