Monthly Speakers

Melissa Willis, Image consultant

Topic: What does your Image mean and why does it all matter?

Melissa will discuss the 3 components of image including pitfalls to avoid as well as tips on how to improve one’s image.

The 3 components of your image:

  1. Your physical image
  2. Your image in the community
  3. Your online image


With well over 20 years of experience in the fashion and entertainment industries, Melissa Willis has traveled and worked all over the United States and all over the world. She started off as a professional model and went on to become a talent scout looking for new talent of all ages. Melissa knows what it takes to get discovered and to land the contract.

As the founder of Your Best You LLC, Melissa’s passion is working with people to be THEIR best in everything they do. . Melissa offers shopping assistance, closet makeovers and wardrobe consultations. Her goal is to create the awareness that everything counts and everything matters. Your image 20 years ago is very different from your image today. Today’s image has many components that are new and can be confusing Melissa takes the confusion out of the discussion and offers concrete advice on how to be YOUR BEST YOU.

Melissa is a graduate of Loyola University with a degree in Drama and Communications. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She is a member of the Crescent City Chapter of BNI and she is also a Director Consultant with BNI as well as a trainer with BNI. Melissa is also the chapter director of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Over 40 Females.

Melissa lives in Metairie with her husband and their two sons.

Date: September 18, 2014

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Place: Grace Disciples of Christ Church
975 Hwy 190 Service Road, Covington, LA 70433

Free event for first-time guests.
Members pay $5 meeting fee.

If you plan on staying for the optional lunch, please RSVP. You can either pay online or at the meeting. Lunch costs just $5!


Melissa Gleason, Financial Consultant, AXA Advisors

Melissa Gleason is a financial consultant with AXA Advisors. AXA is a global financial services company that has been in New Orleans for over 100 years. Before becoming a financial advisor in 2012, Melissa worked in the banking industry for 23 years. The two positions she enjoyed most were helping clients build and repair their credit and managing the retirement department of a local bank.

Melissa’s passion is helping women realize their dreams and financial goals.

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