The Idea Village team is made up of nuts and nut followers all committed to fostering positive change in New Orleans through entrepreneurship. We are passionate about what we do and love who we do it with.

Ali Carlisle

Director of Marketing View Bio

Emily Egan

Director of IDEAVILLAGEx View Bio

Ambur Fusilier

Program Manager, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week View Bio

Molly Horton

Senior Marketing Manager View Bio

Jon Lindquist

Community Manager View Bio

Callista Michael-Rill

Program Manager, IDEAVILLAGEx View Bio

Kat Milligan

Development and Administrative Manager View Bio

Victoria Adams Phipps

Executive Producer of NOEW View Bio

Curry W. Smith

Director of External Affairs View Bio

Board of Directors

Our team captains, who represent some of the nation's most respected business and civic leaders, guide our efforts and elevate entrepreneurial activity in New Orleans.
  • John Payne: Chairman

    CEO, Caesars Entertainment Operating Company

  • Patrick Comer: Vice-Chairman

    Founder and CEO, Lucid

  • Margaret Beer

    Marketing/Director of Community Giving, IBERIABANK

  • Michael Brown

    Vice-Chairman and COO, IBERIABANK

  • Kevin Clifford

    Chairman & CEO, American Funds Distributors

  • David Darragh

    President and CEO, Reily Foods Company

  • Steve "Sig" Greenebaum

    Festival Director, C3 Presents

  • Tara Carter Hernandez

    President, JCH Development

  • Bill Hines

    Managing Partner, Jones Walker

  • Chris Laibe

    Founder, StaffInsight

  • Merritt Lane

    President and CEO, Canal Barge Company, Inc.

  • Kristin Lemkau

    Chief Marketing Officer, J.P. Morgan Chase

  • Ti Adelaide Martin

    Co-proprietor, Commander's Palace

  • Amith Nagarajan

    Co-founder, Abstraction Ventures

  • Wendell Pierce


  • Tim Ryan


  • Michael J. Siegel

    SIOR President and Director of Office Leasing, Corporate Realty

  • Warner Thomas

    CEO, Ochsner Health System

  • Robbert Vorhoff

    Managing Director, General Atlantic

  • Tim Williamson

    President, NOLA Media Group, and Co-founder, The Idea Village

Our Culture

1. No Assholes.
Even when tempted

2. Make the complex simple.
Less can be more.
Brevity is the soul of wit

3. Win the war, not each battle.
Always keep the big picture in mind
It's bigger than you

4. Be humble. Embrace humor.
Mistakes come both before and after success
Positive humor can disarm

5. Support & Empower Each Other.
Coach don't direct
Focus on how important it is to the other person, not just how important it is to you
Push each other to be better

6. Help out & Ask for Help.
Positive interactions
Small gives
Solve the other side's problem
Focus on the success of others

7. Surprise People & Allow Yourself to be Surprised.
Say thank you
Random acts of kindness
Enjoy the "moments"

8. Make the difference.
Be solution oriented

9. Life is about the people you meet.
Every new encounter is a new opportunity
Seek to learn – and to connect in a meaningful way

10. Trust Your Crazy Ideas.
Encourage others to try

Our Space

Our space is a laboratory for innovation, creativity, and collaboration, inspiring entrepreneurs and those who believe in them to explore, launch, and scale their crazy ideas. We are located in the heart of downtown New Orleans in The IP building.

Chairman's Advisory Board

Our honorary advisory committee helps to champion entrepreneurship.
  • E. Tiffany Adler

    COO, Adler's

  • Taylor Beery

    Principal, Beery Advisors

  • Allen Bell

    Partner, TopSide + Co-founder, The Idea Village

  • Brian Bordainick

    Founder, Dinner Lab

  • Andre Champagne

    Founder, Hollywood Trucks

  • Kirk Coco

    Founder, NOLA Brewing Company

  • Daryn Dodson

    Calvert Funds

  • Joel Dondis

    Founder, Sucre

  • Sally Forman

    Author + Co-founder, The Idea Village

  • Erik Frank

    Founder, Your Nutrition Delivered

  • Sam Giberga

    Senior VP and General Counsel, Hornbeck Offshore Services + Co-founder, The Idea Village

  • Michael Gollner

    Managing Partner, Operating Capital Partners, LLP

  • David Guidry

    President and CEO, Guico Machine Works

  • Yvette Jones

    Executive VP of University Relations and Development, Tulane University

  • Sal LaMartina

    Founder, Big Easy Blends

  • Brent McCrossen

    Founder, Audiosocket

  • Jennifer Medbery

    Founder, Kickboard

  • Suzanne Mestayer

    CEO, ThirtyNorth Investments

  • Stephen Perry

    CEO, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Kenneth Purcell

    CEO, iSeatz

  • Mark Romig

    CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation

  • David Sylvester

    Partner, Fitzgerald & Rhodes LLP

  • Jimmy Treuting

    CEO, Farm Dog, LLC

  • Robbie Vitrano

    Co-founder, Trumpet, Naked Pizza, and The Idea Village

  • Hugh Weber

    President of Business Operations, New Jersey Devils

  • Matthew Wisdom

    CEO, TurboSquid, Inc.