“How She Did It: Tales of Female Entrepreneurs” explored the experiences of four local female entrepreneurs, including the challenges they faced in starting their businesses to the successes and lessons that they learned along the way. The event served as the culmination of a strategic partnership between the Junior League of New Orleans and The Idea Village and was hosted during the 7th annual “New Orleans Entrepreneur Week,” the annual business festival celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation and advanced thinking, produced by The Idea Village.

The panel featured three Junior League members, including past president Betsie Gambel, President of Gambel Communications. The other participants were Susan Brennan, President and CEO of Second Line Stages; Suzanne Perron St. Paul of Suzanne Perron New Orleans; and Heidi Redmond Raines, President and CEO of Medical Executive Partners. Katherine Raymond, President of Junior League of New Orleans, moderated the panel.

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is headquartered on Fulton Street in downtown New Orleans. The street is transformed into an entrepreneurial village and key event venues across the festival grounds include The Chicory, Manning’s Restaurant, Fulton Alley and the Harrah’s Hotel.

The Junior League of New Orleans and The Idea Village’s partnership aimed at promoting professional success and improving economic opportunities for women. Together, the pair produced a three-part event series focused on highlighting the challenges women face in business and entrepreneurship and offering creative suggestions for how women can best leverage networking and mentorship opportunities. 


What: “How She Did It: Tales of Female Entrepreneurs,” benefiting the Junior League of New Orleans and The Idea Village
When: Wednesday, March 25
Where: The Chicory