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New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce Hosting Inaugural Men’s Empowerment Meeting

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce is inviting all men throughout the Greater New Orleans region to attend its inaugural Men’s Empowerment Meeting on Friday, June 28, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Jung Hotel located at 1500 Canal St.

Chaired by Board Members Mark Boucree, Louis Colin, CJ Marbley, Cedric Morgan and Edward “Coulon” Smith, this highly engaging and interactive in-person event will feature a dynamic motivational speaker on the main stage, along with breakout sessions focused on the State of the Black Man’s Mind, Body, and Soul, Building & Protecting Assets, Just Us: Solutions Not Problems, and Real Talk Boys to Men: Bridging the Gap. Additionally, numerous opportunities for business networking, professional development, and personal growth will happen throughout this new signature event.

“Recognizing, discussing, and being proactive in creating safe spaces for men to share their thoughts and insights with one another is why we feel this event was not only necessary, but also certainly needed,” said Mark Boucree, NORBCC board member and event co-chair. “It is our greatest hope that by doing our part to provide opportunities for men in our community to get together and begin to collaborate on solutions to address some of the everyday challenges will have a positive impact on families as a whole.”

With an emphasis on comprehensively addressing issues that are challenging to Black men in business and in life, as well as on men’s health and wellness, this first ever event produced by NORBCC focusing on men in our communities will feature dynamic thought leaders from across Greater New Orleans to include the Honorable Oliver Thomas – District E Councilman, Honorable Freddie King III – District C Councilman, and Rod Teamer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana moderating conversations throughout the day.

“It is my belief that this event will create stronger community relations not only for Black men and boys, but also for every family that is looking for solutions through our curated discussions of the challenges we see in this current climate,” said Cedric Morgan, NORBCC board member and event co-chair. “More importantly though, these breakout sessions should heighten the awareness of the need for stronger community bonds amongst the African-American men within the region.”

Hosted by WDSU Meteorologist Damon Singleton, the goal of this holistic experience is to bring together men from various professions, industries, and backgrounds to celebrate each other’s success and use the space for collaboration and a source of inspiration for each to comfortably facilitate and participate in solutions-driven conversations that will offer practical and applicable takeaways.

“This is our moment to make the movement for our future,” said Louis Colin, NORBCC board member and event co-chair.

Vendor booths are available for members at a rate of $85, $75 for non-profits, and $115 for non-members. Tickets are $150 for a general admission ticket and tables and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Registration and ticket purchases can be completed at


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