Lafayette Agenda

January 19-21

Welcome Class of 2017!

DoubleTree by Hilton  1521 W. Pinhook

Thursday Evening, January 19

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

Special Invited Guest:  Former Governor Kathleen Blanco (’92 Alum)

Afterhours on your own –

 Friday, January 20

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

  • Dan Hare (‘97 Alum)

2:00                 “State-of-the-State” Overview

  •   Barry Erwin,  President, CABL

 3:00               Break – Small Group breakout discussions

4:00                Load bus/Tour Downtown/head back to hotel

5:30                 Meet in lobby of hotel /Board Bus to Acadiana Center for the Arts

6:00                 Tour of Acadiana Center for the Arts
Executive Director Gerd Wuestemann (’09 Alum)

6:30                 Socializing. 7:00 Sing-for-Your-Supper…?


8:30                 Load bus, return to hotel     Afterhours – on your own

Saturday, January 21 

Dress: casual

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

9:00                 Depart Hotel and head to Vermilionville (go in your own car. Directions in packet.)

9:15                 Louisiana Bibliography

9:30                Leadership Louisiana 2017 Class Survey on Public Issues

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

10:30               Break

10:45               Speaking of Leadership….

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

12:00               Door Prizes     Announcements         Adjourn

Have a safe trip home & see you in Houma March 23-25    


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Thanks to our Statewide Sponsors

Wurtele Foundation




Coughlin Saunders Foundation

Peltier Foundation