• 97th Optimist International Convention New Orleans | July 9-11, 2015
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
  • Leadership Summits Professional training developing strong and Optimistic leaders
  • Scholarship Contests Helping youth achieve their dreams of higher education
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
  • Youth Clubs (JOOI) Join the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers
  • Optimist Volunteers Join our team to bring out the best in kids and yourself
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97th Optimist International Convention


July 9-11, 2015
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Registration, Schedule & Details

Online registration is now available! To register online, click here. Or download the registration form and send by fax to (314) 735-4121 or scan and email to convention@optimist.org.

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Registration Incentive: Register for the 2015 Convention by June 1 for a chance to win FREE registration for the 2016 Convention in Quebec City!

Convention opens on Wednesday, July 8, and the fun will not end until everyone leaves Sunday, July 12 (after the Presidential Banquet on Saturday night, July 11). Click here for a detailed schedule. Be sure to check this page frequently for updates.

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Keynote Speaker

Optimist International has arranged for an exciting keynote speaker for our annual convention!

Dayna Steele
Keynote Speaker for First Business Session on Saturday, July 11

Dayna Steele is a leading authority on business success trends including social media, networking and customer service as well as a Texas Radio Hall of Famer, and author of the 101 Ways to Rock Your World book series. She consults Fortune 500 companies, is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Huff Post Live, and is a popular keynote speaker for companies and universities.
About New Orleans

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes Optimist International!

Cuisine in New Orleans isn’t the only thing spicing up the city. TripAdvisor 2010 Traveler’s Choice® Destination Awards ranked New Orleans as the top destination in the world for night life. Taste for yourself why Bon Appétit named New Orleans one of America’s Top 5 Restaurant Cities.

New Orleans offers a compact geographic footprint providing close proximity of hotels to the French Quarter and attractions, creating a true destination experience. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is just 20 minutes from the hotel.

Nowhere else does it occur more effortlessly or more joyously. Jazz, America's only original art form, was born here while Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco all express the rich melting pot that is New Orleans.

In fact, the city is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other city in the United States. Conveniently situated in the central region of the US, New Orleans is ideal for travelers.

Housing and Travel

Experience the best of the Crescent City in a spacious guestroom with a view, take a stroll down Bourbon Street for some entertainment, and savor local specialties at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant. Book Your Reservation Now or for more housing information, click here.

Optimist International offers discounted rates for airline & train travel, ground transportation and rental cars. For all travel discounts and details, click here.


Optimist International has arranged for several unique entertainers during the annual convention.

Louisiana Kids, Inc.
Opening Ceremonies, National Anthem, Appreciation Luncheon, Youth Activities
Members of the local area group, Louisiana Kids, will have you dancing in your seats! More>>

DJ Marino
JOOI Convention Banquet, President’s Banquet & Ball
Marino “DJ” Garbin is the current Governor of the South Carolina District and is also owner and operator of DJ Marino, a full-service entertainment and DJ service in Myrtle Beach, SC. More>>

Exhibiting Opportunities

Optimist International is expecting more than 1,200 attendees at its annual convention. The “House of Optimism” exhibit area is a perfect opportunity for fundraising companies, endorsed organizations, promotional product vendors and other companies to display their products and services in a public and high-traffic area. Bring Out the Best in your company by exhibiting at our convention! Download the 2015 Exhibitor Prospectus for details.

Exhibitors Attending


ISADEX Corporation

Klassye Creations

Future Conventions

Optimist International has its sights set on a few great destinations over the next several years.

2016 - Quebec City, Quebec
2017 - To Be Determined
2018 - Ottawa, Ontario


If you have any questions, please send them to convention@optimist.org or call (800) 500-8130.