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Betsie Gambel
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A veteran public relations professional in the Greater New Orleans area, Betsie Gambel received her Sociology degree from Sweet Briar College. In 2013, Betsie was the first Louisianan to be inducted into the Southern Public Relations Federation Hall of Fame and was named the United States Small Business Administration Woman Champion of the Year for Region VI of the United States (Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico). Also this year she was named a Woman of the Year by New Orleans CityBusiness, a top Woman Achiever by New Orleans Magazine and one of the honorees of the American Cancer Society.

She currently is a board member of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce. She was president of the Junior League of New Orleans and has served on numerous civic and nonprofit boards including the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, the YWCA and the Girl Scout Council of SE Louisiana. She has chaired and worked on countless fundraisers in the city, including establishing significant partnerships with corporations.

Interested in politics, she is a founding member of Jefferson Twenty-five, a political organization of women in Jefferson Parish, LA. She is a graduate of the Institute of Politics and the University of New Orleans Government Leadership Institute. She is also a 2012 graduate of the Goldman Sachs10,000 Small Businesses Program.

Betsie is the proud mother of two grown sons, Gregory who lives in Philadelphia, and Meric who lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and she has identical twin 6-year old grandsons, Collin and William.

Entries by Betsie Gambel

Self-Promotion: Mastering the Art of the Not So Shameless Plug

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 12:29 PM

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I am a girl's girl, and have loved dressing up and playing with dolls as long as I can remember. In fact, I still have my very first Barbie. Talk about a girl with a strong brand! From fashion model to doctor, from...

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The Quest For Quiet

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:21 PM

In these days of mobile devices and tablets, fast food and drive up windows and ready transit through companies like Uber, we find ourselves constantly connected, expecting immediate gratification and in a state of perpetual motion. Multitasking has become the norm, and time for a singular focus has become more...

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Labor Day Resolutions

(7) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:53 PM

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Just like New Year's resolutions, Labor Day signifies a time of renewal and reenergizing oneself. The supposed lazy, hazy days of summer have come and gone all too quickly, and now it is time for the brand new notebook ready to accept penned...

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The Lessons Behind The Political Mask

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 10:00 AM

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This summer, women from all over the country came together in New Orleans to frolic through their femininity at the annual FestiGals. From frivolity like the Stiletto Stroll in the French Quarter to more serious political topics like equal pay for women to...

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What's in Your Handbag? The Female Factor in Philanthropy

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Our public relations firm takes philanthropy very seriously and considers it an important part of our client strategy. Almost without fail, cause marketing plays an integral role in our marketing plans, recognizing that "doing good is good for business." But more than good for business, investing in one's community is...

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Do I Own The Business or Does The Business Own Me: Hiring a Second in Command

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 10:30 AM

Flash: It is with a great deal of certainty that I can say that my business life is changing for the better! About a month ago, I hired a director of strategy for Gambel Communications. The intent was not only for Amy to serve in a senior capacity, leading communications...

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Mardi Gras Madness And Getting Down to Business: How to Cope With Business Distractions

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 10:29 AM

It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, and keeping businesses focused on, well, actual business can prove to be the ultimate challenge. Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) actually begins on Twelfth Night, January 6, and continues nonstop until the day before Ash Wednesday. The date of Mardi Gras ties...

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The 12 Days of Christmas Networking: Schmoozing with Benefits

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 3:55 PM

Many people call me a "networker extraordinaire," and while I appreciate that portrayal, I am the first to admit that networking takes work. You don't acquire a "Rolodex" in the thousands without perseverance.

And what better time of year to hone your affable attributes than the holidays?...

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To Plan or Not to Plan

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 6:52 PM

It is said that if you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there. This adage is the foundation for strategic planning for our clients, a process typically underway during fourth quarter each year. Not only do we plan for the following year, but we update...

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The World Is Run By C Students: The Connection Between Risk, Failure and Success

(10) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 6:29 PM

When I was president of the Junior League of New Orleans 20 plus years ago, I remember reading an essay as I passed the gavel to my successor about the connection between failure and success. While the essay probably rests in some paper file in the attic, the message resonates...

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Claiming a Seat at the Table

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 9:47 AM

As a woman business owner and president of an all-female public relations firm, I am often asked how to best compete in a man's world. Certainly women have made great strides in the workplace, but still lag woefully behind men in the boardroom even though they account for more than...

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