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NORLI Recognizes Inaugural Cohort of FOCUS Program

 

 

NORLI Recognizes Inaugural Cohort of FOCUS Program

Professionals in the GNO Region Build a Foundation for Civic Involvement

New Orleans, LA (April 12, 2019) On March 28th-29th, the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) launched the newest addition to its growing portfolio of leadership development programs.  FOCUS, a two-day program designed to help professionals navigate and understand the dynamics and attributes of the Greater New Orleans Region, attracted 27 participants from around the Greater New Orleans Region.  The program was held at The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy, and participants represented a variety of leading organizations in the nonprofit and private sectors including Baptist Community Ministries, Entergy, The Saints and Pelicans organization, Jones Walker, GNOF, LCMC Health, GE Digital, Postlethwaite and Netterville, Eskew Dumez Ripple Architects, Palmisano Construction, PBF Energy, Fishman Haygood, Atmos Energy, IBERIABANK, Trinity Community Center, plus many others.

“We worked really hard to create an atmosphere of openness and cultivate an experience where individuals felt comfortable asking hard questions, immersing themselves in the presentations, and building relationships that they could lean on after their completion of FOCUS,” said Stephen Reuther, Executive Director of NORLI.  “The feedback has been tremendously positive, and I believe we have a real opportunity to grow our impact in the civic onboarding space by equipping participants with the knowledge, resources, and opportunities to get involved in a meaningful way.”

FOCUS was professionally facilitated by Ronnie Slone of The Slone Group.  Topics discussed included a brief history of the region, perceptions and misconceptions of the Greater New Orleans area, demographics and statistics, drivers of the regional economy, policies and issues that define our region, understanding education in Louisiana, an overview of our culture, recreation, and tourism, and opportunities to get involved in civic and social activities.  Presenters included Richard Campanella of Tulane University, John White of the Louisiana Department of Education, Michael Hecht and Evie Sanders of GNO Inc., Lamar Gardere of The Data Center, Mark Romig of the New Orleans Marketing Tourism Corp., Stephanie Powell of YLC, Michelle Payne of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Liana Elliot with Mayor Cantrell’s Office, and Andy Kopplin with the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

“The presentations on day one of this course took me from barely understanding the basic issues of our region to not only understanding them but being able to speak about ongoing efforts to find solutions,” said Christina Murphy of GE.  “Understanding the history of how (and why) our city began and grew to the New Orleans of today has invigorated me to become even more involved and informed.”

Lisa Jennings, a consultant from New Orleans and a member of the cohort, described her experience by saying, “The collective energy in the room was contagious. The class as a whole ended the day motivated to get involved.  This is essential programming, and I hope it continues to grow.”

FOCUS was produced through the generous support of NORLI’s Annual Sponsors, Baptist Community Ministries, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.  To stay updated on future events, please visit NORLI’s website at www.norli.org.

About the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute
The mission of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) is to help promote regionalism. NORLI provides current and emerging leaders with a more thorough understanding of issues and an enhanced ability to collaborate for the greater good of the community. The institute selects a diverse group of leaders to participate in a thought-provoking, nine-month educational program. Participants experience a variety of statewide issues presented through lectures, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, simulations, and other leadership development activities.
For more information, please visit norli.org.

About NORLI

The mission of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute is to help promote regionalism. NORLI provides current and emerging leaders with a more thorough understanding of issues and an enhanced ability to collaborate for the greater good of the community. The institute selects a diverse group of leaders to participate in a thought provoking, nine month program. Participants experience a variety of statewide issues presented through lectures, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, simulations, and other leadership development activities.

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