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Victoria Adams Phipps is a nonprofit executive who was pivotal in solidifying New Orleans’ status as a hub of entrepreneurial activity. She is the Vice President of Programs at the New Orleans Business Alliance, the economic development engine for the city, and Executive Director of 504ward, an initiative to attract and retain young professional talent in the Greater New Orleans region. Prior to joining the New Orleans Business Alliance team, Victoria was Executive Producer of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, a week-long festival celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship that was a major driver of revitalization for New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. Victoria worked with organizations like Google, JPMorgan Chase, Salesforce.com, and Uber to engage over 50,000 event attendees, driving $4.3MM in funding and resources to local startup ventures. Her efforts contributed to New Orleans being ranked #5 City Where Entrepreneurship is Booming by Entrepreneur Magazine and solidified Inc. Magazine’s declaration that New Orleans is the “Coolest Startup City in America.”
Originally from, Miami, Florida, Victoria received her Bachelor of Science from Loyola University of New Orleans and certification in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University. Victoria is a board member of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and a member of the board of directors at Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, where she Chairs the Programs and Volunteers Committee. She is a member of the Global Shapers New Orleans Hub, an active member of the Junior League, and an alumna of the New Leaders Council Institute. Victoria was named to Gambit’s 2016 40 Under 40 list and was recognized as one of New Orleans Magazine’s Top Female Achievers in 2018.