Women’s Leadership Summit

Friday, January 20, 2023


The Women’s Leadership Summit
is a one-day in-person experience, taking place
Friday, January 20th at the Sheraton Hotel,
for all women striving to grow personally and professionally,
while impacting the communities they serve. 


Women’s Leadership Summit will empower local women through a diverse line-up of speakers and sessions including an inspirational keynote speaker, and engaging, interactive breakout sessions focusing on three areas— professional development, personal growth, and community engagement — with all sessions reflective of JLNO’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here for sponsorship information.

Sponsorships may be purchased using the registration link above or by contacting our team at wls@jlno.org

View our full slate of wonderful, impactful speakers and schedule here.



Keynote Speaker: Karen Swensen

Karen Swensen is an award-winning journalist and founder of Life’s About Change, a business aimed at helping others navigate life’s challenges. She currently contributes a monthly “Changing Chapters” segment on the Today Show with Hoda and Jenna.

Karen has won more than ten Emmy and six Edward R. Murrow regional awards, along with numerous Gracie, Gabriel, Associated Press and Press Club awards for investigative journalism, writing and feature reporting.


Opening Plenary Speaker

Michelle K. Johnston, PhD

Michelle K. Johnston, PhD, is the Gaston Chair of Business in the College of Business at Loyola University New Orleans, where she teaches leadership and strategic communication classes to MBA and undergraduate students. Dr. Johnston has received several honors and awards in the field of communication. She was recently named one of the most influential New Orleanians, one of the New Orleans 500 top business leaders, and one of CityBusiness’s Women of the Year. She has presented at national conferences and has published various articles for research journals. Her recent research has found a positive link between a Team’s Listening Environment (TLE) and financial performance.


Fireside Chats

Mayra PinedaHispanic Chamber of Commerce

Mary Jane WalshMary Jane Walsh THRIVE

Dr. Sara ReardonThe Vagina Whisperer

Speakers and Panelists

Brenda BreauxThe New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

Donna AccardoInner Design


Hattie SparksHattie Sparks Interiors


Kemberley WashingtonKemCents


Kristi TrailPontchartrain Conservancy

Lindsey NavarroEl Centro Inc.

Lori JacksonMSC Financial Services

Marielle Dupre & Nicole EidenWindowsill Pies

Melissa BeeseLittle Pnuts


Natalie JayroeSecond Harvest Food Bank

Sydni RaymondBomb Ass Fro

Lauren MyerscoughCocktail & Sons

Capt. Kelly DenningU.S. Coast Guard

Kim BoylePhelps Dunbar LLP

Kristen VanCourtEssential Living Realty


Amanda HamiltonGallagher Benefit Services