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The Future of Work


May 19, 2020 06:46 PM

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Gant Laborde
Chief Innovation Officer @Infinite Red
Gant Laborde is a New Orleans native, born and raised. He grew up with hurricanes (not the drink), rich New Orleans culture, and as a free tour guide for all his out-of-state friends. Over the years he’s seen his city experience corruption, flooding, heartbreak, and most importantly, revived-determination. “New Orleans doesn’t know how to quit” Gant says, “that’s why I love it.” Gant firmly believes conflict abets passion, a fire always moves fastest uphill. As Chief Innovation Officer for the San Francisco company Infinite Red, Gant works remotely from his home and uses his self-managed autonomy to explore a variety of leadership arts. Besides managing the all-remote team from around the world, Gant has become a published author, adjunct professor, volunteer mentor, and a speaker at conferences worldwide. Each day, Gant refines what motivation and leadership mean as he strives to bridge the gap the theory and the concrete.
Quentin L. Messer Jr., CEcD
President and CEO @New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA)
As the leader of the accredited economic development organization (AEDO) focused on growing the Orleans Parish economy, Quentin leads initiatives and programs related to making New Orleans the most attractive city of its size for financial and human capital investment. These initiatives and programs are conducted across four workstreams: business attraction/retention, small business growth, talent and workforce development and strategic neighborhood development. He was named by Biz New Orleans as a Businessperson of the Year (2019), by Consultants Connect as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers (2019) and selected by Ebony Magazine for its Ebony Power 100 as a Power Player (2018). Immediately prior to joining NOLABA, Quentin was the Assistant Secretary for Louisiana Economic Development, (LED) the state department of economic development. To learn more about the Business Alliance, please visit, www.nolaba.org.
Ariel Lopez
Founder and CEO @Knac
Ariel is a career coach, entrepreneur, and public speaker with an expertise in digital media and technology. She’s the Founder and CEO of Knac, a hiring platform that's reinventing how people apply and prepare for jobs. With over a decade of recruiting experience, she’s worked with leading brands like Nike, Google, Spotify, Ebay and others to help them build great teams. She’s coached thousands of marketing, advertising, and tech professionals to help them grow in their careers and find lucrative opportunities. She’s also been featured in publications like Forbes, FastCompany, Refinery29, BusinessInsider and others to share her advice. She’s passionate about the future of work and making the job search more human.