City as a Startup (CaaS) was founded by Venture for America and is a national summit exploring the power of a city’s entrepreneurial community to fuel urban development and its role in developing diverse talent to thrive locally in an advancing global tech economy.

The summit will feature 4 individual sessions, including keynote speaker Leslie Miley, Director of Engineering at Slack and West Coast President of Venture for America and leader of its new EIR Program. See full line-up and session start times info below.

9:00am - 10:00am - QUANTIFYING URBAN TRANSFORMATION: DATA AND THE NEW ORLEANS RENAISSANCE, featuring:

  • Bernardo Espinosa (Data Analyst at The Data Center)
  • Andreanecia M. Morris (Executive Director of GNOHA)
  • Katy Dupre (Manager, Economic Competitiveness NOLABA)
  • Lamar M Gardere (CIO, IT and Innovation, City of New Orleans)
  • Alvin David (Dir. of Strategic Initiatives, RSD)

10:00am - 10:45am - FOOD ENTREPRENEURS: TRADITION, ACCESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, featuring:

  • Alon Shaya (James Beard award-winning executive chef, Shaya, Domenica)
  • Ian McNulty (Journalist, Author, The New Orleans Advocate)
  • Rémy Robert (Freelance Writer, Cookbook Developer)
  • Burnell Cotlon (Owner, Galvez Grocery)
  • Jabari Brown (Hive Coordinator, Grow Dat Youth Farm)

10:45am - 11:30am - PIPELINES FOR A DIVERSE ECONOMY, featuring:

  • Aaron Walker (CEO and Founder, Camelback Ventures)
  • Haley Burns (Executive Director, Fund 17)
  • Mike Ricks (District Director, US Small Business Administration)
  • Ting-Ting Rivers (Advisor, Trepwise)
  • Rob Lalka (Incoming Executive Director & Professor of the Practice, Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship)

11:45am - 1:00pm - KEYNOTE: Leslie Miley, Director of Engineering of Slack, (featuring an intro by Rooted Schools Founder and CEO Jonathan Johnson)

  • Leslie Miley is the former Director of Engineering at Slack and President: West Coast, for Venture for America's Entrepreneur in Residence Program - who will speak on how playing to strengths found in diversity not only empowers employees but revitalizes businesses.

Speakers

Leslie Miley Venture for America | Slack
President – West Coast | Director of Engineering
Jabari Brown Grow Dat Youth Farm
Hive Coordinator
Haley Burns Fund 17
Founder and Executive Director
Burnell Cotlon Galvez Grocery
Owner
Alvin David Recovery School District
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Katy Dupre New Orleans Business Alliance
Manager, Economic Competitiveness
Bernardo Espinosa The Data Center
Research Analyst
Lamar Gardere City of New Orleans, Information Technology and Innovation
Chief Information Officer
Jonathan Johnson Rooted Schools
New Orleans CEO and Founder
Rob Lalka Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship
Incoming Executive Director and Professor of the Practice
Ian McNulty The Advocate
Journalist
Andreanecia Morris HousingNOLA & GNOHA
Executive Director, HousingNOLA & President, GNOHA
Mike Ricks US Small Business Administration
District Director
Ting Ting Rivers trepwise
Advisor
Remy Robert Cookbook Developer
Alon Shaya Domenica, Pizza Domenica, and Shaya
Executive Chef and Partner
Aaron Walker Camelback Ventures
Founder and CEO