This Friday I’m headed down south to arrange a client’s 3-day New Orleans conference. A conference in New Orleans used to sound like an executive retreat in Vegas – a total boondoggle. If it ever was, it certainly isn’t anymore.
The group traveling in this weekend is focused on human rights efforts around the globe. A dozen international advocates will share their successes and challenges with 125 advocates and funders from the U.S. The most interesting (and challenging!) part of the event is site visits to local organizations doing the on-the-ground work in New Orleans and Mississippi, including criminal justice, workers’ rights, housing, and arts and social justice. These four concurrent visits go to up to three locations each and there is only one event planner – me! Thank goodness for a client that knows how to roll up their own sleeves and pitch in when needed!
After we return we’ll post photos on this blog so you can experience the New Orleans conference too. We can guarantee an outpouring of affection from and for the local folks. During the 24 hours we spent in N’awlins for the site visit for this event, we learned that a truly friendly city makes each and every “tourist” feels welcome.
Bye for now and BONSWA!