CEO Peer-to-Peer Learning Program Now Accepting Applications for 2024-25 Sessions

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Economic Development is now accepting applications for its 2024-25 CEO Roundtables series, the popular, yearlong program that provides a platform for leaders of second-stage companies to share insights and knowledge.

LED will select up to eight regional cohorts consisting of 15 to 18 qualified decision makers from companies with annual revenues of $600,000 to $50 million and staff sizes of no less than five employees, but no more than 99 employees. Roundtables in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport and a statewide virtual roundtable convened in July 2023 and will conclude before the end of the fiscal year. The locations of the 2024-25 roundtables will be based on the number of qualified applicants in each region.

“The CEO Roundtables program is a testament to our commitment to creating a thriving business environment in Louisiana,” said LED Assistant Secretary Brenda Guess, who oversees LED’s Small Business Services team. “By bringing together the brightest minds in our business community, we aim to foster innovation, promote collaboration and propel the economic growth of our state.”

The CEO Roundtables program, a flagship initiative of LED, brings together a diverse group of business owners and executives from various industries – from manufacturing to healthcare, energy to agriculture, advertising to accounting, arts and entertainment to information technology, and everything in between. The interactive sessions are designed to facilitate meaningful discussions in areas such as marketing, strategic planning, operational efficiency, organizational structure and leadership.

“Since the start of this program we have seen 532 companies graduate from CEO Roundtables and create 2,690 new jobs in the state,” LED Small Business Services Director Stephanie Hartman said. “The roundtables pay dividends towards business growth for those who are accepted and graduate from the program. We are excited for CEO Roundtables to enter into its 11th consecutive year of providing this unique peer learning experience.”

Applications will be accepted through the end of March at After the application period closes, LED-appointed regional vetting committees will review the applications and offer seats to ensure an optimal business mix in each region.

For more information, contact LED Small Business Program Manager Taylor Boudreaux at or 225.342.4680.

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