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January 10, 2017

The Louisiana Chapter of New Leaders Council has selected 20 young professionals from across the state as its 2017 Fellows. In January 2017, this diverse group of emerging leaders in education, government, law, healthcare, business, journalism, and the non-profit world will begin the New Leaders Council Institute, the country’s premier leadership development program for young progressives. 

“This year we had the enviable but challenging task of selecting only 20 fellows from our most impressive applicant pool to date,” said Jesse Gilmore, NLC Louisiana co-director. “If the 2017 NLC Louisiana Fellows are any indication, Louisiana’s future is bright.”




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Today the Louisiana Chapter of New Leaders Council announced its 2016 Fellows including 22 young professionals from communities across the state. The New Leaders Council Institute is the premier leadership development program for young professionals and is Louisiana’s only progressive training organization.

“We’re proud of the high caliber broad diversity of this year’s class,” said Matt Bailey, chapter co-founder and advisory board member. “The Fellows’ impressive skills and experiences coupled with their demonstrated commitment to their communities indicate a readiness to take their leadership to the next level. Collectively, the Fellows in this and our previous six classes will provide committed and progressive leadership for Louisiana for decades to come.”

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February Update

Louisiana, like every other state, has four seasons. Unlike everyone else we refer to ours as Football, Crawfish, Mardi Gras and Campaign. While we think the other three bases are covered, we’re dedicating February’s institute to teaching our fellows the ins and outs of launching, running and winning a campaign.

We’ll be joined by Ari Krupin of T he Markham Group, Michael Walker of the Louisiana Democratic Party and NLC-Louisiana alum, Chris Tyson to name a few. In addition to electoral campaigns, we’ll also focus on issue-based campaigns with Ryan West of the American Cancer Society and Makesha Judson of the March of Dimes. Jan Moller of the Louisiana Budget Project will talk to us about policy and April Brumfield of One Voice will help us understand the differences between a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4).

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Each year, NLC-Louisiana recruits the best and brightest our state has to offer. This year’s fellows prove that we took the same approach. From city government to education to entrepreneurs, this year’s class offers a wide-variety of experience, backgrounds and expertise. What they all have in common is their commitment to making Louisiana the kind of state that not only produces amazing young leaders, but retains these people by offering vast opportunities to serve and grow.

Alix Tarnowsky
Amanda Aiken
Cat Polivoda
Ciji Tatum
Colleston Morgan
Cordelia Tullous
Derrick Frazier
Erin Spears
Gerald Hampton
Gordon Kuehl
Hyma Moore
Jose Massingue
Joshua Cox
Kevin Henry
Lelia Gowland
Natalie Kaharick
Rachel Graham
Sarah Schirmer

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In the fall of 2014, the NLC Louisiana leadership team launched a strategic planning process to help us grow our chapter and ensure a healthy, focused future.

The identified mission of the strategic plan is to accelerate and support its members’ progressive careers, projects and goals while strengthening Louisiana’s progressive infrastructure.

The leadership team developed three goals to achieve our mission. These include: 1) create a solidified community and lasting value for everyone involved, 2) professionalize and standardize operations with ensuring transparency, and 3) improve brand awareness in the community. As a result, we hope to have these expected outcomes:

  • NLC Louisiana will be a known and sought-after organization;
  • NLC Louisiana will have a growing applicant pool demanding less effort from recruitment team;
  • Local companies and organizations will seek to support the Louisiana chapter, financially and in other ways;
  • Board Members will have clear roles, responsibilities, in addition to by-laws and expectations to hold everyone accountable;
  • All of NLC Louisiana will understand the direction of the organization, the opportunities available to them, and the ways in which they can assist; and
  • Alumni, mentors, speakers and advisory board will understand the value of NLC beyond what it offers for the fellows .

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