April 28th
from 10:00am – 1:00pm (Free!)
at Longue Vue House and Gardens

Designed for girls in Grades 6-12 and the adults who care about them, Day
of the Girl is an interactive, educational workshop that inspires and connects
girls to their peers and positive role models. The topic of the day, “Finding
Your Voice,” will incorporate dynamic speakers and interactive experiences
which will challenge girls and grown-ups alike to engage in open communication
in a safe and fun environment.

Registration is now closed. To learn about our next Day of the Girl
in October 2018, please join our mailing list below.


Jaclyn McCabe
Boutique Owner and Body Positive Advocate

Jaclyn McCabe, is a radical self-love and body positive advocate who believes beauty is a mindset, not a waistline. After spending too many years dreading the dressing room, she launched her first fashion endeavor in the French Quarter. The Voluptuous Vixen proved that the women of New Orleans don’t need to choose between clothes that fit and clothes that are fabulous.

Nearly a decade later, she relaunched as Jaci Blue at 2111 Magazine Street. Jaclyn is a plus-size shopper who adores bold prints, luxe fabrics and up-to-the-minute designs. Jaci Blue brings her signature style to women sizes 12 and up.

Zella Palmer
Director and Chair, Dillard University Ray Charles Program

Author, Educator, Filmmaker, Scholar, Chair and Director of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture. Palmer is currently completing a documentary (The Story of New Orleans Creole Cooking: The Black Hand in the Pot) with Dillard University Ray Charles Program students about the history and contributions of African-Americans to New Orleans Creole Cuisine and finishing her next cookbook. In 2016, she was a guest speaker for NYU Food Studies, Nicholls State University and Maryville University. Palmer serves on the advisory board for (NOBIA) New Orleans Black Indians Alliance, Nellie Murray Feast Steering Committee, New Orleans Arts Coalition Council and Longvue House & Gardens.

Anna Combes
Director of Development, Ochsner Cancer Institute

Anna grew up in Maryland and went to school at Salisbury State University where she studied broadcast journalism and graduated with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Theatre. For twelve years Anna pursued a career in the restaurant business. She was lucky enough to travel the country opening restaurants and training staff. Her travels brought her to New Orleans where she met her husband Jeff. After getting married in 2001 Anna made a career move and began working in healthcare philanthropy at Ochsner Health system. After 13 years at Ochsner she has held several positions within the department and is now the Director of Development for the Ochsner Cancer Institute. During her 13 years at Ochsner she has helped raise over 120 Million for the health system and its 500,000 patients.

Lauren Perry
Executive Director, The Beautiful Foundation

Lauren Perry serves as the Executive Director of The Beautiful Foundation; a nonprofit organization that provides a safe space for adolescent girls to learn and express themselves. Lauren is a native New Orleanian. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University with a major in Theater Arts and minor in Business Administration in 2012. Upon graduating, she launched her career as a production makeup artist but soon thereafter realized that she had a passion for helping young girls. Once a former student of the organization herself, and later a mentor, Lauren fell in love with the mission of The Beautiful Foundation and has been committed to seeing it succeed. In 2015, she redirected her focus to pursue it as a full-time career. Lauren is driven by her passion for others and shows this in everything that she does. Whether it is her career as a makeup artist and helping people bring out their inner beauty; or her work with the young women of The Beautiful Foundation. She loves her family and all things community related.

Join us for Day of the Girl on April 28th
from 10:00am – 1:00pm at Longue Vue House and Gardens

This is a free program for all who wish to attend!

Registration is now closed for the April 2018 Day of the Girl. To learn about the October 2018 Day of the Girl, please join our mailing list below.