New Orleans, LA (May 29, 2018) – After a nine-month long program dedicated to discussing and unravelling some of the most challenging and dynamic issues of the Greater New Orleans Region, the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) formally recognized 42 individuals as having completed their Regional Leadership Program in a graduation ceremony held on May 17th, 2018.
Each year, NORLI brings together a class of over 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. Topics discussed include public policy, environment and sustainability, economic development, criminal justice, education, healthcare, and diversity and equity.
This year’s graduation ceremony, which capped off a two-day closing retreat for the participants, included individual recognitions for completing the program, as well as awards for Regional Leadership and Community Service. These awards, whose recipients are selected by their peers, reflect the highest level of community involvement and leadership qualities of the class.
The NORLI Regional Leadership Award, which is given in honor of NORLI alumni Lonnie Stockwell, recognizes an individual who, amongst other qualifications, inspires others to serve and demonstrates through actions and words all aspects of inclusion. The recipient of this award was Ethan Ashley, an Orleans Parish School Board Member for District 2. Ethan’s commitment to youth and his passion for spreading positivity helped to connect the class and moderate some of the most difficult conversations in the program. Ethan was also selected by his peers to provide remarks on behalf of the class honoring their experience together.
The NORLI Community Service Award, which is given in honor of NORLI Alumni Ric Smith and Jackie Sullivan, recognizes an individual who, amongst other qualifications, serves as a role model of sustained commitment and community give back, as well as possesses the ability to mobilize volunteers and resources for projects benefiting the greater community. The recipient of this award was George Hutter, co-founder of the Henderson/Hutter Group at Merrill Lynch, whose leadership in bringing the class together for a class project culminated in a community wide event called The Crescent Table. The Crescent Table was a series of coordinated and facilitated discussions around the region to connect communities and drive deliberate dialogue about our most pressing issues.
NORLI’s 2018 Graduating Class
1.Ethan Ashley, Orleans Parish School Board
2.Stephanie Bell, New Orleans Business Alliance
3.Vincente Boreros, Cox
4.Rebecca Bourg, Chalmette Refining
5.Kim Bourgeois, Louisiana Federal Credit Union
6.Blair Broussard, AR/PR
7.Sarita Carriere, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. 8.Ashley Clary, Ochsner Health Center
9.Barrett Conrad, CotingaSoft
10.Howard Conyers, NASA Stennis Space Center
11.Lydia Cutrer, Finance Authority of New Orleans
12.Shannan Cvitanovic, YMCA of Greater New Orleans
13.Melissa Daigrepont, Daigrepont Law Firm
14.Kimberly Dickerson, St. Bernard Parish Hospital
15.Johnny Domiano, Adams and Reese LLP
16.David Ellis, Arthur J. Gallagher & Company
17.Kathleen Gasparian, Gasparian Immigration
18.Alejandra Guzman, The New Orleans Business Alliance
19.Baileigh Helm, St. John the Baptist Parish Government
20.George Hutter, Henderson/Hutter Group
21.Elizabeth Ingram, Entergy
22.Joseph Kanter, City of New Orleans
23.Chadrick Kennedy, Nobletree Healthcare Solutions
24.Grace Knight, JP Morgan Chase
25.Carmen James, Greater New Orleans Foundation
26.Ray Lauga, CSRS, Inc.
27.John LeBlanc, Metairie Bank
28.Seth Levine, Jones Walker LLP
29.Stephanie Lewis, Atmos Energy
30.Louis Livers, Jr., Livers Construction Inc.
31.Jennifer Mistretta, Postlethwaite & Netterville
32.Timothy Mohon, Tulane Health System
33.Rachel Nunez, Whitney Bank
34.Alanah Odoms- Hebert, Louisiana Supreme Court
35.Jeffrey Ramos, Mississippi River Bank
36.Tom Richert, Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA
37.Monique Robinson Clark, SEECA Medical, Inc.
38.De’Angela Stipe, Entergy Louisiana, LLC
39.Kristi Trail, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
40.Will Tregre, Mathes Brierre Architects
41.Brian Turner, Xavier University
42.Andrea Zayas, Upstream Education Consulting
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.
NORLI would like to note the support of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry who provided beautiful awards to the class for graduation, and Adams and Reese who sponsored the class social hour.