Traci Landry—Owner of Fashion Boutiques, Bella Lucca and Mode
A self-professed shopaholic, Traci Landry has always had an eye for style. When she was nine years old, she was quick to notice her aunt’s new designer purse, exclaiming with loud shrill, “You have a Gucci!” Then like any other second grade fashionista would do, she asked to bring it to school the next day for show and tell.
Liz Cannon—Keller Williams Realty
Liz Cannon is arguably one of the best realtors in the area, but who knew she was also a matchmaker. She intuitively recognizes traits that will best complement an individual and to date, this self-proclaimed cupid has helped find wedded bliss for six couples—one of whom has been married for over 25 years.
Drs. Constance M. Chen and Maria M. LoTempio—Omega Hospital
Constance Chen, MD, MPH, and Maria LoTempio, MD, PC, travel regularly from New York City to Omega Hospital in Metairie in order to share their medical expertise of breast reconstruction with area patients. They are part of a team of distinguished plastic surgeons called the NOLA Group for the Advancement of Breast Reconstructions (NOLA GABRs), a group that formed under Dr. Robert J. Allen in 2009 in order to centralize the medical skills of some of the country’s leading breast reconstructive surgeons for patients living in the southeast.
Ronda M. Gabb, JD—Ronda M. Gabb & Associates, LLC
There are two certainties in life, neither of which are much fun to contemplate—death and taxes. Add to the mix another typically uncomfortable experience of meeting with a lawyer, and you have Ronda M. Gabb, JD.
Brandilynn Robichaux—Bryan Christopher’s Salon
For Brandilynn Robichaux, co-owner and business and development director of Bryan Christopher’s Salon in Madisonville, getting to know the clients is the highlight of her “hustle and bustle” work day. Bryan Christopher is a full- service hair salon that is one of the premier destinations for hair design and color applications on the Northshore.
Stephanie Weeks—NOLA Lending Group, LLC
For Stephanie Weeks, life has always been about sticking to her plan. “There never was a Plan B for me,” she peered through her glowing smile. Stephanie spends very little time thinking about ‘what ifs’ and ‘has beens.’ Her life has always been about looking ahead, moving forward, making plans and carrying them out.
Dwan Mabry—North Oaks OB/GYN Group
In the words of Robert K. Greenleaf, becoming a servant leader begins with a desire to serve first. Then, conscious choice inspires one to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.
Ti Canipe—Budget Blinds
Ti Canipe, Budget Blinds franchise owner, says that the most rewarding aspect of her job—providing all types of indoor window coverings—is the opportunity to work with home and business owners, finding solutions to just about anything involving the treatment of windows. Ti and her husband, Scott, are business partners. Collaborating together with their years of experience in interior design and engineering, Ti and Scott offer free consultation, free estimates and free installation, always trying to work around their clients’ schedules.
Desirée Simmons—The Children's Armoire
If you are not familiar with the phrase homo universalis, you are probably not alone. It is a descriptive term for a person who has “learned very much.” But more than a description, it is a way of life that shapes not only the designated person but those around them as well. A Latin term meaning a “universal person” or “person of the world,” it describes one who is well educated, well-traveled or who excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields.
Donna Gaspard Benfatti—N’Tini’s New Orleans Steak & Martinis
Donna Benfatti is one of the most versatile people you will ever meet. She is described as a devoted mother and grandmother, an adoring wife, a faithful friend and a dedicated businesswoman, whose creativity and attention to detail is unmatched. The unbridled passion with which she juggles the many roles in her life, and the inconceivable catastrophe she was forced to overcome is awe-inspiring. To hear her story, many might come to see her as a modern day Wonder Woman.
Dr. Catherine Wilbert—Wellness Innovations
Catherine Wilbert, ND is a doctor of naturopathic medicine, a nutrition consultant, a culinary nutritionist and a nationally recognized wellness expert. Yet, Catherine feels her greatest achievements are Productsin what she does everyday…helping people change their lives.