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2019 Socrates New Orleans Salon

The Socrates New Orleans Salon includes a public panel and reception on Tuesday evening, and a day-long seminar on Wednesday (8:30 am – 4:00 pm). Hosted in partnership with the New Orleans Business Alliance, the New Orleans Salon will examine opportunity, access, and hope in Urban Cities.

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship to participate in either the seminar or reception, please submit your biography and a statement of interest (500 words maximum) to by August 20th, 2019


Urban Opportunity, Access, and Economic Inclusion

Cities and regions have long been economic engines and social escalators in this country because urban density and diversity sparks creativity and innovation in business, arts, culture, and society. The revitalization of our major cities over the last two decades has brought enormous benefits to some, but now we face the paradox of city resurgence. Certain areas of cities are getting substantial new investment and attracting people and businesses. And, as these cool urban places become more compelling (and expensive), they seem to be losing diversity — even as they densify. Gentrification and rising wealth and income gaps (between the rich and poor – and specifically black and white people), are now raising important leadership questions: How can cities yield more positive outcomes for all urban residents, small business owners, and long term stakeholders? What can we do to catalyze and accelerate more growth in the ethnic, lower income and/or higher crime neighborhoods? How do we ensure that all members of our communities are involved in these discussions, so we can create move inclusive economic opportunities?

This seminar will examine the city as a place to live and work and consider ways to expand opportunity, foster entrepreneurship and preserve the spirit of continual re-invention that animates American cities.

Tuesday Evening Panel & Reception
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Centered on the theme “Urban Opportunity, Access and Economic Inclusion,” the evening features opening remarks from former Aspen Institute CEO, Walter Isaacson. Following remarks, a panel on economic opportunity in New Orleans will feature experts:

  • Bo Kemp, Senior Director and Opportunity Zone Specialist, Faegre Baker Daniel
  • Norman Barnum IV, Chief Financial Officer, New Orleans Business Alliance
  • Julius E. Kimbrough, Jr, Executive Director, Crescent City Community Land Trust
  • Nicole J. Heyman, Deputy Director, City of New Orleans Office of Community and Economic Development
  • Lyneir Richardson, Professor, Rutgers University (Panel Moderator)

Network with civic-minded professionals as you enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Windsor Court Hotel. 

Reception tickets are $35 and attire is business casual.

Purchase reception ticket(s) here

Wednesday Seminar
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The seminar will begin promptly at 9:00 am and conclude by 4:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch are included. Salon tuition is $250 and includes a ticket to the Tuesday reception. Attire is business casual.


The New Orleans Salon is sponsored by:


Event information
Tue Aug 27, 2019 - Wed Aug 28, 2019
New Orleans, LA