Thursday, May 29, 2008

New Orleans is Forever Good

Please Join the All Day Buffet, Good Magazine, NOLA YURP, Trumpet, and the Idea Village for a fund-raiser at Republic 828 S. Peter St. Doors open at 8pm and the cover is only $10 and includes complimentary drinks and food until 11pm. All proceeds benefit Sweet Home New Orleans a non-profit organization that perpetuates the cultural traditions of New Orleans through the musicians that carry it forward.

Urban Next Summit


Save the Date
July 24-25, 2008
New Orleans

Almost three years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is still recovering from a storm that destroyed 80 percent of the city. While many are still struggling, New Orleans has also attracted thousands of young people from diverse backgrounds, who are passionate about rebuilding an American city in a more equitable way. By creating coalitions of talented young people in the private and public sector who work together, New Orleans is engaging urban enthusiasts in the rebuilding process.

While New Orleans has a unique opportunity to build its talent pool, what makes a city a magnet for passionate young people? How can a city engage this talent? And how can a city hold onto these individuals in the future?

We invite you to participate in the Urban Next Summit to help answer these questions. This special opportunity to join the national conversation on cities will take place in a city where young people from diverse backgrounds have been instrumental in the rebuilding process. While exploring a number of city issues together, this gathering will be organized to facilitate meaningful connections between emerging and established leaders.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from and meet a number of distinguished speakers and panelists
  • Share and learn about innovative strategies for cities
  • Participate in discussion forums to inform others on the work happening in cities
  • Connect with emerging and established urban leaders from cities across the nation
  • Explore New Orleans as an insider

Topics will include:

  • Attraction and retention of talent
  • Creating a culture of opportunity
  • Advocacy for urban enthusiasts
  • Idea generation surrounding current urban challenges and opportunities
  • Messaging for cities
  • Connecting innovators to our cities

Apply to be part of the Urban Next Summit by clicking here. Applications are due by June 15, 2008. View the draft agenda here.

About the presenters:

CEOs for Cities is a cross-sector network of urban leaders from the civic, corporate, academic and philanthropic sectors exploring the future and inventing next practices for cities. Find out more at

The mission of New Orleans Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals (NOLA YURP) is to create a support network to connect, retain and attract young professionals from diverse backgrounds for a sustainable New Orleans. Find out more at

If you have any questions please contact me at I look forward to receiving your application.


CEOs for Cities
177 North State Street, Suite 500 - Chicago, IL 60601 - 312.553.4630

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sharing Ideas with Russian Delegation

Last Friday, we got an opportunity to exchange ideas and stories with a delegation of young leaders from various cities in Russia. The two-hour meeting afforded us the opportunity to have a candid discussion about the city of New Orleans, the rebuilding process, the government's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and how young leaders are shaping the new frontier of the city. It was exciting to hear that this movement of "engaged young professionals" has become an international phenomenon. Young people around the globe are becoming increasingly aware and dedicated to fixing today's most pressing social problems.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Nathan Rothstein on Rebuilding After Katrina

Job Opportunities in New Orleans Workshop at UMass

The Job Opportunities in New Orleans Workshop was held April 22nd, 2008 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Students came out to hear about unique opportunities that are available for students here in New Orleans. The workshop also featured a photo slide show by UMass student Erin Fitzpatrick chronically her Alternative Spring Break Trip to New Orleans this year. If you would like to host one of these workshops on your campus please send us an email at

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Millennium Campus Conference 2008 at MIT

The Millennium Campus Conference was held at MIT on April 18-20, 2008. The event brought together over 1700 students over three days to discuss topics on international development and action-plans among students to be actively engaged in the process. Confirmed speakers included Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Paul Farmer, Nathan Rothstein and Kendrick Pullen of the NOLA YURP Initiative, Grammy-winner John Legend, Ira Magaziner of Clinton Global Initiative, and John Wood among many others! The three day event provided attendees with opportunities not only to see and listen to world-renowned lecturers and professionals, but will also allowed them to engage in debate, take part in activities and workshops, and make connections to address the root causes of national and global poverty.

The Millennium Campus Network is an organization of university student groups committed to supporting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate extreme poverty. The MCN brings together student organizations at leading universities to make the anti-poverty movement - in the spirit of the MDGs - a fully cross-disciplinary, collaborative and integrated effort.