New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Opens Application Period For 2019 Program

New Orleans, LA (February 21, 2018)  Interested in a premier leadership program that fosters connections across the ten-parish region? The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) will begin accepting applications for its 2018-19 class on March 5, 2018. NORLI is open to all business, civic and public-sector leaders in the ten-parish region – Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. The deadline to apply online is Friday, May 18, 2018.

Each year, NORLI brings together a class of forty business, civic, and community leaders representing all races, genders, industries and communities with a mission to promote regional collaboration. The program provides a forum for the exchange of diverse viewpoints and is designed to enhance personal leadership skills by examining issues central to the advancement of the entire ten-parish region.

According to Stephen Reuther, Executive Director of NORLI, “NORLI raises awareness for community issues, and helps inspire future leaders in our community. I look forward to adding another class of civically engaged leaders to our growing network of over 700 alumni.”

A nine-month program spanning from September to May, NORLI consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions. The program curriculum examines public policy, education, healthcare, workforce development, diversity, criminal justice, public safety, environment and sustainability and focuses on how these issues affect economic development and quality of life.

How to Apply
Leaders from across the ten-parish region may submit an online application detailing their employment information and community involvement. A $35 non-refundable application fee is due upon submission of the application.If accepted into the 2018 NORLI class, tuition is a non-refundable fee of $2,750, which covers all program costs and materials, including meals, as well as all the expenses associated with the retreats. A limited supply of scholarships are available on an as needed basis. For more information, click here.

NORLI will be hosting a series informational sessions about the program and how to apply. Program alumni and current program participants will be on hand to discuss the benefits of the program and answer applicants’ questions. The schedule of informational sessions is as follows:

Tuesday, March 20 from 5 PM – 6 PM
NORLI Office / The Shop
900 Camp Street, Suite 361
New Orleans, LA 70130

Wednesday, March 28 from 5 PM – 6 PM
River Region Chamber of Commerce
390 Belle Terre Blvd.
LaPlace, LA 70068

Tuesday, April 10 from 5 PM – 6 PM
Gambel Communications – Northshore Office
111 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 205
Mandeville, LA 70448

Tuesday, May 1 from 5 PM – 6 PM 
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
3421 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 203
Metairie, LA 70002

All NORLI informational sessions are free and open to the public; space is limited, so advance registration is highly recommended. To register, email interested are also encouraged to view photos from previous NORLI events by visiting:

Benefits of NORLI
Participating in NORLI creates benefits for not only the individual participant, but employers and the greater community as well. For the participant, NORLI creates opportunities to connect with influential leaders and provides experience in group dynamics, team leadership, presentation skills, ethics, decision-making, and critical and creative thinking. Over the course of the nine-month program, participants grow as individuals by gaining a better understanding of the many facets of their community, learning cutting-edge leadership skills, and enhancing their business relationships. Most importantly, NORLI builds confidence and motivation for participants to become actively involved in promoting positive change for the entire ten-parish region.For the employer, NORLI develops increased organizational, leadership, and problem-solving skills in the employee participant.Additionally, it gives employees a unique perspective on how to become involved in the community by offering new insights, helping identify where strategic alliances might be forged.

For the community, NORLI helps develop committed, knowledgeable, and action-oriented individuals to serve as catalysts in promoting positive change. The program also encourages creative partnerships and initiatives between the public and private sectors.

For more information about NORLI, please visit or connect with NORLI on Facebook.