2019 Leadership Luncheon Features Distinguished YLC Alumns


Young Leadership Council’s Distinguished Alumni Lead Panel Discussion

NEW ORLEANS, LA (November 4, 2019) – On Thursday, November 14th, five distinguished Young Leadership Council alums will return to YLC for its Fall Leadership Symposium. The Leadership Symposium will unite current city leadership with the next generation of leaders.

The Leadership Symposium will be hosted at Filmore on the Oaks in City Park and begin with networking from 6 – 6:30 PM, followed by a panel discussion moderated by YLC alum, Darren Mire. During the panel a three-course dinner will be served along with complimentary wine, beer, and champagne. Tickets are $60 for current YLC Members and $75 for Friends of YLC and alumni.

Darren G. Mire from the Orleans Parish Board of Assessors will moderate the panel discussion at the Leadership Symposium. Mire served as the YLC Board President in 2000; prior to his Presidency, he dedicated eight years to the organization by serving as a volunteer, Project Leader, and Vice President of Projects. As part of his legacy at YLC, Mire was the first African American to hold the position of President in the organization’s 30-year history.

Panelists at the Leadership Symposium are YLC alums whose distinguished careers and community service has led them across America. R. Christian Johnsen from Jones Walker acted as YLC’s second Board President in 1987. Following his time at YLC, he relocated to open the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Johnsen’s tenure at YLC is marked by the prestigious lighting of the Crescent City Connection bridge, where Young Leadership Council raised over $500,000 for the installation and powering of lights on this iconic bridge.

Karyn Kearney, Director of Communications and External Affairs for Intralox, governed on YLC’s Executive Committee and as Board President in 1996. She is credited for co-founding the New Orleans proud to call it home campaign, and she was recognized as a YLC Role Model in 2006. Her creativity and acumen in communications and marketing served not only YLC, but the Audubon Institute where she served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Audubon Aquarium, the IMAX Theatre, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, and the Audubon Insectarium.

Kenneth Polite, Jr. served on YLC’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2012, before being appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana by President Obama in 2013. He currently works at Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius in Philadelphia, but continues to devote his time to the betterment of New Orleans through civic engagement and community service by serving on the board of directors for Youth Empowerment Project, Ochsner Health System, the Anti-Defamation League of New Orleans, and New Schools for New Orleans.

Scott Sternberg is YLC’s most recent alum serving on the panel, having served on the Board of Directors from 2014 through 2016. During his tenure with YLC, he provided support to the Board of Directors as General Counsel and served as a Project Leader. He is now the Managing Partner of Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC, a law firm representing newspapers, online media entities and citizens in lawsuits against government entities.

Name: Leadership Symposium

Date: November 14, 2019
6:00 – 8:30 PM

Price: $60 YLC Members; $75 Friends of YLC
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