Re-envisioning Louisiana


Re-envisioing LA event on October 16

Tuesday, October 16
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Holliday Forum, LSU Journalism Building

We're pleased to invite you attend to Re-Envisioning Louisiana: The State We Want to Be In, hosted by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs. The event will center around the pivotal question that many young Louisianans ask themselves as they contemplate college or beginning their careers: should I stay in Louisiana or should I go? This day-long event features experts on economic development, criminal justice, education, disaster prevention, arts and more and will explore the adversities and opportunities for growth in Louisiana.

There will be multiple panels throughout the day, running from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will take place in the Holliday Forum in the Journalism Building on LSU’s campus. Below you will find the full schedule with speakers. To confirm your attendance, please click the link below to register on Eventbrite.




We look forward to seeing you on October 16th! 


Schedule of Events

Lunch and Conversation: What Millennials Want

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Courtney Scott, Lead Strategist, The Byan Group


Collis Temple III, National Sales Director, Primerica

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.           

Panel 1: Economic Development: Show Me the Money

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Orlando Palmer, Owner, Parker’s Pharmacy
Jenni Peters, Owner, Varsity Sports
Susie Schowen, Workforce Initiatives Manager, Louisiana Economic Development
Nick Speyrer, Founder and President, Emergent Method
Sevetri Wilson, Owner, Solid Ground Innovations, LLC          

Presentation: Criminal Justice Reform: Justice for All

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Andrew Hundley, CEO, Louisiana Parole Project          

Coffee and Conversation

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   
James Carville, Political strategist, Professional-in-residence and fellow, Manship School
Stewart Lockett, LSU Student Body President
Sarah Procopio, LSU Student and organizer of youth civic engagement forum         

Panel 2: Education: Building Blocks for a Brighter Future

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Erin Bendily, Assistant Superintendent, Policy and Governmental Affairs, Louisiana Department of Education
Sarah Broome, Founder and Executive Director, THRIVE Academy
Sen. Ann Duplessis, President, Louisiana Federation for Children
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner, Louisiana Board of Regents      

Panel 3: Preventing and Preparing for Disaster in Louisiana

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.       
Rep. Garret Graves, Congressman, 6th District of Louisiana
Lt. General Russell Honoré, Public speaker, author and consultant
Kathryn Keating, 2018-19 Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellow, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Dr. Margaret Reams, Professor, LSU Department of Environmental Sciences
James Waskom, Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Panel 4: Quality of Life: More than Just Mardi Gras

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.       
Kate Durio, Director of Marketing and Events, Lafayette Consolidated Government
Jonathan Dziuba, Race Director, The Louisiana Marathon
Steven Knight, Social Media Manager, Event Production and Coordination, Louisiana Film Prize
Luke St. John McKnight, Development and Catalyst Coordinator, MetroMorphosis, The Walls Project
Sarah Rainwater, Membership Chair & Events Co Chair, Fusion 5  

Dinner and Conversation: How to Engage Your Elected Officials

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.   
Lauren Chauvin, Director; Civil Justice Reform, Energy, Environmental Quality, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry        

Conversation: The State We Want to Be In

7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.   
Rep. Paula Davis, State Representative, Louisiana District 69
Councilwoman Erika Green, Council member, East Baton Rouge Parish District 5
Rep. Ted James, State Representative, Louisiana District 101
Representatives from the Louisiana Council of Student Body Presidents