Concurrent Session
Creating an Inclusive Work Culture with Collaborative Community Partnerships
Salon E (Third Floor)
Tuesday 10/29/2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Add to calendar
| Competencies: Global & Cultural Effectiveness, Leadership & Navigation | Intended Audience: Senior-Level (Elevating I&D)
Workplace Application:
Learn how the City of New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), the New Orleans Business Alliance and Ochsner Health System are working together to reshape the city through thoughtful workforce and economic development in order to create more just and equitable city for all residents. 

Since its inception, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) has employed best practices in economic development, positioning NOLABA as the perfect intersection of commerce and culture through an inclusive economic development strategy. Today, the organization continues its legacy as they work in collaboration with Oschner Health System, Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) and the City of New Orleans, to reshape the city through thoughtful economic development in order to create a more just and equitable place for all residents. Join NOLABA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, Ashleigh Gardere, in discussion with Missy Hopson Sparks from the Ochsner Leadership Institute, Ellen Lee with the City of New Orleans and Carmen James Randolph with GNOF as they address topics such as: economic barriers that affect employee retention, diversifying an organization’s leaders to better reflect the population being served and exploring what a city-wide strategy, that employs collaboration and engagement to foster inclusivity and bring about real impact, looks like.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to develop an integrated workforce and economic development strategy that builds equity.
  • Learn a framework for building public-private-philanthropic partnership to address equity issues.
  • Learn how to gain stakeholder support by using metrics to build credibility for equity initiatives.
Ashleigh Gardere Photo
Ashleigh Gardere, executive vice president & chief operating officer,
New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA)
Carmen James Randolph Photo
Carmen James Randolph, vice president for programs,
Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF)
Missy Hopson Sparks Photo
Missy Hopson Sparks, vice president, Talent Management,
Ochsner Leadership Institute
Ellen Lee Photo
Ellen Lee, director of community and economic development,
City of New Orleans