Lafayette Agenda

January 4-6

Welcome Class of 2024!

DoubleTree by Hilton  1521 W. Pinhook

Thursday, January 4

Dress: Business Casual

5:40 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.

6:00- 7:30         Opening Reception   Host and Sponsor:    First Horizon

Friday, January 5

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                  Break – Small Group breakout discussions

4:15                  Board Bus for Lafayette Tour/Tides Medical

4:45                  Tour of Tides Medical

  • Doug Payne, COO, Tides Medical (’23 Alum)
  • Joe Spell, CEO, Tides Medical

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

Saturday, January 6    

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 

  • Marie Centanni, Facilitator, Leadership Louisiana

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 Thibodaux…March 7-9

Thanks to our Local Session Sponsors

















Thanks to our Statewide Sponsors

Wurtele Fund at BRAF

Coughlin Saunders Foundation