Calendar of Events
Louisiana’s Business Environment: Moving From Laggard to Leader
With an abundance of natural resources and homegrown talent, why does Louisiana lag behind the nation in so many categories? This forum will provide an overview of how Louisiana’s business environment compares to that of other states, the reasons for deficiencies, and what must be done to enhance our economic competitiveness.
Jonathan Kozy – Senior Research Analyst at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Jason DeCuir – Principal at Ryan
Michael Hecht of GNO, Inc.
Fixing LA: The 2019 Opportunity
With one third of the Louisiana legislature turning over in 2019, Louisiana will have a special opportunity to elect leadership with the wherewithal, mandate and support for change. This forum will address the primary issues new candidates should prioritize and how the business community can help identify and support quality candidates. Speakers include Clancy Dubos – Political Analyst, Michael Hecht of GNO, Inc., and others TBA.
Join Sylvain Society for an exclusive tour of the New Orleans Opera’s Scenic Studio. Designed to educate young professionals about careers and philanthropy in the arts, our first OPERAtunity of the 2018-2019 season introduces young professionals to careers in the operatic arts and explores the technical and design expertise needed to produce one of the world’s most treasured art forms.
Federal Policy Deep-Dive with Majority Whip Steve Scalise
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will join us for an update on federal policy. As well, this forum will include detailed discussion around GNO, Inc.’s top federal priorities including NFIP reform, and trade policy. Speakers include House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Michael Hecht of GNO, Inc., and Caitlin Berni of Berni Consulting.
Young Professional Organizations
A nonprofit collaborative initiative with a mission to keep you, the talented young professionals of New Orleans, in our great city. Get connected by signing up (it’s free!) at 504ward.com/join-504ward to receive our twice-weekly emails that highlight opportunities for civic and social engagement, leadership development, career advancement, and special event discounts just for young professionals.
Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO)
EPNO is an initiative to engage young leaders of New Orleans in philanthropy. Members participate in a six-month program, where they pool funds, collaborate on teams and allocate grants impacting issues they care about.
Emerging Professionals Council (EPC)
EPC is a committee of the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce that provides a variety of networking opportunities to young professionals working, living, and doing business in St. Bernard Parish.
Emerging Young Professionals (EYP)
EYP is a network of young professionals in the East St. Tammany region: a dynamic and diverse group of peers with a passion for making a difference, a willingness to learn, the desire to build important relationships, and the energy to get involved in the community.
EMPLOY Youth Action Team
The mission of the Youth Action Team is to advocate for and engage disconnected youth who have skills that often go unrecognized and unsupported. It works closely with the EMPLOY Collaborative and through our own community projects to develop and empower young leaders and to mobilize and amplify youth voices both locally and nationally.
Engineers Without Borders – New Orleans Professional Chapter (EWB)
EWB is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide and locally to improve quality of life. It is a branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers that focuses on solving civil engineering problems to underserved communities. The New Orleans chapter has a unique focus on both international and local development related to post-Katrina rebuilding.
GNO, Inc. NextGen Council
The NextGen Council is an initiative of GNO, Inc. designed to cultivate diverse and energized new leadership, and introduce it to the organization and the region. The NextGen Council is composed of the “next generation” of business and community leaders in Greater New Orleans, and supports the larger GNO, Inc. organization in its key initiatives.
Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee
An opportunity for young professionals in the greater Hammond area and across Tangipahoa parish to network, learn and serve. Committee participation is a benefit of Greater Hammond Chamber membership.
Hispanic Young Professionals of LA (HYPLA)
An initiative of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of LA with a mission to foster the development of the young Hispanic professionals’ community through networking, mentorship and educational resources.
IEEE Young Professionals – New Orleans
The Young Professionals Affinity Group serves newer IEEE members who are within the first ten years of receiving his or her first professional degree. Events and activities are geared toward the needs and interests of young professionals and revolve around professional growth, mentoring, networking, employment resources, and technical development.
Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals
Enhancing opportunities for emerging civic and economic leaders through community engagement, local initiatives, networking, and career development. The Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals serves as the voice of the young people in Jefferson Parish.
Junior League of New Orleans
The Junior League of New Orleans is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
LABI Emerging Leaders Council
A select group of distinguished young entrepreneurs from each region of Louisiana who have a demonstrated commitment to making the state a great place to live and work.
LA Philharmonic Orchestra – Prelude for Young Professionals
Prelude is a concert series designed for young professionals (ages 21-40) that mixes world-class music with exclusive social events. Prelude uniquely blends live orchestra music with exclusive opportunities to network with other young professionals in New Orleans.
LA State Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division
The purpose of the Young Lawyers Division is to foster discussions and interchange of ideas to aid in their advancement as younger members of the legal profession in Louisiana.
New Leaders Council LA (NLC)
NLC works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders who will shape the future landscape.
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity – Habitat Young Professionals
New Orleans Area Habitat Young Professionals (HYP NOLA) seeks to engage socially conscious young professionals in the Greater New Orleans Area. HYP NOLA is comprised of young professionals in diverse industries and varied backgrounds, with a common goal of supporting and fostering NOAHH and its initiatives to alleviate substandard housing in New Orleans.
New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors – Young Professionals Network (YPN)
YPN is a growing group of career-minded real estate professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest tools, resources and networking opportunities that are available at NOMAR, LR and NAR. We offer an ongoing forum where young professionals can get involved, network with peers and connect with industry leaders.
Northshore Young Professionals
NYP brings young professionals together to engage with one another and business, political and community leadership in an effort to improve the community and provide a voice of young professionals. The group provides social and networking opportunities, collaboration with other committees, and community outreach
PLAYNOLA provides the best and fastest-growing adult sports leagues in New Orleans. PLAYNOLA is the place to meet and compete with active professionals all over the city, providing fun, athletic, and social event options to engage in after work and on weekends.
Professional Insurance Agents of LA – Young Insurance Professionals (YIPS)
The mission of YIPS is to cultivate young professionals and future leaders of PIA by providing opportunities for education and networking.
Social Media Group
The mission of Social Media Group is to provide a collaborative space for industry experts to discuss emerging trends, share best practices, communicate strategies, and brainstorm around creative. It enables community managers, producers, designers, account leads, strategists, managers, freelancers, and influencers to generate discussions around how to stay innovative in a constantly-changing field. Together, members act as champions for the vision of the industry, and each other.
StayLocal is Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance. It is our mission to create an environment for local businesses to thrive through research, education, and advocacy. We do this work because we believe New Orleans’ independent businesses are the backbone of the city’s culture, economy and character.
St. Bernard Chamber Young Professionals (SBYP)
SBYP is a committee of the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce that provides a variety of networking opportunities to young professionals working, living, and doing business in St. Bernard Parish.
Sylvain Society for Young Professionals
Sylvain Society is the New Orleans Opera’s Young Professionals affiliate group whose purpose is to connect the operatic arts to the Greater New Orleans community
ULI Louisiana – Young Leaders Group (YLG)
YLG fosters the involvement of under 35-year olds and enhance knowledge among the next generation of responsible real estate industry leaders. YLG events provide an opportunity to network with experienced professionals, and build relationships and mentorships with key industry leaders.
United Way SELA Young Leaders Movement
This group’s mission is to engage young professionals who are focused on improving their communities through the mission of United Way of Southeast LA. They will foster participation, commitment, growth and education of young leaders to further the work of UWSELA.
Urban League of Louisiana Young Professionals – Greater New Orleans (NOLAYP)
NOLAYP is an Urban League of Louisiana volunteer auxiliary of young professionals committed to promoting and supporting the ideas and goals of the Urban League movement throughout the New Orleans area through community outreach, fundraising and membership development.
VAYLA New Orleans
VAYLA is a progressive multi-racial community-based organization that empowers youth and families through supportive services and organizing for cultural enrichment and positive social change. VAYLA is composed of young leaders, high school and college students that want to engage and empower others educationally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Young Association for Corporate Growth
ACG LA, 5500 Prytania Street, Box 229, New Orleans, LA 70115
The LA Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is the premier M&A association in LA made up of professionals looking to grow middle-market companies. ACG LA has initiated Young ACG LA for professionals age 35 and younger involved in corporate growth, corporate development and mergers and acquisitions.
Young Leadership Council
Young Leadership Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization created to develop leadership through community projects. Through volunteer-created community projects, YLC recruits and retains young professionals to Greater New Orleans, creating a positive impact on the quality of life in the region. Founded in 1986, YLC is the oldest independent young professionals’ organization in the country.
Young President’s Organization of LA (YPO)
1615 Poydras St., Suite 1281, New Orleans, LA 70112
YPO connects over 24,000 chief executives in more than 130 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange™. Provides an extensive offering of local, regional and international education experiences, world-class resources, alliances with top learning institutions, and specialized networks that help members enhance their business, community and personal leadership.