October 4, 2022 — Young Leadership Council’s flagship Leadership Development Series (LDS) began on Tuesday, September 13th with a class of 24 of New Orleans’ up-and-coming young leaders from across industries. LDS is a 10-week series that engages young leaders in developing leadership, networking, communication, and development skills. The series will provide a hands-on approach, allowing participants the unique opportunity to work in small groups to create and implement ideas and plans to help YLC and its members address a variety of needs of the greater New Orleans community.
The series will welcome several leaders who serve in a variety of sectors in New Orleans. Some notable speakers this year include: Dr. Jennifer Avegno (New Orleans Health Department), Josie Delaune (Smoothstack), Michael Hecht (GNO Inc.), John Landrum (Intralox), Sonny Lee (Son of a Saint), Tom Moran (Good Shepherd School), Wes Palmisano (Impetus), Jimmy Roussel (New Orleans Startup Fund), and Alexandra Schneider (St. Bernard Parish School District).
Nick LaCour, a Project Leader for Leadership Development Series, says, “We are thrilled to announce the 2022 class of the YLC Leadership Development Series. This group of 24 young professionals from all different backgrounds of life and business will have a great opportunity to listen and learn from numerous leaders who have proven track records of making meaningful impacts in the New Orleans community. I look forward to seeing this year’s class put their minds together to help address the needs in our community.”
Participants in the 2022 Leadership Development Series class include: Kourtney Baker (Windsor Court Hotel), Christian Barahona (Clearsulting), Taylor Barnhart (NOAA National Weather Service), Julio Bermudez (Son of a Saint), Katie Bourque (The Ehrhardt Group), Rachel Jeandron Caluda (Social Security Administration), Brianna Carr (Arts Council of New Orleans), Joseph Crapanzano (Levelset), Regina Davis (TrapolinPeer), Paul Domingue Jr. (Home Bank), Sydney Houlemard (Orleans Parish District Attorney), Nick Kallman (Mirambell Realty), Patrick Kiernan (Deloitte), Inna Lempert (Intralox), Katie McKeogh (The Ehrhardt Group), Matthew Occhipinti (Massey’s Outfitters), Tamika Panagoulopoulos (Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights), McKenzie Parkins (Murmuration), John Rhodes (Ochsner), Marshall Roy (Raymond James), Luke Smaha (NOELA Community Health Center), Jack Tourres (Intralox), and Brock Trotter (Regions Bank).
This year’s Leadership Development Series is led by 6 former participants of the series: Gillen Briede (Brother Martin High School), Drew Chapman (Bourgeois Bennett), Jay Howard (Intralox), Nick LaCour (Stonehenge Capital), Charles Lanier (Intralox), and Jordyn Spizale (Pond & Company).
YLC’s Leadership Development Series is sponsored by Laitram, a global manufacturing leader across multiple industries, with over 4,000 employees, over 1300 actively held patents, and 11 locations worldwide.