Women of Influence 2021

Sandra Herman
Founder, New Orleans Entertainment Coalition

After serving 20 years in state government, heading major departments, philanthropist and strategic advisor Sandra Thompson Herman founded New Orleans Entertainment Coalition (NOEC) to promote global awareness, education, and celebration of the arts and culture as a means to enhance the quality…

Olivia F. Scott
Founder, Omerge Alliances

Accomplished business owner, former Carol’s Daughter CMO, Assistant Professor, and writer Olivia F. Scott channels her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit through Omerge Alliances, a marketing communications consultancy, and Freedom at the Mat, a wellness brand offering online and in-person short-form…

Nicole Dorignac
Secretary/Treasurer, Dorignac’s

Now entering its 75th year, Dorignac’s has provided generations of families with the foods and specialty items that make their everyday meals and special occasions both meaningful and familiar. Founded in the 1940s by Joseph Dorignac, Jr. and his mother…

Kristen Stanley-Wallace
Owner, Stanley-Wallace Law, LLC

Kristen Stanley-Wallace always knew she would one day be an attorney who helped others, and as Owner/Attorney of Stanley-Wallace Law, she is known for serving clients with empathy and compassion, traits other attorneys may lack. “Our clients are at the…

Heather Joseph
CEO, River Oaks Hospital

An internationally recognized psychiatric hospital located minutes outside of New Orleans, River Oaks Hospital has served individuals from across the globe. A recognized leader in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma, River Oaks prioritizes quality patient care. “As CEO…

Dr. Devan Szczepanski
Founder, DS FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP

Dr. Devan Szczepanski believes there is a picture of health and well-being within everyone. As a Board Certified Physician and Founder of DS Family Medical Group, her mission is to rediscover the art surrounding the science of medicine.  “No two…

Deanna Head
Founder/Owner, Unitech Training Academy

As Founder and CEO of Unitech Training Academy, Deanna Head has been responsible for growing an impactful institution that started with one small building in 1997 and has grown to seven statewide campuses that offer field-specific allied health job training…

Casey Mintzer
President, New Orleans Perspectives

Economist Casey Mintzer started New Orleans Perspectives after seeing a lack in qualitative research with hard to reach populations. “I wanted to be the one to say ‘yes’ to projects that have previously been shut down,” says Casey, President. “We…

Annette Dowdle
Senior VP, HUB International Gulf South

As Senior Vice President of HUB International Gulf South, Annette Dowdle works with regional and national specialists to align employers with proactive ways to achieve mutual goals for their organization and employees. Annette offers 20+ years of experience collaborating with…