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Ellevating Our State: A Summit for Louisiana Women

Join Ellevate Louisiana for our virtual annual conference on January 28th, February 5th and February 11th. Hear from and interact with our guest speakers on issues pertaining to the states finances, economy, workforce and infrastructure! We will have plenty of opportunity for networking as well using the Remo platform, a live, virtual event and networking space.


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For more information and to get a sneak peek at Remo click here to view a short video about the virtual conference platform.

January 28th

10:00AM                     Doors open for networking

10:30AM                     Executive Members and above Meeting

11:00-11:10                 Welcome

11:10-11:30                Break out into small
groups for networking and discussion

11:30- 12:30                Budget and Tax Panel Discussion

  • Greg Albrecht, Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office
  • Christopher Keaton, Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office
  • Commissioner Jay Dardenne, Louisiana Division of Administration
  • Jason DeCuir, Advantous Consulting
  • Secretary Kim Robinson, Louisiana Department of Revenue

12:30 – 1:00                Q&A

1:00 – 1:20                  Breakout into small groups for reflection and next steps

1:20-1:30                     Adjourn and final thoughts

 

February 5th

10:00AM                    Doors open for networking

10:30AM                     Member and Prospective Member Meeting

11:00-11:10                 Welcome

11:10-11:30                Break out into small groups for networking and discussion

11:30- 12:30                Workforce and the Economy Panel Discussion

  • Secretary Ava DeJoie, Louisiana Workforce Commission
  • Secretary Don Pierson, Louisiana Department of Economic Development
  • Michael Williamson, United Way of SELA

12:30 – 1:00                Q&A

1:00 – 1:20                  Breakout into small groups for reflection and next steps

1:20-1:30                     Adjourn and final thoughts

February 11th

10:00AM                     Doors open for networking

10:30AM                     Members only meeting

11:20-11:30                 Welcome

11:30- 12:30                Webcast interview with Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Transportation

12:30 – 1:20                Roundtable discussion with Dr. Wilson and guests

1:20-1:30                     Adjourn and final thoughts

January 28th Panelists:

Gregory V. Albrecht
Chief Economist
LA Legislative Fiscal Office
Greg has been the Chief Economist of the Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office since 1991. In this role he is responsible for forecasting the State’s major tax revenues, estimating the fiscal impact of tax legislation, as well as providing general economic, tax, and fiscal analysis to the legislature. Click here to view full bio. 

Jay Dardenne
Commissioner of Administration

Jay Dardenne is Louisiana’s commissioner of administration. In this capacity, he serves as the state’s chief operating officer. He was elected twice as Louisiana’s lieutenant governor and previously served four years as secretary of state, 15 years as a state senator and three years as a Baton Rouge Metro Councilman. He chaired the Senate Finance Committee and, in 2003, was named National Republican Legislator of the Year. Click here to view full bio. 
Jason DeCuir
Co-Owner and Partner
Advantous Consulting, LLC
Jason M. DeCuir, MBA, JD, LLM, is Co-owner and Partner with Advantous Consulting, LLC, a leading tax services firm in Louisiana, that uniquely delivers customizable, end-to-end solutions that range from turnkey compliance services to high-level planning and advisory consulting. Prior to joining Advantous, he was principal at a global tax services firm. He also served as Chief of Staff, Assistant Secretary and Executive Counsel at the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) during his tenure from 2011 – 2014.  Click here to view full bio. 

Christopher Keaton
Legislative Fiscal Officer
LA Legislative Fiscal Office

Chris Keaton has worked in state government for 29 years and was recently elected the Legislative Fiscal Officer.  He previously worked for the House Fiscal Division for 16 years as the office’s deputy director and as a budget analyst for several areas of state government including the Department of Health.  Chris served for two years as the Undersecretary for the Department of Public Safety where he provided management oversight of the operations of the department. Click here to view full bio. 
Kimberly Lewis Robinson
Secretary of Revenue
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Secretary Robinson is a 1998 graduate of the LSU Law Center. She attended LSU where she received her B.A. in Political Science in 1993 and a M.A. in Public Administration in 1995. Before becoming Secretary of Revenue, Ms. Robinson was a partner in the Tax & Estates Practice Group at Jones Walker, LLP focusing primarily on state and local tax matters, economic development financing, incentives and government relations. Click here to view full bio. 

February 5th Panelists:

Ava Dejoie
Secretary
Louisiana Workforce Commission

Appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards in January 2016, Ava Dejoie is the Secretary of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Secretary Dejoie is a native of New Orleans and alumnae of Loyola University of New Orleans. During her career of leadership experience, Dejoie served as the Statewide Coordinator of Rapid Response, which directs resources to workers displaced by layoffs, shut-downs, etc. She also assisted thousands of displaced workers at the Avondale Employee Transition Center as Director of LWC special projects. Click here to view full bio. 

 

Don Pierson
Secretary
Louisiana Economic Development
In January 2016, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Don Pierson, CEcD, to serve as Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development. Pierson had served as LED Assistant Secretary and Senior Director of Business Development since January 2005. With executive-level leadership, his duties include the implementation of domestic and international economic development programs, and job retention and creation efforts for the State of Louisiana. Click here to view full bio. 
Michael Williamson
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Michael L. Williamson serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Southeast Louisiana, serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. Before coming to UWSELA in April 2009 as Chief Operating Officer, he served as Vice President of Field Leadership at United Way of America (UWA) in Alexandria, VA.  Williamson provided overall management and leadership to the UWA Hurricane Response and Recovery Fund developed in Hurricane Katrina’s wake. Click here to view full bio.

February 11th Speaker:

Dr. Shawn Wilson
Secretary
Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development  
Dr. Shawn Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) by Governor John Bel Edwards in January of 2016 and is now serving as Secretary for a second term. He has more than 15 years of executive service at DOTD.  Under his leadership thus far, DOTD has ushered in innovation in project delivery, including the state’s first Public Private Partnership and Construction Manager at Risk projects. Click here to view full bio. 
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