The Pelican Institute for Public Policy Presents:

Solutions Summit 2024

Baton Rouge March 7

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What to Expect

At this year’s Summit, you’ll engage with policy and legislative leaders from Louisiana and across the country to learn about actionable and proven solutions to fix the biggest problems facing Louisiana.

The Pelican Institute will offer inspiration and practical knowledge on key policy issues, including K-12 education, tax and budget, legal and regulatory, technology and innovation, criminal justice, and more. Each session, led by a moderator and a selection of local and national experts, will be set up “interview-style” and will allow for participants to engage in a robust dialogue on these critical issues.

What to Expect

Conference Agenda

Thursday 03/07/2024
8:00 – 9:00 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 am

Welcome & Policy Main Stage Event
Free Enterprise in Action: A Conversation with Governor Doug Ducey

Daniel Erspamer
Speaker Phillip Devillier
Governor Doug Ducey

10:00 – 10:45 am

Policy Main Stage Event
One Door to Work and Opportunity

Dr. Erin Bendily, moderator
Mason Bishop
Secretary Susie Schowen
Commissioner Clarence Carter

10:45 – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Smart on Crime: A Conservative Vision of Data-Driven Public
Safety Policy

Scott Peyton, Moderator
Brett Tolman
Diana Rademacher
Micah Derry

Protect the Right to Earn a Living

James Baehr, Moderator
Heather Curry
Dr. Justin Callais
Senator Thomas Pressly

AI: Welcome to the Future

Hope Schumaker, Moderator
Taylor Barkley
Adam Theirer
Ed Longe
Jake Morabito

12:10 – 1:45 pm

Lunch Plenary
One Louisiana: Governor Jeff Landry’s Policy Vision

Daniel Erspamer
Speaker Pro Tempore Mike Johnson
Governor Jeff Landry

A School That Fits for Every Child

Secretary Nancy Landry
John Kay
Representative Julie Emerson
Dr. Erin Bendily

1:45 – 2:00 pm

Networking Break

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Connectivity Concerns: Internet Policies at the State and Federal Level

Bartlett Cleland, Moderator
Patrick Hedger
Lauren Chauvin

Government Union Reforms to Empower Workers

Nathalie Simon, Moderator
Vinnie Vernuccio
Rep. Raymond Crews
Mark Janus

3:00 - 3:15 pm


3:15 – 4:15 pm

Keep it Simple: Constitutional Reform in Louisiana

Sarah Harbison, Moderator
Melinda Deslatte
Senator Franklin Foil
Neil Abramson

A Fiscal Blueprint for a Brighter Louisiana Future

Jamie Tairov, Moderator
Dr. Vance Ginn
Margaret Mire
Secretary Richard Nelson

4:30 – 6:30 pm

Pelican’s Sweet Sixteen Party

The Molly Ringwalds
Special Birthday Toast Featuring:
Representative Beth Billings

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You won’t want to miss this event! Engaging speakers and the agenda will be announced in the coming months. We’ll see you there!

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If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s Solutions Summit, please contact Rachel Caluda at

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