Monroe Agenda

September 12-14, 2019

Hampton Inn and Suites – 5100 Frontage Rd.

Thursday, September 12

Dress: Business casual

6:00 p.m.         Meet in lobby of hotel to carpool (See advance email for directions)

6:30-8:30         Opening Reception – Lotus Club – Downtown Monroe (130 Desiard St.)

                     Host/Sponsor: Bernard Sager, CABL past-Chairman, (1997 Alum)

Friday, September 13

Dress: casual

7:30                 Breakfast in main hotel lobby.

8:30                 Meet in lobby, LOAD BUS.  Session Packet Review on bus.

9:00                Welcome to CenturyLink Corporate Headquarters

Technology Center of Excellence

  • Welcome and Tour

10:00               Regional Overview: The I-20 Corridor

  • Sue Nicholson, President/CEO, Monroe Chamber of Commerce (’97 Alum)

10:30               Health and Healthcare in Louisiana…Challenges, Change, Innovation

  • Michael Bertaut, Healthcare Economist/Exchange Coordinator, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • David Callecod, President, Lafayette General Health

12:00               Lunch hosted by CenturyLink

12:45               Load Bus for site visit to Black Bayou Lake National
Wildlife Refuge

2:00                Louisiana Delta Community College


  • Monty Sullivan, President, Louisiana Community & Technical College System

2:15                Tour P-Tech Program/Workshop

3:00                Higher Education and Workforce: Meeting the Challenge for LA’s
Dynamic Economic Expansion

  • Kim Reed, Commissioner, Board of Regents (‘02 Alum)
  • Monty Sullivan, President, Louisiana Community & Technical College System

4:00/15            Load Bus back to hotel


6:00/15            Carpool and/or meet at Warehouse One

1 Olive St. (casual)                                                     

6:30                 Pre-dinner Drink

7:00                 Dinner   


Saturday September 14th

Dress: casual

7:30                Breakfast in main Hotel lobby

8:45                Announcements

9:00                 Poverty/Social Conditions and Strategies for Change

  • Sarah Berthelot, President/CEO, Louisiana Association of United Ways
  • Billy Varner, Desiard Street Shelter

10:15               Trajectory and Innovation in K-12 Education

  • Erin Bendily, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent, Louisiana Department of
    Education (’17 Alum)
  • Caroline Roemer, President, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (‘18 Alum)
  • David Gray, Superintendent, Moorehouse Parish Schools

11:00/15             Wrap Up/Adjourn

And, grab your Louisiana goodies: THANKS CANERIVER PECANS

Have a safe trip home and see you at Closing Retreat, Nov 6-8 in Alexandria
(full session attendance mandatory for Class graduation).

Thanks to our NELA Area Session Sponsors

Bernard Sager

Strauss Interests

Continued Thanks to our Statewide Sponsors

Wurtele Fund at BRAF

Coughlin Saunders Foundation

Peltier Foundation