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




A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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