EVERLAB Organizers Announce Fireside Chat with James Carville at 2019 Conference

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NEW ORLEANS – Greater New Orleans, Inc. – the host of EVERLAB: Where the Environment Meets the Economy – today announced the addition of fireside chat with Political Icon James Carville to the 2019 conference. Organizers also announced the full 2019 speaker lineup of global and local leaders who operate at the intersection of the economy and the environment. Based in New Orleans, EVERLAB (Environmental Ventures for Economic Return) is a one-day conference for professionals interested in long-term corporate resilience and private sector investment in environmental sustainability.

EVERLAB is a unique opportunity to participate in a conversation around environmental finance, investment, and risk management. Registration is still open for the 2019 conference. Interested professionals can register at www.everlabnola.org/shop/.

A specially negotiated rate of $155 per day is available at the host hotel, NOPSI Hotel Sunday, from June 2 to Thursday, June 6, 2019. To book your room online, visit http://everlabnola.org/hotel.  Please book by May 13 to receive the conference discount.

  • Plenary sessions, policy debates, investment showcases, best-practice reviews, and peer networking events will serve to engage global and local thought leaders and promote participation from all who attend. A sampling of conference sessions include:
  • Place, Profit and Security – Preserving at-risk communities to protect jobs, tax revenues, and national security
  • From Vulnerable to Valuable – Shifting the narrative to attract investment
  • Resilience = Business Continuity & Retention – Managing for future risks
  • Geographic-Focused Breakout Sessions – Louisiana: The business of coastal resilience; Norfolk, Virginia: Protecting vital national security assets; Colorado River Water Basin: Drought contingency plans in the Western U.S.; and, California: Wildfires – The shift from defense to offense 
  • Mayors of U.S. Cities: How government approaches the intersection of the environment and the economy
  • More than a conference, EVERLAB is an opportunity to drive the conversation around environmental finance, investment, and risk management. Through a unique combination of facilitated dialogues and on-the-ground learning experiences, EVERLAB will provide a platform for attendees to engage with one another, the New Orleans community, and the most innovative thinkers at the forefront of environmental finance and corporate resilience.

Leading these conversations will be some of the premier global experts in their fields, including:

  • Jason Bird – Florida Resilience Practices Leader & US South Water Resources Solutions Leader, Jacobs
  • Kip Chope – Vice President of Sustainability, The Port of Virginia
  • Steve Cochran – Associate Vice President for Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Nicole Doheny – Senior Vice President, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors
  • Justin Ehrenwerth – President and CEO, The Water Institute Of The Gulf
  • Glenn Hamer – President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Michael Hecht – President and CEO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Alex Herrgott – Executive Director, Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council
  • Alex Kaplan – Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships, Swiss Re
  • Mary Kelly – Partner, Culp & Kelly, LLP 
  • Nuin-Tara Key – Climate Resilience Program Director, Interagency Climate Adaptation, State of California
  • Bo Kemp – Senior Director, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting
  • Chip Kline – Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities, Governor's Office of Coastal Activities
  • Ted Kowalski – Senior Program Officer, Colorado Water Initiative, Walton Family Foundation
  • Jonathan Kozy – Senior Macro Strategist, Bank of America
  • Brad Lambert – Deputy Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development
  • David Lessinger – GNO Market Lead/Senior Advisory Resilience Practice, CSRS
  • Eric Letsinger – CEO, Quantified Ventures 
  • Ryan Mast – Hazard Mitigation Manager, City of New Orleans
  • Christine Morris – Chief Resilience Officer, City of Norfolk, Virginia
  • Katerina Oskarsson – Chief Strategy Officer, RISE Resilience Innovations
  • Ann Phillips – Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation, State of Virginia and Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
  • Todd Reeves – CEO, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
  • Lisa Schroeer – Senior Director & Sector Leader, S&P Global
  • Rohini Sengupta – Associate Director, Capital, Science, & Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson
  • Tony Simmons – President and CEO, Tabasco/McIlhenny
  • Kelly Brough – President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Ted Kowalski – Senior Program Officer of the Colorado River Initiative, Walton Family Foundation
  • Glenn Hamer – President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry  

EVERLAB is sponsored by Walton Family Foundation, Meraux Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Jacobs, and CSRS.


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