Career Wave

Tulane’s second annual Career Wave was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014. During this intensive program, Tulane University undergraduate students developed and strengthened important career planning skills while participating in networking opportunities with several of Tulane’s most established national alumni.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

  7:30AM - Registration

  8:30AM - Welcome & Featured Speaker -- Lindsey Pollak, Millennial Workplace Expert & Official LinkedIn Ambassador

  9:45AM - Industry Executives Panel

* This panel will feature alumni and parents who are executives in leadership roles within their respective industries and companies. 

10:45AM - Networking Opportunity with Industry Executives Panel

11:30AM - Rising Stars Panel 

* This panel will feature recent graduates of Tulane who are successful within their respective industries and companies. 

12:30PM - Networking Opportunity with Rising Stars Panel

  1:00PM - Lunch

  2:15PM - Featured Speaker -- Wendy Rothman, Ph. D, Renowned Career Management Innovator & President, Wenroth Consulting, Inc.

Present Tense…Future Perfect
College students are programmed and pressured to “do the right things” in order to set a course for their perfect life. Pick a major (or 2), land the plum internship, interview for the best jobs, and guarantee financial independence and lifelong fulfillment. Is that really possible? This presentation will offer practical advice about what you can do in college – whether a freshman or a senior – that will enhance your career satisfaction and make all your job searches easier, while considering what really matters along the way.

  3:30PM - Concurrent Panels. Students will have a choice of one of the following 5 opportunities:

  1. Current Student/Internship Panel -- This panel will allow for current students who have successfully navigated the internship process to discuss their techniques and ideas with freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are currently pursuing summer internships.

  2. Finance for the Liberal Arts Undergraduate -- This presentation will focus on the core fundamentals necessary for liberal arts undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a career in finance. This will also be open to sophomore Freeman students who are still in formative development stages. 

  3. Last Minute Techniques for Second Semester Seniors: Finding Jobs That Don’t Exist in Companies You’ve Never Heard Of -- Job search can be daunting, especially for the 2nd semester senior who has not yet accepted a position. Learn what you can do right this very minute to uncover hidden opportunities and gain the knowledge to move your search forward immediately. Wendy will talk about how to sound like an insider, build confidence, and approach people with assurance and value. Building these skills will serve you over the lifetime of your career as you develop professional options on your own terms. Learn them now, and use them forever.

  4. NOLA Bound -- A conversation with successful local alumni about opportunities for students who wish to live and work in New Orleans.

  5. Alternative Post-Graduation Planning: Grad School, Fellowships, and Service Programs -- Not planning on embarking on a traditional job search right away because you want to attend graduate/professional school or are interested in service programs or academic fellowships? Come hear from people on campus who can give you insight on how to prepare for the application process and what you can expect from these programs.
    • Barbara Beckman, PhD
      Associate Dean for Admissions, Tulane University School of Medicine
    • Adam L. Kancher
      Assistant Director, Admission & Recruitment, Tulane University Law School
    • Charlotte Maheu Vail
      Assistant Director, Honors Program, Newcomb-Tulane College
    • Michael Pizzolatto
      Senior Program Manager, Center for Public Service
    • Kathleen Maier
      Pre-Professional Advisor, Academic Advising Center, Newcomb-Tulane College
    • Sarah Withers
      Pre-Professional Advisor, Academic Advising Center, Newcomb-Tulane College

  4:45PM - Event Ends

Featured Speakers

Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak, Millennial Workplace Expert & Official LinkedIn Ambassador

Lindsey Pollak is a nationally recognized expert on Millennial workplace issues. She serves as an official Ambassador for LinkedIn and is the bestselling author of "Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World." Her next book, focused on Millennial generation leadership, will be published by HarperCollins in Fall 2014. Lindsey has spoken and consulted for over 150 corporations, conferences and universities across the country, including Citi, ESPN, GE, Ralph Lauren, PwC, Time Inc., UBS, Yale, Harvard, Princeton and MIT. Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR. Forbes named her workplace advice blog ( one of the Top 75 Websites for Your Career. Lindsey is a graduate of Yale University and is based in New York City.



wendy rothman

Wendy Rothman, President, Wenroth Consulting, Inc.

Wendy Rothman is business psychologist and entrepreneur with 20 years experience as an innovator in the business of helping people manage their careers across the lifespan.  She is the author of widely distributed behavioral assessments and is a sought after career coach whose methodologies are taught to outplacement firms and career professionals alike.  She has started and built 3 businesses all related to workplace performance and career management, the largest of which grew to over $100 M in revenues with 20 offices across the country.

Wendy has presented an unprecedented 6 times a year at the Harvard MBA Alumni program. She is a frequent guest speaker at the Columbia Business School where she helped inaugurate an alumni e-newsletter with an online career advice column. She is a regularly featured presenter at The Stern School of Business and the S.C. Johnson School of Business at Cornell.  She is an elected member of The Committee of 200, an organization for pre-eminent women Presidents and CEOs. She is a founding member of The Employment Roundtable, co-author of the original Five O’Clock Club books, co-author of The Full Engagement profile and The Work Style Guide. She is a frequent guest on broadcasts related to career management, including Cox Radio and CNBC. She has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Smart Money Magazine, CIO Magazine, and Newsday. 

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Industry Executive Panelists

Kylene Beers

Kylene Beers - Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools, Columbia University Teachers College (Ed. D '91 from U of Houston, BS Education '79 from UT Austin)

Kylene Beers is a former middle school teacher who has turned her commitment to adolescent literacy and struggling readers into the major focus of her research, writing, speaking, and teaching. She is author of the best-selling When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do, co-editor (with Bob Probst and Linda Rief) of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice, and co-author (with Bob Probst) of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, all published by Heinemann. She taught in the College of Education at the University of Houston, served as Senior Reading Researcher at the Comer School Development Program at Yale University, and most recently acted as the Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools for the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College. Kylene has published numerous articles in state and national journals, served as editor of the national literacy journal, Voices from the Middle, and was the 2008-2009 President of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is an invited speaker at state, national, and international conferences and works with teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools across the US. Kylene has served as a consultant to the National Governor’s Association and was the 2011 recipient of the Conference on English Leadership outstanding leader award.

Roger Ervin

Roger Ervin - Sector Vice President, LMI (BS Biology '87)

Roger Ervin is Senior Vice President for Global Markets at LMI, a 52 year old consulting firm specializing in business process management. Roger has worked for over 25 years in various capacities in government, academia and the private sector. Most recently, he completed an appointment with Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle where he managed the state’s finances as the Secretary of Revenue. In prior years, he worked as a Principal at the law firm of Foley and Lardner and earlier founded an international consulting firm that advised Fortune 500 businesses on risk management practices in overseas operations. In the early 1990’s, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as US Commercial Envoy to Africa and as a senior diplomat in the US Department of State. He began government service as an economic policy advisor for the current Vice President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden. Roger’s commitment to public service is also directed at the community level where serves as a director on several non-profits. He continues to teach management courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Business and at the UW Department of Political Science. Roger holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Tulane University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mike Kavanau

Mike Kavanau - Senior Managing Director, HFF (BA English Literature '85 from Brown University)

Mr. Kavanau is a Senior Managing Director and co-office head of the Chicago office of HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P., NYSE: HF) with more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, including debt, investment sales and structured finance. He is primarily responsible for originating debt transactions throughout the Midwestern United States, as well as being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Kavanau’s focus is on multi-housing, office, retail and hotel properties. Through the course of his career with HFF, Mr. Kavanau has completed in excess of $12.3 billion in commercial real estate transactions. He and his team have won the Greater Chicago Food Depository Mortgage Banker of the Year award in 2008 and 2009. Mr. Kavanau joined the firm in 1988. Prior to HFF, he was the Director of Acquisitions for Concord Assets Group.


Robert Kottler

Bob Kottler - EVP Director of Retail, Iberia Bank (MBA '83, BSM '81)

Robert M. Kottler is the Executive Vice President and Director of Retail and Small Business for Iberia Bank. In this role, Bob is responsible for the Retail segment, including retail operations, product management, credit cards, sales, retail training and small business.  Prior to joining Iberia Bank, Bob was Executive Vice President for Small Business Banking for Capital One Bank. In that role, Mr. Kottler was responsible for developing the Small Business Banking strategy and profit and loss management in the markets where Capital One’s banking business operates, including Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, DC, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Mr. Kottler earned his B.S. in Management and his M.B.A. from Tulane University. He also is a graduate of the CBA Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Virginia. Mr. Kottler is currently serves as the membership chair and chair elect of the Board of Directors for the Consumer Bankers Association. He is also a former Director of CFED, SBFE and the Tulane Associates and past President of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni.

Kathy Leo

Kathy Leo - Chief Legal & People Officer, Gilt Group (BA Political Science '90)

Kathy Leo serves as the Chief Legal & People Officer at Gilt, where she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's legal, human resources, and facilities functions. With over 15 years of in-house and law firm experience, Kathy is a highly skilled business lawyer whose practice has included mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance, intellectual property, employment law, and commercial matters. Prior to joining Gilt in December 2010, Kathy was, from 2004 to 2010, the General Counsel of United Media and responsible for all legal and human resources matters—and, ultimately, the successful sale of the company. Previously, Kathy held in-house legal roles at PRIMEDIA and Warner-Lambert and was a corporate associate at Dewey Ballantine. Kathy holds a BA from Tulane University and attended New York University School of Law and Albany Law School where she received her JD, with honors.

Marc Reeves

Marc Reeves - International Commercial Director, NFL (JD, MBA '00; BA Economics, Political Science '95 from Kalamazoo College)

Marc Reeves is the International Commercial Director of the NFL, where he oversees marketing, fan development, sponsorship and commercial efforts for the league outside of the US. Under his leadership, the league has increased its international sponsorship base by over 60%. He has launched numerous fan engagement initiatives including global Super Bowl viewing events, NFL Experience on Tour and a social media “Fanbassador” program. Prior to joining the NFL, Marc was a Vice President of IMG’s Consulting division, responsible for client management and West Coast business development. He oversaw and managed numerous corporate client accounts, including Visa, Electronic Arts, Kia Motors, 2K Sports, 24 Hour Fitness, Crown Plaza Hotels and Safeco Insurance. He advised companies in global strategic direction and marketing activation around various sports and entertainment properties, including the FIFA World Cup, Olympics, Rugby World Cup, NFL, MLB, NBA and NASCAR, as well as numerous music and lifestyle events. Marc also worked on the development and implementation of strategic sports and entertainment marketing initiatives for DHL, Wells Fargo, McDonald’s, Intel, Target and Sega, among others.  Marc’s previous work experience includes the NFL Players Association, where he advised players and agents on salary cap and marketing issues, the New Orleans Saints, assisting on various football operations and marketing projects, and ProServ, where he worked in the Tennis Client Management division.

Ken Sadowsky

Ken Sadowsky - Director, VitaCoco Coconut Water (BA History '84)

Ken Sadowsky was a principal of Atlas Distributing Inc., overseeing the non-alcoholic beverage division that he created. The division was founded in 1988 and sales were $50,000.00 that year. In 2007 sales were over $16M and the total company sales were in excess of $75M . Brands of the Atlas portfolio included Snapple, Red Bull, and vitaminwater. Under Ken’s guidance, Atlas was one of the first distributors of the above mentioned brands as well as SoBe, Hansen’s Monster, Honest Tea and others. He was a director of Energy Brands, Inc. (Glaceau) makers of Glaceau vitaminwater, smartwater, and fruitwater from 2000 to 2006 when the company sold a minority interest to The Tata Group. The company eventually sold to Coca Cola for over $4.1 Billion. He also does marketing consulting work in the beverage industry for Fusion5 Marketing Innovations (sold in 2003 to the WPP Group) and Prior to forming Atlas’s soda division in 1988, Mr. Sadowsky was a consultant for the Eagle Snack Division of Williams Distributing in Springfield, MA. Ken is the Senior Beverages Advisor for Verlinvest.  Verlinvest is a Brussels based investment holding company founded by family tied to Interbrew (InBev).  Interbrew is now ABI (Anheuser Busch InBev). Ken advised on the Sambazon investment, and now serves on the Advisory Board. Ken is the Executive Director of NIDA, a group of independent beverage distributors in the Northeast of the USA who are members of a trade association. Ken created the group with other charter members. He serves on the Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council (2000 – present). He is a graduate of Tulane University (1984, BA) and currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.

Doug Walner

Doug Walner - Entrepreneur (BA History '91)

Doug Walner has extensive experience in the technology sector. Most recently Doug was the Chief Commercial Officer of Row 44 of Westlake Village, CA where he was responsible for all consumer services for the company.  Prior to that Doug served as President and CEO of PSI Services LLC., where he led the successful sale of the business to a blue-chip Boston-based Private Equity firm. Before joining PSI, Doug was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of and held management and senior management positions with several technology companies.  Doug also served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for two entrepreneur seasons at the IdeaVillage located in New Orleans.  In that capacity Doug provided guidance and helped over 50 local ventures.

Rising Star Panelists

Jessyca R Butler headshotJessyca Butler – Merchandise Assistant, Saks Fifth Avenue (BSM Management '11)

Jessyca Butler is a Merchandise Assistant at Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s most prominent luxury retailers. Jessyca assists her Buyer in selecting David Yurman merchandise for more than 30 Saks retail doors based on sales analysis, industry trends, and geographical profiles. Before working at Saks Fifth Avenue, she interned for some of the most notable names in fashion including Diane von Furstenberg and French Connection. Jessyca, a New Orleans native, graduated in 2011 from the A.B. Freeman School of Business with a degree in Management. While at Tulane, she served as Vice President of the Nu Mu Citywide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Undergraduate Coordinator for the Retail and Luxury Goods Association. She has an expertise in merchandising, styling, and trend.

Chelsea Cipriano headshotChelsea B. Cipriano – Presidential Management Fellow (MPH ’11, BA Latin American Studies ‘10)

Chelsea B. Cipriano is a Presidential Management Fellow and Public Health Analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Currently, she is on rotation as staff to the newly appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in Washington, DC. Prior to employment with the federal government, Chelsea worked as an intern for the National Network of Public Health Institutes and as a Playful City USA Fellow at KaBOOM!. While earning her BA and MPH, Chelsea held a number of leadership positions including: President of the Associated Student Body, KaBOOM! intern/fellow, Tulane EMS Assistant Director, Orientation Intern, Vice President Panhellenic of Kappa Alpha Theta, and Green Wave Ambassador. A native of Cheshire, CT, Chelsea enjoys volunteering, hiking, and exploring new cities through their food and music. She travels back to New Orleans as frequently as her schedule and bank account will allow.

Elyssa Kaplan

Elyssa Kaplan - Leveraged Finance Analyst, Goldman Sachs (BSM Finance '12)

Elyssa Kaplan graduated Summa Cum Laude from A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2012 with a major in Finance and an Energy Specialization. While at Tulane, Elyssa was the Vice President of the Freeman Investment Management Association (FIMA), and a member of the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority (AEPhi), and the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity (AKPsi). In her free time, Elyssa volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and taught Financial Literacy through Junior Achievement. Elyssa also studied abroad in Madrid during the fall of her Junior year at the Icade School of Business. During her senior year, Elyssa participated in Burkenroad Reports and the Darwin Fenner student-managed fund. Elyssa interned in the Securities division at Goldman Sachs the summer after her Junior year and upon completion of her internship, she was offered a full-time position to join the Leveraged Finance team. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Elyssa interned at Ameriprise Financial in Philadelphia, Group SJR in New York City, and UBS Investments in New Orleans. Elyssa currently lives in New York City and is an analyst on the High Yield Bond & Distressed Debt desk at Goldman Sachs. Outside of work, Elyssa volunteers for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the inMotion foundation against domestic violence. Elyssa enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

MarkAri Mark – Senior Manager of Global Marketing Partnerships, National Basketball Association (BSM Marketing, Management ’06)

Ari Mark manages a business development team for the NBA’s Global Marketing Partnerships group, where he develops and negotiates sponsorships for the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League and USA Basketball.  He joined the NBA in 2010 as an Account Executive and has since risen to his current role as Senior Manager. Prior to the NBA, Ari worked as an agent and Director of Client Services for IF Management, a New York based talent representation firm that manages news and sports broadcasters.  After graduating Cum Laude from Tulane in 2006, he began his career as an intern at IF Management, eventually representing a roster of 10 clients around the U.S. At Tulane, Ari was a double major in Marketing and Management and a member of the American Marketing Association.  He interned with the Miami Dolphins and Collegiate Images, Inc. during his college summers and studied abroad at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain during his junior year.  Additionally he was a Tulane Alumni Business Association Community Service Award Winner and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He currently lives in New York City with his fiancée Allison.

Curry W Smith

Curry W. Smith - Executive Director, Young Leadership Council (BA Political Economy '07)

Curry W. Smith currently serves as Executive Director of the Young Leadership Council (YLC), a nonprofit organization focused on leadership development opportunities for young professionals through community service. Curry joined YLC from Greater New Orleans, Inc., where he most recently served as Senior Business Development Associate and previously handled communications and marketing efforts for the regional economic development organization.  Prior to employment with GNO, Inc., he worked for several years at local public relations and advertising agency Peter A. Mayer. A native of Lafayette, La., he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the Murphy Institute at Tulane University.  He is a founding member and former board member for Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO); he currently serves on the board of Prelude—a young professional organization affiliated with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra—and is an active member of 504ward. Also an avid sports fan, Curry has been a season ticket holder for the New Orleans Pelicans since the 2007-08 season.  On most mornings, you can find him running along the streets of Uptown; on most evenings, you can find him at one of New Orleans’ many restaurants or at any bar with a good beer selection (hence the early morning runs).


Savanna Speciale – Trader Development Program Analyst, BP Global Oil Americas (BSM Legal Studies and Finance ’12, MMG Energy ’12)

Savanna Speciale graduated cum laude from A.B. Freeman School of Business in Fall 2011 with a degree in Legal Studies, Finance and an Energy specialization and completed her Master of Management in Energy degree in 2012. While at Tulane, Savanna was captain of the Moot Court team, co-captain of the Trading Team, and served as the professional networking chair of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the social chair of the Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) business fraternity. Savanna also studied abroad at MBA Inseec in Paris during her sophomore year. Savanna is currently in her second year of the three year Trader Development Program at BP Global Oil Americas in Chicago.

Chelsea Zesch

Chelsea Zesch - Assistant Account Executive, Grey Group (BA Spanish, Chinese Studies '13)

Chelsea Zesch graduated cum laude from Tulane in 2013 with a B.A. in both Spanish as well as Chinese Studies. Chelsea served on the executive board of her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and was an active member of Mortar Board Honors Society, but she dedicated the majority of her time to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program, serving on the executive committee for three years and as the marketing chair for two. Her senior year, Zesch was invited to lead team development and marketing initiatives for six states’ collegiate Relay for Life events. Zesch enriched her learning experiences by interning at OportunidadesNOLA, an English as a Second Language school in the Bywater where she led marketing efforts, and by attending a 9-week language immersion program at Middlebury College. During her senior year, Zesch attended Career Wave 2013 and met several key contacts that were helpful in her career search. After graduation, Zesch interned at Grey Group in New York City and, after several weeks, accepted a full-time position as an Assistant Account Executive on the national T.J. Maxx account.

NOLA Bound Panelists

Michael Casey

Mike Casey – Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Liberty Cheesesteaks (BA Economics '06)

Michael Casey is the co-founder and operating partner of Liberty Cheesesteaks. The first restaurant venture of two Tulane roommates was conceptualized in 2012, opened it’s doors in March of 2013, and currently serves the Freret neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans. Prior to this venture, Michael was a teacher with Teach NOLA, a project manager for a commercial construction firm in New Orleans, and an FA with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in his home of Philadelphia, PA. Michael graduated from Tulane with a degree in economics and was an executive board member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. When he is not crafting expert bios, you can find him attending Jeff Schiffman’s spinning class.


Coby Kramer-Golinkoff

Coby Kramer-Golinkoff – Case Manager, Teach for America -- KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy (BSM Management '13)

Coby Kramer-Golinkoff graduated Cum Laude from A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2013 with a major in Management and a minor in International Development. Coby was a four-year letterman on the Tulane men’s tennis team and served as the captain during his senior season.  He was an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, served on the Student Athletic Advisory Counsel and established two official student organizations at Tulane.  In addition, Coby co-founded Emily’s Entourage, a non-profit organization that seeks to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis research. The organization has raised over $600,000 in two years and supports student-run chapters on six college campuses across the country.  Coby is currently a 2013 corps member at Teach For America.  He works as the 6th grade case manager at KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy.  


Emily Madero

Emily Madero – Managing Director, Idea Village (MBA; MA Spanish; BA Spanish & Psychology)

Emily has devoted most of her professional career to launching new businesses and supporting entrepreneurs. After working with several start-up ventures, Emily enrolled in business school to pursue an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. Her academic program at Tulane was temporarily interrupted by Hurricane Katrina, but the experience sparked a renewed commitment to New Orleans and focus on public service. Finding the perfect intersection to leverage her business acumen and passion for social innovation, Emily joined The Idea Village team in 2007. The Idea Village is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to identify, support, and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans. The Idea Village delivers against its mission by building an “entrepreneurial ecosystem” – a complex interrelated system of diverse constituencies required to ensure that entrepreneurs succeed. A leader in the development of IDEAcorps™, Emily launched an innovative experiential learning program connecting top national business school talent to entrepreneurs to address critical challenges and accelerate business growth. Emily also spearheaded the development of IDEAxcelerator™, the region’s premier business acceleration program. Today she is the Managing Director at The Idea Village. Emily is responsible for operations, finance, external affairs, and strategic direction of the organization. Still involved with the Tulane community, Emily taught New Venture Management as an Adjunct Professor at The Freeman School of Business. She holds leadership positions with several university organizations including the Tulane Association of Business Alumni Board, Freeman 50, and the Tulane Social Entrepreneurship Change Maker Institute. She has a Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Spanish, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Psychology from Tulane University.

Laura Manning

Laura Manning – Account Manager, Search Influence (BS Psychology '12)

Laura Manning is an Account Manager at Search Influence, a digital marketing agency based in New Orleans. Laura manages client accounts both nationally and in New Orleans while utilizing a variety of platforms, including social media, paid search, and search engine optimization. Before beginning at Search Influence, Laura worked as both a Social Media Strategist and intern in the Tulane Office of Undergraduate Admissions. While at Tulane, Laura served as President of her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, Secretary of Undergraduate Student Government, Secretary of Associated Student Body Government, Vice President of Administration of Pi Beta Phi, and conducted campus tours as a Green Wave Ambassador. In her free time, Laura volunteers with Youth Run NOLA, a local non-profit devoted to empowering underserved youth through running. 


Hayne Rainey

C. Hayne Rainey – Communications Manager, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (BSM Management '05)

Hayne Rainey has wide-ranging experience in federal, state, and local government affairs and currently serves Communications Manager for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, he worked on the BP Oil Spill as Executive Assistant to former Clinton Administration FEMA Director James Lee Witt and later as Public Information Officer for the State of Louisiana.  Before moving back to New Orleans in 2010, he worked at McBee Strategic Consulting, a top lobbying firm in Washington, DC. Hayne began his career on Capitol Hill working in the legislative offices of United States Senators Mary Landrieu from Louisiana and Mark Pryor from Arkansas.  Hayne graduated from Tulane University in 2005 where he studied Business Management at the A.B. Freeman School of Business. While in school, he served as Executive News Director and Radio DJ at WTUL 91.5 FM.


Jeff Schiffman

Jeff Schiffman – Senior Associate Director of Admission, Tulane University (BSM Marketing, Management '05)

Jeff Schiffman is the Senior Associate Director of Admission at Tulane University. A 2005 marketing and management double major from The A.B. Freeman School of Business, Jeff manages all aspects of social media in the Office of Admission. He writes the Tulane blog with a monthly readership of 30,000 and manages a team of interns who conceptualize all aspects of the Admission Offices’ social media plan. Jeff also assists in creating and editing the marketing, print, digital and video aspects of the Office of Admissions marketing materials. He serves on the board of the Southern Association of College Admission Counselors and has 9 years’ experience in the higher education field. A DC native, Jeff is also a New Orleans aficionado. While he spends a good deal of time on the road recruiting students, specifically from the West Coast and Asia, Jeff also has served in a number of capacities as a New Orleans ambassador, including the Super Bowl Host Committee and Halloween New Orleans board member. When he’s not at Tulane, you can find him teaching spin classes at a local studio in town.


Curry W Smith

Curry W. Smith - Executive Director, Young Leadership Council (BA Political Economy '07)

Curry W. Smith currently serves as Executive Director of the Young Leadership Council (YLC), a nonprofit organization focused on leadership development opportunities for young professionals through community service. Curry joined YLC from Greater New Orleans, Inc., where he most recently served as Senior Business Development Associate and previously handled communications and marketing efforts for the regional economic development organization.  Prior to employment with GNO, Inc., he worked for several years at local public relations and advertising agency Peter A. Mayer. A native of Lafayette, La., he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the Murphy Institute at Tulane University.  He is a founding member and former board member for Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO); he currently serves on the board of Prelude—a young professional organization affiliated with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra—and is an active member of 504ward. Also an avid sports fan, Curry has been a season ticket holder for the New Orleans Pelicans since the 2007-08 season.  On most mornings, you can find him running along the streets of Uptown; on most evenings, you can find him at one of New Orleans’ many restaurants or at any bar with a good beer selection (hence the early morning runs).

Erica Washington

Erica Washington – Healthcare-Associated Infections Coordinator, Louisiana Office of Public Health (MPH Epidemiology '09; BS Biological Sciences '06 from LSU)

Erica Washington is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. She moved to New Orleans in 2007 to attend Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She received her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 2009. She has worked in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section of Louisiana Office of Public Health since 2009 and serves as the Healthcare-Associated Infections Coordinator for the State of Louisiana as well as a surveillance Epidemiologist. Her professional affiliations include Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (member) and Greater New Orleans Chapter of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (past president). Additionally, she volunteers with Luke's House Clinic and Young Leadership Council.



Elisabeth Whitehead

Elisabeth Whitehead – Associate Project Manager, Peter Mayer Advertising (BSM Management, Dance ’12)

Elisabeth Whitehead is an Associate Project Manager at Peter Mayer Advertising, the largest advertising agency in the Gulf South.  Elisabeth manages projects for the CenturyLink account, a Fortune 200 company based in Monroe, LA.  Before becoming a project manager, Elisabeth interned at Peter Mayer in the account service department as well as the Tulane Office of Undergraduate Admissions, CBS Sports Network, and NOLA Couture.  Elisabeth graduated cum laude from the A.B. Freeman School of Business with a degree in Management and Dance and a minor in Marketing.  While at Tulane, Elisabeth served on the executive board for her sorority, Chi Omega, performed with the Newcomb Dance Company, and facilitated school tours as a Green Wave Ambassador. Currently, Elisabeth acts as the Social Co-Chair for the Tulane Alumni Association New Orleans Club and an adviser for Chi Omega Sorority.


Student Intern Panelists

Haley Cohen Haley Cohen, Consumer Products Marketing Intern, L’Oreal Paris USA (BSM Marketing and Management ’14)

Haley Cohen is a senior in the A.B. Freeman School of Business with a double major in Marketing and Management as well as a minor in Psychology. At Tulane, Haley is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and is a Tulane Jewish leader. Haley interned at Kiehl’s Since 1851 the summer before her Junior year, and continued to pursue her passion for cosmetics the following summer at L’Oreal Paris USA. While at L’Oreal, Haley worked on the skincare brand, Youth Code, and developed a national 360-degree marketing plan for the re-launch of their product line. Additionally, she managed a cross-category national CVS display, as well as managed the packaging for a Target specific product kit from its beginning phases to copy. Upon completion of her internship, Haley accepted a full-time position to join the Consumer Products Division of L’Oreal USA after she graduates in May 2014.



Helena Duffee

Helena Duffee – Administrative Intern, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation (BS Economics, English ’14)

Helena Duffee is a senior at Tulane, working towards a B.S. in Economics and English, with a minor in French. She is a member of the Tulane Honors Program, and during the spring of her Junior year, she studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France at the American University Center of Provence. She grew up in New York City before attending boarding school in Groton, Massachusetts. Helena has internship experience in marketing, public affairs, and real estate finance. This fall, she interned at Propeller, an early-stage social venture accelerator and incubator program. She assisted with general administrative tasks, created a spreadsheet of Propeller’s grant money, and conducted research for various department managers. Helena loves school, but is excited to graduate and be permanently exempt from the “what are you doing after graduation” question.


Mark Firmin

Mark J. Firmin – Education Development Intern, International High School of New Orleans (BA Political Science: International Relations, Psychology '14) 

Mark Firmin is a senior student graduating this coming May and a member of the Tulane University Marching Band. Mark secured an internship with the International High School after producing a radio segment focused on the educational assets available to immigrants in New Orleans. From August to December of 2013, he managed the school's Facebook, Twitter, and website, worked the student body to start student newspaper and Journalism Club, and served as an assistant to the school's Director of Outreach and Development. After graduating in the Spring, Mark plans to continue his language studies in French and Russian as a volunteer in the Peace Corp before pursuing a Masters Degree in Diplomacy or Conflict Resolution.


Jessica GoldbergJessica Goldberg – Wish Granter, Make-A-Wish Foundation Texas and Golf Coast Chapter (BA Public Health and Social Innovation/Social Entrepreneurship ‘14)

Jessica Goldberg is currently finishing up her final semester here at Tulane, majoring in Public Health with a minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. As a student in the dual degree program, next semester Jessica will be continuing to get her Master’s of Public Health at Tulane in Global Health with a concentration in Tropical Medicine. Last year, Jessica studied abroad in rural South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, where she lived with Zulu tribes and studied public health form the scope of Western medicine versus traditional healing. In the future, Jessica hopes to work in Africa studying infectious diseases while creating and implementing community interventions to prevent disease transmission. During the summer of 2013, Jessica began interning at Make-A-Wish Foundation as a Wish Granter. Through this position, Jessica has worked with over fifty different Make-A-Wish children, all who are suffering from a life threatening illness. Jessica assisted in everything from taking referrals of patients, contacting doctors, interviewing the children, all the way planning the wish; whether it be a wish to swim with the dolphins at Atlantis, or to have a meet-and-greet with Katy Perry.


Daniela Jones

Daniela Jones – Undergraduate Intern, McCue, Sussmane, & Zapfel, P.C. (BSM Legal Studies '14)

Daniela Jones is a senior in the Freeman School of Business majoring in Legal Studies. She interned at a McCue, Sussmane, & Zapfel in New York City the Summer of 2013. The law firm serviced several areas of practice and Daniela was able to gain experience in entertainment/media, intellectual property, and corporate law. While interning at the law firm, Daniela was able to revise court documents, draft a copyright infringement demand letter, and review music contracts. The highlight of her internship experience was going to a mediation session and a court hearing. After graduation, Daniela would like to work in business or legal affairs in the music industry.



Kayla Starns

Kayla Starns – Process Engineer Intern, Phillips 66 (BSE Chemical Engineering ’14)

Kayla Starns is a senior in the School of Science and Engineering majoring in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in biomolecular engineering. She interned at the Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery in Belle Chasse, LA during the Summer of 2014. During her internship she worked extensively with engineering simulation software (Aspen HYSYS) in order to optimize various portions of a chemical process. In addition, she met with a wide variety of industrial professionals and gained a more comprehensive knowledge of the oil refining industry. After her internship, Kayla accepted a full-time position to join the Operations department at Phillips 66 as a Refining, Marketing, and Transportation Engineer upon her graduation in May 2014.



Emily Straus

Emily Straus – Fashion Editorial Intern, Vogue Magazine, Condé Nast, (BA Art History and English ’14)

Emily Straus is a senior in the School of Liberal Arts with a double major in Art History and English and a minor in French. She just finished her yearlong position as the Vice President of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and continues to be a member of the Executive Board for the online magazine Her Campus Tulane. Emily interned in the Events Department of the Bryant Park Corporation before shifting her focus to fashion publications. The summer before her junior year, Emily interned at Marie Claire Magazine in the Fashion Department. During the summer of 2013, she spent ten weeks as a Fashion Editorial intern at Vogue Magazine, where she assisted fashion market editors, worked with a contributing writer on a published article, and helped with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Emily also completed an internship last semester at the Amistad Research Center at Tulane. After her graduation in May 2014, Emily would like to work in the publishing industry.


Ben Warshaw

Ben Warshaw – Business Development & Production Intern, DiMassimo Goldstein (BSM Marketing ’14)

Ben Warshaw will graduate from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business with a B.S.M. in Marketing in May 2014. After graduation, Ben plans to work in Public Relations or Advertising in New York City.  He was an intern for DIGO during Summer 2013, completing a partial audit of the company’s database, and acting as a liaison between departments to coordinate RFP responses.  He served a term as Treasurer for the Freeman Student Government, and participated in Mock Trial. He also served on the Board of Directors and as Sponsorship Chair for New Orleans Pride from 2011-2013, and is currently Director of Communications for The Big Easy Sisters, an HIV/AIDS awareness not-for-profit organization.  This semester, he is working with Zydeco Media in New Orleans doing social media management and business development.  



 For pictures of Career Wave 2014, please visit this Photobucket album and this Dropbox folder.

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