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NOLA Entrepreneurs’ Panel

Meet the Entrepreneurs behind NOLA Brewing, Demo Diva & Krewe du Optic






IABC New Orleans will host a panel featuring NOLA Entrepreneurs’ Kirk Coco, Simone Bruni and Stirling Barrett. Success as an entrepreneur is determined in large part by the ability to communicate effectively. This panel will engage in active discussion about their communication / branding challenges and successes in today’s highly competitive marketplace.

You will walk away with insight into the communication mindset of three well-known New Orleans-based entrepreneurs.

Moderated by Tim Williamson, Co-founder & CEO, The Idea Village

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 11:30 AM Networking / Lunch | 12:00 PM Panel Discussion

Where: Junior Achievement New Orleans | 5100 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Cost: $15 Students | $25 Members | $35 Non-Members


02lgDINEoktNOLA Brewing is the concept and dream of entrepreneur Kirk Coco. Kirk is a native New Orleanian who earned his BA and Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University, his MBA from the University of New Orleans and served 11 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. After watching the effects of Katrina while on deployment in the Arabian Gulf, he decided to come home to help rebuild and develop commerce in post-Katrina New Orleans.  Read More


untitledSimone Bruni of Demo Diva did what many Louisiana natives did post Katrina, she reinvented herself. Following her natural instincts and skills derived from a long career in hospitality and tourism, Simone Bruni turned helping her neighbors into a full-fledged business success. Demo Diva Demolition is blazing a trail in a male dominated industry & reinvented the recipe for construction marketing, PR, social media & customer service that creates strong brand identity and raving “fans” instead of customers. Read More


untitled3Krewe du Optic was founded in 2013 by Stirling Barrett, a New Orleans native and creative entrepreneur. His vision of the city as a thriving cultural hub was his inspiration for launching KREWE. Our team passionately believes in spreading the culture of New Orleans and its celebration of individual style, one frame at a time. Read More



IMG_9726Lauren LeBlanc is the woman behind the New Orleans brand, Fleurty Girl. Her personal story and “you-can-do-it spirit” has continued to motivate and inspire people. In May 2009, this single mother of three took her income tax refund check and invested all of it into her own idea, Fleurty girl, a unique New Orleans collection of tees and apparel. Within a month, Lauren sold out of her initial inventory and continued to do so every time she came out with more items. Locals fell in love with the brand and tourists sought it out as well. Lauren opened her first shop six months later and today has five locations around New Orleans and turned her $2,000 tax refund check into a multi-million dollar company. Read More


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Ignite Your Mind with Southern Region’s SPARK!

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HKThe Case for Creativity

How to become more creative and why it matters

At its core, creativity is about solving problems. That’s why the same characteristics that lead to a more creative work life also lead to stronger companies, healthier communities, and a better nation overall. By practicing these traits, we can sharpen our own creative problem-solving chops—and as IABC members, we’re in a unique position to foster creativity and innovation in our companies, organizations, and clients, as well.

But what are these characteristics? How do we make them our own? Join us at 11:30 am on November 19 when H. K. Stewart will answer these questions and tell why creativity matters now more than ever. Stewart will also conduct an informal workshop after the luncheon for those who want to know more about expanding their creative lives.

H. K. Stewart has spent more than three decades as a creative professional, first as a magazine editor, then as a writer, designer, and creative consultant to a wide range of clients through his own firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since 1994, he has also conducted dozens of workshops on creativity to IABC chapters and other groups around the country. He has a BA in English and journalism from Harding University and an MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University. He is the author of Gift: Meditations from a Spiritual Journey (2010) and co-author of Little Rock: A Contemporary Portrait (1990), and he has written a daily blog since 2009. He is the founder and former emcee of the Little Rock Poetry Slam—and he can wiggle his nose like Samantha on Bewitched.

When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | Networking @ 11:30 am | Lunch & Presentation @ 12:00 pm
Where: DEVENEY, 1582 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130Expanding Your Creative Life (Optional Informal Workshop for luncheon participants only) @ 1:00 pm

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IABC Southern Region Conference – Austin, TX

The Austin IABC chapter is hosting the 2014 IABC Southern Region Conference with a program that’ll knock your boots into high gear. Cultivating Creative Intelligence is the theme of this year’s conference, and Austin invites you to insightful sessions designed to “cultivate your creative intelligence,” while enjoying the friendly charm of Austin.

“Austin is an amazing city, and we’re looking forward to showing it off to everyone,” said Southern Region Conference co-chair Christina Moore. “We have something for everyone—from the rich history embodied by the State Capitol to the universities, music festivals, high-tech scene, movie industry, wonderful outdoors and the beautiful Texas Hill Country.”

The Southern Region Steering Committee has worked hard to put together a program that lives up to Austin’s reputation as a center of innovation and technology while also providing value to senior-level communicators and on down the spectrum of experience levels.

“Our programming team is looking closely at the surveys from the mini conferences held this fall and using that feedback to help shape the topics we’ll cover in Austin,” said co-chair Mark Evans. “We want to make this a conference that is not only fun but also provides valuable information to attendees to help them in their jobs.”

We have a jam-packed schedule of sessions covering several tracks of interest. As a conference attendee, you’ll get to create your own adventure from the following tracks:

View from the Top – Includes topics such as leading change with creativity, consulting at the top, building quality from the ground up, bridging the gap between words and numbers and managing a company spin-off
Creativity & Innovation – Includes topics such as igniting a creative mindset, new approaches to media relations, social storytelling and bursts of enlightenment delivered “pechu kucha” style
Applied Intelligence – Includes topics such as big data, hiring smart, marketing metrics, influencing online influencers and reputation and brand management
Tools & Technologies – Includes topics such as content marketing, developing a digital strategy, social intranets and driving traffic, conversion and revenue

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We Want to Hear From IABC NOLA Members! Join Us at a Chapter Town Hall Meeting

You’re Invited to the IABC New Orleans Town Hall Meeting

The success of IABC NOLA is important to your chapter president, other board members and to past and present members who have invested in this organization over many years. You are the stakeholders! We want to hear your point of view on the local chapter, its board and the larger international organization so that we can build our future together.

The IABC NOLA Board invites you to participate in a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 9 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. We hope that you will engage and help to position IABC NOLA to be both resilient and sustainable in the future.
Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served!

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Time: 4:30 – 6:30 PM Location: Junior Achievement New Orleans 5100 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124 Moderator: Gerard Braud, Braud Communications RSVP to: Meghan Weaver at mlegaux@gmail.com

Conference Bridge Conference Dial-in Number: (661) 673-8600 Participant Access Code: 370914#