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.

Applications for our Spring 2018 cohort are now open. Apply for $150 until March 12. Then the cost increases to $200 until the final deadline of March 28.

Spring 2018 Session Schedule

Spring 2018 classes will run Tuesday evenings May 15th – June 26th from 5:30 – 8:00.
Dinner is included. The first session on May 15th will be held at the NOLABA office. Following session locations TBA.

Session 1: Economic Development 101 

Tuesday, May 15th

Speaker: Quentin L. Messer, Jr., President & CEO

Session 2: Business Retention & Attraction, Emerging Industries

Tuesday, May 22nd

Speakers: Louis David, Vice President of Business Development & Strategy;
Sally Lindsay, Manager, Business Development and Strategy (VFA Fellow)

Session 3: Repositioning the City’s Brand #WhyNOLA;
How Policy Impacts Economic Development 

Tuesday, May 29th

Speakers: Rachel Whittaker, Marketing & Communications Manager; NOLABA Director of External Policy

Session 4:  Strategic Neighborhood Development

Tuesday, June 5th

Speaker: Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Director of Strategic Neighborhood Development

Session 5: Workforce Development, Talent Attraction & Retention

Tuesday, June 12th

Speakers: Alejandra Guzman, Vice President of Program Development and Strategy;
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;
Tom Krumins, Manager, Business Development and Strategy (VFA Fellow)

Session 6: Small Business Development

Tuesday, June 19th

Speakers: Lynnette White-Colin, Director of Small Business Ecosystem Development;
Wayne Encalarde, Jr., Small Business Ecosystem Development Specialist; Small Business Owner

Session 7: Final Session & Graduation Reception

Tuesday, June 26th


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.