New Orleans Session Agenda

July 20-22

Intercontinental Hotel

444 St. Charles Ave.  504 525-5566

Thursday – July 20th

5:45 PM                     Meet in Lobby to go to Adams and Reese (701 Poydras)

Note: We should be able to walk across the street to Hancock Whitney Tower

6:00 – 7:30                 Opening Reception

                                    Hosts: Adams and Reese, (45th Floor)

Friday – July 21st


9:00                  Announcements and Agenda Review

9:15                  Early Childhood: Investing and Prioritizing the Future

  • Libbie Sonnier, President, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children (’20 Alum)

10:30                Charter School Overview and the New Orleans Public School System 

  • Sarah Vandergriff, Legal and Policy Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (’18 Alum)
  • Olin G. Parker, President, New Orleans Public Schools Board, District 3

11:45                Board BusLunch

12:15-1:15 PM  Lunch / Discussion

Café Reconcile: Community Leadership in Action

  • Kheri Billy, CEO, Café Reconcile

1:30                  Site Visit: Frederick A. Douglass High School (New Orleans KIPP Schools)
(3820 St. Claude Ave.)

  • Towana Pierre-Floyd, Principal
  • Cerise Martin, Director of Community and Governmental Relations, KIPP New Orleans Schools (’21 Alum)

 2:00                  Public Education: Statewide Reforms and Vision

  • Cade Brumley, Ph.D., Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education

3:00                  Load Bus and travel to Louisiana State Supreme Court

3:30                  Judicial Update/Tour of Supreme Court Building

  • John L. Weimer, Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

4:30                  Free time: Head back to hotel,,,or stay in Quarter

6:00                  Taxi or carpool or walk to DINNER:

Tableau (a Dickie Brennen Restaurant)
616 St. Peter Street

Wine served at 6:30    Dinner at 7:15

Saturday – July 22nd

7:45/800 AM        Breakfast Buffet in Frenchman II (2nd Floor)

Move to Frenchman I (2nd Floor)

8:45:                 Announcements

9:00                  Regional Overview

  • Walt Leger, III, President/CEO, New Orleans & Company

9:45                  Politics Panel

  • Jeremy Alford, Publisher, LA Politics

10:45                Break

11:00                Addressing the Housing Challenge in Louisiana

  • Joshua Hollins, Executive Director, Louisiana Housing Corporation

11:45/12:00       Door prizes   *   See you September 21-23 in Shreveport

Thanks to our Local New Orleans Area Sponsors


Continued Thanks to our Statewide Lead sponsors

Coughlin Saunders Foundation

Wurtele Fund at BRAF