Ethics Training

Hackett GroupAt its September 21, 2015 board meeting the New Orleans Ethics Review Board (“ERB”) retained The Hackett Group to provide ethics training on its behalf, and to insure that public officials and employees not only meet but exceed the ethics training requirements contained in City and State statutes. See 2015-09-21 ERB Minutes.

For this engagement, The Hackett Group has been assisted by Aaron & Gianna, PLC, a law firm based in New Orleans.


Most ethics training sessions are 90 minutes in length. Sessions cover topics customized to fit the situational considerations of the audience. Past sessions have included the following topics:

  • Louisiana Code Of Governmental Ethics
  • Prohibited Sources
  • Thing Of Economic Value
  • Food & Beverage
  • Complimentary Admission
  • Prohibitions On Income
  • Prohibited Transactions
  • Disclosure
  • Participation
  • Influencing Action
  • Abuse Of Office
  • Nepotism
  • Post-Employment Restrictions
  • Personal Financial Disclosure
  • Whistleblower Statute
  • The Board Of Ethics And Its Functions
  • Penalties

City boards and departments interested in scheduling a training session should contact the Hackett Group at:

The Hackett Group
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1400
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 521-6114

Firm Background

The Hackett Group (“THG”) is a boutique consulting practice based in New Orleans. Founded by Toni Hackett Antrum in 2011, THG provides customized consulting services to public sector clients, retirement plan sponsors, fiduciaries and private sector clients. The company is the successor firm to Washington Hackett, Smith & Company (“WHS”)—the groundbreaking organization founded 25 years ago as the nation’s first minority-owned pension consulting firm. Today, in addition to public pension fund and investment consulting, the firm provides ethics and fiduciary training, public policy consulting focusing on economic development, and governmental fiscal and operational matters. The Hackett Group is 100% Woman and Minority owned, and is DBE certified by the City of New Orleans.

The Hackett Group utilizes an “expert of experts” model—employing experienced, in-house senior consultants with direct and efficient access to the resources of multiple leading firms. When retained, the firm assembles a highly customized superior team, thereby offering an incomparable level of service without the client having to hire multiple consulting firms. This model allows the firm to address complex, multi-layered subjects, requiring a multi-disciplinary approach and subject matter expertise, which includes investment management, capital market practices, fiduciary and board practices, ethics and compliance issues, actuarial science, employee benefits plan issues, real estate finance and traditional public finance.

The Hackett Group has been a leader in trustee and board education since the 1980’s when, as WHS, the firm regularly conducted highly regarded, consistently over-subscribed trustee education programs in New Orleans and around the nation. The company was especially noted for the educational programs it sponsored, which included nine nationally recognized annual investment, ethics, and fiduciary training conferences, and numerous regional training conferences, all of which attracted elected officials, investment managers, public, corporate and endowment plan fiduciaries, and board trustees & commissioners.

Toni Hackett Antrum, Project Manager, serves as Commissioner of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), and as a member of the Board of City Trust. She graduated with honors from Harvard College, and earned an MBA from Columbia University Toni is an Adjunct Professor at Southern University in New Orleans, teaching finance and entrepreneurship.

Rose Hager, Attorney, is a Shareholder and Member of the Board of Directors of Aaron & Gianna, PLC, A Professional Law Corporation. She chairs the firm’s Business and Transactions Practice Group. She has been a practicing lawyer since 1999 and is licensed in both Louisiana and Mississippi. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and Loyola University School of Law.