THE WEEK IN REVIEW: "And the winner is L....La La Land." / by Love You Back Productions

On Monday, we executed our pitch for the Urban League of Greater New Orleans' Women-in-Business Challenge.  It was flawless. 100%.  A++!! - Julia Elizabeth Evans, March 24, 2017

On Monday, we executed our pitch for the Urban League of Greater New Orleans' Women-in-Business Challenge.  It was flawless. 100%.  A++!! - Julia Elizabeth Evans, March 24, 2017

And the winner is L….La La Land. [Pause]  We didn’t win.  But, on Monday, our pitch execution was excellent. 100%.  A++.  Weenta and I were “second by a hair’s breath” was the review I received over and over.   The Urban League's Women-in-Business Challenge concerns scalability and strategic growth for already established, women-owned businesses.  Not until seeing and hearing our fellow finalists’ business pitches did I really apprehend the fact—   our peers in the competition are all 5-10 years in their respective businesses.  

Of course, Weenta and I have all of 3 roller-coaster months to our name.  Wow, it speaks so much to be working alongside such successful inspiring women as Danielle Mitchel at Mitchel Marketing Group, LLC; Anna Finch of Realized Designs/Realized Partners/Realized Partners, LLC; and Diane Bias of Jin Jenes Productions

Genuinely, writing this WEEK IN REVIEW, I feel humbled.   

"Keynote speaker, Ms. Bevy Smith. Her storytelling craft went beyond." - Julia Elizabeth Evans, March 24, 2017 

"Keynote speaker, Ms. Bevy Smith. Her storytelling craft went beyond." - Julia Elizabeth Evans, March 24, 2017 

When the Keynote speaker drops the mic, we all gush.  The Urban League of Lousiana’s Women-in-Business Challenge key note speaker was Ms. Bevy Smith - https://www.noew.org/speakers/bevy-smith.  Her storytelling craft went beyond.

What was it? It was 20 minutes of philosophy-infused, personal experience storytelling.  A combination of business and life anecdotes and adages.  Some points I took home: “I am committed to a creative life.”  Re: business philosophy, Smith asked the crowd, “who here considers themselves a hustler?”  I raised my hand.  Her response was, “I am not a hustler. I am strategic planner…[because] the middle is the meat. In the middle, we no longer hustle. We strategize.”   The so-called "middle" being referred to here is the stage of business development that comes after startup and before crafting a household name.

 Photograph taken on Monday, March 20th 2017 by Julia Elizabeth Evans.

 Photograph taken on Monday, March 20th 2017 by Julia Elizabeth Evans.

"NOEW is dope."  Photograph taken on Monday, March 20th 2017 by Weenta Girmay.

"NOEW is dope."  Photograph taken on Monday, March 20th 2017 by Weenta Girmay.

 “Damn girl, you just made me into a businesswoman!” - Julia to Weenta after pitch. Photograph taken on Monday, March 20th 2017 by Weenta Girmay.

 “Damn girl, you just made me into a businesswoman!” - Julia to Weenta after pitch. Photograph taken on Monday, March 20th 2017 by Weenta Girmay.

Feeling so humbled to be working alongside such successful inspiring women. Congratulations, Anna Finch of Realized Designs!!!! You rocked it, girl. For real. For reeeeal! - Julia

Feeling so humbled to be working alongside such successful inspiring women. Congratulations, Anna Finch of Realized Designs!!!! You rocked it, girl. For real. For reeeeal! - Julia

NOEW is dope. Also, as it turns out, [in my opinion] New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) is one of the dopest NOLA festivals. Full stop. 

I turned to Weenta after our pitch. “Damn girl, you just made me into a businesswoman!” And what arena to “come out” as an entrepreneur!  :)

"Now is the time for action.  Less distractions.”  Except when it comes to boys. ;-) - Julia Elizabeth Evans, March 24, 2017

"Now is the time for action.  Less distractions.”  Except when it comes to boys. ;-) - Julia Elizabeth Evans, March 24, 2017

Switch. Pivot. Go. No more distractions. Then, re-start all over again. There’s a pattern— a specific ebb and flow to being entrepreneur. Weenta and I worked for 9 months to plan, research, strategize, re-stratetgize, succeed, estimate, try out things.  With the business growth plan completed, our pitch skills honed and successfully harnessed, now is time for action.  Less distractions.  More opportunity for trial and error.  Wish the company luck on our big client presentation, coming up next week.

While I take some vacation time, Weenta is going in- lone wolf style. hehe.

Note: this video defines Julia’s current, music video aesthetic — Saturated yellows. Primary colors spun in patterns.  Tiny, “cutie” gemstone details.  Yah, yah, yah!

Shout out to Kehlani! Hell yah!

Gotta finish this post!

Gotta finish this post!

Gotta love the boy-dude!

Gotta love the boy-dude!

Gotta love this life! :-)

Gotta love this life! :-)

Special shout out to our boy-dudes, Seth and Nik, for y’alls unerring support.  Flowers were nice, too!  Come to think of it, the fresh bouquet of flowers is nice in the precisely the same way the colors in Kehlani’s “Distraction” video are nice in precisely.   Yah, yah, yah!Thanks, y’all!!  

Yay! Vacay. Vacay!  Y’all, I want to record all my notes from NOEW on this blog, but….can’t a girl get a little vacation in? Just kidding. I love this blog.  I love everything Love You Back Productions, especially the company’s sweet little writing outlet.  Sending y’all all my love as bang out this post on the bumpy ride to Aspen. 

Look out NOEW 2018! Seriously. I am counting down the days till next year’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Cannot wait for next year. I’m bummed I could only make it out Monday and Tuesday.  Energy, inspiration, education, opportunity, encouragement, enlightenment….really all things positive fills the atmosphere at NOEW.  And it’s all FREE. Thanks so much IDEA VILLAGE for your round-the-clock work. 

Y’all! One last thing.   Check this lady out. Woah.  Can you imagine?  #Goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love You Back (x1,000),

Julia!