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Mind + Body: March 2019


Brain Matter: Learn the ins and outs of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology at a new conference being held this month.


Richard Carthon, local founder of a cryptocurrency and blockchain education platform, Crypto Current, is hosting the Crypto Current Conference March 14-15 at the New Orleans Jazz Market. Attendees at New Orleans’ first-ever exclusive cryptocurrency and blockchain conference will have access to current events in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, allowing them to learn the information in a digestible way. The Crypto Current Conference will feature compelling keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions and unique networking opportunities with thought leaders such as Sterlin Lujan with Bitcoin.com, Carl Fravel with Decentraland, Jacob Pouncey with Saxo Bank and Rachel Siegel with CryptoFinally. These speakers are a unique blend of people who specialize in both the cryptocurrency and blockchain space.

Carthon expects more than 300 diverse attendees at the two-day conference. “I believe the New Orleans Living brand resonates well with my audience and shares similar goals with the Crypto Current Conference in bridging the gap between people that are new to cryptocurrency and blockchain with thought leaders in the industry,” he says. By sharing knowledge, resources and opportunities to connect with others, he expects the conference to be a valuable asset to NOLA well into the future. Tickets are $99 (or $149 after March 10). Use discount code NOL to save $25 off the ticket price. 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., crypto-currentconf.co


Mission to Feed: The New Orleans Mission has opened a new food pantry on the Northshore to feed the hungry.

The largest faith-based, private service provider for the homeless in the Greater New Orleans area – the New Orleans Mission – recently opened its newest program on the Northshore, the Mission Pantry. Located at the New Orleans Mission’s Giving Hope Retreat in Lacombe, the Mission Pantry serves as a food distribution site to benefit 24,000 low-income, hungry individuals across St. Tammany Parish.

Thanks to a long-standing partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, the Mission Pantry has access to donations from major food retailers. In addition to non-perishable items, the Mission Pantry also offers fresh produce, meat and poultry. In New Orleans proper, the New Orleans Mission distributes food to the hungry each week through its outreach program in Central City. While many local pantries offer recipients limited weekly access to food and rely heavily on individual donations rather than daily donations from large retailers, the Mission Pantry will offer more flexibility for pickup by maintaining the hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Mission Pantry hopes to receive support from farmers, grocers and other food purveyors soon.

To qualify to receive food assistance from the Mission Pantry, low-income individuals must fill out an application at the Mission Pantry in Lacombe and also not receive food from any other pantry. If you are interested in volunteering at the Mission Pantry, please email [email protected]. neworleansmission.org

Maria’s Pick — A Woman’s World: The New Orleans Chamber’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit takes place this month.

March 22 marks the Crescent City’s first collaborative Women’s Leadership Summit, 2019 Power Up: Women’s Leadership Conference, hosted by the New Orleans Chamber and Fidelity Bank P.O.W.E.R. (Potential Of Women Entrepreneurs Realized). This new program from Fidelity Bank offers personalized service and a number of financial products to meet the unique needs of entrepreneurial women in business.

Sixteen local organizations are bringing in speakers to lead various breakout sessions throughout the daylong conference, featuring topics relevant to female professionals in New Orleans. There also will be a Keynote Breakfast, sponsored by Gustafson Wealth Management; a Keynote Luncheon, entitled “Yes, you do have a choice!” presented by Tina Clements, vice president of retail performance company, USA Team; and a Networking Happy Hour, sponsored by Dream Vacations.”This is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded professional women here in New Orleans,” says Maria Muro, publisher of New Orleans Living. Tickets are $125 (or $150 on the day of the event). The conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 799-4260, neworleanschamber.org