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LANO will host the 2018 Annual Conference

on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the L'Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge.  


This year's one-day intensive conference will focus on Disruption.

$160 members/ $200 non-members


We invite you to join us as we convene the region's nonprofit directors, staff, board, volunteers funders & supporters and tackle important topics affecting the nonprofit sector.


Thursday, August 16, 2018


L'Auberge Hotel & Casino
777 L’Auberge Ave
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70820


Register Today! 


What is Disruption:

“People are sometimes confused about the difference between innovation and disruption. It's not exactly black and white, but there are real distinctions, and it's not just splitting hairs. Think of it this way: Disruptors are innovators, but not all innovators are disruptors -- in the same way that a square is a rectangle but not all rectangles are squares. Still with me?


Innovation and disruption are similar in that they are both makers and builders. Disruption takes a left turn by literally uprooting and changing how we think, behave, do business, learn and go about our day-to-day. Harvard Business School professor and disruption guru Clayton Christensen says that a disruption displaces an existing market, industry, or technology and produces something new and more efficient and worthwhile. It is at once destructive and creative.” (Howard 2013, Disruption Vs. Innovation: What's The Difference?)



Howard, C. (2013, March 27). Forbes. Retrieved from


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Morning Keynote Speaker


Vu Le


Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at, formerly

Think Like a Pterodactyl: Disruption, Meta-Disruption, and the Nonprofit Sector


In this social and political climate, the nonprofit sector's role is more critical than ever. However, we have been used to doing things in certain ways, and it is time to disrupt them. Are we too enamored with: the donor-centric fundraising model? Complacency in how we hire people? Entrenched dynamics between foundations and nonprofits? Data, metrics, outcomes? Our relationship to the corporate sector? We need to examine these and other philosophies and practices. We need to think outside the box. No, that's a cliche. We need to go further. We need to think like a pterodactyl!



Afternoon Keynote Speaker



Marissa Q. Paine




Marissa Q. Paine is the Principal and CEO of Painefree Coaching & Consulting, a leadership and organizational effectiveness company specializing in board and leadership development, team building and organizational change management.  Marissa is also the Managing Director for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the national voice and catalyst for the field of capacity building.


A corporate executive turned social worker, Marissa brings more than twenty-five years of professional experience in diverse corporate, nonprofit, faith-based and education positions to her practice including managing the public relations account of a Fortune 200 company, serving as Executive Director of several nonprofits and directing a federally-funded demonstration program providing grants, training and technical assistance to more than 60 youth-serving organizations in the Greater St. Louis region.


Marissa and her team maintain an ever-evolving client list of nonprofit and for-profit organizations and a coaching roster of CEOs, senior executives, and emerging organizational leaders from diverse sectors. She is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and retreat facilitator known for her unique ability to engage her audience and present content in a way that is both practical and fun.


Marissa holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in social work administration from Washington University in St. Louis where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Brown School of Social Work. She received her coaching credential through the School of Leadership at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Will the Real Disruptors Please Stand: A Call for Courageous Leadership


The need for courageous leadership at every level of the organization has never been more needed; whether it’s the impact of universal trends like the silver tsunami, millennials and the multi-generational workforce, succession planning, or cultural competency and inclusion. Maybe your organization has internal culture issues like board engagement, staff disharmony or lackluster results, In today’s, survival of the fittest economy, the “good enough,” because we’re a charity, mindset is simply no longer justifiable. The populations, causes and issues we represent are of human significance and it’s time we get comfortable being uncomfortable! There’s an elephant in the room, and someone has to have the courage to address it.


Morning Panel


Vu Le

Billy Nungesser

Marissa Q. Paine


 Sarah H. Berthelot                         David Lonibos 


Fireside Chats


LANO would like to invite you take part in the newest interactive element of our Annual Conference, FIRESIDE CHATS! Fireside Chats are one-on-one 15 minute sessions with representatives from leading organizations. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to have an in-depth networking session with experts during the 2018 LANO Annual Conference on August 16th. Fireside Chats will allow you to get REAL answers to your organization's most pressing questions!

Representatives from the following organizations will participate as consultants during Fireside Chats:



AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana



Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana


Brooks Thompson Consulting


Hannis T. Bourgeois LLP


SYGNVS Integrated Solutions



Interested in meeting with one of these organizations?!


Click here to sign up for a Fireside Chats time slot. 


You must register for the 2018 LANO Annual Conference to participate in Fireside Chats.



Breakout Sessions Speakers Include:


Nora Ellerston

Helene Wall, Karen Jones and Kristi Marionneaux

Cassie Hammett

Stephanie Riegel

Rachael Hebert

Anthony Germade

Nayita Wilson

Adam Knapp

Bill Leach

Cherish D. Van Mullem



Conference attendees can use the group code "RLANO18" to receive a rate of $109 per night

(excluding taxes and fees)

L'Auberge Hotel & Casinoin Baton Rouge.

777L'Auberge Avenue

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70820


Book Today!


2018 LANO Annual Conference Agenda

8:00 AM-8:30 AM

Registration, Breakfast

8:30 AM-8:45 AM

Welcome Address

8:45 AM- 9:45AM

Keynote Address with Vu Le

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Disruption Panel of National Speakers

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Force For Good Luncheon

1:15 PM -2:15 PM

Breakout Session

2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Afternoon Key Note Address with Marissa Q. Paine

3:45 PM-4:45 PM

Breakout Sessions



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2018 LANO Annual Conference Sponsorship Packet!


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Business Development Manager

for more details.


225-929-5266 (Ext. 7)


Cancellation or No Show Policy


We understand that there are times when you must miss a LANO training due to an obligation or emergency. However, when you do not cancel your reservation more than 7 days before the beginning of conference, you may be preventing another person from attending.


Whenever a situation arises which prevents you from attending a training, you must inform one of the training’s organizers more than 7 days before the start of conference in order to receive a refund.


Any cancellation that is made within the 7 days preceding the start of the training will be eligible for a transfer of the registration fee- the amount can be applied to another LANO training of your choosing.


We hope you understand that our staff and guest lecturers’ time is important and that our trainings are valuable, for this reason we cannot issue refunds or registration fee transfers for no shows.


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