Rupa Jolly

Rupa Jolly

What about New Orleans inspires you? That diversity and culture exist as best friends! It is quite possibly one of the most confident cities in that it exudes authenticity and charm by being exactly who it is in its most raw form. People are friendly and accepting of anyone that comes across its path. I have made lasting friendships with artists, musicians, physicians, and everything in between casually around the city!

Favorite restaurant: Commander’s Palace

Favorite bar: The Jolly Bar

What advice would you give your twenty-year-old self? Never stop learning. Everything is teaching you something, whether you know it at the time or not. One of the best qualities you can have is allowing yourself to learn and grow.

Favorite simple indulgence: Hummus/Pita at Saba

Rupa Jolly

Rupa Jolly

Favorite thing to do here to recharge/energize: Romney Ride

Name something about New Orleans that can always put you in a good mood: You can wake up on pretty much any given day and find a festival or event happening that is going to be a guaranteed good time with incredible food and music! I personally love how I can go from a playdate with my kids in Audubon Park in the morning to French Quarter Fest in the afternoon without prior plans!

Best book you've read in the past year: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Favorite movie of all timeSweet Home Alabama

Describe your charitable work or favorite cause: I am grateful to be a board member of Second Harvest Food Bank as this is such a basic need and no one in this country should go hungry. Coming from a science background, it was also very important for us to give back to the community and help create a state of the art environment for students to thrive via The Isidore Newman School Jolly Science & Technology Building.

Rupa Jolly

Rupa Jolly

Favorite snowball stand: Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

Favorite clothing store: Angelique

Name a necessary extravagance: A designer pair of shoes you can dance in!

Describe the greatest influence you’ve had on your life: My husband! I met him at the age of 17 so he has had a huge impact on who I am today. He is the smartest person I know and inspires me daily with his love of learning, work ethic and most generous heart to our family and community.

Song that can always put you in a great mood: Just Dance by Lady Gaga

Favorite drink or cocktail: A glass of Red Sangria

This interview has been condensed and edited.