The American Business Women’s Association will charter the Crescent City Connections Express Network during its monthly luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill, 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

The charter ceremony marks the return of ABWA to New Orleans following a nine-year absence due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Women who join the association prior to the ceremony will be considered charter members.

“ABWA gives women the potential to grow, not only professionally but personally,” membership Chairwoman Lyndsey Graham said. “I love the self-empowerment that ABWA encourages and the opportunity to network with hundreds of women. I think every business owner and professional can learn from this organization and, in turn, further their careers.”

The association’s charter officers are: Charlotte Piotrowski, president; Rachel Nunez, president-elect; Graham, vice president of membership; Christi Felder, vice president of best practices; Jodi Archer, vice president of finance; Karyn Kingsbury-Grigsby, vice president of communication; and Wendy Dolan, vice president of marketing/PR.

ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network is open to all professional women and is actively recruiting new members. Cost for membership includes $115 annual national dues and $35 local dues.

Monthly networking luncheons are held on the second Thursday of each month. Future speakers include Connie Uddo, champion of the revitalization of New Orleans, and Charlee Williamson, of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group.

For more information about membership, visit or email Graham at