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Jun 22, 2017 to Jun 24, 2017
7th Annual Festigals
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Headlining the New Orleans Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, June 23, will be Linda Alvarado, president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., a Denver-based commercial general contractor, construction manager, development, design/build, and property management firm with 30 years of experience.  Alvarado, whose appearance is sponsored by Morgan Stanley, made history as the first Hispanic owner of a Major League Baseball franchise. As an owner of the Colorado Rockies, her role is also significant as it marked the first time that any woman was involved in a bid for ownership of a Major League Baseball team. She is a nationally-recognized speaker and advocate for business issues and has been a commissioner of the White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education.

The information-packed program, themed Passion, Purpose & Power, also features three seminar tracks focusing on professional development, personal enrichment and New Orleans culture.  Sessions include a diverse range of topics such as Negotiations, Next Generation of Leaders; Communicating Better, Smarter, Faster; EatFit FestiGals; New Orleans Ladies of Burlesque; and the Growing Louisiana Beer Culture & the Women Tapping into the Market.

Featured speakers will include Intentional Kate, Propeller’s Andrea Chin, acclaimed attorney Kim Boyle, Chef Kristen Essig, Burlesque Diva Trixie Minx, Coulter IdeaPitch award winner Crystal McDonald, fitness pro April Dupree, Angela Grittman of Wayward Owl Brewery, self-proclaimed food goddess Lorin Gaudin and other notables. Returning will be FestiTalks, rapid-fire, dynamic presentations on a variety of topics which are delivered in small segments that are easy to retain.

On Saturday, June 24, FestiGals is hosting its cherished Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch and Auction where the top fundraising bras from the Bodacious Bra Challenge are sold to the highest bidders. The Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration, Inc. will receive proceeds from the auction which features a Thriver Fashion Show where models “thriving in their cancer recovery” sport fabulous attire from Stein Mart on the catwalk.

The celebrated downtown Stiletto Stroll, which offers women the opportunity to participate in an authentic New Orleans walking parade, is gearing up to become the world’s largest all women’s second line complete with live music, entertainers and dance groups. Colorfully attired female marching krewes will join FestiGals ladies to saunter thru the Vieux Carre and across Canal Street for a fabulous After-Glow party. Proceeds of fundraising marching krewes and newly formed groups will be donated to the New Orleans Family Justice Center which helps families and individuals suffering from domestic violence.

FestiGals’ single event tickets are available; but for the truly festive ladies, the FestiGals Diva Package is available and includes added perks such as a Culinary Demo/Dinner with Chef Sam Carroll at Sac-a-lait, private home tours and an opening reception at the Louisiana State Museum’s Presbytere. Further details and event pricing are available on the website.

Venue:  JW Marriott
Address:  614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA  
Contact:  Susana Ruddock, email: susana@festigals.org
Admission Cost:  $20-$395 (special prices for 35 and under)

855- 425-9563

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