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Malana Joseph Mitchell

  A public relations and brand strategist, Malana Joseph Mitchell is the vice president of public relations for Spears Group, a strategic communications, creative and PR firm. Mitchell develops high-level PR strategies and manages media relations for clients such as the NBA, Verizon, the National Fried Chicken Festival and NOLA Public Schools. Mitchell said she got […]

Sandra Lindquist

    In the nine years Sandra Lindquist has been at the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, she has developed multiple community-wide events and organizations that benefit the region and seen the chamber’s membership grow from 500 members in 2011 to more than 1,300 today. It is Lindquist’s work specifically with women, however, that she […]

Anne Rolfes

    Anne Rolfes’ mission, as she sees it, is to provide a complete picture of Louisiana’s petrochemical industry. “I was born and raised in Lafayette, so I grew up surrounded by the jobs, the economic benefits the industry brings,” she said, “but I also know what science tells us, and that is the rates […]

Cate Swinburn

    In 2015, 10 years into its recovery from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was facing a different kind of problem — far too many of the city’s youth (ages 16 to 24) were neither working nor in school. “We had the third highest rate of what they call ‘opportunity youth’ in the country,” said […]

Emery Whalen

    A native New Orleanian, Emery Whalen began her work in the culinary world as a hostess at Restaurant August in 2010 and worked her way up in the Besh Restaurant Group. Three years ago, Whalen teamed with chef Brian Landry to form QED Hospitality, a restaurant operations management group that runs all the food […]

Melissa Sawyer

    A native of Canada, Melissa Sawyer first came to New Orleans as a teacher with Teach for America. After leaving for a few years to earn a master’s degree in education at Harvard University with a focus on urban education, she returned to the city where she spent three years working with Juvenile Justice […]

Julie Hoffman

    If New Orleans was a nail polish color, what color would it be? There’s obviously no way you could pick just one, which is why Native Nail Polish has been putting out about a dozen shades a year since its founding by sisters-in-law Allison and Julie Hoffman in 2015. Inspired by their young […]

Allison Hoffman

    If New Orleans was a nail polish color, what color would it be? There’s obviously no way you could pick just one, which is why Native Nail Polish has been putting out about a dozen shades a year since its founding by sisters-in-law Allison and Julie Hoffman in 2015. Inspired by their young […]

Science Star on the Rise

  The path to scientific stardom must begin somewhere, and for Lauren Ejiaga, it began in her mother’s garden. While only a tot, Ejiaga would be in charge of watering long rows of corn, cucumbers, okra and other summer vegetables in the garden leading to a love of plant life. That early connection to the […]

Women’s Health

With all the stress of careers, families and everything in between, it can be all too easy to overlook the most important factor of a healthy, happy life: your own well being. May is Women’s Health Month, and for all the movers and shakers of our community who could benefit from a little “me time,” […]


A tour guide at the back of the boat was pointing to some of the sites as the craft raced toward Bellagio (the real village not the hotel in Vegas.) Italy’s lake region is one of the most picturesque spots in a country already stunning with beauty both designed by nature and by ancient architects. Lake […]

Doin’ the Home Thing

There is likely no other town in America where food preparation at home is so glorious. Most of our great chefs learned the craft at their mother’s, grandmother’s, aunt’s or dad’s side.  This tribute to generations has not fully translated to cocktails. I guess the prevailing view is that the bars are so good and […]

Pick of the Crops

Late spring through early summer is farmers market paradise in south Louisiana. Creole tomatoes, Ponchatoula strawberries and north shore blueberries, along with local asparagus, herbs, peppers, new potatoes and so much more await us at markets throughout the metropolitan area. Just google “local farmers markets” to get on board. Because we are among the warmest […]

Comfort Food for the Soul

In a period of unprecedented uncertainty, one thing is clear. New Orleans restaurants, which have vanquished foes ranging from storms to economic recessions to oil spills, have never confronted an enemy as dangerous as COVID-19. Even though they’re in the fight of their lives, members of the restaurant community are still looking out for each […]

A World Turned Upside Down

What if everything you wished for came true? I wish I had more time. I wish I didn’t have to go to school. I wish I didn’t have to go to work. I wish I could sleep in. I wish I could spend more time with my kids. But I wish I didn’t have to […]

Top Female Achievers

“I always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.” – Gloria Vanderbilt Each year New Orleans Magazine profiles a selection of extraordinary women from across our community continuing to make a difference. We present here seven women whose stories are worth knowing, and honor them not so much for breaking new […]

Seeing the Potential

When Mike Moreman and Josh Gurvitz decided to relocate from Indianapolis so Mike could take a job as VP of Human Resources at Ochsner Health Systems, downsizing to a condo or townhouse was initially part of the plan. Instead, they landed upon a house that not only checked their priority list – a garage and […]

Home-School Hullabaloo

Excerpted from Eve Crawford Peyton’s blog, Joie d’Eve,  which appears each Friday on MyNewOrleans.com The experiment didn’t go so well. Every so often, I get frustrated with some aspect of my life and make stupid, unrealistic pronouncements. “We’re all becoming nudists!” I’ll declare after spending an entire Sunday afternoon washing, drying, folding, and putting away […]

Zoom to Do

Every disaster has a bright side.  My niece Flambeau probably won’t remember her second birthday, back on April Fools’ Day. But the rest of us will.  That was just when everybody finally got serious about isolating theirselves in place because of the virus.  But her mother, my sister-in–law, Gloriosa, ain’t about to cancel her birthday […]

Eric Paulsen

During his long career at WWL-TV, journalist and anchor Eric Paulsen has seen politicians come and go, scandals and celebrations, tragedies and triumphs. While New Orleanians can still start their day waking up to Paulsen hosting the channel’s morning show, he recently retired from the noon anchor desk after 18 years to pursue special stories […]

Local Virtual Events

National World War II Museum Digital deliveries including oral histories, videos, articles, photography, Facebook live events, and more. NationalWorldWar2Museum.org   New Orleans Museum of Art Virtual tour of the museum, NOMA.org   M.S. Rau Antiques Virtual tour of the special collection The Art of Stone, RauAntiques.com   Ogden Museum of Southern Art Virtual tour of exhibitions, live […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, I have a question about the transport of German prisoners of war through the Port of New Orleans during World War II. When I was a young boy of nine, I traveled, during the war, by train with my aunt to Memphis, Tennessee to attend the ceremony where her son received his Marine […]

Rose on the Rise

Since 2006, it has been common when referring back to an incident in contemporary time to refer to it as being “pre-Katrina.” Now we, and the world, will be speaking about “pre-Corona.” For “pre-” to have some boundaries there must be a “post-” and may that come quickly. Actually, thinking back about post-Katrina gives me […]

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