Keynote on NOLA Resiliency Planning and Workforce Program Recognition

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development, Black Geographies Specialty Group, Community College Affinity Group, Energy and Environment Specialty Group
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Studio 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Mark Revell, Drew Lehman
Chairs: Drew Lehman


This session offers AAG members a unique opportunity to hear leading regional professionals talk about their work and careers in ensuring the resiliency of New Orleans' environmental infrastructure and in making Louisiana’s Statewide Workforce Commision “the country's best workforce agency.” It is also a chance to welcome and recognize this year’s “Emerging Workforce Scholars”; young adults from New Orleans who are joining the AAG Annual Meeting to explore careers in geography and the geosciences.

Mr. Ron Spooner, Chief Engineer for the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) and Commander in the US Naval Reserve will talk about how New Orleans works collaboratively with other local, state and federal agencies to manage the City’s water resources and ensure a well-coordinated response to storms and flood events. The S&WB’s mission is to “provide safe drinking water to everyone in New Orleans; to remove waste water for safe return to the environment; to drain away storm water; and to provide water for fire protection.”

Following Mr. Spooner’s talk, Ms. Ava Dejoie, Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission will talk about her work at the Commission and how geographers and geoscientists are well positioned to meet the state’s future workforce needs. Dejoie’s extensive background in Louisiana workforce development includes experience as a business liaison for the Louisiana Department of Education. In addition, she served as a board member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System from 1998-2007. She has been recognized for her accomplishments in ceremonies at the White House and helped secure funding for a process technology laboratory at L.B. Landry High School in New Orleans.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Drew Lehman Environment and Education 20
Discussant Ronald Spooner New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board 40
Discussant Ava Dejoie Louisiana Workforce Commission 40

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