ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The inaugural Empowerment and Policy Conference, powered by the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) and the Urban League of Louisiana (ULLA), is a statewide convening designed to examine systems, influence policy decisions and enact changes that will positively impact the African American community in Louisiana.

WHAT:  2019 Empowerment and Policy Conference

WHEN:  Friday, September 27th -Saturday, September 28th

WHERE:  Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel – New Orleans, LA

The Conference will provide a platform for local, state and national thought leaders, policy makers, sector leaders, community leaders and residents to discuss, debate, and advance conversation and thinking around a multitude of issues that impact African Americans in Louisiana. Conference panelists and guest speakers will engage attendees on economic, social, and political topics.

To inform the content of the conference, ULLA and LLBC are engaging residents across the state through a statewide listening tour that began in July. Community members are helping to shape the conference agenda by voicing their top concerns and sharing their visions for an equitable Louisiana. 

FAST FACTS:

WHO: Local, state and national thought leaders, policy makers, sector leaders, community leaders and interested residents

WHAT: A two day conference focused on topics voiced by community members across the state as being critical to achieving an equitable Louisiana

WHY: To engage decision makers and community members in examining systems and influencing policy decisions that will positively impact the African American community

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Marc H. Morial

Marc H. Morial

President and CEO, National Urban League

Marc H. Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization. As Mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002, Morial led New Orleans’ renaissance, and left office with a 70% approval rating. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University.

Angela Rye

Angela Rye

CNN Political Commentator

Angela Rye is Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in the nation’s capital. She is a CNN Political Commentator and NPR Political Analyst. She has been featured as an influential politico, lawyer, and advocate by several publications and outlets from Marie Claire to Ebony and the Washington Post. Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process.

Bakari Sellers

Bakari Sellers

CNN Political Commentator

Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina. Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC and is a Political Commentator at CNN. 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

DAY ONE
Friday, September 27, 2019

9:00AM – 5:00PM CHECK-IN AND ONSITE REGISTRATION
1:00PM – 1:55PM WELCOME REMARKS AND KEYNOTE 
2:00PM – 3:20PM SESSION ONE: 
Creating an Environment for African Americans to Thrive in Louisiana
Hear perspectives about the challenges and opportunities around key areas impacting the quality of life for African Americans in Louisiana.
3:30PM – 4:50PM SESSION TWO: 
Mental Health: The Stigma that Stops Us
Access to quality services, substance abuse, stigma and medication in youth and adolescence are critical behavioral health issues across the state. Learn about strategies that increase knowledge about ways to advocate for a stronger mental health system.
5:00PM – 5:50PM SESSION THREE: ARMCHAIR CONVERSATION
An armchair conversation with the dynamic CNN Political Analysts Angela Rye and Bakari Sellers on a range of topics impacting African Americans nationally.
6:30PM – 8:00PM NETWORKING RECEPTION

 

9:00AM – 5:00PM
CHECK-IN AND ONSITE REGISTRATION

1:00PM – 1:55PM
WELCOME REMARKS AND KEYNOTE

2:00PM – 3:20PM
SESSION ONE:
Creating an Environment for African Americans to Thrive in Louisiana
Hear perspectives about the challenges and opportunities around key areas impacting the quality of life for African Americans in Louisiana.

3:30PM – 4:50PM
SESSION TWO:
Mental Health: The Stigma that Stops Us
Access to quality services, substance abuse, stigma and medication in youth and adolescence are critical behavioral health issues across the state. Learn about strategies that increase knowledge about ways to advocate for a stronger mental health system.

5:00PM – 5:50PM
SESSION THREE: ARMCHAIR CONVERSATION
An armchair conversation with the dynamic CNN Political Analysts Angela Rye and Bakari Sellers on a range of topics impacting African Americans nationally.

6:30PM – 8:00PM    
NETWORKING RECEPTION

DAY TWO
SATURDAY, September 28, 2019

7:00AM – 1:00PM CHECK-IN AND ONSITE REGISTRATION
8:00AM – 8:50AM WELCOME REMARKS
Keynote:  Marc Morial
9:00AM – 9:50AM SESSION FOUR:
$3.5 Billion…That’s Billion with a B
A discussion of the data and impact of racial inequities in Louisiana, considering the political, social, economic and cultural implications and strategies to create equity and opportunity for all.
10:00AM -10:50AM SESSION FIVE:
Intersection of Race, Identity, and Mission
A look at why acknowledging diversity within the African American community and finding common ground with other communities of color can lead to stronger organizational missions and greater impact.
11:00AM – 11:50AM SESSION SIX:
Lacing the Boot: Supporting a Whole-State Agenda
Exploring opportunities for closing the North-South divide in Louisiana through collaboration and a shared agenda.
12:00PM – 12:30PM CLOSING REMARKS AND EVALUATION
12:30PM – 2:00PM CLOSING LUNCHEON
Ticketed attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a final closing lunch with special guest speakers and engaging table discussions.

 

7:00AM – 1:00PM    
CHECK-IN AND ONSITE REGISTRATION

8:00AM – 8:50AM    
WELCOME REMARKS

Keynote:  Marc Morial

9:00AM – 9:50AM    
SESSION FOUR:
$3.5 Billion…That’s Billion with a B
A discussion of the data and impact of racial inequities in Louisiana, considering the political, social, economic and cultural implications and strategies to create equity and opportunity for all.

10:00AM -10:50AM 
SESSION FIVE:
Intersection of Race, Identity, and Mission
A look at why acknowledging diversity within the African American community and finding common ground with other communities of color can lead to stronger organizational missions and greater impact.

11:00AM – 11:50AM           
SESSION SIX:
Lacing the Boot: Supporting a Whole-State Agenda
Exploring opportunities for closing the North-South divide in Louisiana through collaboration and a shared agenda.

12:00PM – 12:30PM           
CLOSING REMARKS AND EVALUATION

12:30PM – 2:00PM 
CLOSING LUNCHEON

Ticketed attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a final closing lunch with special guest speakers and engaging table discussions.

 

HYATT REGENCY HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

HOTEL INFORMATION:

Our official conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Hotel New Orleans. The hotel is conveniently centered downtown near Champions Square, Smoothie King Center, and minutes from the historic French Quarter, Arts District, and Mississippi Riverfront. 

HOTEL ADDRESS:

601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

NIGHTLY RATE: $179 (September 27, 2019)

HOTEL CONFERENCE LINK: 
https://book.passkey.com/go/lablackcaucus

If you need additional assistance, please call Central Reservations toll free at 888.421.1442.