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  • A Note from YLC's Executive Director on End of Year Giving
  • Emerge Summit Recap
  • 2021 LDS Graduates

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A Message from our Executive Director

Your End of Year gift to YLC supports leadership development through economic, cultural, and service projects. YLC’s community projects touch every part of life in New Orleans.

From making carnival season greener through the Mardi Gras Recycling Initiative and inspiring 8th graders to achieve their career goals with Power Ties to bringing the beat back to downtown with YLC Wednesday at the Square – YLC makes New Orleans stronger; a place YOU can be proud to call home.    

Your gift to YLC shows you share our vision for a stronger Greater New Orleans where all people thrive. 


Are You NOLA Proud? Donate Today!

YLC is more committed than ever to fostering leadership development in the city's next generation of leaders. We encourage you to donate $35 (or more) in honor of our 35th Anniversary today. Contributions of any size are are transformative to our projects!

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Announcing the 2021 LDS Graduates
Thanks to Laitram for being the Leadership Development Series sponsor for 2021. Because of Laitram’s generous support, YLC was able to bring the series back in fall 2021 for ten weeks of in-person learning, connecting, and networking. We're thrilled to announce the 2021 LDS graduates:

Michael Bock, Education Program Consultant, Louisiana Department of Education
Zachary Brennan, Associate Program Manager, Ochsner Health
Gillen Briede, Gifts Officer, Brother Martin High School
Charlotte Conerly, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
Kari Elgin, Communications Director, New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation
Ronald Evangelista, Vice President of Operations, Spears Group
Lauren Fidelak, Director of HIV Outreach Services, Access Health Louisiana
Jim Fisher, Development Manager, The First Tee of Greater New Orleans
Alaina Galbraith, Digital Marketing Specialist, LCMC Health
Marissa Hogan, Program/Event Coordinator and Communication Specialist, National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana
Carson Lucas, Analyst, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Alison Mey, Director of Franchise Development, Restaurant Brands International
Ana Munoz Solis, Equipment Application Engineer, Laitram
Kelly Naylor, Admin/Marketing Mgr., Gallo Mechanical
Katie Neeb, Project Manager, Intralox
Celia Ordoyne, Integrated Marketing Specialist, LCMC Health
Praneeth Panjam, Quality Engineer, Intralox
Braden Riley, Associate Attorney, Cozen O’Connor
Meggie Schmidt, Senior Account Executive, Renaissance Publishing
Justin Wang, Internal Auditor, Crescent Bank and Trust
Anna Wilson Schnitzler, Owner & Designer, Banana Design Co LLC
Jessica Jackson

Like all YLC Projects, LDS is led and organized by volunteer community leaders. Project Leaders for the 2021 series include:
John Walker Carlisle, Account Executive, Travelers Insurance
Drew Chapman, Audit Manager, Bourgeois Bennett CPA
Jay Howard, Business Development Manager, Intralox
Nick LaCour, Compliance & Financial Analyst, Louisiana Recovery School District
Jordyn Spizale, GIS Analyst, Pond & Company

Learn More About LDS
2021 Emerge Summit Recap
Emerge Summit returned last week on December 2-3. Emerge Summit is the Gulf Coast’s premiere annual conference that brings together hundreds of the brightest young talent from all industries and experience levels. 

YLC hosted a panel on Friday, December 3rd called WATS Next? A Conversation on Change Leadership. The panel included: 
Margie Perez, Singer Songwriter (Past YLC Wednesday at the Square Performer)
Warren Surcouf, Commercial Agent, Property One (YLC Alum, Former Board Member and Past YLC Wednesday at the Square Chair)
David Baker, Associate Editor, The Louisiana Weekly (YLC Alum and Former Board Member)
Lena McCloskey, SVP, Commercial Strategy, IBERIABANK (2021 YLC Board President)
Shelby Russ, CEO, AOS Interior Environments (Title Sponsor of YLC Wednesday at the Square)
Conway Solomon, CEO, WRSTBND

Also on Friday, Kevin Ferguson, Senior Manager-Premium Accounts, New Orleans Pelicans and Saints (YLC Past President) spoke on Sales & Fundraising Tips for Success.
Learn More About Emerge Summit
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