Welcome to New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

The 9th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) is officially underway. The festival of entrepreneurship will engage a network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, non-profits, students, and professionals through this Friday, March 24 when the week culminate at The Big Idea.

This year’s theme is “where culture and innovation connect,” and will host more than 125 interactive events, including keynotes, panels, networking events, pitch competitions, and summits.

“We’re fortunate to provide such a high-quality lineup of business leaders for our attendees this year,” said Victoria Adams Phipps, NOEW’s Executive Producer. “NOEW guests will walk away from this year’s festival with actionable ideas and tactics to improve their own businesses, community organizations, and careers—or to formulate the seed for a new startup.”

Business leaders from companies such as Slack, Netflix, and Rotten Tomatoes are scheduled to speak at NOEW. Find out where to catch the headliners throughout the week:

  • Lisa Atia – Creative Brand Strategist at Blavity

Keynote: Blavity & the Influence of Black Millennials (March 23, 2:30 p.m.)

  • Lisa Chow – Gimlet Media / Host of “StartUp” Podcast

A Listening Session and Conversation with “StartUp” Co-host, Lisa Chow (March 23, 1 p.m.)

  • Jim Coulter – Founding Partner at TPG

Coulter IDEApitch (March 24, 3 p.m.)

  • Suzanne DiBianca – EVP of Corporate Relations & Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce

Keynote: Spreading Compassionate Capitalism (March 20, 4:30 p.m.)

  • Andy Goldberg – Chief Creative Officer at GE

Keynote: Passion and Purpose: Finding the Core of Your Brand’s Story (March 23, 4 p.m.)

  • Brett Goldstein – Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Ekistic Ventures

Keynote: A Career Arc from the Private Sector to Government and Back Again (March 20, 9 a.m.)

  • Kelly Hoey – Investor & Author of “Build Your Dream Network”

Keynote: Your Modern Roadmap to Networking in a Hyper Connected World (March 21, 11 a.m.)

  • Adrien Lanusse – VP of Global Consumer Insights at Netflix

Keynote: Utilizing Consumer Insights for Innovation (March 22, 4 p.m.)

  • Patrick Lee – Co-Founder of Hobo Labs; Co-Founder of Rotten Tomatoes

Keynote: The Secret Sauce of a Serial Entrepreneur (March 23, 11 a.m.)

  • Leslie Miley – Executive in Residence at Venture for America & former Director of Engineering at Slack

Keynote: Diversity and Inclusion in the Startup Community (March 21, 4 p.m.)

  • Manny Ruiz – CEO at Hispanicize Media Group

Keynote: Embracing Your Inner Pigeon (March 22, 11 a.m.)

  • Bevy Smith – Host & Founder, Dinner with Bevy

Urban League of Louisiana’s 2017 Women-in-Business Challenge (March 20, 2 p.m.)