2020 Speakers

The Women’s Leadership Summit, held on October 20, 2020  featured a diverse line-up of speakers and sessions including an inspirational keynote speaker, an opening plenary, and nine breakout sessions. Breakout session topics had 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.

Opening Plenary Speakers

Investing in Your Career

Sandra Lindquist – Executive Vice President and COO, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce

Investing in Your Community

Jennifer Hale – Founder, Sideline Pass and FOX Sports Sideline Reporter. JLNO Sustainer

Investing in You

April Dupré – Founder, Footprints to Fitness and Traffic Anchor, WWL-TV

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

Gambel Communications

Judy Reese Morse

President & CEO
Urban League of Lousiana



Sevetri Wilson

Founder & CEO


Mayra Pineda

President & CEO
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana


Moderator: Kathlyn Perez Bethune

Employment Lawyer and Consultant
Perez Law LLC

Fomer JLNO Board Member/Sustainer


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

Jessica Dandridge

Executive Director
The Water Collaborative


Fallon Aidoo, PhD.

Jean Brainard Boebel Endowed Professor
of Historic Preservation

Assistant Professor, Department of Planning & Urban Studies, University of New Orleans


Meg Adams

City Park Environmental Stewardship


Simone Theriot Maloz

Executive Director
Restore or Retreat, Inc


Moderator: Lacy McManus

JLNO Communications Council Director


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

Karen DeBlieux

Head of U.S. Corporate Banking + Market President, Capital One Commercial Banking

Kemberley Washington, CPA

Author, Fox News Financial Contributor,
Washinton CPA Services, LLC


Blair DuQuesnay

Investment Advisor
Ritholtz Wealth Management

JLNO Sustainer

Anitra Blue-Francis

Growth Development Director + Financial Advisor Northwestern Mutual


Moderator: Jennifer Bernard,

Corcoran & Bernard, CPAS LLC

Former JLNO Board Member


Breakout Session 2 Speakers

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

Tania Tetlow

Loyola University New Orleans


Jennifer Weishaupt

Founder & CEO
Ruby Slipper Cafe

Teresa Lawrence

Delta Personnel


Deborah F. Grimes,

Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Ochsner Health


Moderator: Christine Vinson,

Consultant, CMV 1
JLNO Past President, 2019-2020


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


Kristin Tracz

Senior Program Officer, Environment Program
Walton Family Foundation


Jessie Schott Haynes

Managing Director
The Helis Foundation

Former JLNO Board Member/Sustainer


Alejandra Guzmán

Vice President, Real Estate and Capital Attraction
New Orleans Business Alliance

Bonita Robertson

Director for Civic Leadership
Greater New Orleans Foundation


Moderator: Leigh Thorpe

Associate Vice President
of Annual Giving & Membership
National WWII Museum

JLNO Planning & Development Council Director


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


Dr. Jennifer Avegno 

New Orleans Department of Health

ER Physician
LSU School of Medicine

Dr. Emily Nichols

Medical Director
New Orleans Medical Emergency Services


Dr. Shondra Williams



Dr. Sashi Band

Ochsner Health 


Moderator: Jennifer Couvillion,

RN-BC, PhD, CNE President, New Orleans Campus
Chamberlain University College of Nursing
at Ochsner Health

Former JLNO President/Sustainer


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

Founder + CEO
High-Level Speech & Hearing Center/Joseph-Ford Enterprises


Shellond Chester

Assistant Provost and Chief Operating Officer for Academic Affairs
Xavier University

Beth Walker

Ochsner Baptist- a Campus of Ochsner Medical Center

JLNO Sustainer


Moderator: Maria Huete

Director of Institutional Advancement
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

Former JLNO President/Sustainer

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


Courtney Jackson

Community Organizer + Storyteller
Ride New Orleans


Ileana Ledet

Vice President of Policy
GNO, Inc.


Meaghan McCormack

Executive Director
St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation


Joy Bruce

Executive Director
CASA New Orleans


Moderator: Michelle Clark Payne,

Vice President, Marketing and Investor Relations
United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Former JLNO Board Member/Sustainer


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


Dr. Tammy Lewis Wilborn

Board Certified Licensed
Professional Counselor-Supervisor

Owner and Chief Clinical Officer
Wilborn Clinical Services, LLC

Molly Kimball, RD

Registered Dietitian; Nutrition Journalist;

Ochsner Eat Fit

Stephanie Osborne 

Meditate New Orleans


Laila Morcos Zissis

Founder and President
LikeMinded Ladies™

Owner & Founder
Exquisite Life Revealed Coaching


Moderator: April Scott

Manager, Organizational Health & Diversity, Entergy Services, Inc. JLNO Board Treasurer, 2016-17 & Sustainer


Entrepreneurial Session


Genia Browder

Women’s Business Resource Center
Urban League of Louisiana


Phala Mire

President + CEO
Women’s Business Enterprise Council South


Jessica Allen

Chief of Staff


Ann Marshall Tilton

Community Engagement Manager
Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tulane University


Elizabeth “Liz” Broekman

Fidelity Bank P.O.W.E.R. Program

JLNO Sustainer


Moderator: Evie Poitevent Sanders,

Human Capital Manager
GNO, Inc.
WLS Co-Chair & Former JLNO Board Member