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NORLI Regional Leadership Program Class of 2021 graduation

Curtis Macken

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute held its Regional Leadership Program Class of 2021 graduation ceremony on July 16.

The ceremony was held to recognize the completion of the nine-month-long program dedicated to discussing challenging issues of the Greater New Orleans Region.

The class consists of around 50 leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences. From businesses to civics, they came together to exchange viewpoints, enhance personal and collaborative leadership skills, and examine issues about public policy, economic development, environment and sustainability, education, and more.

“NORLI’s Regional Leadership Program attracts the most dynamic and informed leaders in our area, consistently bringing together classes of influential and accomplished individuals committed to the deliberate dialogue surrounding key topics essential to the well-being and future of the region,” said Peggy Mendoza, NORLI Board Chair.

This year's graduation ceremony included individual recognitions, a class speaker, and awards whose recipients are selected by their peers. Tim Duncan was the one nominated as the class speaker of 2021.

“During the nine months together, our class gained a greater understanding of the issues facing the Greater New Orleans region; an understanding that now affords us the heightened ability to affect real and lasting change,” said Duncan.

The NORLI Regional Leadership Award which reflects the highest level of leadership qualities is given to Kenn Barnes, an attorney who provided a grounded perspective for challenging discussions throughout the program.

The NORLI Community Service Award is given to Erica Rodgers, a registered nurse and founder of the Braveheart Foundation. The award recognizes Rodgers' active involvement in the community through raising awareness and combating the spread of COVID-19.

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