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Senior Melton Fellows Convention November 9-12, 2023: New Orleans, USA

Melton Fellows, you're invited! Join us for an incredible 4-day convention in the vibrant city of New Orleans from November 9–12, 2023, designed Melton Foundation SFs (Senior Fellows) across the USA and beyond. This event promises an unforgettable experience for the whole family, blending business and casual activities that cater to every interest!

Our Senior Fellows’ Convention is your ticket to expand your network, reconnect with the Melton Foundation community, and create lasting memories.

Welcome to the Melton Foundation Senior Fellows Convention in New Orleans, hosted by our esteemed partner university, Dillard University, during their exciting Homecoming Week celebration. Here’s a sneak-peek into the event!

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey as we gather Melton Foundation Senior Fellows from around the world for a weekend of celebration, connection, and nostalgia. This remarkable event will coincide with Dillard University’s Homecoming Week, infusing our gathering with an extra dose of energy and camaraderie.

During this memorable weekend, we have curated a series of engaging activities that will allow you to relish the joys of reconnecting with Melton Fellows while immersing yourself in the vibrant spirit of Dillard University’s Homecoming Week. 

Why participate? 

Kick-start the weekend with a professional kick-off and networking event, where you’ll have the opportunity to interact with one another, exchange ideas, forge new and rekindle old connections, and tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience that our Melton alumni community has to offer.

Here’s a brief itinerary to provide more insight into the weekend!


In addition to these enriching experiences, we have planned a variety of fun-filled and family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy. Take part in engaging activities, indulge in local delicacies, and explore the captivating sights and sounds of New Orleans. From exploring the historic French Quarter to savoring mouthwatering Creole cuisine, every moment promises to be a delightful adventure.

The convention is also a fantastic opportunity to represent your employers and engage with aspiring young professionals at Dillard University. Share your career insights and make a meaningful impact on the future generation. If you’d like a personalized invitation letter for your employer, just drop us an email, and we’ll be happy to provide it.

Special Highlight: Our Convention coincides with Dillard University’s Homecoming Week. Find the full itinerary for Dillard University’s Alumni Homecoming 2023 here!

New Orleans, with its rich culture and offerings, will be our playground for exploration and adventure. 

Welcome to NOLA!

Melton Fellows, welcome to the enchanting city of New Orleans, where vibrant sites and soulful sounds await you and your family! Known for its rich history, unique culture, and mouthwatering cuisine, this city promises an unforgettable experience. With a delightful blend of historical charm, jazz-filled nights, and a gastronomic paradise, New Orleans is ready to welcome you and your family with open arms. Immerse yourselves in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Make the most of your participation at our Fellows Convention with these recommendations.

Sites and Sounds:

  • French Quarter: Step into the heart of New Orleans and be captivated by its charming architecture, bustling streets, and lively atmosphere. Enjoy street performances, browse art galleries, and indulge in local delicacies like beignets and gumbo.

  • Jackson Square: A historic landmark surrounded by iconic landmarks like St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo. Embrace the artistic spirit as local musicians and painters showcase their talents, and take a carriage ride to explore the area.

  • Mississippi Riverfront: Stroll along the mighty Mississippi River and experience the essence of New Orleans’ maritime heritage. Witness the steamboats gliding by and catch the sunset for a mesmerizing view from the Riverboat Natchez for Sunday’s Farewell Brunch

  • Audubon Park & Zoo: A haven for families, Audubon Park offers lush greenery, picnic spots, and a serene lagoon. Bring your kids to the Audubon Zoo, where they can encounter exotic animals and engage in educational exhibits.

  • Preservation Hall: Treat your ears to the soul-stirring sounds of traditional jazz at Preservation Hall. This legendary venue offers nightly performances by talented musicians that will transport you to the heart of New Orleans’ musical legacy.

Family-Friendly Hotels:

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton: Homewood Suites offers spacious rooms and living areas, complimentary evening socials, outdoor grills, and recreational areas. A special ‘Dillard University’ courtesy rate is available at this hotel, at 139 USD. Click here to learn more.

  • The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans: Located in the French Quarter, this luxury hotel offers elegant rooms, a rooftop pool, and top-notch amenities for families.

  • Hyatt Regency New Orleans: Situated downtown, this family-friendly hotel boasts spacious rooms, a rooftop pool with panoramic views, and easy access to many attractions.

  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside: Where our Dillard University Senior Fellows called a temporary home after Hurricane Katrina, with its riverfront location, this hotel offers comfortable accommodations, an outdoor pool, and a convenient shuttle service to major sights.

  • Omni Royal Orleans: Perfectly located in the French Quarter, this boutique hotel provides family suites, a rooftop pool, and a charming ambiance.

  • Sheraton New Orleans Hotel: Nestled in the heart of the city, this hotel offers modern comforts, including an outdoor pool and easy access to popular landmarks.

  • HI USA aka Hostelling International USA believes in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around.

  • Inn on St. Ann  is a boutique hotel offering 28 charming and historic yet modern and comfortable guest rooms, a courtyard shaded by a century-old oak tree, and social areas meticulously decorated with antiques, chandeliers, and original local artwork.

Historic Restaurants:

  • Commander’s Palace: Experience Creole cuisine at its finest in this iconic restaurant, known for its award-winning dishes and elegant ambiance.

  • Antoine’s: Established in 1840, Antoine’s is the oldest family-run restaurant in the United States, offering classic French-Creole dishes and a glimpse into New Orleans’ past.

  • Café du Monde: Indulge in the city’s favorite treat, beignets, at this historic open-air cafe located in the French Quarter. Don’t forget to savor their famous chicory coffee.

  • Arnaud’s: Step into old-world New Orleans at Arnaud’s, a restaurant known for its timeless charm and delectable Creole cuisine.

  • Brennan’s: Since 1946, Brennan’s has been serving up delightful breakfast and brunch options in a warm, traditional setting.


For our Senior fellows Participating in the Career programming of the convention please see below for the flier and President’s invitation letter. If you need a customized invitation letter, please see the customizable invitation letter link below:

Join our Melton Foundation Senior Fellow Convention WhatsApp Community, and don’t miss any updates! Click here to join today.

RSVP at our interest survey!

Mark your calendars for this exceptional event on November 9-12, 2023. We cannot wait to welcome you to New Orleans and share this unforgettable weekend in with you and your loved ones, and reunite with 'Melton Foundation USA'! We’re asking everyone to spread the word about the event and reach out to their batch mates. So far we have 45 responses from fellows across all campuses. Can’t wait to see more!

Who else is attending?

Curious about who you'll meet at the SF Convention? Here are a few Melton Fellows who have already confirmed their attendance!

India James

Experiences at Dillard University and with the Melton Foundation have been lifelong enrichments. I eagerly await the opportunity to reunite with my Melton Fellows, reminiscing about our shared journeys of making positive change in the world.

José Joaquín Hinostroza

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in New Orleans to reconnect, have fun and network in such an amazing city and culture. I’m also looking forward to meeting other Senior Fellows across regions and at Dillard University. Love from Chile!

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