Launched in 2014, the New Bienville Society (NBS) is an invitation-only initiative focused on identifying national leaders with an indelible emotional link to New Orleans to engage in its future. Bill Hines, Managing Director of Jones Walker, hosted the 2nd annual NBS at Jones Walker during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2016. Co-chairs were Deborah Elam, President, the GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer, GE; Jim Coulter, Founding Partner, TPG; Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute, and Tim Williamson. Dr. Scott Cowen, President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor at Tulane University, led in-depth discussions focused on economic development, education, and politics. Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed the full group with a vision for 2018, and the day ended with a moderated roundtable discussion hosted by Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Peter Reiling.