In the Nation's Interest

New Orleans: Postsecondary Education: a Forum for Business Leaders

CED, along with the Business Council of New Orleans and The River Region and CED Trustee Pres Kabacoff, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors & CEO, HRI Properties, co-hosted a luncheon on March 6, 2012 at the Chateau Bourbon Wyndham Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The luncheon convened local and regional business leaders, academics and postsecondary reform advocates for a discussion about the Louisianan postsecondary education system and why Louisianan business should become involved in sustainable sector reform.

The program featured keynote remarks from Charles Kolb, President, Committee for Economic Development, and a panel of business leaders and experts including Donald T. "Boysie" Bollinger, Chairman, President & CEO at Bollinger Shipyards, Inc, Woody Oge, Director, Business Affairs at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc-Gulf Coast and Board member, Board of Supervisors, Louisiana Community and Technical College System, and Curt Eysink, Executive Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission and moderated by Mike Petro, Executive Vice President, CED.

The event was part of CED's Business Champions for Postsecondary Student Success, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded initiative that seeks to engage business leaders in identifying and promoting strategies to improve the skills of all students, and to increase the number who obtain postsecondary degrees or certificates that are valuable – to both individuals and employers – in the marketplace.