The Women’s Leadership Summit will feature a diverse line-up of speakers and sessions including an inspirational keynote speaker, an opening plenary, and nine breakout sessions. Breakout session topics will have three focus areas — professional development, personal growth, and community engagement — with all sessions reflective of JLNO’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Keynote Speaker Phyllis M. Taylor is Chief Executive Officer of Endeavor Enterprises L.L.C., a management company to oversee the various Taylor operations. A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Mrs. Taylor served as law clerk for one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of Louisiana and for Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Her career in the oil industry began in 1972, when she became in-house counsel for John W. Mecom, Sr. Mrs. Taylor also serves as Chairman and President of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. This philanthropic organization was started in 1985 with its emphasis on benefiting education, law enforcement, the armed forces and other humanitarian efforts. As a champion for education, Mrs. Taylor continues her late husband’s legacy to ensure students have the opportunity to receive merit-based, state-paid college tuition scholarships. The scholarship program exists in 22 other states and is modeled after the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) in Louisiana. For over 35 years, Mrs. Taylor has served and continues to serve on the boards of numerous organizations, including Smithsonian National Board, New Orleans Business Council, Catholic Leadership Institute, Emeritus Board Member Tulane University and Congressional Medal of Honor. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her public service.

Breakout Session 1 Speakers

Investing in Your Career: Develop your Presence: How to gain credibility and get a seat at the table

Amy Boyle Collins


Gamble Communications

Judy Reese Morse

President & CEO,

Urban League



Sevetri Wilson

Founder & CEO,



Mayra Pineda

President & CEO,

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Investing in Your Community: Make NOLA Last – How to impact sustainably and build resilience

Jessica Dandridge

Executive Director,

Urban Water Collaborative


Fallon Aidoo


Boebel Professor of Historic Preservation,

Planning & Urban Studies


Stephanie Bell

Executive Director,

Friends of City Park


Simone Theriot Maloz

Executive Director,

Restore or Retreat


Investing in You: Equip yourself with financial knowledge to build wealth

Karen Deblieux

Capital One/Market President



Kimberly Washington


Fox News Financial Contributor, ‘KemCents’,

Owner of Washinton CPA Services, LLC


Blair DuQuesnay

Investment Advisor

Ritholtz Wealth Management


Breakout Session 2 Speakers

Investing in Your Career: Crisis Leadership, How to lead in uncertainty

Tania Tetlow

President of Loyola


Jennifer Weishaupt

Founder & CEO,

Ruby Slipper

Teresa Lawrence


Delta Personnel



Deborah F. Grimes,


Vice President &

Chief Diversity Officer at

Ochsner Health


Investing in Your Community: Pay it forward – How to make the most impact with your time, talent, and treasures


Kristin Tracz

Walton Family Foundation


Jessie Schott Haynes

Helis Foundation


Alejandra Guzmán


(New Orleans Business Alliance)

Bonita Robertson

Greater New Orleans Foundation


Investing in You: Women’s Health – Taking charge of your health in Light of Covid-19


Dr. Jennifer Avegno 

LSU ER Doctor/City Health Director


Dr. Emily Nichols

New Orleans EMS Director


Dr. Shondra Williams


Inclusiv Care


Dr. Sashi Band




Breakout Session 3 Speakers

Investing in Your Career: Leadership Perspectives: hear from a diverse group of women on their unique experience with leadership


Kristen Preau


Jambalaya Girl

Dr. Lana Joseph-Ford

High-Level Speech & Hearing Center


Shellond Chester

Assistant Provost and Chief Operating Officer for Academic Affairs

Beth Walker

CEO of Ochsner Baptist


Investing in Your Community: Get Your Voice Heard – How to engage and activate others for positive impact


Courtney Jackson

Community Organizer

Ride New Orleans


Ileana Ledet


VP of Policy


Meaghan McCorrmick

Executive Director

St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation


Joy Bruce

Executive Director



Investing in Yourself: Prioritizing You – How to take care of your whole self


Dr. Tammy Lewis Wilborn

Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor &

Owner and Chief Clinical Officer of Wilborn Clinical Services, LLC

Molly Kimball

Nutrition Writer, Speaker, Consultant,

Manages Nutrition program at Ochsner

Stephanie Osborne 

CEO, Meditate New Orleans


Laila Morcos Zissis

Founder, LikeMinded Ladies, Owner & Founder of Exquisite Life Revealed Coaching


Entrepreneurial Session


Genia Browder

Director of Women’s Business Center,

Urban League


Phala Mire

President & CEO



Jessica Allen

Chief of Staff,



Ann Marshall Tilton

Manager & Community Engagement Tulane,

Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tulane University


Elizabeth Broekman

Director of P.O.W.E.R. program,

Fidelity Bank