Festigals Features Tricentennial Women's Day In Its Signature Weekend



NEW ORLEANS — FestiGals, the first and only New Orleans festival that inspires, connects and celebrates women while supporting causes important to their well-being, today announced plans for the 8th annual women-centric weekend on June 21-24.  The popular weekend event was created by women for women in 2011 and combines an empowering day with top-notch speakers in a variety of sessions and conversations with uniquely New Orleans experiences.

“This is an exciting time for women in New Orleans as we commemorate the Tricentennial,” said Founder and Producer of FestiGals Diane Lyons. “Over the past 300 years, women have made their mark in New Orleans with their significant contributions to the city and their achievements. Today, we now have our first female Mayor, the first female president at Loyola University and the leading figure in Louisiana sports is a woman. More and more women are coming together to enter into conversations and share experiences. This year’s Tricentennial FestiGals weekend is the perfect opportunity for women to be inspired and connected.”

FestiGals 2018 Grand Diva – Friday, June 22
Following in the footsteps of local luminaries, Stephanie Burks has been named FestiGals 2018 Grand Diva and will lead the Step Up Second-Line Parade that shines a light on domestic violence and sexual assault while raising funds for the New Orleans Family Justice Center. Past Divas have included most recently Robin Barnes, Angela Hill and Irma Thomas.  Burks is co-founder, vice-president and division leader of administration for RYCARS Construction, LLC, and president of BRAVO (Ballet Resources and Volunteer Organization) for the New Orleans Ballet Association, as well as a participant on various boards and associations.

Tricentennial Women’s Day – Friday, June 22
The information-packed Tricentennial Women’s Day will take place Friday, June 22, at the newly renovated Jung Hotel & Residences on historic Canal Street and will feature seminar tracks focusing on professional development, personal enrichment and New Orleans culture.  Sessions include a diverse range of topics such as Creating Your Path to Success, #YOUToo: Personal & Professional Challenges in Today’s World, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk: Caring for the Mind, Body & Spirit, and Designing Your Success: The Business of Fashion. Returning will be FestiTalks, rapid-fire, dynamic presentations on a variety of topics which are delivered in small segments that are easy to retain.

Featured speakers will include business guru Val Grubb, WWL anchor and author Sheba Turk with Monica Pierre, HR professionals Stefanie Allweiss, Barbara Johnson and Shawanda Poree with Cumulus Radio personality Ashley O, health specialists LeNae Goolsby, Dr. Mignonne C. Mary and Sandra Sigur with Betsie Gambel, and fashion designers Reagan Charleston, Anne Monzelun and Kristine Pichon with NOLA Fashion Week founder Tracee Dundas. The day-long program will also feature an inspiring luncheon presentation with a yet-to-be-announced keynote speaker.

Step Up Second-Line Parade (formerly Stiletto Stroll) – Friday, June 22
The newly named Step Up Second-Line Parade (formerly Stiletto Stroll) also takes place on June 22 and offers women the opportunity to step up to support victims of domestic violence while participating in an authentic New Orleans walking parade. This festive gathering is gearing up to become the world’s largest all women’s second line complete with live music, entertainers and more than 32 dance groups. Colorfully attired female marching krewes will join FestiGals ladies at the Mardi Gras of Costumes and Culture and then saunter thru the Vieux Carre and across Canal Street for a fabulous After-Glow Party at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Theater. Proceeds of fundraising marching krewes and newly formed groups will be donated to the New Orleans Family Justice Center which helps families and individuals affected by domestic violence.

The fun-filled weekend boasts a selection of a la carte activities including an interactive culinary experience, specially planned tours and excursions, dinner with Louisiana Eats! Poppy Tooker, and a Gospel Brunch.

Individual event tickets are available and women are encouraged to come for an event, a day or the whole weekend and to take advantage of attractive hotel rates offered by the Jung Hotel & Residences. For details pricing, and tickets please go to www.festigals.org.

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