President, Gambel Communications
Betsie Meric Gambel
One of the most respected public relations professionals in the Greater New Orleans area, Betsie is a “networker extraordinaire,” and her passion is putting people and ideas together.
A native of New Orleans, she received her Sociology degree from Sweet Briar College. Betsie serves on the boards of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, the Jefferson Chamber and the Clarion Herald. She was president of the Junior League of New Orleans and has served on numerous professional and nonprofit boards, notably the International Association of Business Communicators, Louisiana Children’s Museum and the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
A graduate of the Goldman Sachs10,000 Small Businesses Program and certified by the Women Business Enterprise Council, Betsie is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post.
Betsie has been widely recognized for her professional achievements and community service. In 2016, PRWeek named her to its inaugural list of Champions of PR, which honored the top women PR practitioners across the nation. Most recently, the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) presented Betsie with the inaugural Regional Leader award. She was the first woman in Louisiana to be inducted into the Southern Public Relations Federation Hall of Fame and was named the United States Small Business Administration Woman Champion of the Year for Region VI of the United States (Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico). She also was twice named a Woman of the Year by New Orleans CityBusiness and a top Woman Achiever by New Orleans Magazine.
Betsie is the proud mother of two grown sons, Gregory who lives in Philadelphia and Meric who lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and she has identical twin grandsons, Collin and William, a granddaughter, Emily, and newest grandson, Sellers, and daughters-in-law, Krista and Page. In her spare time, she loves to travel, bicycle, work out and spend restful weekends in Pass Christian, MS. Betsie treasures her network of friends and her community involvement, and lives life to the fullest, never wanting to miss a beat.
As someone who has spent most of her life in New Orleans, Carlisle considers herself a native. As a recent college graduate, Carlisle is excited to begin pursuing a career in public relations and combining her love of writing and media.
Carlisle graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Science degree. She majored in Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in General Business. At Ole Miss, Carlisle participated in a myriad of on-campus organizations including Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Pi Beta Phi Women’s Fraternity. During her time at Ole Miss, Carlisle was also an active member of Pi Beta Phi, serving as Vice President of Housing from 2017 to 2018. In the School of Journalism, Carlisle worked as a student journalist and was published in HottyToddy.com and Oxford Stories.
While in college, Carlisle remained involved in the New Orleans community; and, in 2019, she worked as a marketing intern for the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute.
Carlisle enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog (Piper). She also loves to travel, explore new cities and try new restaurants.