Kari Morehead has been named special events & partnerships coordinator for the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the sixth largest convention center in the nation. Morehead will be responsible for the coordination of all activities related to special events produced by the MCCNO, including , an annual indoor holiday festival; and , an annual international conference on the practice of successful resilience and disaster management.
Morehead brings more than 15 years of experience in event planning and coordination to her new role. She began her career at the New Orleans House of Blues, where she coordinated appointments, leads and other projects as their special events sales and logistics coordinator. After 12 years in that position, Morehead moved on to become the New Orleans Museum of Art’s volunteer coordinator and visitor services associate. There, she coordinated the museum’s public programming events, and implemented strategies to enhance audience engagement and development.
Most recently, Morehead supported the efforts of various local artists through her work at New Orleans Airlift and the Creative Alliance of New Orleans. In 2019, Morehead coordinated multiple events including the 2019 Beaux Arts Ball and the 2019 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Creative Industry Panel.
Morehead graduated from Tulane with a B.A. in public relations. In her spare time, Morehead has volunteered for a variety of New Orleans-area volunteer organizations such as the Contemporary Arts Center, Animal Rescue New Orleans, the Music Box Village and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country. The MCCNO features an award-winning staff and first-class amenities, and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A consistent Top 10 host of the largest conventions and tradeshows in the nation annually, the convention center is also one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the convention center’s event activity has produced $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.7 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments. For more info, visit www.mccno.com.