I was recently asked to put together a short bio of my work, my education and background, hobbies, etc. The last question asked was “what is a quote that speaks to you about leadership?” I thought about words from favorite writers of mine, female leaders throughout the years, family members and artists. But one woman leaped […]
Most women wear many hats and juggle many responsibilities – often at the detriment of their own health and wellbeing. Mother, licensed doctor and widow are three hats Dr. Alisha Reed currently wears. After two decades of working as a license pharmacist, with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Xavier University of Louisiana, Reed saw first-hand […]
In your ideal world, you’d wake up before your alarm, have a hot lemon water and take 10 solo minutes to sit with your thoughts and mentally map out your day. Best-intentioned, you’d clock a brisk walk to report to your fitness accountability friend, followed up by productive task-ticking, a food pyramid perfect day of […]
Each year, New Orleans Magazine features women who are making a difference across the community. The past two years have provided many challenges, but each of the 11 Top Female Achievers we spotlight here have not only overcome those challenges, but have been examples of inspiration, innovation and leadership for the entire city. New Orleans […]
Thousands head to Gulf Shores in late spring for the wildly popular Hangout Festival, where those weekenders who hang out on the beach are treated to endless live music, beach sports such as volleyball and roller skating and numerous special events. Visitors to Hangout can even get married! The pandemic halted this annual spring ritual […]
The waxed cotton canvas coating on Tchoup Industries’ Flap Packs is water repellent, making them not only a comfortable bag for sunny days, but also for rain. Handmade in New Orleans with double padded shoulder straps, multiple pockets – including an interior laptop space, and secure flap and hook closure with built in bottle opener. […]
I wish graduations were individual ceremonies, like funerals. But no, you got to sit forever listening to somebody intoning the names of all them other kids besides yours. Used to be, I would get through by counting my teeth with my tongue. Then cell phones came in, and if you weren’t too conspicuous about it, […]
Hey Julia, I heard again Arlo Guthrie’s song “City of New Orleans” the other day and wondered if he was riding that train when he wrote the song. – Fred Bocava (New Orleans) First, the song, about a passenger train once operated by Illinois Central railroad that travelled between New Orleans and Chicago, is […]
Interior Consultant Kristy Starring, one of the four Helm siblings who own and run Helm Paint, works with color decisions daily. That requires staying abreast of national and local color trends. And for the record, Starring says there is a difference between the two. While color and pattern are making a comeback across much of […]
Gianna, the Italian restaurant nominated for Best New Restaurant in America 2019 by the James Beard Foundation, has introduced an all-day menu on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and a rustic Italian brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friday all-day menu features antipasti favorites (think ribollita soup […]
Alexa Bowler’s “Ponchatoula Smash” hits all the New Orleans notes, featuring Louisiana strawberries and locally made Cocktail & Sons syrup. Bowler arrived in New Orleans on a James Beard culinary leadership scholarship to work at Commander’s Palace. Though her managerial role was prestigious, she missed being behind the bar. “As an artist, I need a […]
Anna’s, part of LeBLANC + SMITH’s portfolio of restaurants and bars, is serving up some fab drinks and food. Named after bar director Anna Giordano (a grande dame of the NOLA cocktail scene), Anna’s offers happy hour from 4-6 p.m. daily with $6 menu cocktails downstairs and half off glasses of wine (all Spanish wine […]
On May 1, 1901, William McKinley, the nation’s 25th president, became the first sitting president to visit New Orleans. Seen in this photograph by John Teunisson, McKinley is speaking from the Cabildo balcony to a welcoming crowd. Upon re-election in 1900, McKinley, a popular Republican from Ohio and a Union army Civil War veteran, set […]
I don’t like to think of myself as a particularly self-centered person. The needs and wants and preferences of all of my family members are always at the top of my mind. I try to check in with my friends on a regular basis, seeing if they need anything or just want to vent. When […]
Lisa Nelson, a small business owner and mother of five, didn’t set out to be a chef. As the co-owner of a corner store in the St. Claude area, she was just trying to save some time when she started using the shop’s small kitchen to get a jump-start on cooking dinner for her kids. […]
Impress your mother and roll out this showstopping salad for a Mother’s Day brunch. Yes, this dish is a splurge, but life is short and she’s ya Mama. It’s also super simple, involves zero cooking, and takes minutes to make. The rich, decadent nature of the jumbo lump crabmeat pairs beautifully—and unexpectedly—with the bright flavors […]
Bayou Boogaloo One of Mid-City’s favorite events is back on Bayou St. John with music, food and fun on the schedule. Boogaloo features four stages dedicated to exploring New Orleans’ musical roots in different genres like blues, jazz, zydeco, hip-hop, funk and rock. This year’s performance highlights include Ani DiFranco, Sonny Landreth, Dragon Smoke, Squirrel […]
As the ship docked in St. Petersburg, the cruise director reminded us that Russia was going to be different. To exit the ship, we would have to show the guards not only our cruise ship ID card but our passport. Routinely I would display my ID with my left hand and then flash the passport […]
New Orleans is a city known for its food, music and culture. But behind those memorable menus, melodious grooves, and colorful city mosaics are its people. In our annual Faces of New Orleans feature we celebrate some of the top movers and shakers in their professional fields. These are the voices, the flavors, the FACES […]
Locals and tourists alike know that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by New Orleans’ endless restaurant options. While it is true that one would be hard pressed to find bad food in the Big Easy, the list below offers some great options for dining this summer. Briquette Briquette-Nola.com 701 South Peters St, New Orleans […]
With weather warming, the school year ending, and Memorial Day on the horizon, there’s no better time to plan a summer getaway. While far-flung, tropical destinations come with a hefty price tag and full days of travel, these vacation spots are just far enough to feel you’re escaping the mundane without the headache. Cultural spots, […]
The CDC observes both National Women’s Health Week and National Women’s Check-Up Day in May, highlighting the importance of women’s wellbeing in the nation’s overall health landscape. This month, we encourage women to prioritize their health and explore their local healthcare resources. Tulane Doctors The expert team at the Tulane Center for Women’s Health […]
Though the mothers in our lives deserve praise everyday, Mother’s Day is a time to make them feel extra special. Browse the products and services below to treat mom to something exciting this Mother’s Day. Sazerac House Museum Sazerachouse.com 101 Magazine Street, New Orleans 504-910-0100 Cocktail Garnishes Travel Pouch, $15. Zip up travel pouch […]
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I was recently asked to put together a short bio of my work, my education and background, hobbies, etc. The last question asked was “what is a quote that speaks to you about leadership?” I thought about words from favorite writers of mine, female leaders throughout the years, family members and artists. But one woman leaped to mind; a person who is beloved by pretty much everyone. The writer, musician, the icon Dolly Parton, who said, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” I can't think of anything more iconic than leaving a legacy of inspiration for future leaders.
Those words resonated as we put together our annual May women’s issue in which we feature our 2022 class of Top Female Achievers. We highlight 11 leaders from across New Orleans. Each are actively working, leading and, indeed, inspiring from backgrounds as diverse as education, business, conservation, literature and sports. Each of our female achievers are actively working to create her own legacy through impactful changes across the community. One day we may even be quoting them alongside Dolly.
In addition to honoring these leaders, we encourage our readers to honor themselves with aself-care routine to rebuild and renew. Everyday life, and the stresses that come with it, can take its toll on the body and mind, and we have your first aid kit for repairing your soul, for building strength both inside and out, and pampering your body – a prescription we all need to fill.
Late spring is a glorious time to be in New Orleans. Festival season is in full swing. Flowers are blooming everywhere. The weather hasn’t become stifling…yet. And there’s so much to do and see. It’s a great time to put on some music, whether it’s Dolly or New Orleans’ own Irma or Tank, and dance like no one is watching. To quote another female leader and entertainer:“If you can dance and be free and not be embarrassed, you can rule the world.” – Amy Poehler.
Ashley McLellan, Editor