“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -Albert Einstein
Anna Dearmon Kornick coordinates and disseminates information about the Junior League of New Orleans as the Communications Council Director on the organization’s Board of Directors. During her year as Communications Council Director, she hopes to extend JLNO’s communications offerings, creating unified messaging and marketing materials to effectively share its story with prospective members, donors and the community. Anna combines her strong management and communication skills with her professional experience in public relations to oversee promotion of JLNO’s events, businesses and community projects via traditional advertising, social media, press releases, the Lagniappe magazine and the organization’s website. Working closely with the President, Board Members, committee chairs and staff, Anna reviews all print and digital materials and provides guidance on additional opportunities to extend JLNO’s influence.
When Anna joined the Junior League of Baton Rouge six years ago, she could not have imagined the path her League experience would take. She is grateful for the friendships and lessons learned while serving as Special Events Chair and Promotions Assistant on the JLBR Hollydays Committee and will never forget how nervous she was before her first WBRZ-TV live morning show interview from the RiverCenter. Since transferring to JLNO in 2014, Anna has served as Public Relations Chair and played a key role in developing JLNO’s messaging and increasing the media’s awareness of JLNO’s positive community impact. She has learned about perspective, how often more than one right way exists, and that we must think creatively to address our challenges.
Anna is a communication strategist with a passion for building relationships, establishing order in crises, and above all, living Louisiana to the fullest. She has served as chief spokesperson for cabinet-level officials, a Lt. Governor and a U.S. Congressman. She’s leveraged her experience in top state government communications roles to develop and execute strategies for clients in the midst of crisis and led public relations and governmental affairs for clients in the manufacturing, oil and gas, health care and higher education sectors. Always looking for a challenge, she’s managed numerous disaster situations and has worked through hurricanes, floods, droughts, controversial legislative sessions and financial crises. Anna channels her creativity and love of details into her small business, The Welcome Note, offering bespoke calligraphy and custom hand lettering for brides and special events.
Originally from Winnfield, La., Anna received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. Her free time is spent working in her businesses, practicing yoga and spending time with her husband, Scott, and their Yorkshire Terrier, Penelope. Anna loves experiencing all that Louisiana has to offer via fairs, festivals, food, culture, history and politics.
Anna’s mother is a huge inspiration to her. As a teacher for 30 years – of mostly middle schoolers – she has taught countless children so much more than math and English. She’s gone above and beyond to share life lessons with her students, counsels them through tough times and even mentors new teachers. Anna is so grateful to her mother for always encouraging her to work hard to achieve her goals – and for all of her help along the way.