Lake Charles Session Agenda

2021 Opening Session
Lake Charles
May 12- 14th

Wednesday, May 12th

Dress:  Business Casual

6:00                  Meet in Lobby of hotel to carpool to Reception.

6:30 – 8:30        SEED Center, Campus of McNeese State University

 4310 Ryan St. (see directions in pre-session email)

Hosts: Dr. Daryl Burckel and McNeese State University Foundation

 Thursday, May 13th

Dress:  Casual

7:30                  Breakfast Buffet open – Room: Post Oak II & III

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

 1:00                  Load bus to SOWELA – Regional Training Center

 1:30                  Welcome to SOWELA

  • Neil Aspinwall, Chancellor, SOWELA

 2:00                  SWLA Update and Leadership

  • Nic Hunter, Mayor, Lake Charles

 2:30                  Break  

2:45                  “State-of-the-State” Overview

  • Barry Erwin, CABL

3:45                  Depart SOWELA and Head to Crying Eagle Brewery

4:00                  Happy Hour sponsored by Crying Eagle Brewery (Eric Avery, ’17 Alum)

  • Work on Group projects

6:15                  Leave for Dinner: The Pioneer Club
(127 Broad St.)

Carpool (Dress: Casual)

6:30- 8:30   Drinks and Dinner 

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

Friday, May 14

Dress:  Casual

7:45                  Buffet Breakfast— Room: Post Oak II & III

9:00                  Leadership Louisiana 2021 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                Cameron Parish Update and Leadership in Action

  • Ryan Bourriaque, State Representative (Cameron) (’16 Alum)

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

 See you in New Orleans…July 15-17

Thank you to our Southwest LA Local Session Sponsors:


Crying Eagle Brewery

Thanks to our Statewide Sponsors

Wurtele Fund at BRAF

Coughlin-Saunders Foundation