The Lady is a Champ

New Orleans Magazine honors some of the most influential women in the city.


New Orleans Magazine held its annual “Top Female Achievers” luncheon on Thursday, July 22 at the W Hotel, with all proceeds going to Grace House.

The event honored the women selected and featured in the Magazine’s July issue: Karen Adjmi and Jackie Palumbo, co-founders and owners of Earthsavers; Julia Bland, executive director of Louisiana Children’s Museum; Mimi Bowen, entrepreneur and owner of Mimi’s; Katy Casbarian, co-proprietor of Arnaud’s and Remoulade restaurants; Banu Gibson, entertainer and musician; Soheila Nazarian Holley, senior project manager for Army Corps of Engineers; Dr. Mary Lupo, aesthetic and general dermatologist; Judy Reese Morse, chief of staff and a deputy mayor for the city of New Orleans; Echo Olander, executive director of KID smART; and Vera Warren Williams, entrepreneur and community activist.

Guests enjoyed complimentary champagne and wine courtesy of Republic Beverage Company, as well as a sit-down lunch provided by the W, featuring pan roasted chicken breast with wild mushroom risotto cake.

Staci Rosenberg, the founder and a captain of the Krewe of Muses, spoke to the crowd about the history of Muses and the significance of female achievement and recognition in the city.

Other sponsors included The Plant Gallery, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, Domaine Carneros and Main Street Winery.

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