Lafayette Agenda

January 16-18

Welcome Class of 2020!

DoubleTree by Hilton  1521 W. Pinhook

Thursday Evening, January 16

Dress: Business Casual

5:50/6:00 p.m.   Meet in lobby of hotel for Name Tags & lanyards. Ride bus to reception.

IBERIABANK Tower, downtown:  200 W. Congress St./Corner of Buchanan St.
(See directions in your Advance Email for anyone running late)

 6:30- 8:30        Opening Reception  Host and Sponsor:  IBERIABANK

Afterhours on your own –

 Friday, January 17

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)

12:15               Break & casual lunch at hotel

1:00                 Front of Hotel – Board Bus for Alumni House – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Bus leaves promptly at 1:10pm

1:30                  University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Welcome

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


2:00                  Leadership Louisiana 2019 Class Survey on Public Issues

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

 3:00               Break – Small Group breakout discussions

4:00                 Load bus – Driving tour of Lafayette

Hosted by your classmate:

  • Anita Begnaud, CEO, Lafayette Downtown Development Authority

(Return to hotel 445-500pm)

5:30                 Meet in lobby of hotel /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     Afterhours – on your own

Saturday, January 18

Dress: casual

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

9:15                  “State-of-the-State” Overview

  •                         Barry Erwin, CABL

10:15    Break

10:30/45                Leadership in Action

  • Greg Davis, former CEO, CajunDome (‘98 Alum)          

12:00               Door Prizes     Announcements         Adjourn

Have a safe trip home & see you in Thibodaux March 5-7

Thanks to our Local Session Sponsors








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Thanks to our Statewide Sponsors

Wurtele Fund at BRAF

Coughlin Saunders Foundation

Peltier Foundation