IWIRC 2019 Leadership Summit

Start date
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
End date
Friday, July 26, 2019
Start time
01:00 PM
End time
12:00 PM

IWIRC's 2019 Leadership Summit

On behalf of the planning committee and the entire Louisiana Network, we would like to welcome you to the 2019 Leadership Summit in New Orleans. New Orleans is known for its rich history, even richer cuisine, and round-the-clock nightlife. We hope to show a little bit of everything that New Orleans has to offer while you are here!

Accommodations are available at the Ritz Carlton at the special rate of $199/night. Reserve your room by calling the hotel at 504-524-1331. A detailed schedule is listed below.

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The Louisiana Network is proud to host the 2019 IWIRC Leadership Summit. We hope you enjoy your time in our fine city!

Bienvenue en Louisiane – laissez les bon temps rouler!


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

12:00-3:00 p.m. IWIRC Executive Committee Meeting (Executive Committee Only), The Esplanade Room at the Ritz Carlton Hotel
3:00-5:00 p.m. Welcome Reception at the Burgundy Bar
Please meet at the Burgundy Bar in The Saint Hotel, located next door to the Ritz Carlton Hotel at 931 Canal Street, New Orleans, (504) 522-5400.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner at Calcasieu Restaurant
Join us for dinner at Calcasieu Restaurant, located in the Warehouse District at 930 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, (504) 588-2188. Calcasieu is a short cab or Uber ride from the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

7:45 a.m. Meet in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton Hotel to walk to the offices of McGlinchey Stafford
McGlinchey Stafford’s office is located on the 12th Floor of the Pan American Building, 601 Poydras Street, New Orleans, (504) 586-1200.
8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Icebreaker Exercise
9:00-9:15 a.m. Introductions
9:15-10:45 a.m. IWIRC Content
10:45-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00-12:15 p.m. The Rise and Fall of a Retail Giant: The Sears Bankruptcy -– Speaker Vanessa Claiborne
Take a walk through the Sear’s legacy from beginning to end and learn the red flags that foreshadowed their downfall.

12:15 p.m. Lunch sponsored by McGlinchey Stafford’s Women’s Initiative Network
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Headdress Making Workshop at the Ritz Carlton Hotel
Join us in the French Quarter Bar at the Ritz Carlton Hotel to create your own headdress with local Louisiana artist Ellen MaComber, who will provide a tutorial and inspiration (and champagne!) to help you to create a unique headdress to wear during the second line and dinner (and your next festive gathering).
6:15 p.m. Second Line from the Ritz Carlton Hotel to Galatoire’s Restaurant
We will meet to begin our second line, New Orleans style, through the French Quarter to one of New Orleans’ grandest fine dining restaurants – Galatoire’s Restaurant. Be sure to wear your headdress!
7:00 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner at Galatoire’s Restaurant
Galatoire’s Restaurant, 209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, (504) 525-2021. After dinner we will head to Frenchmen Street to listen to live music.

Friday, July 26, 2019

7:45 a.m. Meet in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton Hotel to walk to the offices of Jones Walker LLP
Jones Walker LLP office is located on the 52nd Floor of Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, (504) 582-8000.
8:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Monica Blacker
10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:45 a.m. IWIRC Content
11:45 a.m.-Noon Wrap-up and Lunch

The 2019 Leadership Summit Planning Committee

Heather LaSalle Alexis, McGlinchey Stafford
Laura F. Ashley, Jones Walker LLP
Alicia M. Bendana, Lowe, Stein, Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, LLP
Sarah E. Edwards, McGlinchey Stafford
Lisa M. Hedrick, Adams and Reese LLP
Cherie D. Nobles, Heller, Draper, Patrick, Horn & Manthey, L.L.C.
Lacey E. Rochester, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

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