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CEO of the Year: Michael Sawaya

CEO OF THE YEAR Michael Sawaya is the hardest-working New Orleanian on two wheels. Since 2018, he has served as the president of the New Orleans...

Stephen J. Watson

While interviewing for a job as membership programs director at what was then The National D-Day Museum, Stephen J. Watson said he recalls the...

Libbie Sonnier

"A stronger Louisiana starts with successful children.” Libbie Sonnier, executive director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, not only believes these words, she fights...

Dr. Rochelle Ford

Dillard University may be a small HCBU nestled quietly in its Gentilly neighborhood, but it clearly punches well above its weight. Under the leadership...

Lucio A. Fragoso

2023 was a year of growth in every imaginable way for Children’s Hospital New Orleans, including programs, staff, partnerships, facilities and patients served. It also...

Bren Haase

When it comes to unbelievably complex and transformative projects within the state of Louisiana, very few in recent years have been to the scale...

Colette Hirstius

On Sept. 14 it was announced that Shell — among the largest companies in the world and the largest oil producer in the Gulf...

CEO of the Year: Melissa Sawyer

“I want you to meet Julian,” says Melissa Sawyer as she jumps up from her desk and eagerly welcomes a young man into her...

Jay Cicero

For 25 years it has been Jay Cicero’s job to bring the biggest games in sports to New Orleans. This year, however, he personally...

Jennifer Boland-Masterson

“Shooting for the moon” is a common aspirational metaphor. For Jennifer Boland-Masterson, director of manufacturing and site leader for the Boeing Space and Launch...

Brian Lade

A lot has changed in brick-and-mortar retail in recent years as online shopping has grown in popularity — spurred on by the pandemic. According...

Adam Anderson

In a region perpetually in search of economic diversification and revitalization, nothing symbolizes the opportunity for progress more than the rebirth of the former...

Quint Davis

There is no bigger stage in the city than the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and for Quint Davis, the festival’s producer/director, there...

Dr. Takeisha Davis

While taking on two leadership roles in the same year might seem daunting to many people, Dr. Takeisha Davis sees them as ideal complements...

Larissa Littleton-Steib

Larissa Littleton-Steib is chancellor of Delgado Community College, but she calls herself “the chancellor of crisis management.” “We’ve had one hit after another, but we...

Max Swetman

Max Swetman, a managing partner at MG+M The Law Firm, is one of only a handful of attorneys in the United States who has...

Dan Real

Caesars Entertainment, parent company of Harrah’s New Orleans, announced in December 2020 a $325 million renovation and construction project of the downtown casino to...

Dr. Trivia Frazier

Dr. Trivia Frazier, president and CEO of Obatala Sciences, entered 2021 on a wave of success that she’s continuing to ride today. Her biotech...

John R. Nickens

Children’s Hospital made the national news when a COVID-19 spike in New Orleans began affecting kids at an unprecedented rate. Throw in a hurricane,...

Troy Henry

Sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and left the Six Flags/Jazzland theme park in ruins, the city of New Orleans finalized a...

Dr. Shondra Williams

Bringing testing and care to wherever it’s needed We are a community organization, established by and for the community,” said Dr. Shondra Williams, CEO of...

Andreanecia Morris

Fighting for affordable housing at a time of critical need The affordable housing crisis in New Orleans has hit critical mass, and Andreanecia Morris, CEO...

Guy Williams

Championing small business and the New Orleans economy As Guy Williams explained it, managing Paycheck Protection Loan applications for his customers was a high-stakes race...

Michael Williamson

Bringing people together to raise millions for those in need. When Michael Williamson first volunteered with his local United Way branch in South Carolina, he...

Lally Brennan & Ti Adelaide Martin

Fighting for Survival with “The Zoom That Saved Wednesdays” Led by Lally Brennan and Ti Adelaide Martin, iconic New Orleans restaurant Commander’s Palace served as...

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