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2017 LANO Annual Conference
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LANO will host the 2017 Annual Conference on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.  


This year's one-day intensive conference will focus on Leadership.


We invite you to join us as we convene the region's nonprofit directors, staff, board, volunteers funders & supporters and tackle important topics affecting the nonprofit sector.


Thursday, August 17, 2017


Crowne Plaza Hotel

4728 Constitution Avenue

Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Register Today! 


 Keynote Speakers
 Joan Garry


For nearly a decade, Joan Garry served as the Executive Director for GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the country, where she launched several successful media campaigns, including GLAAD's successful campaign to lobby the New York Times to include same sex wedding announcements in its style section. She later acted as co-chair of Barack Obama's LGBT Finance Committee during his 2008 presidential campaign. 


Joan now works with nonprofit leaders, assisting with crisis management, executive coaching and the building of strong management teams to support the work of the CEO. She also teaches nonprofit media strategy as a professor at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a blogger for the Huffington Post.


Joan's nonprofit work began after 14 years in executive positions in corporate entertainment, including her role as a member of the management team that launched MTV in 1981.

 James Carville




James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant.  His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.


His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania.  In 1987, Carville helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor’s seat in Kentucky.  Carville continued his winning streak in New Jersey when he helped Frank Lautenberg get elected to the U.S. Senate.  He next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young.  Then, in 1991, Carville—who had already become prominent in political circles—drew national attention when he led Senator Harris Wofford from forty points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh.  But, his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency. 


In recent years, Carville has focused his strategic thinking on guiding international campaigns—reaching more than 23 countries around the globe. 





Session Category 

Session 1

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Session 2

4-4:45 p.m.


Ellen Bristol

Beverly Brooks Thompson

Human Resources

Dima Ghawi



John Cottee 


Tyrone Golatt

 Human Resources  Marissa Paine 

Joey Thornburg


Natalie Robinson



Executive Leadership/Management

Ramona Hill


Jeanne Driscoll


Jack Wiles


Fred Dent

Sevetri Wilson

Brand Driven Marketing




 2017 LANO Annual Conference Agenda
8-8:45 AM Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:45-9 AM Welcome
9- 10 AM Keynote Address with Joan Garry
10:30-11:30 AM Workshop with Joan Garry
12-1 PM Force For Good Awards Luncheon & LANO Annual Meeting
1:15-2:30 PM Keynote Address with James Carville
2:45-3:45 PM Breakout Sessions
4-4:45 PM Breakout Sessions
5-6 PM LANO 20th Anniversary Celebration
Kingfish Sponsor 

Redstick Sponsors

 Ponchartrain Sponsors


Lagniappe Sponsor 





Interested in Sponsorship?
 You'll have a chance to:
  • Launch new products and services
  • Collect high-quality sales leads
  • Build brand awareness
  • Cultivate customer relationship
  • Reach over 14,000 in the LANO Network 
2017 LANO Annual Conference Sponsorship Packet!


Contact Emilie Bowman, Business Development Manager for more details. or 

225-929-5266 (Ext. 7) 






































$130 for LANO Members

$150 for Nonmembers (Including Friends of LANO)

Register Today! 






Conference attendees can use the group code "LANO" to receive a rate of $109 per night (exluding taxes and fees) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.


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