As a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Andria Lewis has shown that with hard work and dedication you can do more than exist – you can truly rebuild and win. From corporate functions to elaborate weddings, Lewis makes sure that she places her creative signature touch of vibrant colors and original flair all over the event. Featured in Essence and Ebony, Lewis demonstrates to others how it should be done.
Carlee McCullough: What are you most proud of in your business?
Andria Lewis: That I have built my company after literally losing everything I owned in Hurricane Katrina. I didn't have a car, I barely had clothes and I had no place to live. I lived with family for two months after moving to Memphis. I am most proud that I survived a significantly emotional battle.
In a bid to reach health-conscious consumers, the iconic fast food franchise McDonald's is going to try and bolster its faltering sales with a lean, new egg-white sandwich.
McDonald's will release the Egg White Delight, an egg white version of the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, nationwide on April 22, said company spokeswoman Danya Proud.
The new sandwich, which contains bacon and white cheddar on a whole grain English muffin, totals 250 calories, according to Proud. That's compared to the classic Egg McMuffin, which has 300 calories. She added that egg whites will also be offered on the other breakfast sandwiches sold at McDonald's.
Whether pulling together a wedding for 300 or handling a corporate event for 5,000, Andria Lewis Events has demonstrated what professionalism and attention to detail looks like at the highest levels. Lewis' signature events, which are known for vibrancy and color, have been featured in Essence and Ebony magazines.
Carlee McCullough, Esq.: Tell us a little bit about Andria Lewis.
Andria Lewis: Andria Lewis is a survivor, literally and figuratively speaking. I think that is a trait that enables me to juggle so many things at once with my clients. I find a way to make it all work.
It may not be pleasant to think about the possibility of being unable to take care of yourself, but about seven out of ten people over age 65 are expected to need some form of long-term care during their lifetimes.
Many people might be able to stay in their own homes and receive care from family members or friends. But a surprising number – 20 percent to 49 percent, depending on the study – may need expensive full-time care in an assisted-living facility or a nursing home.2
As of March 1, paper Social Security checks became a thing of the past, with all retirement and disability payments (with minor exceptions) slated for electronic distribution.
Beneficiaries were given the opportunity to choose to receive their monthly payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express® debit card. The Social Security Administration has been transitioning to electronic payments for some time, so most recipients are already enrolled.
If you did not sign up by March 1, you will automatically receive a Direct Express debit card. Find more information at the Treasury's website ( www.godirect.org) or by calling (800) 333-1795.
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH – I am of the mindset we should celebrate the many contributions of women throughout the year. However, March is the month that has been designated as Women's History Month – a dedicated time to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women across the country.
According to the National Women's History Project (NWHP), "recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, community, government, literature, art, sports, and medicine – has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women."
Dress for Success is one organization that takes a professional look to heart by reaching back. Its mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life generally.
Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help their clients find jobs and remain employed. Each client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.
This week, "On Our Way To Wealthy" visits with Cheryl Bingham, the group's executive director.