Louisiana Corporate Innovation Forum: Sustainability & Growth

November 6, 2021

Hosted by

January 31, 2023 • KeyString Labs • New Orleans

Entergy and InnoLead are bringing together corporate innovators from Louisiana and the surrounding region for an invitation-only one day event. The focus:

How can organizations in our region pursue growth, competitive advantage, and innovation — while also delivering on sustainability goals?

This will be a day focused on building new connections, learning, sharing, problem-solving, and interactivity. Topics will include:

  • Setting and working toward sustainability / net-zero goals
  • Effective collaboration between corporations, startups, nonprofits, and universities
  • The latest data from InnoLead on corporate innovation best practices, including engaging with the startup ecosystem
  • Growing, enhancing, and promoting the innovation ecosystem in New Orleans
  • Participant-suggested lunch table discussions.

We invite you to join us for an in-person gathering in New Orleans, at Entergy’s KeyString Labs, on January 31, 2023 from 9:00 AM- 3:15 PM CST. The day will conclude with a social hour from 3:30-4:30 PM CST. The agenda is below.

9:00-9:30: Breakfast, Coffee Truck, Registration 
9:30-10: Welcome. What is KeyString Labs? Discussion about recent data on innovation and sustainabilityMichael Cross, VP of KeyString Labs, Entergy
Scott Kirsner, CEO & Co-Founder, InnoLead
10:00-10:15: Participant introsWe’ll break up into groups of two. Who are you and what do you hope to get out of the day?
10:15-10:45: Fireside Chat: Sustainability at Entergy & Policy Shifts in DCJohn Weiss, VP of Sustainability and Environmental Policy, Entergy  
Moderated by Pierre Connor, Executive Director, Tulane Energy Institute
10:45-11:15: Networking Break
(Coffee Truck)
11:15am – 12:00: Fireside Chat: Sustainability and Innovation at  the Morial Convention CenterLinda Baynham, VP of Sustainability & CSR, Morial Convention Center
Moderated by Michael Cross, VP of KeyString Labs, Entergy
12:00-12:10: Determine breakout discussion topics for lunch, based on participant interestsOur lunch will give you an opportunity to propose breakout topics and convene other participants to explore them
12:10 – 1:30pm: Lunch discussionsYou!
1:30-1:45: The 2023 New Orleans Pro-Am Rock/Paper/Scissors TournamentWe will explain the complex, strategically-intensive game of Rock/Paper/Scissors… and crown a winner.
1:45-3:00pm: Participatory Roundtable: Elevating the Louisiana EcosystemLouis David, VP of Strategy & Business Development, New Orleans Business Alliance
Rochelle Ford, President, Dillard University
Kimberly Gramm, Chief Innovation & Entrepreneur Officer, Tulane University
Aimee Quirk, CEO, Ochsner Ventures  
Moderated by Scott Kirsner, CEO & Co-Founder, InnoLead
3:00-3:15: Networking break 
3:15-3:30: Wrap up, Next Steps, Big IdeasWhat are the take-aways, big ideas, and next steps for these conversations?
3:30-4:30pm: Social HourNext door at the Marriott Warehouse District