Meet 12 talented women — leaders in their realms of art, design, fashion, and food — as we spotlight entrepreneurship, innovative thinking, and the power of creativity.

Mei-Ling is a classical ballet dancer and professional model, originally from Northern California. She spent summers training at American Ball…

Candias, the founder of Iris 1956, credits her love of jewelry to her grandmother and the neighborhood women wearing gold medallion jewelry in…

Inspired by life's mundanities, Mary's acrylic and ink imagined scenes are full of color and pattern. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Mary re…

Rachael, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, found her passion for pottery while fulfilling a required arts credit during her junior year at …

Each summer while growing up, Trishala traded New Orleans for India, roaming the stalls with her brother for fabrics. After a decade-long care…

Boyfriend, a fixture at festivals and a Jazz Fest favorite, coined the term "Rap Cabaret" to describe her live show. Her music has been featur…

Lenora is the Executive Chef and a co-owner of Morrow's, one of New Orleans' most exciting and innovative places to dine. The cosmopolitan men…

Katie, the financial controller at her family's business in the oilfield supply industry, has been making art for as long as she can remember,…

Originally from New York, Ann Marie landed in New Orleans six years ago after living in cities around the country. She is currently represente…