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Baton Rouge 11/5 - The Estuary at the Water Campus
Transporting Louisiana into the Future | 9:45 - 10:45 AM
Whether by land, by air, or by sea, freight transportation plays a vital role in Louisiana’s economy, and our trade community remains vigilant in an increasingly competitive market. Listen to industry experts discuss changes in the local, national, and global marketplace that are affecting the movement of freight in and out of Louisiana. Learn how companies who provide transportation services, and industries that use them, are evolving to remain relevant and retain a competitive edge in this dynamic global environment.
Louisiana’s Energy Exports: Diverse and Impactful | 11 AM - 12 PM
Only fifteen years ago, Louisiana was building infrastructure to import energy into the state. Today, we are a major exporter of diverse types of energy with important growth potential, including LNG, biomass, and petrochemicals. Distinguished energy leaders in Louisiana will discuss the development of our various energy export sectors as well as their economic impact and future prospects.
Luncheon Keynote: Louisiana as an Emerging Superpower in the Global LNG Market | 12 - 1:15 PM
Amid predictions that the bourgeoning global LNG trade will more than double by 2040, Louisiana is well-positioned to become a major player. Given the considerable investment in LNG export projects, the second wave of growth is poised to make Louisiana an epicenter of global LNG trade. The Chief Executive Officer of Tellurian, Inc., Ms. Meg Gentle, will discuss Louisiana’s history and our developing role in the LNG export industry.
New Orleans 11/6 - The Port of New Orleans
Networking Reception: Perspectives from a Local Global Disruptor: Not Just Your local Coffee Shop Anymore | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
In 1978, businesswoman Phyllis Jordan—a pioneer in the coffee industry—opened PJ’s first shop. More than forty years later, PJ’s sales, product, and outlet growth remain hot, despite the highly competitive nature of the industry sector. So, what’s on the domestic and international horizon for a Louisiana original? Join us for a meet-and-greet with Mr. Felton Jones, Chief Roastmaster of PJ’s Coffee. He will share his experiences and thoughts on where his product and industry is headed and maybe a secret or two on what makes PJ’s great domestically and internationally!
New Orleans 11/7 - Marriott Downtown Convention Center
Morning Keynote: Navigating the Distribution Maze & Achieving Global Trade Solutions | 9:45 - 10:45 AM
Ever wonder about the logistics involved in ordering an item online and receiving it in two days or less? FedEx Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Ms. Cindy Allen, has the answers. Since 1971, FedEx has been revolutionizing the way products get from A to B. By integrating air & ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage, trade & customs advisory services, and other value-add services, FedEx Trade Networks is making sure shipments get through customs to customers—no issues, no surprises.
Advancements in Transportation Technology: Modernizing & Challenging Trade | 11 AM - 12 PM
Rapid technology developments breed enthusiasm and promise while also necessitating industry preparedness and foresight. As we rely increasingly on technology—such as computer systems and GPS—to more effectively and efficiently transport goods, we must anticipate inherent vulnerabilities in those systems and protect against them. Learn about the status of autonomous vessels, advancements that facilitate intermodal trade, expansion of the global trade platform, and the need for cybersecurity measures in light of the alarming number of cyberattacks by criminals and state actors.
Luncheon Keynote: The First 75 Years of the WTCNO and the Bretton Woods Trading System: Past as Prelude to Our Trade Future | 12 - 1:15 PM
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the post-World War II Bretton Woods international economic system. Global trade has flourished under multilateral rules of economic non-discrimination, expanding into non-traditional areas like trade in services and the digital economy. Yet, many industries and workers remain marginalized without receiving the benefits of trade liberalization. Our keynote speaker will provide an entertaining detailed overview of U.S. trade politics, beginning with the foundation of our system after World War II and ending with our current trade standoffs with China and others.
New Orleans 11/8 - Harrah’s Casino Theatre
Gala | 6:30 - 10:30 PM
The WTCNO’s annual black-tie event featuring dinner, dancing, live entertainment, silent auction
and a special award presentation honoring an individual making an impact on Louisiana’s
Honoring: MICHAEL J. OLIVER | CEO of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, 2019 Recipient of the Eugene J. Schreiber Award
With Entertainment by: Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Sponsorship and Speaking Opportunities
Would you like to place your brand at the center of it all? Sponsor one of our major events to be highlighted in the check-in area, at a corporate table with your guests, or even as a speaker on your area of expertise. Raise the bar – build awareness among Louisiana’s international business community.
Contact Meaghan McCormack to discuss upcoming sponsorship opportunities.