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Boys Town Louisiana and Executive Director Receive Special Recognition

Rashain Carriere

The publication New Orleans CityBusiness annually recognizes 50 women whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them leaders in the region. It also recognizes five nonprofit organizations that have gone above and beyond in serving the needs of local women, children, and the community.

Boys Town Louisiana has been honored as one of the five nonprofit organizations of the year. And its Executive Director, Rashain Carriere-Williams, has also been named one of the 50 honorees.

Carriere-Williams said she takes pride in both honors.

“It is an honor and a privilege that Boys Town Louisiana has been recognized as one of the top five 2020 Nonprofits in the area and that I have been selected as an honoree for CityBusiness Woman of the Year," she said.

Carriere-Williams became Boys Town Louisiana's executive director in 2019. She had many plans for the site – but then came the coronavirus pandemic and many weather events that carried negative consequences.

“We were positioning ourselves to make a bigger impact in the New Orleans community," Carriere-Williams said. “However, never did I imagine that our community would face these types of challenges."

She said she is proud of the site's and the city's accomplishments.

“The New Orleans community is a vibrant city with a rich history. And we have risen above challenges before," she said. “It has been a blessing to witness how we came together to respond to the needs of our citizens, especially at the height of the pandemic. Boys Town Louisiana was able to partner with local leaders, other nonprofits, and for-profit businesses to meet the needs of our citizens. I am blessed to be a part of a team that has dedicated themselves to taking care of the most vulnerable residents of our community."

She said Boys Town Louisiana remains a strong leader, especially after it was once again hit by severe weather from two recent hurricanes.

“The Louisiana team exhibited the same level of commitment during hurricane Katrina," Carriere-Williams said. “And 15 years later, I am proud to say that this team has retained that same tenacity."

She said she is proud of the recognition for Boys Town Louisiana.

“I am humbled and honored to be named by CityBusiness as a Woman of the Year honoree," she said. “But I am even prouder to be part of the Boys Town Louisiana team that was also named as one of just five Nonprofit honorees."​

A special publication spotlighting all Women of the Year and Nonprofit Leader honorees will run in the November 20 issue of New Orleans CityBusiness.

A noon luncheon to celebrate all honorees and announce an overall Woman of the Year is scheduled for Monday, November 9, at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency.​​