New Orleans Session Agenda

July 11-13th

Intercontinental Hotel

444 St. Charles Ave.  504 525-5566

Thursday – July 11th

6:00 PM                     Meet in Lobby to go to Adams and Reese

Note: We should be able to walk across the street to One Shell Square

6:30 – 8:30                 Opening Reception

                                    Hosts: Adams and Reese, One Shell Square (45th Floor)

Friday – July 12th


7:45 -8:45 AM    Buffet Breakfast at hotel in Marigny Room (2nd Floor)

Move to Treme Room (2nd Floor) for morning meetings/presentations

Announcements/Packet review start at 8:45AM

9:00                  Regional Overview

  • Michael Hecht, President/CEO, GNO, Inc.

9:30                  Public Education: Statewide Reforms and Vision

  • Erin Bendily, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education

10:15                BREAK

10:30                Innovators in Public Education

  • Sarah Vandergriff, Counsel, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (‘18 Alum)
  • Keith Leger, Director of Education Policy and Governmental Affairs, CABL and Program Manager, Stand for Children (‘16 Alum)
  • Ben Kleban, Member, Orleans Parish School Board
  • Keisha Smith, Ph.D., Louisiana State Director, Education Trust

11:45                Board Bus

12:15-1:45 PM  Port of New Orleans          Lunch / tour                       

Louisiana to the World: Ports, International Trade, River Commerce

  •  Janine Moreau Mansour, Director of Marketing, Port of New Orleans
  • Michael Miller, Vice President, LA Associated Branch Pilots (’09 Alum)

2:15/30             Site Visit: Langston Hughes Charter School (New Orleans Firstline Schools)  

  • Sabrina Pence, CEO, Firstline Schools
  • Carrie Bevans, School Director, Langston Hughes Charter School

 3:30                  Load Bus Head to University Health Medical Center

4:00                  New Vision of Medical Care: Innovation, Partnerships and Research

                        Tour University Health Medical Center

  • Peter DeBlieux, MD, Chief Experience Officer
  • Siona LaFrance, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Dean Howard, Director of Philanthropy for the Spirit of Charity Foundation

6:15                 Taxi or carpool or walk to DINNER:

Taxi or carpool or walk to DINNER:

Bourbon House (a Dickie Brennen Restaurant)
144 Bourbon Street 

                       Wine served at 6:30    Dinner at 7:15

Saturday – July 13th

7:45/800 AM       Breakfast Buffet in Marigny Room (2nd Floor)

Move to Treme Room (2nd Floor)

8:45:                 Announcements

9:00                  Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform

  • John Burkhart, Director, Louisiana Campaign for Equal Justice
  • Derwyn Bunton, Chief District Defender, New Orleans Public Defenders Office

9:45/10:00         Break

10:15                Let’s Talk Politics: Statewide Elections/Legislative Sessions

  • Stephanie Grace, Columnist, The Advocate
  • Greg Hilburn, reporter (state politics), USA Today Network

11:15/30            Door prizes   *   See you September 6-8 in Shreveport

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