Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Parish President Natalie Robottom and 40 other business, civic and community leaders from a 10-parish region graduated from the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) on June 8 at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans. Robottom was selected for participation in the program through a competitive application process to help promote regionalism, examine important local issues through diverse viewpoints, and network for the future. The selection process considers factors such as rank within a company or organization, professional background, and gender and ethnic heritage to ensure that the group is representative of the community as a whole.
"NORLI not only provided the opportunity to expand my knowledge of our region, it provided the opportunity to network with other leaders, experience varying group dynamics, and participate in activities to facilitate critical and creative decision-making,” said Robottom.
NORLI is a nine month program designed to promote regional collaboration by providing a network to enhance personal leadership skills while examining issues critical to the advancement of the Greater New Orleans region. The institute began with a two-day overnight retreat, followed by seven monthly full-day educational sessions and ended with another mandatory two-day retreat. Each month's session focused on issues of concern to the region, such as public policy, the environment, economic development, education and workforce development, diversity, crime and public safety and healthcare.
During the program, presentations were made by community and government leaders to stimulate discussion throughout the institute and beyond. “The economic future of the New Orleans area rests solely on the ability of its leaders to work toward a common purpose of improving educational and employment opportunities, providing a safe and crime-free environment, and cultivating the talents and strengths found only in this region. The success of our efforts will be evident when the quality of life improves for all of our residents.”