Featured Femme: Tresa Wallace Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Please tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Tresa Wallace. I am a 40 year old wife to an amazing husband and mother of two smart, athletic, handsome boys. My hobbies are shopping, reading, dancing, traveling, and surfing the net for the latest fashion trends. I received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Charity School of Nursing in 1999. From there I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University in 2008. In 2012 I graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. I currently practice nursing as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) in the New Orleans Metro area.

What professional achievements are you most proud of and why?

It was always my dream to own and operate my very own women’s health clinic and I did just that. My family witnessed it, which was most important to me. Challenges arose and better opportunities ensued. Even through adversity, I still feel SO accomplished! For me, success is not defined as how much money I have in the bank or what kind of car I drive; it’s defined as setting goals, small or big, and crushing them! ACHIEVING goals you set for yourself! I did just that and continue to do so! Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Mia Lorick, Attorney

Please tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Mia Lorick and I’m a practicing trial and appellate attorney in Houston, Texas. When I am not practicing law, I am a mom to my two year old, Scotland. I went to the High School for Performing and Visual Arts for modern dance and then obtained a Bachelor in Fine Arts from North Carolina School of the Arts in Modern Dance. I love the arts and also love taking dance class. Prior to law school, I was a modern dancer in New York City.

What was your key driving force to become a lawyer?

My mom said she always knew I should be a lawyer based on how argumentative I was as a child. When I called her after being cut from a big audition, she asked me what I would be most happy doing. I told her I didn’t know but that I knew I didn’t want to dance anymore. She told me that I would be a great attorney and encouraged me to take the LSAT. I’m so glad she did. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Akira Collins, Restaurateur

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Akira Smith Collins.  I am a 34 year old wife and mother of two amazing daughters:  Lauren 13, Khloe 9. We are expecting baby girl #3 any day now! I am blessed to work alongside my husband Larry, together we own Wags Food & Culture.  My favorite hobbies are brainteasers, reading, and other mind-stimulating activities.  I graduated from John Ehret High School in 2002 and completed some college hours prior to pursuing self-employment.

Akira with husband Larry

You are a young, black, female business owner; did/do you face difficulties related to your age, race, or gender?  If so, how did you overcome them?

I can honestly say I have not experienced any challenges related to my ethnicity.  This is most likely because our business is in an area populated predominately by African-Americans.  I have not experienced any adverse encounters, but my husband is more popular among other chefs.  Occasionally there may be issues related to my age when someone I am working with is older and or more experienced.  However, that only encourages me.  I am always willing to learn.  Having been an employee and employer, I have learned what to do and not to do based on past experiences with employers.  The majority of my staff has been with me for a while; most of them feel that working in our company is more than just a earning a paycheck.  They are connected to our vision and goals as a restaurateur and are willing to support us in seeing our vision come to past. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: RoShawn Sussmann Owner of Shawny’s Healthy Essential

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 34-year-old wife, mother of five, (ages 15, 13, 11, 5, and 3) and business owner.  In 2002, I graduated from West Jefferson High School located in Harvey, Louisiana.  My passions are crafting and cooking.  Spending time with family and God are two things I thoroughly enjoy.  I am currently attending Delgado Community College (New Orleans, Louisiana) with a major in business management.  Prior to pursuing a degree in business management, I earned a degree in culinary arts.  While completing course work for the culinary arts program, I learned the important association between diet and health or the lack thereof.  When I had my son, I was told that I was bordering obesity, so I made lifestyle changes to improve my health.  I started following The Vegan Mom and which led me to begin the pomegranate diet coupled with an exercise regimen.  It became apparent that fruits and vegetables cleanse us, so becoming a vegan was a logical lifestyle change for me.

Shawny Creating

Where did the inspiration come from to start Shawny’s Healthy Essential?

Shortly after giving birth to my now 15-year-old daughter, she was diagnosed with jaundice.  Medical staff members at the hospital told me horrific things would happen to my child.  A few months later, my child was suffering with eczema.  Thankfully, I met a young physician who was also an herbalist, she asked if I would consider being one of her clients.  Her all natural treatment regimen worked wonders for my daughter!  She also asked me if I would be interested in joining an herbalist school and offered to pay a portion of my tuition.  She also challenged me to complete my culinary degree and add esthiology studies.  Saying yes to both proposals has changed my life in immeasurable ways! Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Tequanna Allison, Overcomer

Tequanna Allison is a young multi-business owner and mother who was diagnosed with conversion disorder, which is a complex condition with symptoms that cannot be explained by medical evaluation.  Despite setbacks with her health she continues to grow and aspires to help those around her.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 31 year old mother of three amazing children (2 boys and a girl ages 10, 8, and 2 years old). Spending time with family and “thrift-shopping” with my daughter are two things I enjoy during non-working hours. Currently, I am an entrepreneur and employed as a customer service representative at a call center. In 2005, I graduated from O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.   My fiancé (Robert Mitchell ) and I recently became business owners when we launched a transportation service and a hair care line, both of which are doing quite well. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Jemyra Calais, Family Nurse Practitioner

Jemyra is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and an alumnus of Lafayette’s Northside High School.  In 2012, she graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  From there, she started her nursing career, and eventually relocated to Houston, Texas.  While there, she enrolled in graduate school at South University to pursue her goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Breaux Bridge, LA., a small city not far from Lafayette, Louisiana.  Currently, I am 28 years old; single, with no children, and the pet mom of a cute puppy.  In 2012, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University (New Orleans, Louisiana).  I worked as a registered nurse for three years, before moving to Houston, Texas.  My hobbies include hanging out with friends; attending festivals; pampering myself with regular manicures and pedicures… typical girl stuff.  I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., however at this time; I am not active in any local chapter. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Trilby A. Barnes-Green Nurse Extraordinaire

Trilby A. Barnes-Green is an entrepreneur and women’s health registered nurse who resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. She currently practices telephonic nurse triage at Ochsner Health System. Nursing is near and dear to her heart! She routinely participates in health related community events and maintains active membership in national health organizations. Trilby served in leadership roles throughout her 40 year nursing career. She is currently treasurer of the national and New Orleans chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Trilby with Members of the New Orleans Black Nurses Association

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am happy to share that I am 62 years old! I’ve been married for 12 years this year. I am blessed to have a 27 year old daughter as well as a daughter and son through marriage. I have 4 sisters and 1 brother. I was adopted by my great aunt and uncle. Growing up some of my siblings and I lived in close proximity, and some in other states. We all have the same mother, we are blessed to know and love each other very much and have a strong sibling bond. I am proud to be an adopted child, my experience allowed me to help so many people personally and professionally. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Robyn Paigé, Blossoming Humanitarian

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am 26 years old; my life is an open book! I enjoy people and music; I also play the violin (self-taught)! I have the most amazing Yorkie, named Fancy. Above all, I really like helping and inspiring people. Helping people comes naturally to me; I like to understand people’s stories. My alma mater is Loyola University (New Orleans, Louisiana), class of 2013; I majored in mass communication with a focus in broadcast journalism, minor in music business. Moving to Los Angeles was a huge faith move for me; I moved with $750 to my name! What I did not want out of life was regret, I did not want to get caught up in a 9-5 job, then look back and think what if I had stepped out on faith and did what God had shown me. Keep Reading

Beauty on a Budget: French Manicure for less than $10

I love a good visit to the nail salon just as much as the next person! However, sometimes there just is not enough time to get to the nail salon, or it’s not in the budget. So I’m going to share how I achieve the perfect French manicure look for less than $10 from the comfort of my own home!

I found out about press-on nails in a budget savvy Facebook Group. At 1st I thought there is no way this will look anywhere near decent, but I was wrong! When done correctly these nails look quite nice. If I can do it, so can you! Keep Reading

10 Practical Tips and Tricks for Landing your Dream Job

Hello Femme a` Femme! I am Adrienne Breaux. I graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and shortly after received my certification in Human Resources Management from Tulane University. Since then, I have worked in the field of HR and I want to share with you my top 10 tips (for Women) on how to raise your chances of securing the job that you want.

Author: Adrienne Breaux
  1. Take advantage of all of opportunities to better yourself. Get education or training in your field of interest. Get experience. Keep Reading