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Black Male Summit 2024

June 17-18
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

The Summit will offer a time of reflection and celebration of strides toward the equitable success of Black males. We are excited to offer this opportunity to gather and discuss solutions for addressing systemic barriers and creating new opportunities.

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The Black Male Summit could not be possible without our sponsors. Through donations to the University of Louisiana System Foundation, sponsors help us keep our commitment to invest in our students, faculty, and staff who are the future of Louisiana.

Keynote Speaker

Bivian "Sonny" Lee III, the Founder and CEO of Son of a Saint, has dedicated his life to transforming the lives of fatherless boys. Since the organization's establishment in early 2011, Sonny has grown Son of a Saint to serve 200 mentees with an operating budget of more than $4 million.

Hosted by Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is the leading health innovator in Louisiana and Mississippi and a regional destination for healthcare access. We bring together the top clinicians, advanced technology and innovative research to ensure our patients receive the highest quality and most comprehensive care possible.

This commitment is grounded in a history more than 100 years old but reflective of our forward-thinking strategic vision aimed at transforming healthcare.

As a nonprofit, mission-focused Catholic healthcare ministry, we provide a compassionate circle of care to everyone while giving special attention to those most in need. The care we administer is driven by listening to our patients and putting their needs first. Through listening, we can truly understand what’s going on, hear what the patient’s goals are, and most importantly, discover together how we can help.

Schedule Overview

Monday, June 17
7:30 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Summit Activities
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Summit Activities

Tuesday, June 18
8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Keynote Panel
9:55 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Summit Activities
12:15 p.m. Lunch

Plenary Panelists

The Summit will feature keynote panels that will expand our thinking on black males in education and workforce, healthcare and criminal justice.

Asha Johnson (Emicee)

Director of Talent Strategy & DEI, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

Sonny Lee

Founder & CEO, Son of a Saint

William Jones

Director of Community Engagement, Son of a Saint

Elliot Hutchinson

Creative Director, Son of a Saint

Eric Griggs, MD

Community Medicine Doctor and Health Educator, Access Health Louisiana

Courtney Phillips, Ph.D

Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Health Officer, LSU

Jason Bridges, MD

Urology Specialist

Theron McCormick, MD

Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist, Our Lady of the Lake Health

Chadwick Mayes, MD

Hospital Medicine, Our Lady of the Lake Health

Tony Clayton

District Attorney

The Honorable Judge Adam Haney

Judge, Division A

Christopher Walters

Deputy Executive Counsel to Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry

Chandler Vidrine

Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs and the Executive Director for the Governor’s Success Council


Rates have been negotiated at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.

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