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Louisiana Organizations: Carville and Matalin, Entrepreneurship Weeks, Dress for Success, BGR

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(photo above Margaret Hoover) CNN Political contributor
Today's Louisiana organizations wrap is about keeping Bipartisanship in our politics, Carribean and Central American in our trade, entrepreneurship in our work,  the plight of our government employees, and success in our women's attire. You will absolutely want to attend all of these events which includes what appears to be the new Mr. and Mrs. New Orleans, James Carville and Mary Matalin..


Annual Conference on the Caribbean & Central America

Dress for Success

Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week

BiPartisan Summit

New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week

BGR Report

Here are the press releases and other information

Annual Conference on the Caribbean & Central America

Annual Conference on the Caribbean & Central AmericaFor 36 years, CCAA has hosted the Annual Conference on the Caribbean & Central America. The Conference brings together senior public and private sector leaders to discuss trade, economic and policy issues as a means to encouraging understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the region.

The event continues to be the only annual forum that focuses solely on the economies of the Caribbean and Central America. It has helped shape policy and influenced investment through a format that features policy and business leaders in keynote addresses, plenary discussions, and interactive roundtables.
The World Trade Center of New Orleans is pleased to participate as a collaborating partner of this important event and we encourage you to join us for top-caliber panels and great networking opportunities.
Special discounts are available for CCAA and WTC members, 2011 conference participants, government officials and groups.

Sign-up for Field Trips

This year, Caribbean Central American Action is once again working with the Friends of the Cabildo to provide conference participants with a variety of field trips that will look at some of the history, culture, and business highlights of NewOrleans.
Wednesday, November 28 / 2:00pm - 5:00pm
• Option 1: Museum and Landmarks
• Option 2: Cuisine and Culture
Friday, November 30 / 2:00pm - 5:00pm
• Option 1: Port of New Orleans
• Option 2: Tourism and Culture
Field trips can be booked online at the time of registration, or, if you are already registered and would like to sign up for one, you can modify your registration online using the confirmation code. There is a small fee associated with the field trips. If you need assistance, please contact Gwen Rodriguez at [email protected] or (202) 204-3050.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Juan Daniel Alemán Gurdián is the Secretary General of the Central American Integration System (SICA). Dr. Gurdián will speak at lunch on Friday, November 30.
Ambassador Albert Ramdin is the Assistant Secretary General at the Organization of American States (OAS). A committed and distinguished diplomat, Ambassador Ramdin will provide plenary remarks on Regional Economic Integration on Friday, November 30.
Mr. James Carville and Ms. Mary Matalin, will bring their unique brand of political experience and insight to Conference participants for a special session, "All's Fair: Love, War, Politics,"scheduled for Friday, November 30. The couple will participate in a discussionon "The U.S. Elections and the Implications for Engagement in the Caribbean and Central America regions."
Ms. Matalin and Mr. Carville, who are residents of New Orleans, will be joined for this discussion by José S. Suquet, of Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG). Mr. Suquet is Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO of PALIG, and has led his New Orleans-based company's expansion in the Caribbean and Central American Region (

View the full Program Agenda

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Dress for success New Orleans

Dear Friends and Supporters,
The 2012 Suits and Salads Luncheon is just five days away! The silent auction during the wine and champagne reception is always one of the most exciting parts of this event. We hope you are looking forward to socializing with old and new friends while enjoying the beautiful Roosevelt hotel and shopping at our fantastic auction! Here is a sneak peak of some of the auction items… just for you!
• Windsor Court Hotel, Two-night Stay
• Hiller Jewelry, Alexis Bittar Mod Link Crystal Drop Pendant
• CeCe Shoe, $500 Gift Certificate
• Leontine Linens, Queen-sized Embroidered Sheets
• Pippen Lane, Heirloom Lylian Girls Dress
• Art, dining, hotels, shopping… and MORE!
Proceeds from the Suits & Salads Luncheon and silent auction support Dress for Success New Orleans. Your support of this event allows us to continue providing a hand up to women in our community to become economically and financially independent.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Roosevelt New Orleans
11:30 am Silent Auction & Champagne Reception
12:30 pm Lunch
Click here to sponsor a table or purchase tickets.


BGR Report Reveals Costs, Generosity of Local Government Pensions

Today BGR releases The Rising Cost of Yesterday: Metro Area Pension Costs and the Factors that Drive Them. The report examines 18 defined benefit pension plans available to local government workers in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes (the Plans). The report tallies the costs the Plans impose on local government entities in the three parishes, and compares the pension benefits they offer to those available to private sector workers and other state and local government workers across the U.S.

Find the report and press release here.


Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week

Starts Sunday.  What a lineup.  Take a look

Idea Village 
The 2013 Entrepreneur Season is well underway!
Since July, over 650 new entrepreneurs have registered with The Idea Village and every week over 80 entrepreneurs are receiving direct services through IDEAinstitute, IDEAxcelerator, IDEAsessions, and Strategic Challenges. We are seeing huge promise from ventures in the digital media, education, life sciences, and film industries.
We’ve also launched great collaborations including the Water Challenge with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Education Challenge with 4.0 Schools, Women in Business Challenge with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Tulane Challenge with Tulane University, and Trust Your Crazy Ideas High School Challenge with the Brees Dream Foundation.
All of these programs will culminate during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, March 16-22, 2013. Mark your calendar!
The New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem is thriving, as is evident by the many updates outlined below. Entrepreneurship is at the forefront of the national conversation on economic growth and recovery and we see an opportunity for New Orleans to play a key role in this discussion. Stay tuned!
I look forward to seeing you during the Entrepreneur Season.
Tim Williamson
Co-Founder and CEO, The Idea Village
• Due to popular demand from the entrepreneurial community, we bring you: Founders Roundtable, A Series of Discussions on the Entrepreneurial Experience. Bringing entrepreneurs managing early-stage and existing ventures together around the topics related to the “entrepreneurial experience,” each session will feature an industry or sector theme and will be facilitated by seasoned entrepreneurs who will share their practical experiences in building innovative and successful ventures. The first Roundtable is “Restaurants, Bars, and Distilleries” on Friday, November 16. If you are an entrepreneur looking for an opportunity to exchange ideas, share challenges, and make new contacts, sign up now! View other dates and industry themes here.
• This year, 29 entrepreneurs with innovative ideas have been invited to participate in the Water Challenge cohort! The Water Challenge, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a nationally award-winning initiative that aims to identify and support entrepreneurial solutions that apply innovative approaches to how we live with water. Up to 5 of the 29 ventures will be selected as finalists in December and invited to pitch during “Water Challenge Day” on Monday, March 18, 2013 during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Visit to learn more.
• 10 local entrepreneurs have been selected into the inaugural Women in Business Challenge cohort. In partnership with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, the Women in Business Challenge is centered on educating and empowering female entrepreneurs in New Orleans. Select finalists will have the opportunity to pitch for seed capital during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
• College Prep, Lusher, Newman, and St. Augustine have been selected as finalists in the 3rd annual Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge! The Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge is an after-school entrepreneurship program, spearheaded by the Brees Dream Foundation and The Idea Village, for New Orleans high schools with the goal of developing entrepreneurial talent in our youth.
• In partnership with the U.S Embassy and Ambassador to Latvia, Mark Pekala, The Idea Village launched Incubating the Business Incubators, a collaborative initiative with the goal of fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Latvia’s economically-depressed Latgale region (pictured above). The curriculum begins on Monday via video conference.
• IDEAinstitute continues this Wednesday, November 14 with Making Sense of the Numbers: Financial Forecasting for Strategic Business Planning. Space is limited and we are filling up fast. Click here to reserve your spot.
• New Orleans Startup Fund hosted Capital Pitch in partnership with The Idea Village, South Coast Angel Fund, New Orleans BioInnovation Center and Launch Pad earlier this month in an effort to connect regional angel investors with investable New Orleans start-up companies actively trying to close a round of funding. The participating entrepreneurs included: Yellow Jacket, Tutti Dynamics, ChapterSpot, and Crescent Unmanned Systems.
• Today, Good Work Network is hosting the 2012 Southeast Louisiana Small Business Conference. The conference is a forum for networking between entrepreneurs, businesses, and financial institutions. Click here to learn more.
• Next week, Tulane Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives, the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Propeller and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, will host PitchNOLA 2012, social innovation elevator pitch competition. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot in the audience.
• The 3rd NOLA Meetup, hosted at Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar, is next Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00pm, where three of our 15 IDEAxcelerator companies will be gracing the stage for Pitch Fest: Education Everytime, Clothesline Software, and Traverst. Click here to register.
• Applications for the 2012 Silicon Bayou 100, a list of 100 people who have done the coolest stuff in Louisiana entrepreneurship and tech and/or have influenced Louisiana’s entrepreneurial community this year, closed last night. Stay tuned for the big reveal next month!
ENTREPRENEUR UPDATES (and this is only a handful):
• Tomorrow night, Craig Cordes, Antonio LaMartina, and Sal LaMartina, Co-founders of Cordina Frozen Cocktails, Jennifer Medbery, Founder of Kickboard, and Jessica Shahien, Executive Director of 504ward, will be honored along with Perry Eastman, President of Auto Chlor Services, Inc., and Gary Solomon, Jr., President of Solomon Group Entertainment, as the 2012 Junior Achievement Rising Stars.
• Dr. Sarah Mack of Tierra Resources, announced the world’s first certified carbon offset methodology for deltaic wetlands and the first pilot project in St. Charles Parish that will use the methodology to generate registered carbon credits. Click here to learn more.
• Audiosocket has forged a strategic partnership with automatic video editing pioneer, muvee. Using Audiosocket’s MaaS platform, muvee launched “muvee Music” to help their users make their own music videos. Click here to learn more

James Carville, Mary Matalin to Co-Host the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Post-Election Political Summit at Tulane University

Leading Political Insiders from Both Parties will convene on November 15 to Analyze a Transitioning Government 

Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will host its Fourth Annual Political Summit, Beyond the Ballot: A Government in Transition, at Tulane University in New Orleans on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Co-Hosted by popular bipartisan political duo James Carville and Mary Matalin, the much anticipated summit will feature more than two dozen current and former elected officials, national political strategists from both sides of the aisle, and prominent journalists.Panel discussions throughout the day-long event will explore the current political landscape and examine where the two parties may find common ground going forward to address the nation’s key policy issues.


“The Summit has become an important hub for honest and constructive dialogue focused on how to achieve and implement politically-viable solutions to address the problems facing the nation. We are delighted that BPC continues to support New Orleans and the greater community by bringing their annual conference to this great city each year, and we look forward to engaging in immediate post-election analysis,” said Matalin and Carville.


WHO:            Honorary Co-Hosts James Carville and Mary Matalin

Former White House photographer Samantha Appleton

Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist John Avlon

Republican pollster and strategist Whit Ayres

Former U.S. Senator from Utah Robert Bennett

Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart

CNN contributor and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona 

Ogilvy Washington Executive Vice President Brendan Daly 

NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving

Republican strategist Sara Taylor Fagen

Southern Company President Tom Fanning

Former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman

Harvard University Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson

Democratic pollster and strategist Stan Greenberg

Facebook’s Manager of Public Policy Katie Harbath

Tulane professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry 

CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood

Lexicon Strategy Group CEO Curt Hebert

New York Magazine’s John Heilemann

CNN political contributor Margaret Hoover

PG&E President Chris Johns

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott 

POLITICO's Charlie Mahtesian 

Washington Post National Political Photographer Melina Mara

Democratic strategist Kiki McLean

Republican strategist Brett O'Donnell

Twitter’s Head of Government, News and Social Innovation Adam Sharp

BuzzFeed’s Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton

Former Governor of Ohio Ted Strickland


WHAT:           Bipartisan Policy Center’s Forth Annual Political Summit

Beyond the Ballot: A Government in Transition


WHERE:         Tulane University- Lavin-Bernick Center

6329 Freret Street

New Orleans, LA 70118


WHEN:           Thursday, November 15, 2012
10:00AM to 4:00PM CST

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