NOLABA Ambassadorship Program

The New Orleans Economic Development Ambassadorship Program is the singular program in the city of New Orleans that provides in-depth insight into the work of growing and diversifying the city’s economy. Because economic development is a cross-cutting issue affecting businesses in every industry and the economic security of all New Orleanians, NOLABA brings together in this 7-week program experienced professionals from a variety of sectors to become better informed ambassadors for the city.

Congratulations to our Spring 2018 class:

Sarah Beth James Benefit Administration Group
Sheila Robinson Boasso Global
Kisha Laurent Gaudin City of New Orleans
Nicole Williams City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works
Ashley Stevens CivicSource
Scott Graf Coldwell Banker Commercial
Aaron Gummer Compass Capital Management
Mary McCullough The Domain Companies
Megan McNeill The Domain Companies
Shani Christopher EcoLogic Solutions, Inc.
Daniel Toro Edward Jones
Evie Poitevent GNO, Inc.
Akintunde  Hardy Hardy Developments
Greg Tilton Jr. inDEPTH Media
 Jessica (Estorino) Caffarel LCMC
 Jessica  Muntz LCMC
Matt Bailey Leadership for Educational Equity
Karen Burks LiftFund
Barrie Black Louisiana Public Health Institute
Randy Johnson Jr. Merrill Lynch
Amanda Henderson Metropolitan Human Services District
Natalie Kaharick New Orleans College Prep
Bill Sabo NOLABA
Patrick Young NOLABA
Emeka Onyenekwu Nvision Investments
Tonia Salas Posse Foundation – New Orleans
Adrien Maught Rooted School
Mandy Pumilia Royal Brewery New Orleans & Picnic Media
 Deneka Vallius Sabiston Consultants
 Parker Smith Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC
Bryant York Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC
Laura Woltanski Walker and Dunlop
Vance Adams WealthHarbor Capital Group
 Thea Wall Windsor Court Hotel
Alyssa Dizon zlien

Spring 2018 Session Schedule

Spring 2018 classes will run Tuesday evenings May 15 – June 26 from 5:30-8 p.m. Dinner is included.

Session 1: Business Retention and Attraction, Emerging Industries: Creative Digital Media, Food, Music and BioInnovation

Tuesday, May 15

Speakers: Louis David, Vice President of Industry Attraction & Retention; Bill Sabo, Director, Food, Music and Software Tech; Sally Lindsay, Manager, Business Development and Strategy (VFA Fellow)

Location: New Orleans Business Alliance, 935 Gravier Street, Suite 2020

Session 2: Small Business Development

Tuesday, May 22

Speakers: Lynnette White-Colin, Vice President of Small Business Ecosystem Development; Wayne Encalarde Jr., Manager, Small Business Ecosystem Development, Small Business Owner

Location: Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, 200 Henry Clay Ave.

Session 3: NOLABA, A New Model for Economic Development in New Orleans

Tuesday, May 29

Speakers: Quentin L. Messer, Jr., President & CEO; Ashleigh Gardere, Executive Vice President & COO

Location: The Shop at the CAC, 900 Camp Street

Session 4:  Strategic Neighborhood Development

Tuesday, June 5

Speaker: Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Director of Strategic Neighborhood Development

Location: Palmisano, 1730 Tchoupitoulas Street

Session 5: Workforce Development, Talent Attraction & Retention

Tuesday, June 12

Speakers/panelists: Ashleigh Gardere, Executive Vice President & COO; Brandi Ebanks, Assistant Vice President of Talent Development; Monique Robinson, Director of Integrated Partnerships; Mary Matthews, Executive Director of 504ward; Thomas Krumins, Manager, Business Development and Strategy (VFA Fellow); Angela Cryer, Director of Integrated Partnerships

Location: Stone Pigman, 909 Poydras Street, Suite 3150

Session 6: Performance Management: Measuring our Impact

Tuesday, June 19

Speaker: Alejandra Guzman, Vice President of Performance Management and Strategy

Location: TBA

Session 7: Final Session & Graduation Reception

Tuesday, June 26

Location: TBA


Thank you to our sponsors:

As the official economic development organization for the city of New Orleans, NOLABA partners with businesses throughout the city to build a strong, sustainable economy for all residents. To inquire about sponsoring our Economic Development Ambassadorship Program, contact Vice President of Investor Relations Stephanie Bell.