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  • NORLI Announces the Class of 2021

    October 16, 2020
    NORLI Announces the Class of 2021
    Leaders gain skills, knowledge, and relationships to better serve the GNO Region
     
    NEW ORLEANS, LA. (Oct. 14, 2020)  Building upon its 20 year legacy of educating and connecting leaders from the 10 Parishes of Southeast Louisiana, the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) recently selected 50 business and civic leaders who have been named to the 2020-2021 Regional Leadership Program class.  Drawing from some of the most dynamic and influential leaders in Southeast Louisiana, the class represents a broad cross section of perspectives and experiences in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  Through its Regional Leadership Program, NORLI provides a nine-month intensive training program for emerging and established community leaders that not only enhances the participants’ civic understanding, but also encourages deliberate and meaningful dialogue and collaborative leadership around Regional concerns.
     
    “Every year, we set the stage for catalytic conversations around the issues that most impact business and the community in the Greater New Orleans Region,” said NORLI Chair Patty Riddlebarger. “And every year, it is the class and our alumni who drive those conversations into awareness and action.  We believe in people, and we believe that with good leadership, we can make Louisiana a better place to do business and to have a family.  The Class of 2021 joins in that rich legacy and mission.” 
     
    Despite the various challenges that 2020 has presented to organizations and businesses across the state, NORLI Executive Director Stephen Reuther is bullish on this year’s class.  “The strength of our program lies in our ability to connect individuals through experiential learning opportunities.  In assessing the delivery of our program for this year, we’ve been able to put together some elegant solutions that include a variety of in-person and virtual platforms with a digital resource guide for enhanced engagement and understanding around our focus areas.  Combine that planning with an increased desire to delve deeper into key national and local issues like coronavirus impacts, racial injustice, and workforce development, and I believe we can create an environment for elucidating and transformative discussions.”
     
    The new class will kick off its program year with an opening retreat in November.  Subsequent sessions will include discussions centered on public policy, education, economic development, diversity and equity, criminal justice, environment and sustainability, healthcare and more.
     
    Members of the Class of 2021 include:
     
    • Kristen Amond, Mills & Amond LLP 
    • Liljana Baddour, Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health
    • Kenn Barnes, Louisiana Supreme Court
    • Katy Bodin, Ochsner Health System
    • Leigh Ann Bogran, LCMC Health
    • Greg Booth, Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC
    • Shannon Brice, Richard’s Disposal Inc.
    • Jason Burt, Volunteers of America, Southeast Louisiana
    • Damon Carraby
    • Anthony Carter, Downtown Development District of the City of New Orleans
    • Lawrence Counts, Concentra Medical Center
    • Peter Davis, Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative
    • Michael DeGruy, Ryan Gootee General Contractors, LLC
    • Emily Dowsett, Gambel Communications
    • Jason Doyle, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation, Inc.
    • Tim Duncan, University of New Orleans
    • Christopher Encardes, Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic, New Orleans
    • Giti Farudi, Xavier University of Louisiana
    • Darik Fernandez, Domain Companies
    • Kelsey Foster, Algiers Economic Development Foundation
    • Alfred Galindo, Entergy Louisiana LLC
    • Ashley Garcia, Brian Gibbs Property Management
    • Gerard Gaudet, Adams and Reese LLP
    • Sorbrique Grant, Center for Resilience
    • Valerie Grubb, Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd.
    • Kate Henry, Renaissance Publishing
    • Ashley Hilsman, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
    • Kimberly Hollard, Providence Community Housing
    • Katie Klibert, REV Broadband - RTC | EATEL | Vision | VENYU
    • Jennifer Kogos, Jones Walker LLP
    • Tyshara (Shar) Lawson, Microsoft
    • Ileana Ledet, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
    • Afina Lockhart, College Track New Orleans
    • Paul Matthews, Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District
    • Ondina Mendoza, GP Strategies Corporation
    • Kathleen Milligan, New Orleans Business Alliance
    • Jeremy Mipro, Wells Fargo
    • Charles Neyrey, M2 Studio
    • Alexis Parent-Ferrouillet, Delgado Community College
    • Jacob Raymond, Community Sailing New Orleans, Inc.
    • Natasha Richardson, Children’s Hospital
    • Christian Rodriguez, EskewDumezRipple
    • Erica Rogers, Braveheart Foundation
    • Brandon Smith, Flexicrew Technical Services
    • Jennifer Snape, Batture, LLC
    • Jessica Styons, State Library of Louisiana
    • John Wachter, Edward Jones
    • Kimiyo Williams, K.H. Williams Enterprises, Inc.
    • Clifton Worley, IBERIABANK
    • Ray Zabala, Mathes Brierre Architects, LLC
     
    For more information about NORLI, please visit norli.org
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