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Teniesha Biagas

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.

Morgan Valerie

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.

Tiffany Willis

Tiffany Willis graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Mass Communications specializing in Public Relations. In 2009 she worked at The Hawthorne Agency for three years as a public relations specialist. While at The Hawthorne Agency, Tiffany worked on various engineering projects such as Paths to Progress, Southeast Louisiana Drainage Program, and New Orleans Rail Gateway. She has written articles, newsletters, press releases, project proposals, and organized community events for the company’s clients.
In 2012 Tiffany decided to take a new lease on life and become an educator. Since making the career change she has obtained a Master’s of Art in Teaching in 2014 and became a fully certified special education teacher at Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep. Even though she works in education, PR is not far from her heart. Tiffany continues to practice public relations and finance with Nolablackprofessionals.com throughout the year. Her hope is still to merge the practices of education and public relations together and bring a positive image of individuals with disabilities and special education to New Orleans.