New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute 2014-15 class announced

September 18 2014 | Latest News
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By NOLA Community Submission

The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute has announced that 41 business, civic and community leaders from the 10-parish region have been named to the 2014-2015 New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Class.

As the preeminent regional leadership institute, NORLI provides a nine-month intensive training program for emerging and established community leaders. This rich and robust program, that is geographically, programmatically and demographically diverse, not only enhances the participants' knowledge base but encourages deep, thoughtful, and meaningful dialog on the key elements of building and maintaining thriving and healthy communities.

Participants derive benefits from the active interaction with the session experts and leaders. Alumni enjoy the benefits of an extraordinary network of individuals with the common goal of regional community building.

Cindy Nuesslein, CEO of the Interim LSU Hospital and chairwoman of NORLI said, "NORLI offers each class member a unique opportunity to study the critical issues and challenges facing the region, to improve leadership skills and to connect and collaborate with other regional leaders. Upon graduation, members of the Class of 2015 will join a network of over 500 NORLI alumni who are serving as key stakeholders and making a real difference in our region. NORLI is a must for any leader who is determined to help move the New Orleans region forward."

The NORLI curriculum examines public policy, education, workforce development, diversity, criminal justice, public safety, environment and sustainability and will focus on how all of these issues affect economic development and quality of life. Starting September 2014 through May 2015, the NORLI program consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions. Tuition is $2,750 and covers all expenses for the program, including materials, meals and other expenses associated with the opening and closing retreats. A limited number of scholarships are available based on need.

Amy Collins, a member of the 2014-2015 class and Director of Strategy at Gambel Communications said, "The NORLI program is highly respected among business leaders across the region. I am honored to be a member of this year's class."

For the employer, NORLI develops an employee's increased organizational, leadership, and problem-solving skills. In addition, it offers news insights into the community, helps identify where strategic alliances might be forged, and gives organizations a unique perspective on how to become involved in the community.

For the community, NORLI helps develop committed, knowledgeable, and action-oriented people to serve as catalysts in promoting positive change – people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and work to make the New Orleans region a great place to be. The program also encourages creative partnerships and initiatives between the public and private sectors.

NORLI's 2014-2015 Class is comprised of: Shannon Able, Junior League of New Orleans; Chad Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; Caitlin Berni, Greater New Orleans, Inc.; Tashika Charles, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co.; Amy Collins, Gambel Communications; Michael Connolly, CSX Corp.;

Darlene Cusanza, Crimestoppers, Inc.; Brandon Davis, Phelps Dunbar LLP;Peter DeBlieux, Interim Louisiana Hospital; Gina Dupart, School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans; Mavis Early, Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association, Logan Gaskill, Harrah's New Orleans; Samantha Griffin, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC; Alida Hainkel, Jones Walker LLP; Timothy Hemphill, The New Orleans Business Alliance; Hunter Hill, IBERIABANK; Quoc Hoang, Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business; Rhonda Hotard, Louisiana Federal Credit Union; Alden Kellogg, Peoples Health; Nathan Landry, Durr Heavy Construction, LLC; Spivey Lipsey, Mazzetti; Brittany Major, Business Council of New Orleans and The River Region; John Marshall, Bellwether Technology; Michael Merideth, Verius Property Group; Marguerite Moisio, Whitney Bank; Niva Murillo, Greenup Industries, LLC; Bradley Pipes, Cox Business; Jennifer Roberts, Baptist Community Ministries; Louis Rodriguez, TCI Packaging;

Vincent Rossmeier, Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University; Brian Rotolo, Ernst & Young LLP; Christopher Sarpy, Sarpy Development, LLC; Eric Schmidt, Evan Schmidt Design Group, LLC; Brandy Smith, Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC; Douglas Tate, Merrill Lynch; Renee Vidrine, Lighthouse Louisiana; Daniel Wagner, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana;

Yolanda Webb, Metropolitan Human Services District; Jonathan Wilson, Liberty Bank and Trust Co.; Wardlaw "James" Witherspoon, International Matex Tank Terminal; and Jarrett Woods, Accion Texas Inc.

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, call Nicole P. Woolfolk at 504.527.6922 or email