Opulent Productions presents: Women Mean Business Awards 2020 Vision: HER Dream in Focus

It’s an honor to introduce you to Orion Prater-Phillips, wife, mother, businesswoman, and founder of the Inaugural Women Mean Business Awards 2020 Vision: HER Dream in Focus. We met via social media as she delivered the great news about the upcoming Inaugural Women Mean Business Awards Show to recognize phenomenal women in the Greater New Orleans Area and the nomination and voting process.

The Inaugural Women Mean Business Awards Show will celebrate and showcase exceptional female role models in areas of career achievement, networking, community involvement, and leadership. This event celebrates high-level female business leaders, making an impact on New Orleans. Women Mean Business honorees will be awarded the recognition they deserve for excellence in their category. 

And Orion states, “Now it’s time they are recognized!”


The deadline for entry has passed. Still, nominations and voting were open to inspiring women who own a business, including nonprofit and social organizations in the Greater New Orleans area. Women had the option to self nominate as well. Nominations were accepted for twenty-one categories such as “Outstanding Leaders, New Business, Community Leader, and so on. There were over 6000 votes submitted!  And forty-five fabulous ladies are left with the task to write a letter about why she should win. 

The letters are read over by a prestigious group of judges selected by Orion, and their names are as followed:


  •  Michael Lewis, Owner of Algiers Auditorium
  •  Greg Ravy, Founder of Heroes of New Orleans 
  • Dr. Jasmine Ward, Founder of Black Ladies in Public Health
  • Maychelle Cooper, Queen Select of Femme Fatale 
  •  Robert Pearson Attorney at Law


Opulent Productions LLC and its sponsors will proudly recognize the city’s most successful women business on January 25, 2020, at The Historic Carver Theater during the 1st Inaugural Women Mean Business Awards Show in New Orleans.

The Women Mean Business Awards is sponsored by:


  • Smoothie King
  •  Kentwood Springs
  •  The Historic Carver Theater
  •  Silk Me Kids
  • Luscious Hair
  • Pearson & Mitchell Associates
  • Let Us Cater For You 
  • Law Offices of Frank D’Amico Jr. 
  • JWP Studios
  • NOLA Web Team 


Orion is the owner of Opulent Productions LLC, a wedding and event planning business that specializes in hosting women empowerment events. Proud member of New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce. In addition to those services, Opulent Productions can plan, coordinate, and design any event. She has successfully been in business for the past ten years by providing excellent customer service and wow factor high-quality creative events. She also gives credit to the success of her business to her clients. 

“If it weren’t for some of the people in the community hiring me for events or signing up to be vendors at my events, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”secondary logo

In addition to being a busy businesswoman, Orion has provided women with a platform and opportunity to network, support, and learn from each other. For the past five years, she has assisted in erasing the stereotype that women do not support each other within her circles.

Orion says, “If more of us realized that it cost absolutely nothing to support each other. In the world of social media, a simple like, share, or a comment is a form of support.” 

When asked about her goals for the next five years; Orion proudly shared that if I had asked her a month ago, she would have said her goal would have been to host The Women Mean Business Awards show at The Historic Carver Theater, but she has hit that goal!

Orion said, “ So I guess in five to ten years, I would love to see my event at the Saenger Theater.”


As I kept saying her name, I couldn’t help think about the cat name “Orion” from the movie Men In Black and the phrase “To prevent war, the galaxy lies on Orion’s Belt.” Orion, who was named by her mother, allows the stars to shine from her heart and soul and pays it forward by empowering and inspiring women in New Orleans. 

She left me with these golden nuggets.

 “As my mom always says, Orion is the most recognizable constellation and brightest star in the galaxies, and that’s what I strive to be. It’s what I am out here doing; honoring and recognizing other women by making us all shine bright for the world to see.” 

And she is doing just that with the support of her family, whom she says are her motivators.

“They are my motivators. They are always pushing me to keep pushing.”

An Orion Shine Bright Tip:

“Keep pushing and look to God for all your strength, not your friends and family.”

It’s not often that we get the chance to come together to acknowledge and celebrate our works and talents, and I applaud Orion for all that she does and organizing an event of this nature.

Join Opulent Productions for an evening of networking, socializing, and surprises at the Inaugural Women Mean Business Awards Show. This is an event you don’t want to miss!



The awards show is January 25, 2020, at The Historic Carver Theater.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the show begins at 7:00 PM. The attire is Cocktail.

Tickets are currently on sale through Eventbrite Early Bird Gen.

Admission Tickets are $15.00, and VIP Tickets are $20.00 until January 1st.

Then January 1st-24th Gen. Admission Tickets will be $20.00, and VIP Tickets will be $25.00.

At the door, Admission Tickets $25.00. NO VIP tickets will be sold at the door.

You have the option of buying a table that seats 8 for $125.00.


For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Orion Prater-Phillips at wmbusiness2016@gmail.com




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