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INNO 2019 Recaps + Highlights

A Hackathon. A Startup Showcase. Interactive Content Sessions.

The inaugural INNO conference saw compelling, up-to-the minute conversations and relevant speakers within the themes of innovation, collaboration, disruption, and community building.

Re-experience INNO 2019 by checking out recaps and highlights from the inaugural event.

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2019 Agenda + Highlights

Tuesday April 30: Sessions at the New Orleans Jazz Market INNO Stage

Morning Tracks

Corporate Innovation Panel

The Human Factor

Afternoon Tracks

Investor Panel

Innovation vs. Disruption

The Future of Music is Tech

Featured Keynote

8:30 AM: Doors Open

9:25 AM: Welcome + What Corporate Innovators Seek: Keynote Panel featuring  Lauren Kenney РEntergy, John Boudreaux РIBM Private Cloud, Aimee Quirk РinnovationOchsner, and Brad Rossacci РAccenture.

The Human Factor

10:10 AM: Making Business More Human with Tom LaForge

10:30 AM: How To Connect To Thrive In Business with Traci Ruble

10:50 AM: Surviving a Global Brand’s Acquisition Courtship with Jon Werner

11:15 AM: From Wantepreneur to Entepreneur and Back with Anu Gali

11:40 AM: Investing Outside of The Valley with Lowry Curley & Mike Katz

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

Innovation vs Disruption Track

1:00 PM: Investing in Innovation + Disruption: Panel featuring Kevin Lin, Hal Callais, and Crystal McDonald

1:45 PM: Newer Dimensions – Better Decisions with Shailu Tipparaju

2:05 PM: Not Everyone is Cut Out to Work on the Future with Ruth Yomtoubian

2:30 PM: Building the Trust Economy with Blockchain with Josh Thompson

The Future of Music is Tech Track

3:00 PM: From Studio to Startup: Creatives in Corporations with Daniel Rowland

3:20 PM: Building a Global Music Tech Empire, in Baton Rouge, LA with Jim Odom

3:45 PM: Scaling for Songwriters: Lessons on Fan Engagement in the Music Industry Terry Derkach & Meredith Collins

4:05 PM: The Future of the Musician Industry with Elmo Lovano

4:30 PM: A Fireside Chat with the Recording Academy Reid Wick & Maureen Droney

4:50 PM: Fender Digital: Fueling the Player Journey with Jennifer Schwartz & David Immerman

Tuesday April 30: Sessions at the New Orleans Jazz Market Deep Dive Stage

Morning Tracks

The Startup Path

Afternoon Tracks

Valuing Communities

Connecting With Your Humanity

9:25 AM: Please join us on the INNO stage for Opening Keynote

The Startup Path Track

10:10 AM: Strategic Partnerships is the Path Forward with Ruth Yomtoubian & Gregarious Narain

10:50 AM: The Path to a Revenue Stream with Helen Manich

11:15 AM: Innovation: Cool Doesn’t Cut It with John Boudreaux

11:35 AM: Deal Structures in fundraising and M&As with D’Juan Hernandez

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break

1:00 PM: Please join us on the INNO stage for Investor Panel

Valuing Communities Track

1:45 PM: Cultivating Communities with the Courage to Change the World with Galyn Burke

2:05 PM: Building and Monetizing Online Communities with Nigel Eccles

2:30 PM: A Journey of InsuranceTech Disruption with Alexander Tsetsenekos & Huw Edward

Connecting with Your Humanity Track

3:00 PM: Instilling Humanity in Online Communities with Brett Durrett

3:20 PM: Human Connection with Galyn Burke & Traci Ruble

3:45 PM: Meaningful Human Engagement with Josh Thompson & Mac Love



Wednesday May 1: Sessions at the New Orleans Jazz Market INNO Stage

Morning Tracks

Digital Transformation

Afternoon Tracks

Personalized Health

The Gulf South Ecosystem

Community Transformation

Closing Keynote

8:30 AM: Doors open

Digital Transformation Track

9:35 AM: FounderCraft: Founder Thinking for Corporate Innovators with Gregarious Narain

10:00 AM: Being a Tech Sherpa; Leadership from Behind with Michael Mangos

10:25 AM: Scaling Impact in Social Responsibility with Sevetri Wilson and Justin Dengel

11:00 AM: Digital Business and Marketing Transformation with Chip Register & Amith Nagarajan

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break

12:45 PM: Mindful Afternoon Stretch and Breath Break with Cheyenne Ellis of Make Movements 

Personalized Health Track

1:00 PM: Innovative Models for Personalized Health with Amy Domangue & Brenda Schmidt

1:30 PM: An Engaged Patient: My Medical Journey with Michael Mauti

1:50 PM: Connecting with People, To Feed Them with Matt Moore

2:05 PM: A Conversation on Personalized Health, Technology, and Community Building

The Gulf South Ecosystem Track

2:20 PM: Using Non-Traditional Sources of Capital to Finance Mission-Driven Businesses with Margot Brandenburg

2:40 PM: State of Digital Economy & Local Innovation Ecosystem with Michael Hecht

3:00 PM The Greater New Orleans Startup Index Report presented by Tulane’s Lepage Center with Adam Zuckerman, Blake Stanfill, Joe Truhe & Ann Marshall Tilton

Community Transformation Track

3:45 PM: Scaling for Success: Harnessing Lessons Learned from Tech Giants with Aubrey Sabala & Rick Webb

4:05 PM: Changing Communities Through Acts of Play with Mac Love

4:30 PM: Playing to Win in the Game of Life with Derek Thomas

4:40 PM: Let’s Debate The Next Wave of Tech, Closing Keynote with Ryan Frietas & Rick Webb


Wednesday May 1: Sessions at the New Orleans Jazz Market Deep Dive Stage

Morning Track & Roundtable Breakouts

Impact Investment

Afternoon Track

Technology Trends from the Future

Impact Investment Track

9:30 AM: An Overview of Opportunity Zones Regulations and Introduction of Roundtable Breakout Sessions with Cullan Maumus and Anne Driscoll

10:00 AM: Two Breakout Roundtable Sessions: Creating Qualified Opportunity Zone Businesses and Creating Sustainable Impact Through Investment into Opportunity Zones with conversations led by early adopters and leading investors in this space.

10:50 AM: Key Takeaways from Roundtable Discussions

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break

Technology Trends from the Future Track

1:05PM: The Rapid Rise of AR with Jeff McConathy

1:30 PM: The Future of Data with Adam Zuckerman

1:50 PM: Illuminating Dark Online Communities with Clark Hogan-Taylor

2:15 PM: I’ll be McCartney and You Be Lennon: Building Strategic Partnerships that Drive with Alex Matjanec & Ahon Sarkar


Thursday, May 2nd: A Community Celebration at Launch Pad

Launch Pad, a collaborative workspace & community of entrepreneurs, professionals & creatives, is celebrating its 10th year, and you’re invited to this all-day event that includes mimosas and Bloody Marys, a fireside chat, member showcase, and mix & mingle.