Speakers

Kelly Williams Brown
Author

Tommy Faucheux
Southeast U.S. State Government Affairs Leader, The Dow Chemical Company

Melissa Gibbs
Business Development & Small/Disadvantaged Contractor Outreach, Gibbs Construction

Michael Hecht
President and CEO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Kevin Lin
Chief Operating Officer, Twitch

Crystal McDonald
Founder + CEO, Acrew

Bio

Kristen Preau Moore
Owner, Jambalaya Girl by Cook Me Somethin' Mister

Christian Rhodes
Governmental Relations & Litigation, Roedel Parsons

Dr. Rob Wilton
Lead Pastor, Vintage Church

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Kirk Coco
CEO, Nola Brewing Company

Bio

Zachary Engel
Chef de Cuisine, Shaya

Jennifer Medbery
Founder, Kickboard

Brandan “BMike” Odums
Visual Artist and Filmmaker

Desiree Ontiveros,
Founder, Badass Balloons

Amanda Shaw
Musician and Actor

EMERGE SUMMIT TOPICS

  • A Millennial World

    Young professionals face unique challenges today. How will they manage these challenges and establish their own legacies? What will they leave behind for the generations to follow?
  • #1 For This, #2 For That: GNO is Where Millennials Go

    Rich in culture & opportunity, GNO has become the nation’s new hotbed for entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Leadership and Influence

    How do you build and lead a team that identifies big issues, brings forth tangible solutions, and executes like mad?
  • Straight Outta College!

    Just graduated and entering a saturated market? How do you stand out? Who do you look to for guidance and leadership?
  • Confidence, Self-Awareness & Personal Branding

    How to use your natural talents and skills to define your position in the workplace and community. What would your colleagues say are your strongest gifts? Who do you admire and idolize most – and what are the steps to becoming more like that person?
  • It Ain’t Easy Being Big Cheesy: What Real Executives & Entrepreneurs Want You to Know

    Real talk - confessions of and lessons learned from young executives and entrepreneurs. The good, the bad and the ugly; dealing with failure; never saying no; what exactly is success?
  • Be An Inspiration

    Faith-based discussion on inspiring others through authenticity, trust, accountability, and humility.
  • Managing Up!

    If you are seeking your next promotion, and want to catch the eyes of your executive team members, this is an in-depth discussion on do’s, don’ts, and how to communicate with a seasoned and experienced professional.
  • Find It. Love It. Work For It.

    Found your passion? Great! Add these items to your checklist for the pursuit of said passion: hard work, risk, disappointment, extreme focus, and perhaps…success!
  • So, You Want to Be Your Own Boss?

    Risky, risky. Building a successful business may require many years, many dollars, and many sacrifices along the way. Do you have what it takes? If you’re already asking yourself this question, you probably do!
  • Been There, Done That – What’s Next?

    When YOU become the mentor, philanthropist, and role model. What’s important to you? How will you leave the world a better place from whence you came?