Women’s Champion Tory Johnson to Headline  at Festigals"FestiGals Professional & Personal Development Day Takes Place in New Orleans June 2014"

This June, women from coast to coast will be packing their bags and heading South to experience one of the country’s most unique
celebrations centered around women, FestiGals. The annual event takes place in New Orleans from Thursday June 19th through Sunday June 22nd with a lineup that kicks into high gear right from the start and a theme that’s All About YOU!

New to FestiGals’ programming this year is Branding YOU, one day devoted exclusively to your personal enrichment and professional development. On Friday June 20th your day begins with not one but three different seminars designed to help you be all that you can. Friday’s luncheon at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside will feature a powerful women’s champion, Tory Johnson. A weekly contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, a #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Shift, and a contributing editor for SUCCESS magazine, Johnson is a popular motivational speaker who has built two
multi-million dollar career-focused businesses, Women for Hire and Spark & Hustle. Prompted by an unexpected and painful firing that came early on in her national broadcasting career, Johnson made the ‘shift’ and repositioned her mindset from that of an employee to one of an entrepreneur.

During her first speaking engagement in New Orleans at FestiGals, Tory Johnson will share her keys to success and guide women towards actionable steps that have practical applications in both their professional careers and in their personal lives. Johnson promises no easy shortcuts to success. Instead, she offers up practical tools that can help any women convert her passion into profit. “I can’t wait to join this exceptional celebration of women – we’ll laugh, we’ll learn and we’ll leave ready to pursue even bigger dreams together,” says Tory Johnson.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Tory Johnson has agreed to anchor our professional and personal development day for FestiGals this year. Women are in for a powerful experience that will motivate them into action. It does not matter if you are a soccer mom or a CEO we all have a brand. Tory’s own transformation is truly an inspiration for any woman seeking to make a change in her life,” says FestiGals Founder Diane Lyons.

FestiGals programming continues on Saturday June 21st with a focus on Celebrating YOU! FestiGals signature event Bodacious Bras for a Cause luncheon and auction fundraiser showcases a collection of creative Bra-Art designed by celebrities. Presented at FestiGals official host Hotel Monteleone, this high-energy afternoon is packed with surprises that will leave you speechless. The best part of it all is that 100 percent of the proceeds generated by the auction support targeted women’s causes. Later that same evening, every FestiGal gets the chance to ‘strut her stuff’ as the star of a New Orleans style second-line parade through the French Quarter. Every girl’s fantasy!

Sunday June 22nd is a day set aside for rest and repentance. Not! FestiGals closes the four-day extended weekend with a Saints & Sinners brunch at one of New Orleans most legendary fine dining establishments, Antoine’s Restaurant. The experience includes a command performance of the popular musical Hot Stuff featuring comedian Becky Allen at her best. The show also features the talented Harry Mayronne on piano with Chris Wecklein singing praises that will have you in stitches. This show Ain’t Yo Mama’s Cabaret Dawlin’!

This is just a tip of the FestiGals iceberg planned for you this June in New Orleans. So start preparing now because this FestiGals journey just won’t be the same without you.

For the complete FestiGals experience, you’ll want to sign up at www.FestiGals.org for the Ultimate Package at $400 for all four days of programming. Or bring your friends and colleagues and power up with FestiGals for lunch with Tory Johnson on Friday June 20th for just $65. Hope to see you in New Orleans this June 19-22!

FestiGals is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Diane B. Lyons, DMCP, CMP and ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC NETWORK COMPANY, produces the annual event held in New Orleans each June. FestiGals maiden-voyage in 2011 attracted over 150 women. Last year, 400 women from over 15 states throughout the country converged on the Crescent City for the weekend-long celebration. The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce all endorse this unique women’s event. Collectively, the FestiGals fundraising initiative, “Bodacious Bras For A Cause,” has raised over $40,000 with 100% of the proceeds dedicated to the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, an organization that supports underserved women. For more information on FestiGals, visit www.FestiGals.org or call 1-855-425-9563.