“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen
In her role as Business Council Director for the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO), Emily Liuzza will oversee management and maintenance of the League’s physical assets. She will be responsible for revenue generating projects–like the Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) and Consignment Partnerships–along with Get on Board, the long-standing nonprofit board training program.
Emily’s main goal is to foster an environment that allows each one of her committee leaders to accomplish their individual goals along with their placement goals. “I want to provide a supportive environment that’s fun.”
Her enthusiasm has not waned over the last nine years in the League. Emily has volunteered on the Safe Sitter committee as a member and chair, and she has chaired the last two years of the Women’s Leadership Summit. “I love the friends that I’ve met, the leadership training that I’ve received, and all the ways that I’ve been able to give back to my community through the various placements I’ve held over the years.”
A native of Lafayette, Emily graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a concentration in public relations. After college, she lived in Austin, Texas for three and half years and worked for a high technology public relations firm, before moving to New Orleans for a Communications Strategist position at Gambel Communications. In 2011, Emily began working for Two W Hotels in New Orleans and has risen through the ranks to become Senior Complex Marketing Manager for four full-service and luxury Marriott International hotel brands in the city. Within this position, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic development and execution of all aspects of the hotels’ marketing plans.
During her time in JLNO, Emily has appreciated learning practical life and leadership skills. “I’ve learned to be more patient, flexible and open-minded. I’ve learned that you get out of it what you put into it.” This training has allowed her to spread her wings with other volunteer experiences, including being a founding member of the New Orleans chapter of Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL), where she served on the board from 2011-2018. She was a member of the state board for PRAL in 2017, serving as President in 2018, the Southern Public Relations Federation Board in 2018, and on the board of the French Quarter Business Association from 2015-2020.
As a resident of Oak Park in Gentilly, she enjoys spending time with her husband, David, children Sophia (5) and Luc (4), and their dog, Max. Since becoming a mother, her own mother has been Emily’s inspiration. “She’s the most level-headed, generous, even-keeled, thoughtful person you will ever meet. Everything she does, she does with grace and poise. She always seems to have the right answer, no matter the question or problem, and she’s always been my biggest cheerleader. She’s my rock.”
In her spare time, Emily loves traveling, gardening, shopping, exercising, baking and—when the weather is nice—being outside.