“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
In her role as Business Council Director for the Junior League of New Orleans, Evelyn “Evie” Poitevent Sanders will oversee management and maintenance of JLNO’s physical assets. She will be responsible for revenue generating projects — like the newly developed Women’s Leadership Summit and Consignment Partnerships — along with Get on Board, the long-standing nonprofit board training program. Evie’s business knowledge, diligence and persistence allows her to address all of the complex aspects of maximizing JLNO assets and revenue streams. She has a thorough understanding of capital, employee and risk management that will aid in handling JLNO’s properties, staff and insurance. She hopes to increase organizational revenues in all areas but is particularly energized to lead the successful planning and execution of JLNO’s first Women’s Leadership Summit. She will work with leadership to ensure this event not only exceeds expectations, but also sets the stage for a well-respected and ever-growing conference — one that women from all over the region look forward to attending each year.
Over the past nine years, Evie has served various JLNO Councils, having been a member of the Nominating Committee and chairing both the Member Outreach and Planning & Development Committees. She originally joined JLNO to hold herself accountable to performing community volunteer work, but she stayed with the organization for the impressive women’s leadership and training opportunities. Evie did not realize how much of a positive impact JLNO would have on her personally and professionally. She had so many opportunities to showcase her family’s small business, Feet First, to League membership effectively gaining new customers. Evie was elated with the boundless opportunities to serve on numerous committees and councils, eventually taking on leadership roles. She loves meeting so many interesting and impressive women from wide-ranging backgrounds. Evie believes the ability to expand one’s personal and professional network is one of the greatest resources JLNO offers its members. As a result, she has learned more about her work ethic and leadership styles and how to interface those with a wide variety of personality types. She also appreciates learning about the issues facing women across the community.
As a native New Orleanian, Evie returned to New Orleans after completing a double major in English and French from the University of Virginia. She currently serves as the Human Capital Manager at Greater New Orleans, Inc. where she provides orientation “concierge services” for new companies and relocating executives. She assists local and new, incoming talent with career-related resources and connections and supports regional companies with connections to local talent. Additionally, Evie facilitates relationship building with and amongst regional higher education institutions, the nonprofit community and regional business partners through outreach and support efforts.
Evie and her husband Lem reside in Lakeview and are expecting their first child in Fall 2019. She loves the funkiness, diversity, uniqueness and culture of New Orleans. She loves the city’s great food, music and festivals, but she’s most grateful to live in a place with such a tight-knit community and sense of family.