Shreveport Agenda

September 6-8, 2018

Hilton Hotel – 104 Market St. – Downtown

Thursday September 6th

Dress: Business Casual

6:15 p.m.          Meet in lobby of hotel to walk:
artspace – Downtown – 710 Texas St.

Reception Sponsors (see logos below): Josh Clayton Law, Southern Heritage Bank, Trish Leleux

Group, Roy O. Martin, Drax Biomass, and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

6:30-8:30           Opening Reception

Friday September 7th

Dress: Casual

7:45 a.m.          Buffet Breakfast: Hilton Hotel, Meeting rooms A & B

Announcements/packet review: 8:45 a.m.

9:00                  Regional Overview: The I-20 Corridor

  • Scott Martinez, Executive Director, North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP)

9:45                  Break

10:00                Health and Healthcare in Louisiana…Challenges, Change, Innovation


  • Brian Keller, Senior Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield – LA (’10 Alum)
  • David Callecod, President, Lafayette General Health
  • Marcus Hunter, Member Louisiana House of Representatives; House Health and Welfare Committee (’16 Alum)

11:30                Break, load charter bus to Bossier Parish Community College

12:00               Lunch

12:45                Welcome and Overview: Bossier Parish Community College


  • Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor, Bossier Parish Community College

1:15                   Workforce Quality & Training Issues 

  • Dr. Monty Sullivan, Chancellor, Louisiana Community Technical College System
  • Dr. Dave Norris, Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Louisiana Tech University

2:15                  Break and Load bus

2:45                  Technology and Innovation Workforce in Action
General Dynamics Information Technologies

  • Mimi Hedgcock, Senior Principal, External
    Affairs, General Dynamics Information Technologies (’13 Alum)
  • Craig Spohn, Executive Director/President, CyberInnovation Center


4:15                  Tour: General Dynamics Integrated Technology Center (time allowing)

4:30/45            Load Bus:  Hotel Arrival approx 5:00/15

6:30                  Dinner: A Taste of Shreveport (casual)

                        Hosted at the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce: 400 Edwards St. (downtown)

8:15/30             walk back to hotel

Saturday September 8th

Dress: casual

7:45 a.m.          Breakfast buffet, Meeting Rooms A & B – 8:45 a.m. Announcements

9:00                  Poverty/ Social Conditions and Strategies for Change

  • Bruce Wilson, Jr., President, Northwest Louisiana United Way
  • Lee Jones, Deputy State Director, USDA – Rural Development (‘ Alum)

10:00               Adjourn

Have a safe trip home and see you at Closing Retreat, Nov 14-16in Lake Charles
(full session attendance mandatory for Class graduation).

Thanks to our NWLA Session Major Sponsors

John Payne

Crestview Woods

And, continued thanks for the support of our Statewide LEAD Sponsors

Wurtele Fund at BRAF

Coughlin-Saunders Foundation

Peltier Foundation