Teniesha Biagas is currently the Sponsorship Activation Director at ESSENCE Festival where she serves as the main point person for all ESSENCE Festival sponsors working to seamlessly execute sponsor integration for the event. She had been serving as a fundraiser for former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. She also serves as Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Nola Black Professionals, where she heads the digital movement initiated in 2012 to cultivate a young black professional community online and offline. Prior to joining Senator Mary Landrieu’s reelection campaign, Biagas served as Assistant Director of Partnerships at Rehage Entertainment securing funds from corporations for major live events in New Orleans. In addition, she coordinated numerous productions throughout the country such as Essence Festival,Voodoo Music Festival and A Night to Make it Right.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University. Biagas is active in her community where she mentors high school students on entrepreneurship and lectures on social media best practices at workshops hosted by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. Biagas also volunteers with the organization; 2-Cent that uses literacy and art to address the reading deficiency in the community.
A graduate of Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Morgan Valerie has an impressive history of managing public relations and community outreach.
At The Ehrhardt Group (TEG), Morgan has been a key contributor for the firm’s Focus Group Testing division as a project and facility manager, where she coordinates market and focus group research for local, regional and national corporations and organizations. Morgan has also worked with The Ehrhardt Group to coordinate media relations and served as an assistant public information officer during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. Her work with BP officials and the nation’s top media corporations led to a seamless flow of information on the one of the world’s most covered and publicized disasters.
Before beginning with TEG she worked in production and entertainment with Festival Productions on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and NFL Kick-Off and with GeChar Productions on the Essence Empowerment Series.
Morgan was selected as an honoree for the 2011 March of Dimes Spotlight on Success and serves as a Professional Advisor for Xavier University’s Public Relations Student Society of America. She enjoys speaking to and mentoring high school and college students about their future and recently took a summer position with the NORDC New City Leadership Camp teaching Speech Communications and Career Development.
As a co-founder of NolaBlackProfessionals.com, Morgan turned one of her favorite pass-times, being social, into her actual position in the organization where she handles events for the network.
A Washington native, Susan Isaacs moved to New Orleans in 2005 to attend Xavier University before she got bit by the news bug.
Susan was hired by WDSU news in 2013 as the morning traffic reporter.
Her first job in the newsroom came in 2007, when Susan began working on the news desk at a New Orleans television station while enrolled in college. As a production assistant, Susan honed her writing skills and was promoted to associate producer shortly after she graduated in 2009, then soon to traffic reporter.
Susan was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. She moved to New Orleans to attend college and pursue her dream of becoming a reporter.
Shamier Bouie is a public relations consultant serving clients throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Over the years, Shamier has worked with several public affairs clients including New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Orleans Parish School Board and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. She has completed successful projects for various nonprofit organizations including the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies and the nationally recognized Bipartisan Policy Center, based in Washington, D.C., as well as execute community and media relations campaigns throughout the gulf coast for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Throughout her career, she has yielded millions in media impressions in print, television, online and radio in local and national publications.
A native of Houston, Tex., Shamier attended Xavier University of Louisiana where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication. Shamier is a 2013 March of Dimes Spotlight on Success honoree and member of Press Club of New Orleans.