Conference Agenda

TRANSPORTATION: There will be free trolley service running from The Watermark, Hilton Baton Rouge and the Indigo Hotel. A map of the route with designated stops will be in your conference packet.


7:30-8:30 AM Registration & Breakfast



8:30-9:00 AM

Welcome and introduction to conference themes


In order above: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards; Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.




9:00 - 10:10 AM

TEN ACROSS (10X): The I-10 Corridor as a Living Laboratory for the Future

The 10X initiative presents the challenges of the 21st century in their highest relief. Definitions of sustainability will be explored along with our ability to address grand challenges when consensus is difficult and our capacity finite.

In order above: Wellington "Duke" Reiter, Arizona State University, senior advisor to the president; Alex Kaplan, Swiss RE vice president of global partnerships; Henry Cisneros, former mayor of San Antonio, U.S. HUD secretary; Kacky Andrews, The Nature Conservancy director of conservation programs North America.




10:10 - 11:20 AM

ESSENTIAL AND OVER-SUBSCRIBED: The Mississippi and Colorado Rivers

Ever greater demands are being placed on our water resources, especially those in the 10X study area.  Future-casting, multi-stakeholder governance, and informed decision-making at the highest levels will be tested. 

In order above: Sarah Porter, Arizona State University Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy; Mike Conner, WilmerHale partner; Norma Jean Mattei, University of New Orleans professor; Anne Castle, University of Colorado Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment senior fellow, U.S. Department of the Interior former assistant secretary for water and science.



11:20 - 12:30 PM

TOO LITTLE, TOO MUCH: Learning from water extremes

The 10X Water Summit is purposefully bookended by metro areas with equal but opposite water realities.  This unlikely pairing will demonstrate how urgent circumstances can lead to findings applicable to all urban areas.

In order above: Jeff Hebert, The Water Institute of the Gulf vice president for adaptation and resilience; Cynthia Campbell, City of Phoenix water resource management advisor; Laura Jay, C40 deputy regional director for North America; Bill Fulton, Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University director.


12:30 - 1:45 PM LUNCH ON THE DOCK sponsored by CSRS


1:45 - 3:00

WAYS OF KNOWING I: The power of data & visualizing the future

New earth observing tools and visualization techniques reveal the impact of human intervention in no uncertain terms.  How then will this information be presented and translated into action responsive to our current trajectories?

In order above: Jay Famiglietti, NASA senior water scientist; Dave White, Arizona State University professor; Albert Slap, Coastal Risk Consulting president and co-founder; Dr. Ehab Meselhe, The Water Institute of the Gulf, vice president for engineering.


3:00 - 4:10 PM

WAYS OF KNOWING II: Models for the future

An examination of a real and diverse set of partnerships, how the work really gets done, how to work together to develop solutions, and the beneficial results of partnerships.   

In order above: Justin Ehrenwerth, Water Institute of the Gulf president and CEO; Jeff Carney, Louisiana State University Coastal Sustainability Studio director; Mark Davis, Tulane University Law School senior research fellow; Mark Goodson, CSRS resilience practice lead; Edgar Westerhof, Arcadis, national director for flood risk and resiliency, North America.


4:20 - 5:30 PM


This interactive session in the state-of-the-art LSU Center for River Studies on the Water Campus features a 120’ x 90' scale model of the lower Mississippi River system dedicated to scenario planning.

6:00-8:00 pm Cocktail Reception, Shaw Center for the Arts


7:30-8:00 AM Breakfast


8:00 - 9:15 AM

WATER IN THE CITY I: Projects from 10X cities

Large-scale transformative water projects in 10X cities are being developed in response to extreme weather events, critical environmental issues, social equity, and economic development. 

In order above: Kinder Baumgardner, SWA Houston managing principal; Nicole Ferrini, City of El Paso director of the Community and Human Development Department; Marissa Aho, City of Los Angeles chief resilience officer; Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper.


9:15 - 10:30 AM

WATER IN THE CITY II: Projects from international cities

From extreme drought to urban flooding, metro regions across the globe are experiencing unprecedented conditions, all requiring inventive solutions from productive information exchange and precedent studies. 

In order above: Karel Heynert, Deltares specialist in river and coastal management; Sébastien Maire, City of Paris chief resilience officer; Arnoldo Matus Kramer, Mexico City chief resilience officer; Dale Morris, The Water Institute of Gulf Director of Strategic Partnerships.


10:30 - 11:45 AM

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE: Impactful reporting and storytelling

Authors addressing massively complex water related issues discuss the intent and impact of their work. How can we reach audiences in a manner that rallies collective will and commitment to urgent but daunting topics? 

In order above: Michael Kimmelman, New York Times writer, critic; Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica senior environmental reporter; Tracy Wahl, executive editor, Elemental: Covering Sustainability Cronkite School at Arizona State University; Debbie Elliot, National Public Radio national correspondent.



11:45 - 12:15 PM

Closing and commitment to next steps/conference in Phoenix metro

In order above: John G. Davies, Baton Rouge Area Foundation president and CEO; Steve Seleznow, Arizona Community Foundation president and CEO; Wellington "Duke" Reiter, Arizona State University, senior advisor to the president.