Friday, October 19 - Le Meridien Hotel

One of New Orleans’ most sophisticated and sought after boutique hotels will be the base for “Global Irish” engagement for Irish Network USA’s 6th annual national conference.

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  -Registration and Networking

Start your day early with a continental breakfast and networking with  attendees from across the U.S. and beyond.

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Welcome to INUSA18

Carl Michel, President, Irish Network New Orleans

Steve Lenox, President, Irish Network USA

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Welcome to New Orleans

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Overview of Attendees

Hear from attendees from across the US, and beyond, learn why they chose to attend INUSA18 and gain insights into their efforts to engage the “Global Irish.”

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. -Impact of Global Irish in New Orleans

Judge James McKay, President, AOH

10:00 - 10:40 a.m. - State of the “Global Irish”

Ambassador Dan Mulhall

Address Followed by Q&A

Hear about “Global Ireland 2025”- the bold and ambitious plan unveiled by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on June 8, 2018 to expand Ireland’s international presence in the coming years.

10:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. - Panel Discussion -Global Irish Global Policy

What is the role of the “Global Irish” on policy making in Ireland and the US? Topics include “Home to Vote” efforts for both the marriage and abortion referendums, Brexit discussions in Ireland and the US, and appointment of a Special Envoy by the US government.

Invited speakers include:

Senator Jerry Buttimer - Jerry Buttimer is a member of the Irish Senate hailing from Cork- he was one of the most outspoken leaders for marriage equality in Ireland and is well versed on politics and policy making in both the US and Ireland. 

Patrick Murphy- Patrick is a former member of the US House of Representatives, Acting Secretary of the Army, and a veteran of the War in Iraq. Currently an entrepreneur in the ed-tech space. 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - INUSA18 Networking Lunch

Featuring Keynote Speaker Samantha Kelly

1:00 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. - Panel Discussion- Growing the “Global Irish” through Arts and Culture

How can Irish Network USA and other “Global Irish” organizations support the growth of and support for Irish artists across the globe? 

2:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.  - Collaboration for Stronger Global Irish Engagement

 How can INUSA help foster better engagement among chapters and other “Global Irish” organizations seeking to engage the Diaspora?

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  - INUSA18 Team Building

 Join together with attendees for a series of team building exercises designed to help guests break out of their comfort zones, establish relationships with friends they haven’t yet met, and develop tools to take back to their local chapters/organizations for more effective “Global Irish” engagement.

 5:00 p.m.- 5:15 p.m. - INUSA18 Plenary Session Wrap Up

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - INUSA18 Marquee Event - St. Alphonsus Church

Celebrate the very best of Irish food and drink, music and dance, and networking, all with a local flair in one of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, the historic St. Alphonsus Church.