FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 | 11 AM - 12 PM
Meet the Panel
YOUNG LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
AOS INTERIOR ENVIRONMENTS
AN INDUSTRY DISCUSSION
Friday, October 16 | 11 AM - 12 PM
Join us for a free, virtual panel discussion, featuring five local industry leaders.
In the wake of COVID-19, nonprofits have had to cancel crucial fundraisers, shift programming, reimagine events and creatively engage supporters to continue their missions. While donations have decreased, their services and impact on local communities are more important than ever. Nonprofits have risen to the challenge with even tighter budgets, reduced staff and volunteers, and new strategies to fulfill immediate needs while using this time as an opportunity to refocus their purpose.
Recent events have shed light on the fact that communities should be resilient all the time, not just when responding to a crisis.
How will the Nonprofit Sector emerge smarter?
SON OF A SAINT
LOUISIANA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION
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Join us for an in-depth conversation and insights from
local leaders as we explore new expectations.
We'd love to have you be a part of our
Join us for an in-depth conversation and insights from local leaders as we explore new expectations.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES
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SPECIAL THANK YOU TO 504WARD
FOR AMPLIFYING OUR MESSAGE
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PRESIDENT AND CEO
Daniel Hammer is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans for the purpose of enriching the lives of the city’s residents and visitors. He has worked for The Historic New Orleans Collection since 2005, serving in various capacities, including head of reader services and deputy director, before being named President and CEO in 2019.
Daniel earned a Bachelor’s degree in German literature from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Tulane University School of Architecture. Both of these degrees have directly informed his work at The Collection over the years. He has been closely involved with the organization’s significant holdings relating to the history of the German community in New Orleans. He also lends his expertise in furtherance of the aspect of The Collection’s mission that is dedicated to the preservation of the French Quarter as the vibrant, useful, and sustainable heart of the city. In addition to his daily activities on behalf of The Historic New Orleans Collection, Daniel regularly appears as a guest lecturer at conferences and symposia.
Daniel often devotes his time to a variety of philanthropic and civic endeavors. He currently serves as a member of the Board of the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation and the Touro Synagogue ad hoc Archive Committee.
Daniel grew up in the Lakeview community of New Orleans, where he attended Benjamin Franklin High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He and his family live in Lakeview still today.
FRIDAY, OCT. 16 | 11 AM - 12 PM
Julia Webb Bland
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Julia Bland has served as CEO of the Louisiana Children’s Museum for the past 22 years. The museum was selected as a winner of the IMLS 2015 National Medal, the highest honor for museums and libraries. She is the Past President of the Association of Children’s Museums and completed a six-year appointment to the National Museum and Library Services Board.
She served on the 2018 Commission, organized to celebrate New Orleans’ 300th anniversary. Julia is past-chairman of the America’s Promise Alliance’s New Orleans’ Kids Partnership and past chairman of the Advisory Board of the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She has served locally on a city-wide Steering Committee and Coordinating Group for Fit NOLA, New Orleans’ municipal childhood obesity plan, and statewide as a member of the Birth to Five Literacy Task Force for Louisiana. In 2013 she organized a first-ever museum trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy, to study the world renowned infant and toddler centers though a week long Study Tour. Additionally, she led the Early Learning Village campaign, a $47.5 million multi-dimensional early childhood campus in New Orleans City Park, opened in August 2019.
Julia was awarded the Colin and Alma Powell Legacy award, is in the Hall of Fame as a CityBusiness Woman of the Year. Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Tulane University’s Newcomb College.
Bivian "Sonny" Lee III
FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Son of a Saint, Bivian "Sonny" Lee III has dedicated his life to enhancing the lives of fatherless boys. Prior to founding the organization, Sonny served as chief aide to Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. He also previously served as the Director of Operations for the New Orleans Zephyrs AAA Baseball Team and Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute.
Sonny graduated with honors from St. Augustine High School and later earned a degree in Marketing and Management from the University of New Orleans. He is currently pursuing his Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration (EMNA) at the University of Notre Dame. A TEDx speaker on community service, decision-making and the importance of education, Sonny's nonprofit work has been highlighted on CNN, Al Jazeera America, NPR along with local television stations and newspapers.
His work on behalf of his community and the Son of a Saint organization has garnered him numerous awards, including the 2020 Urban Heroes Award from The Urban Conservancy, UNO's 2018 Homer Hitt Alumnus of the Year, and a 2017 YLC Role Model Award to name a few.
Elise Gallinot Goldman
Elise Gallinot Goldman is Executive Director at KID smART, a New Orleans, Louisiana based organization that engages children in dynamic, creative and rigorous learning through the arts. For the past twenty years, she has been crafting and delivering imaginative and instructive arts integrated collaborative artist residency and professional learning programs in New Orleans public schools. Elise works with schools, teachers, artists and cultural organizations to further the field of arts education through the values of creativity, equity, collaboration and sustainability. She has been on the faculty of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom summer institute since 2013 and has been a coach for HGSE-PZ online courses. She is adjunct faculty for the University of New Orleans’ Arts Administration Master’s program. In addition to her work as a maker and educator, she has worked in the non-profit arts sector as Executive Director of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra and Associate Director of the New Orleans Film Festival. She received her B.A. in Anthropology, her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, and has researched and trained in best practices through national educational models.
Kevin Ferguson is a New Orleans native who grew up in Algiers and attended Ben Franklin High School. After graduating from Florida State University he returned to New Orleans to pursue a career in the sports industry and to be a part of the post Katrina revival. He has been engaged with YLC since 2010 starting as a volunteer eventually serving as a project leader, board member, VP of Projects and currently as board President. Professionally, he is in his 10th year with the Pelicans and Saints as Senior Manager Premium Accounts he focuses on the service and retention of the organization’s top accounts.
VP MANUFACTURED INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION
Rebecca Cooley brings over 13 years of industry experience to her role as the Vice President of Manufactured Construction Division for AOS. In this role, Rebecca is disrupting the construction industry, using 21st century technology to bridge the gap between design and construction. She is a passionate advocate of clean, sustainable and rapid construction and collaborates with architects, interior designers, contractors and facility managers. Rebecca joined the DIRTT network in 2010 as a DIRTT Champion for the North Florida area.
Prior to DIRTT, Rebecca earned a Bachelor Degree of Interior Design from Louisiana State University and immediately moved to London to work for a retail giant in their Store Development Department. She has been a licensed Interior Designer in Texas, Florida and Louisiana and worked for multiple architecture and design firms with projects ranging from public institutional facilities up to 430,000 square feet to luxury multi-family housing to corporate facilities. She transitioned from Designer to a Business Development role for DIRTT over seven years ago and leads AOS’ Interior Construction Team in Louisiana and Mississippi.