Committee For A Better New Orleans Seeks Emerging Community Leaders

Committee for a better new orleansCommittee For A Better New Orleans (CBNO) is an organization working to address issues and works to better the city. They advocate for collaboration and conversation among community members. Each year, they host the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum (BBMLF) for emerging leaders from various sectors of the city.

The Forum provides information about metropolitan issues, networking opportunities and a growing interest in community service activities. The next class will join over 2,000 alumni in building up and serving as a resource to the community.

Many both local and non-local residents of New Orleans believe this city is the greatest in the world. CBNO’s goal is “nothing less than to help New Orleans return to its rightful place among the great cities of the world.” So, I encourage more of the up-and-coming entrepreneurs and young leaders in business and technology to apply for the Forum. Nominations are usually accepted in June and July of each year and self-nominations are welcome. Click here to download the nomination form.

“We are thrilled for this year’s forum and are confident the class of 2013 will not be disappointed,” said Carl Falstrom, chair of the 2013 BBMLF. “One of the most valuable things about the Leadership Forum is the connections you make, so not only do we encourage applicants for the 2013 Leadership Forum, but also we encourage all alumni to reconnect at our Alumni Social on June 20 and to stay connected by contacting the Committee for a Better New Orleans for more information on upcoming events.”

BBMLF sessions include: human relations, housing, education, economic development, city management, public safety, health care, transportation and regionalism, and environment and coastal issues.

“I wouldn’t be as involved in the New Orleans community if it wasn’t for the Leadership Forum,” said Mia Grandpre, BBMLF alumni and CBNO board member. “There is a huge benefit of having this type of program in New Orleans. The Leadership Forum pursues the goals and mission of the Committee for a Better New Orleans by raising awareness for community issues and affecting positive change in current and future leaders.”

Past, current and future leaders are encouraged to attend the networking event Thursday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Jones Walker offices. To attend and RSVP, email CBNO President Keith Twitchell at