Committee For A Better New Orleans Announces 54th Annual Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum


NEW ORLEANS — The Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO) is calling all future leaders to get involved in the 54th annual Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum. 

Established in 1968, the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum (BBMLF) is a challenging and stimulating program aimed at identifying emerging leaders from all sectors of the community and giving them expert inside information about key metropolitan issues, providing exceptional networking opportunities, and stimulating their interest and involvement in community service. Graduates are some of the most prominent and active leaders in every aspect of New Orleans life, including former Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Senator David Vitter, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, City Council member Jared Brossett, and philanthropist Roger Ogden, to name a few. The class of 2018 will be the 54th graduating class and will join more than two thousand fellow alumni in serving as a tremendous resource to the community.

“I wouldn’t be as involved in the New Orleans community if it wasn’t for the Leadership Forum,” said Timothy Hemphill, BBMLF alumnus and CBNO board co-chair. “There is a huge benefit of having this type of program in New Orleans. The Leadership Forum pursues the goals and mission of the Committee for a Better New Orleans by raising awareness for community issues and affecting positive change in current and future leaders.” 

The 2018 Leadership Forum begins with the Human Relations session on Wednesday, September 5 and the citywide bus tour on Saturday, September 8, designed to give participants an overview of the problems and the opportunities ahead. Additional session topics include Housing, Education, Environment and Coastal Issues, Public Safety, Economic and Workforce Development, Regionalism and Transportation, City Management, Healthcare, and Leadership. Each session is followed by lively question-and-answer sessions that will be sure to push the conversation forward. A key feature of the Leadership Forum is the capstone class project where participants design their own community service project focused on education or housing, to experience first-hand the power of volunteerism. Upon completion of the Forum, graduates are connected with organizations that match their interests. Two will also be invited to serve on the CBNO Board of Directors.

“The BBMLF is an excellent venue for new and life-long residents to learn about the issues our city and region are facing and increase their involvement,” said Anthony Carter, chair of the 2018 BBMLF Committee. “We are thrilled for this year’s Forum and look forward to the connections participants will make and adding another class of civicly engaged leaders to our community.”

Nominations for the 2018 Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum are now open and will be accepted until Friday, July 27. Any member of the community may nominate candidates for the Leadership Forum, and self-nominations are welcome. Nomination forms can be found at

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