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Business Diversity Conference
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - Friday, May 26, 2017
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal St New Orleans, LA 70130 UNITED STATES
  • In our industry's public service to provide safe, reliable, and affordable electricity, we understand our obligation to communities, and the importance of promoting inclusive business practices.  As a result, we are happy to host in partnership with Entergy, our 34th Annual EEI Business Diversity Conference, May 23-26, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.   

    This year's conference theme, Powering Our Future, will explore a number of supplier diversity public policy interests, community and government partnership opportunities, as well as supplier specific panels to discuss technologies of the future, an update on new and continued industry needs, and an open discussion of how EEI intends to continue promoting supplier diversity industry-wide.

    EEI, being committed and qualified to address all things industry related, will once again bring together electric companies, primes, diverse businesses, and governing bodies, for the purpose of education, training, and exploring business opportunities. 

    For more information regarding registration, hotel accommodations, exhibitors information, sponsorship opportunities and more, please see the appropriate section below and utilize the posted Meeting Documents.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Kwame Canty and Teerah Goodrum at  We look forward to seeing you all in New Orleans!
  • The Sheraton New Orleans
    500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Main Phone: (504) 525-2500
  • This year we want to open opportunities to everyone that wishes to show their support for supplier diversity.  We have developed sponsorship packages in addition to exclusive sponsorships.  We have also created an opportunity for companies to share sponsorship costs with one another.

    For those interested in sponsoring this event please reference the Conference Sponsorships document for a full breakdown of sponsorship benefits.  If your company would like to sponsor at the gold or silver level, and would like to cost share with another company or organization, please email   We will be happy to pair you with another company or organization if you have not done so on your own.


    • One 6ft table with two chairs
    • Logo on signage and general session screens
    • Description of products and services on Business Diversity App
    • One Complimentary registration for the full conference: each additional staff may participate at the $325 rate


    • Exhibitor Setup Hours: May 24, 2017 7:00am through 8:30am
    • Exhibits Open: May 24, 2017 at 8:30am, ending at 5:00pm, May 25, 2016
    • Exhibit Breakdown: 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017

    IN ORDER TO EXHIBIT YOU MUST PROVIDE: (submission deadline is May 1, 2017)

    • A hi-resolution logo in eps. format
    • Paragraph of your company's products and services (500 words or less)
    • Website and Contact Information
    • Request for power
  • The group rate is $159 per night for single or double occupancy; all rates  subject to state and local tax.

    Rooms will be held until April 22, 2017 at the group rate.  After the room block closes, reservations will be accepted on a room type-and rate-available basis.

    To make your reservation online please use the following link.  To make a reservation by phone, please use the following number, (504) 525-2500.

    • Diverse Supplier: $500 
    • Prime Contractors: $975
    • EEI Utility Member: $950
    • EEI Associate Member: $950
    • Non-Member Utility: $975
    • Exhibitor: $750 (includes 1 complimentary registration and each additional staff may participate at the $325 rate)
  • The nearest airport to the host hotel is the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport; airport code MSY.  From the airport to the Sheraton Hotel New Orleans is a little more than a 30 minute taxi ride.  The estimated taxi fare to/from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is $35.
  • Business or business casual are both acceptable for all meeting functions and receptions.