Lafayette Agenda

March 2-4

Welcome Class of 2023!

DoubleTree by Hilton  1521 W. Pinhook

Thursday, March 2

Dress: Business Casual

5:50 p.m.          Meet in lobby of hotel for Name Tags & lanyards.
                          Ride Bus to reception.

First Horizon Bank Tower, downtown:  200 W. Congress St./Corner of Buchanan St.

6:30- 8:30         Opening Reception   Host and Sponsor:    First Horizon

Friday, March 3

Dress: Casual

7:30                  Hotel Vermilion Ballroom:  Breakfast Buffet open

8:00                  Program Orientation and Class Introductions (breakfast on-going)

9:00                  “Why Louisiana Ain’t Mississippi” 

The people, places and history that shape our state.

  • Jay Dardenne, Commissioner of Administration (‘94 Alum)

10:30    Break

12:15                     Break & casual lunch at hotel

12:30                Welcome/Regional Overview

  • Mandi Mitchell, CEO, Lafayette Economic Development Authority (’05 Alum)

1:15                  Front of Hotel – Board Bus for Alumni House – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
1:30                  University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Welcome

  • Dr. Joseph Savoie, President, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (‘97 Alum)

2:15                  “State-of-the-State” Overview

  • Barry Erwin, CABL

3:30                  Board Bus for Lafayette Tour – Moncus Park

4:00                  Tour of Moncus Park

  • Victoria Lane Alleman, Development Director, Lafayette Central Park

4:30                  Break – Small Group breakout discussions

5:30/45            Board Bus to Acadiana Center for the Arts

6:00                  Arrive at ACA       Socializing, drinks and tour

7:00    Sing-for-Your-Supper…?  Dinner

8:30                  Load bus, return to hotel


6:00-9:00PM – Downtown Alive! Featuring Wayne Toups(free outdoor concert, again, within walking distance from ACA)

Saturday, March 4    

Dress: casual

7:30-8:30          Vermillion Ballroom:  Breakfast Buffet   Sign up for door prizes!

9:00                  Leadership Louisiana 2023 Class Survey on Public Issues 

  • Michael Henderson, Research Director & Assistant Professor of Research, Public Policy Research Lab, Manship School of Mass Communication, LSU

10:00                Break

10:15                Community Leadership in Action

  • Tina Bingham, Executive Vice President & Chair, McComb-Veazey Neighborhood (’19 Alum)

11:15/30            Adjourn — Have a safe trip home!

 See you in Houma…April 27-29

Thanks to our Local Session Sponsors















Thanks to our Statewide Sponsors

Wurtele Fund at BRAF

Coughlin Saunders Foundation