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Featured Speakers


Erica Dhawan

Get Big Things DoneErica Dhawan - CEO, Cotential

"Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence"

Getting a job and choosing a career path starts with building your network. But in today's hyperconnected world, it's the quality (not the quantity) of your networks that will change your life and career potential. Strategist and bestselling author Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence. As game-changing as emotional intelligence was in the 90s, connectional intelligence is the modern ability to drive value by fully leveraging networks and relationships. Learn how to maximize your network to build your brand, get your dream job and accelerate your career potential.


 

Adam Bryant

Adam Bryant - Columnist, Corner Office and Editorial Director, NYT Live

"Lessons from the Corner Office; A Focus on Leadership Qualities"

Over the course of more than 500 interviews with CEOs for his weekly "Corner Office" feature in The New York Times, Adam Bryant has asked everyone of them for their best career advice for new college grads, and how they hire -- the qualities they look for, and the questions they ask in job interviews. Bryant will share the most important and useful insights from all these leaders, including the qualities that employers value most, and the right approach for thinking about how to launch your career.


Senior Executive Panelists


Andrew Kronfeld

Andrew Kronfeld - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, CA

Universal Music Group - Executive Vice President, Marketing 

Andrew Kronfeld is Executive Vice President, Marketing for Universal Music Group. In this role, Kronfeld works directly with UMG’s labels in managing the interaction and coordination of artist repertoire across the new regional hub structure, insuring that artists are receiving the ideal marketing and creative development resources to grow their careers. He is based in the company’s Santa Monica Headquarters. Previously, Kronfeld served as President of Global Marketing for UMG’s international division in London. He was responsible for developing and driving unified, global marketing strategies to support and advance the success of UMG’s world-class roster of artists. This included coordinating releases, promotion and marketing of all UMG’s international frontline and catalog priority releases. Kronfeld first joined UMG in 1991 at Island Records. In 1999, he joined Universal Music International as VP of International Marketing. He later segued over to Universal Motown as Senior Vice President of International and was subsequently appointed General Manager of the label group before becoming Executive Vice President, Universal Music Group International in 2010.


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Andy Cohan - B.A. English '76 - Los Angeles, CA

ACI Licensing - Co-CEO/Managing Partner  

Andrew Cohan is Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Managing Principal of ACI Licensing, LLC, a Los Angeles based Licensing Agency with offices in NYC. ACI Licensing is a recognized leader in maximizing & monetizing the long-term NAME POWER of Brands, Designers, Celebrities, Personalities, and TV Properties. ACI is currently managing in excess of 80 active License Agreements, generating annual retail sales in excess of $2Billion per year. Previously, Mr. Cohan was President & Managing Principal, Magna Global Licensing, a division of the Interpublic Group of Companies, which he launched with IPG in 2002. Magna’s various clients included George Foreman, Wendy Bellissimo, Heidi Klum, Ashley Judd, Randy Jackson, Mindy Weiss, Kelly Wearstler, Monique Lhuillier, Maxim Magazine, AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) among others. In 2003, Mr. Cohan negotiated and finalized the agreement with George Foreman and Casual Male Retail Group. Additionally, Mr Cohan & his team created the Daisy Fuentes brand with Kohls, which is the largest celebrity-based brand program in the United States, with total sales in excess of $500M. Andrew has over 20 years of successful experience in licensing, marketing, merchandising and retailing. In September 1999, he launched Artist Marketing Corporation (AMC), a marketing, licensing, web development company. The clients of AMC included Leonardo DiCaprio, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Signatures Network, Bag One Arts(the art work of John Lennon), Mondo Media and Atom Films. In his prior position as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Entertainment Licensing & Marketing for Sony Signatures, negotiated & structured licensing programs for Celine Dion, Madonna, Bag One Arts (John Lennon Art), The Beatles, Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The “Real Love” program created from John Lennon’s art, has generated U.S. retail sales in excess of $300.0Million, and sold in over 2000 stores throughout the U.S. The program contained over 1000 items and included a children’s book published by Random House. Andrew’s comprehensive retail background also includes 9 years (1984-1993) in senior level merchandising positions @ Ames Department Stores, with responsibility for Women’s Apparel, Accessories, Intimate Apparel, Jewelry, Men’s, Children’s, Health&Beauty Care and Home Furnishings, as well as planning, distribution, imports and finance throughout career @ Ames. While at Ames, annual company sales grew from $500.0 Million to $5.5 Billion.


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Ben Davis - B.S.M Management '02 - Los Angeles, CA

AMC Networks - Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming 

As Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming for AMC Networks, Ben Davis is responsible for overseeing and managing the original scripted projects developed by both AMC and Sundance Networks. Ben Davis is responsible for helping to manage the department’s development slate by seeking out IP, hearing pitches, and collaborating with writers and producers through the development process. Through each stage of development it is Ben’s goal to find, manage and execute the next generation of AMC series. In his twelve years at AMC Networks Ben has developed many acclaimed shows such as BETTER CALL SAUL, THE WALKING DEAD, PREACHER, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, HALT AND CATCH FIRE, INTO THE BADLANDS, and TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES. He most recently is responsible for overseeing AMC’s upcoming new anthology series, THE TERROR, which is currently in production. Ben has been with the company for the past twelve years, and was part of the team that helped usher in AMC's scripted programming by shepherding the groundbreaking Emmy Award winning series MAD MEN and BREAKING BAD, along with THE KILLING, RUBICON, and BROKEN TRAIL. His goal, along with the other members of the original programming department, is to continue to identify and produce high quality cinematic, programming that has come to define AMC. Ben Davis earned his Bachelor of Science Management degree in 2002 from the A.B. Freeman School of Business, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Catherine Makk

Catherine Makk - B.A. English '93 - New York, NY

HarperCollins - Vice President, Global Insights 

Catherine Makk joined HarperCollins as VP, Global Insight in June 2015. She oversees all of the company’s research initiatives, including market, genre and author work across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia as well as the company’s non-English language territories. Under her leadership, HarperCollins insight practice has expanded into a full-service, in-house agency designed to partner with all company divisions on brand strategy, marketing tactics and trend identification and analysis. Rebranded as “BookSmart”, in 2016 she facilitated the migration of research to an insight community-driven program, building a unique database of reader motivations and behaviors that enhance the larger HarperCollins dataset. In addition to her management role, Catherine has direct responsibility for insight generation for the HarperCollins Global Publishing Program as well as the Harlequin group where she focuses on product development and brand positioning. She is a speaker at the annual Romance Writers of America Conference, a guest instructor at NYU’s Masters in Publishing program, and is a frequent panelist on attitudes and behaviors of Millennials and Gen Z. Prior to joining HarperCollins, Catherine was Director, Retail and Consumer Insights at Teen Vogue. During her four years at the brand, she built Teen Vogue Think Tank, a proprietary research practice focusing on young women's fashion, beauty and retail; managed a 75,000 member brand community, Teen Vogue IT GIRLS and was the architect of the Teen Vogue-Goldman Sachs Millennial Brand Affinity Index. Catherine lives in New York City with her six-year-old daughter.


Deborah Elam

Deborah Elam - Tulane Parent - New Orleans, LA

President, GE Foundation & Chief Diversity Officer, GE  

Deborah (Augustine) Elam is President of the GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer at GE. She works at the Corporate Headquarters in Fairfield, CT, where she leads the Foundation’s efforts to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges across health, education, skills and more. She also drives efforts to embrace diversity and create an environment where all GE employees can thrive and contribute to the company’s success in the global economy. Her professional story started over 26 years ago when she worked at GE as an intern while in graduate school. Upon graduation, she joined GE’s Human Resources Leadership Program and had assignments at GE Global Exchange Services and GE Transportation. Upon completion of the training program, Deborah was promoted to successively larger human resources roles in GE Consulting Services, GE Capital Mortgage Corp., GE Capital Insurance Services, and GE Capital Markets Services. In June of 2000, Deborah became Managing Director, Human Resources at GE Capital Commercial Finance, and was promoted to GE’s Chief Diversity Officer in September 2002. In February of 2006, GE’s Board of Directors appointed Deborah an officer of the Company, making her one of the most senior women in the company. In 2013, Deborah’s leadership role was expanded and she was appointed President of GE Foundation in addition to continuing to lead the company’s diversity efforts. Deborah holds leadership roles in GE’s African American Forum and the GE Women’s Network. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) – an organization of the top African Americans in Corporate America and the National Black MBA Association. Outside of work, Deborah is on the Board of Advisors of Working Mother Media’s Multicultural Women’s Initiative and is a Trustee at her alma mater, Ursuline Academy. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated, Fairfield County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Jack and Jill of America. Deborah has received numerous awards and has been featured several times, including on the cover of The Network Journal Magazine where she was named one of Twenty-five Influential Black Women in Business (2005). She is a recipient of the prestigious EPIC (Enhancing Perceptions in Culture) award given by The White House Project; the Brava Award given by the YWCA of Greenwich, CT to women who are achievers at work and also give back in their communities; and a recipient of the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League to influential women in the civil rights, government, entertainment, journalism, sports and corporate sectors. She was also awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Clarkson University for her steadfast contributions in diversity and philanthropy. Deborah is a native of New Orleans, LA and an alumna of Ursuline Academy. She received a B.A. degree in sociology at Louisiana State University and a Masters of Public Administration at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.


Edana Desatnick

Edana Desatnick - B.A. Economics '83 - New York, NY (Moderator)

Edana Desatnick Consulting - Principal 

Edana has over 20 years experience as a human capital and organization development, HR strategy, and leadership consultant, executive coach and educator. Edana works extensively with senior executives and HR leaders on their key talent and organizational issues across many industries including healthcare, professional services, consumer, and industrial products industries. Prior to beginning her own consulting practice, Edana had worldwide responsibility for Organization Development and Talent at Merck. In that capacity, she had responsibility for global leadership/talent planning, performance management and development, and led consulting/coaching to the senior management team on issues of culture, change leadership and organizational effectiveness. Edana’s career includes senior OD/HR leadership roles in a number of leading organizations. Prior to joining Merck, she was Vice President of Organization Development at Honeywell, providing OD leadership in the merger integration of the AlliedSignal and Honeywell organizations. She has also served as Senior Director of Organization Development at Nabisco Brands and at Pepsi prior to that. Earlier in her career Edana was a member of Coopers & Lybrand’s global strategy consulting practice. Edana now spends her time providing human capital and organization development, strategic HR, talent planning, strategy, executive coaching, culture, change management and leadership consulting to major corporations/ partnerships. Edana’s consulting and coaching brings together her years of leading this work on a global basis for several Fortune 500 companies with her experience consulting with leaders across industries and at different stages of their talent development process and strategy. Edana holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from Tulane University. She and her family live in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.



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Greg Katz - Tulane Parent - Miami, FL

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank - Vice Chairman 

Greg Katz joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank as vice chairman, Miami, in January 2015, bringing with him 25 years of commercial real estate experience. One of the most successful and sought-after tenant representatives in South Florida and throughout the Southeast, Mr. Katz has secured millions of dollars in occupancy cost savings and lease enhancements for his clients, totaling more than 20 million square feet. His specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, workplace optimization, complex lease and financial restructurings, traditional leases and build-to-suit transactions. Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. Katz was an executive vice president with Studley (now Savills Studley). He joined that firm in 1996 and worked in its national accounts group, where he established himself as one of the firm's top-producing brokers. In 2000, Greg moved to Florida to lead Studley's Southern region and was a significant contributor to the firm's growth in that region. He began his real estate career in Washington, DC, in 1990.

 

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Michael Kors - President of Retail 

Jaryn Bloom is Group President of Retail at Michael Kors. Jaryn has been with the company since November of 2005 as the President of Retail. She has played an integral role in establishing the direction for our global retail organization and has been leading both the store and corporate direct teams with energy, passion and commitment. An industry veteran, she has spent thirty years driving the growth of a consumer-centric Retail business. She was previously President of Retail for Elie Tahari, running its network of free standing locations, as well as its E-Commerce unit. She was also instrumental in defining the merchandising strategies for the department store business for Tahari. Prior to joining Mr. Tahari in June of 2004, Ms. Bloom spent seventeen years at Kenneth Cole Productions rising to the title of Senior Vice President, and was a member of the company’s Executive Committee. During her tenure at Kenneth Cole, she was widely credited with the strategic development of their multi branded, multi-channel fashion business.


Jose Cil

Jose Cil - B.A. History '91 - Miami, FL

Burger King, Restaurant Brands International - President 

Mr. Cil has served as President of Burger King Corporation (BKC) since December 15, 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Cil served as Executive Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) from November 2010 until December 2014. Prior to being named President of Burger King EMEA, Mr. Cil served as vice president and regional general manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Florida. Mr. Cil was responsible for all operations and strategic growth of the business in the region, which included 125 Wal-Mart stores, more than $9 billion in revenue and more than 35,000 associates. He was at Wal-Mart from February 2010 to November 2010. Before his time at Wal-Mart, Mr. Cil served in a number of different roles at BKC. From September 2008 to February 2010, Mr. Cil served as vice president, company operations for BKC where he was responsible for 300 company-owned restaurants in North America. From September 2005 to September 2008, Mr. Cil served as division vice president, EMEA where he was general manager for 14 markets in the region (including Spain, UK/Eire, Turkey, Italy, Nordics and Portugal). From October 2003 to September 2005, he oversaw operations excellence for the BURGER KING® system, first in North America then internationally, helping to launch the current operations excellence review process and operations excellence platforms. Mr. Cil began his career with BKC in 2000 as a senior attorney where he was responsible for legal matters related to supply and distribution for North American restaurants, research and development of new products and equipment, operations programs and services, product marketing and crisis management. Prior to joining the company, he was an associate attorney at the Miami office of Holland & Knight, where he practiced in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Mr. Cil was named one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s Top 100 Influentials for 2009. In 2008, the Spanish publication Franquicias Hoy named Mr. Cil one of the top 40 Franchise Leaders in Spain. Mr. Cil holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from Tulane University in New Orleans.


Kevin Watters

Kevin Watters - Tulane Parent - New York, NY

Chase Card Services - Chief Executive Officer 

Kevin Watters is the CEO of Chase Card Services, which includes Chase's consumer, small business and commercial card businesses. He’s also a member of the Consumer & Community Banking Leadership team. Prior to joining Card Services, Kevin had served as CEO of Mortgage Banking since 2012. Before that, Kevin was head of Originations and the Customer Experience across Mortgage Banking, overseeing Chase’s four mortgage production channels: Retail, Consumer Direct, Correspondent Lending and Rural Housing. He transitioned to Mortgage Banking in June 2010 from Business Banking, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for five years. Kevin served in the following roles at Bank One prior to the merger with JPMorgan Chase: Head of the Corporate Internet Group, President of the Consumer Internet Group, Chief Strategy Officer of the Consumer Internet Group, and Chief Marketing Officer of Wingspan, Bank One’s Internet-only bank. Before joining JPMorgan Chase and Bank One, Kevin worked in finance and operations at McNeil Consumer Products, a division of Johnson and Johnson; as Brand Manager at Procter and Gamble Business; as Director at Pinnacle, Inc.; and as Senior Manager of Vlasic Foods. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia. He is married with three children.


Larry Sibley

Larry Sibley - B.A. Economics '80 - New York, NY

Credit Suisse - Managing Director 

Larry is an executive in the Equities Division at Credit Suisse, having worked at many of the leading investment banks during his 34+ year career. Larry started out in Investment Banking at Bankers Trust, completing sizable transactions in Financial Services and Real Estate. He then spent many years at Sanford Bernstein as a Principal in Institutional Equity Sales. Later, Larry ran Equity Sales at JP Morgan. Larry then went on to become a Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, co-managing the firm’s value funds. Following GSAM Larry headed to Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, in Equity Sales, counting many of the leading Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds as clients. DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000 and Larry has been there ever since. Larry has a B.A. in Economics from Tulane and an M.B.A. from NYU. He has 3 children (one a sophomore at Tulane) and lives in Westchester County, NY.


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Libby Alexander - B.A. History '80 - New York, NY

Cotiviti - Vice Chairman of the Board

Cotiviti is a industry leader providing analytics-driven payment integrity solutions focused primarily on the U.S. healthcare sector. Cotiviti uses technology, configurable analytics, proprietary information assets and expertise in healthcare reimbursement to help its clients enhance their claims payment accuracy. Cotiviti was formed under Ms. Alexander’s leadership through the merger of Connolly and iHealth Technologies in 2014. Ms. Alexander joined Connolly, a family company, shortly after graduating from Tulane in 1984. She is known as an Influential and focused thought leader with an extraordinary background in driving explosive growth and scaling a $5m business into a $500m+ successful data mining and payment integrity firm with over 2,300 employees serving the healthcare and retail sectors. She is a tenacious mentor who promotes transparency, uplifts morale, and propels cultural change. During her 30 years with the firm, she established an outstanding record of leading successful teams, focusing on exceptional client service and enabling companies to rise as industry leaders.


Lisa Rapkin

Lisa Ehrlich Rapkin - B.F.A. Film and Television '86 - New York, NY (Moderator)

Independent Television Producer 

Lisa is an award-winning entertainment industry leader, television producer and educator with more than 20 years of experience contributing to the development of popular, profitable programs and initiatives. Over the course of her career, she has produced top-rated content for programs including NBC's Late Night with David Letterman, Lifetime's Attitudes, FX's Regan Tonight, MTV, VH1, ABC, Disney and Iron Chef America for The Food Network. In addition, she has created written content for national publication and distribution, and has served as Adjunct Professor with SUNY New Paltz's Department of Media and Communications. Most recently, Lisa launched a boutique event-planning and production firm, Life of the Party Productions, which has enjoyed much success and an expanding client base throughout the New York City and Westchester regions. After a wonderful 8 year run, Lisa is going back to her "roots" in television as a freelance writer and producer.


Mich Mathews Spradlin

Mich Mathews Spradlin - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, CA

Microsoft - Former Chief Marketing Officer 

As the former CMO and SVP of Microsoft, Mich Mathews-Spradlin oversaw the company's global marketing function, including the household brands of Windows, Office, Xbox, Internet Explorer and Bing. She retired from Microsoft September 1st 2011 after 22 years. Mathews-Spradlin led Microsoft’s consumer and business-to-business marketing to hundreds of millions of global customers. She was instrumental in driving the growth of Microsoft’s global business by building several of the world’s leading technology brands. An expert in brand building, marketing strategy and reputation management, Mathews-Spradlin shaped Microsoft to be one of the most consistently admired brands in the world. Mathews-Spradlin is a marketing leader with depth expertise in digital and traditional media. In addition to marketing, Mathews-Spradlin has strong operational skills and orchestrated a marketing organization of several thousand people around the globe responsible for a multi-billion budget. As the most senior woman at Microsoft, she was also a strong advocate for female advancement and personally spearheaded the company’s network and mentoring program for female progression at the company. Mathews-Spradlin began her career with Microsoft in 1989 as a consultant in the U.K. She later joined Microsoft in the United States in 1993 and became a corporate officer in 1999. She served on both Bill Gates’ and Steve Ballmer’s leadership teams. Prior to working with Microsoft, Mathews-Spradlin spent three years at General Motors. She has a degree in Business from the University of Brighton. Mathews-Spradlin serves on the boards of Caltech, The Wendy’s Company, UCLA’s school of Film, Theater and Television and Unilever’s digital advisory board. She also serves on the private boards of You and Mr. Jones, Oanda Corp, The Bouqs and Bitium. She also spends her time angel investing, primarily in the technology sector and regularly guest lectures at both USC and UCLA.


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Michael Nyman - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, CA

PMK•BNC - Chairman & CEO 

As Chairman and CEO of PMK●BNC, one of the largest and most influential communications, marketing and consultancy firms in the world of popular culture and entertainment, Michael Nyman is a leading authority with keen cultural insights in bridging the worlds of entertainment and consumer brand marketing. Nyman, a 30-year veteran, led the historic merger of his previous firm, Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (BNC), with the renowned entertainment publicity powerhouse PMK, in the fall of 2009. Today, he is responsible for operating and charting the future course for the 325-person firm, with a roster of more than 1000 entertainment and Fortune 500 clients, across offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Among numerous accolades, Nyman was named to The Holmes Report’s inaugural Innovator 25 list in 2013 for strategically positioning PMK●BNC as the experts on pop culture. Under his leadership, the agency has been named both PR and Marketing Agency of the Year by the 2016 American Business Awards, ranked #1 on Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2016 PR firms List, ranked #17 on Advertising Age’s 2016 Largest PR firms in the U.S., and ranked #29 on PRWeek’s 2016 Global Agency Report, among many other prestigious recognitions, rankings and awards. Nyman has also created award-winning campaigns and advised clients ranging from JC Penney, Pepsi, Samsung Mobile, Nicholas Sparks, Activision, The Academy of Country Music, CW Network, Jordan Brand (Nike) and Shonda Rhimes to T-Mobile, Beiersdorf, BeatsbyDre, The Television Academy (Emmy Awards) and Conde’ Nast. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, Nyman is Vice-Chairman of the California Film Commission, is a Board Member of YPO Gold Angeleno Chapter, serves on the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and the Board of Councilors for USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. Nyman, a graduate of University of Southern California (B.A.), resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.



Rod Teamer

Rod Teamer - Tulane Parent - New Orleans, LA

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana - Director of Diversity Programs and Business Development 

Currently, Rod Teamer oversees Blue Cross’ award – winning diversity and inclusion program. The diversity and inclusion program touches each department where there is opportunity to diversify the employees, business partners or clients of the company, including human resources, supply chain management and corporate responsibility. In addition, the D&I program under Teamer’s leadership, partners with local non – profit organizations to impact health disparities in communities across the state of Louisiana.Teamer also works with the Blue Cross Marketing team to build their corporate presence and sales in the New Orleans region. Teamer joined Blue Cross in Aug. 2005 as Director, Metro Area Business Development. Teamer has nearly 20 years of experience in resource development, marketing, project management, human resources, budget and finance, strategic planning, employee recruitment, training and career development. He came to Blue Cross from INROADS/ Louisiana, Inc., where he had been managing director since 1994. Under his leadership, INROADS/ Louisiana, a nationally acclaimed non-profit career development and placement organization for minority college students, experienced double - digit growth and achieved its highest level of intern placement and conversion.Teamer received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from Louisiana State University. He began his career in 1986 as a campaign manager for the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area. He held roles of increasing responsibility within United Way, leading to his appointment as assistant vice president of campaign for the Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge in 1993. In 2016, Teamer was credentialed as a Certified Diversity Practitioner (NDCCDP) by the National Diversity Council.Teamer is married to Dr. Toya Barnes – Teamer, Ph.D. They have two daughters and a son (Tai, Tia and Roderic Jr.) ages 22, 20 and 19 years.



Traug Keller

Traug Keller - Tulane Parent - New York, NY

ESPN - Senior Vice President, Production, Business Divisions 

Traug Keller, ESPN Senior Vice President, leads three business units at the company: ESPN Audio, ESPN Local and the ESPN Talent Office. For ESPN Audio, Keller oversees all aspects of the business including talent, staffing, national programming content, scheduling, and event production. ESPN Audio is comprised of ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Audio On Demand. ESPN Radio offers more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching nearly 24 million listeners per week on more than 500 stations, including ESPN owned and operated stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and more than 375 full-time affiliates. Under Keller’s leadership, ESPNRadio.com became the most listened to live stream of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world, reaching more than 700,000 unique listeners per month. He has also led the expansion of the ESPN Audio brand to ESPN apps, SiriusXM, Apple Music, Slacker Radio, TuneIn. Keller has shepherded the growth of ESPN Deportes Radio, the only all-sports Spanish radio network, which has grown to include 47 affiliates across the nation, reaching close to 80% of the U.S. Hispanic market. Keller was also instrumental to the launch of ESPN’s network of Local sites – ESPNBoston.com, ESPNChicago.com, ESPNDallas.com, ESPNLA.com, and ESPNNewYork.com – which were built on the foundation laid by ESPN’s owned and operated radio stations in four of the five markets.  Each site works closely with its radio counterparts to produce and report on local sports with a unique and authoritative voice for each city. In May 2016, Keller added oversight of the ESPN Talent Office, which is responsible for recruiting and retaining ESPN’s more than 1,000 on-air personnel. In 2013, Keller became ESPN’s liaison with the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Prior to joining ESPN, Keller was President of ABC Radio Networks, leading all aspects of network programming, affiliate relations, engineering, finance, research, IT, international programming, and marketing. Prior to ABC, Keller was New York sales manager for the CBS Radio Networks and held marketing and sales positions with the New York Times Company. Keller is a graduate of Boston College with a bachelor of arts degree in English and psychology. 



Rising Star Panelists


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Sam Carlin - B.A. Political Science '08 - New York, NY

MTV - Music Supervisor 

Sam Carlin, originally from Olney, MD, graduated from Tulane University in 2008 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business. After graduating, he moved to New York and began working at the independent record label Razor & Tie. After three years, Sam began his career at MTV as a music coordinator for the New & Docs department. Since then, Sam has become an independent music supervisor for MTV and has worked on numerous shows and specials for the network including Catfish: The TV Show, True Life, Middle Of the Night Show, I Used To Be Fat, One Bad Choice, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word and This is How I Made It. In addition to his work at MTV, Sam has also done music consulting for Bravo and Oxygen Networks. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is in the middle of music supervising the 6th season of Catfish and new episodes of True Life for MTV. Sam is a huge live music fan and is always going to concerts trying to find new up and coming bands.

 

 

Tommy Milburn

Tommy Milburn - B.A. French '12, M.Fin. Finance '14 - New York, NY

Deutsche Bank - Investment Banking Analyst 

Tommy Milburn is an Analyst with Deutsche Bank's Global Energy group based out of Houston, Texas. Tommy works with senior bankers who provide capital markets and strategic advice to clients across the various verticals of the oil and gas industry. Tommy joined Deutsche Bank as a member of the Emerging Markets Industry Professional program in 2014 and spent the first year of his career in Australia covering major natural resources companies. Tommy is a Tulane 34 Award winner and holds a Master of Finance (2014) and a B.A. in Economics and French (2012), both from Tulane. During his time on campus, Tommy was a resident adviser and a Master of Finance Student Ambassador and Finance Blog Editor.

 

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Estée Lauder Companies Inc. - Assistant Manager, Global Brand Communications 

Grace Flanders graduated from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business with a BSM in Marketing Consumer Behavior and Legal Studies in Business. While at Tulane she studied abroad at the MBA Institute in Paris, France. She was also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and served as their Alumnae Relations Chair and Vice President of Public Relations. During her university tenure Grace engaged in multiple local and national internships, with an emphasis in fashion, including at Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, NOLA Couture and the Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design, previously NOLA Fashion Week. Upon graduating in 2011, Grace moved to New York where she engaged in an extended Digital Media Public Relations internship at Cohn & Wolfe. From there, she transitioned to a full time position at DeVries Global where she worked for four years, growing within the company from an Account Coordinator to a Senior Account Executive. While at DeVries, Grace honed her skills in traditional and digital public relations for Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble and Samsung Mobile. While gaining experience in multiple facets of public relations, Grace continued to focus her skills in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle sectors. As a result of this passion, she worked to develop and execute a range of award-winning campaigns for her clients across the globe, including innovative executions at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks. After her focus on fashion, Grace decided to shift tracks and pursue a career in beauty at the Estee Lauder Companies. Grace currently serves as the Assistant Global Communications Manager for Origins. As part of this role Grace develops strategic communications plans to be deployed to international markets, launches cutting-edge beauty products and leads the development of Origins editorial content platform; The Goods.

 

Ina Progonati

Ina Progonati - B.S.M. Management ‘11 - New York, NY

GlobalCitizen - Strategic Partnership Senior Manager 

Ina, a native of Tirana, Albania, graduated from AB Freeman School of Business with a BSM in management in 2011. After that she decided to further her education in international development with a Master's of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science in England. Following a short stint at the UN, Ina started working at Global Citizen as a Business Development Associate and she is currently a Strategic Partnership Senior Manager. Ina helped transform the then small non-profit into the organization and large movement that Global Citizen is today through various roles in fundraising, business development, production and relationship management. Ina is an avid traveler and feels at best on a plane. When on the ground she is based in New York City.

 

JP Stiles

J.P. Stiles - B.S. Psychology '14 - Los Angeles, CA

CAA - Executive Assistant to the Head of Content Management 

J.P. Stiles works as an Executive Assistant to the Head of Content Management at CAA Marketing, a division of the leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). CAA Marketing provides corporate clients, such as Chipotle, Coca-Cola, and StubHub, with strategic and creative solutions that leverage the power of pop culture to build brands. Outside of advertising, J.P. creates and produces short films and music videos working with a range of talent in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to LA, J.P. graduated from Tulane in 2014 with a double major in Psychology and Digital Media Production. While at Tulane, he was an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, where he served as Co-VP of Programming and was awarded the Costa Memorial Scholarship for outstanding service and leadership.


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Stuart Rowe- B.S. Science & Engineering, Neuroscience'14- Cleveland, OH

BioMotiv - Business Analyst, Venture for America Fellow 

Stuart is a graduate of the class of 2016.  While at Tulane, he studied neuroscience and Spanish, graduating with honors in neuroscience.  Between his sophomore and senior year, he was volunteer coordinator for Trash to Treasure, a student-run waste reduction initiative on Tulane's campus.  After graduating, he was accepted into Venture for America, a fellowship that pairs college graduates with startups in a variety of industries across the United States.  He now works as a business analyst at BioMotiv, a company that's focus is accelerating breakthrough discoveries from research institutions into therapeutics for patients.


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Thomas McAfee - B.A. Political Science '10 - San Francisco, CA

Distinc.tt - Cofounder 

Thomas McAfee cofounded Distinc.tt, a venture-backed social network for the LGBT community which the WSJ called “The Gay App You Can Bring Home to Mom.” Distinc.tt's investors are among the top minds in consumer, including Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois. Thomas was recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for consumer tech. He’s a thought leader on net neutrality and a key player on numerous policy issues. Thomas has advised the White House on net neutrality, startups, and LGBT issues in tech and health. He serves on Engine Advocacy's Advisory Board and advises several early stage tech startups.Thomas graduated from Tulane in 2010, majoring in political science, and is an alum of Stanford's StartX, MassChallenge, and the Harvard Innovation Lab.

 



Connectional Intelligence Continued – A Workshop with Erica Dhawan


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Get Big Things DoneErica Dhawan - CEO, Cotential

"Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence"

Getting a job and choosing a career path starts with building your network. But in today's hyperconnected world, it's the quality (not the quantity) of your networks that will change your life and career potential. Strategist and bestselling author Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence. As game-changing as emotional intelligence was in the 90s, connectional intelligence is the modern ability to drive value by fully leveraging networks and relationships. Learn how to maximize your network to build your brand, get your dream job and accelerate your career potential.


 


Careers in Business Development & Operations


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Libby Alexander - B.A. History '80 - New York, NY

Cotiviti - Vice Chairman of the Board 

Cotiviti is a industry leader providing analytics-driven payment integrity solutions focused primarily on the U.S. healthcare sector. Cotiviti uses technology, configurable analytics, proprietary information assets and expertise in healthcare reimbursement to help its clients enhance their claims payment accuracy. Cotiviti was formed under Ms. Alexander’s leadership through the merger of Connolly and iHealth Technologies in 2014. Ms. Alexander joined Connolly, a family company, shortly after graduating from Tulane in 1984. She is known as an Influential and focused thought leader with an extraordinary background in driving explosive growth and scaling a $5m business into a $500m+ successful data mining and payment integrity firm with over 2,300 employees serving the healthcare and retail sectors. She is a tenacious mentor who promotes transparency, uplifts morale, and propels cultural change. During her 30 years with the firm, she established an outstanding record of leading successful teams, focusing on exceptional client service and enabling companies to rise as industry leaders.


Jose Cil

Jose Cil- Tulane Parent - B.A. History '91 - Miami, FL

Burger King, Restaurant Brands International - President 

Mr. Cil has served as President of Burger King Corporation (BKC) since December 15, 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Cil served as Executive Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) from November 2010 until December 2014. Prior to being named President of Burger King EMEA, Mr. Cil served as vice president and regional general manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Florida. Mr. Cil was responsible for all operations and strategic growth of the business in the region, which included 125 Wal-Mart stores, more than $9 billion in revenue and more than 35,000 associates. He was at Wal-Mart from February 2010 to November 2010. Before his time at Wal-Mart, Mr. Cil served in a number of different roles at BKC. From September 2008 to February 2010, Mr. Cil served as vice president, company operations for BKC where he was responsible for 300 company-owned restaurants in North America. From September 2005 to September 2008, Mr. Cil served as division vice president, EMEA where he was general manager for 14 markets in the region (including Spain, UK/Eire, Turkey, Italy, Nordics and Portugal). From October 2003 to September 2005, he oversaw operations excellence for the BURGER KING® system, first in North America then internationally, helping to launch the current operations excellence review process and operations excellence platforms. Mr. Cil began his career with BKC in 2000 as a senior attorney where he was responsible for legal matters related to supply and distribution for North American restaurants, research and development of new products and equipment, operations programs and services, product marketing and crisis management. Prior to joining the company, he was an associate attorney at the Miami office of Holland & Knight, where he practiced in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Mr. Cil was named one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s Top 100 Influentials for 2009. In 2008, the Spanish publication Franquicias Hoy named Mr. Cil one of the top 40 Franchise Leaders in Spain. Mr. Cil holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from Tulane University in New Orleans.


Traug Keller

Traug Keller - Tulane Parent - New York, NY

ESPN - Senior Vice President, Production, Business Divisions 

Traug Keller, ESPN Senior Vice President, leads three business units at the company: ESPN Audio, ESPN Local and the ESPN Talent Office. For ESPN Audio, Keller oversees all aspects of the business including talent, staffing, national programming content, scheduling, and event production. ESPN Audio is comprised of ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Audio On Demand. ESPN Radio offers more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching nearly 24 million listeners per week on more than 500 stations, including ESPN owned and operated stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and more than 375 full-time affiliates. Under Keller’s leadership, ESPNRadio.com became the most listened to live stream of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world, reaching more than 700,000 unique listeners per month. He has also led the expansion of the ESPN Audio brand to ESPN apps, SiriusXM, Apple Music, Slacker Radio, TuneIn. Keller has shepherded the growth of ESPN Deportes Radio, the only all-sports Spanish radio network, which has grown to include 47 affiliates across the nation, reaching close to 80% of the U.S. Hispanic market. Keller was also instrumental to the launch of ESPN’s network of Local sites – ESPNBoston.com, ESPNChicago.com, ESPNDallas.com, ESPNLA.com, and ESPNNewYork.com – which were built on the foundation laid by ESPN’s owned and operated radio stations in four of the five markets.  Each site works closely with its radio counterparts to produce and report on local sports with a unique and authoritative voice for each city. In May 2016, Keller added oversight of the ESPN Talent Office, which is responsible for recruiting and retaining ESPN’s more than 1,000 on-air personnel. In 2013, Keller became ESPN’s liaison with the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Prior to joining ESPN, Keller was President of ABC Radio Networks, leading all aspects of network programming, affiliate relations, engineering, finance, research, IT, international programming, and marketing. Prior to ABC, Keller was New York sales manager for the CBS Radio Networks and held marketing and sales positions with the New York Times Company. Keller is a graduate of Boston College with a bachelor of arts degree in English and psychology. 


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Ina Progonati - B.S.M. Management ‘11 - New York, NY

GlobalCitizen - Strategic Partnership Senior Manager 

Ina, a native of Tirana, Albania, graduated from AB Freeman School of Business with a BSM in management in 2011. After that she decided to further her education in international development with a Master's of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science in England. Following a short stint at the UN, Ina started working at Global Citizen as a Business Development Associate and she is currently a Strategic Partnership Senior Manager. Ina helped transform the then small non-profit into the organization and large movement that Global Citizen is today through various roles in fundraising, business development, production and relationship management. Ina is an avid traveler and feels at best on a plane. When on the ground she is based in New York City.

 


The Importance of Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace


Deborah Elam

Deborah Elam - Tulane Parent - New Orleans, LA

GE Foundation - President & Chief Diversity Officer 

Deborah (Augustine) Elam is President of the GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer at GE. She works at the Corporate Headquarters in Fairfield, CT, where she leads the Foundation’s efforts to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges across health, education, skills and more. She also drives efforts to embrace diversity and create an environment where all GE employees can thrive and contribute to the company’s success in the global economy. Her professional story started over 26 years ago when she worked at GE as an intern while in graduate school. Upon graduation, she joined GE’s Human Resources Leadership Program and had assignments at GE Global Exchange Services and GE Transportation. Upon completion of the training program, Deborah was promoted to successively larger human resources roles in GE Consulting Services, GE Capital Mortgage Corp., GE Capital Insurance Services, and GE Capital Markets Services. In June of 2000, Deborah became Managing Director, Human Resources at GE Capital Commercial Finance, and was promoted to GE’s Chief Diversity Officer in September 2002. In February of 2006, GE’s Board of Directors appointed Deborah an officer of the Company, making her one of the most senior women in the company. In 2013, Deborah’s leadership role was expanded and she was appointed President of GE Foundation in addition to continuing to lead the company’s diversity efforts. Deborah holds leadership roles in GE’s African American Forum and the GE Women’s Network. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) – an organization of the top African Americans in Corporate America and the National Black MBA Association. Outside of work, Deborah is on the Board of Advisors of Working Mother Media’s Multicultural Women’s Initiative and is a Trustee at her alma mater, Ursuline Academy. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated, Fairfield County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Jack and Jill of America. Deborah has received numerous awards and has been featured several times, including on the cover of The Network Journal Magazine where she was named one of Twenty-five Influential Black Women in Business (2005). She is a recipient of the prestigious EPIC (Enhancing Perceptions in Culture) award given by The White House Project; the Brava Award given by the YWCA of Greenwich, CT to women who are achievers at work and also give back in their communities; and a recipient of the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League to influential women in the civil rights, government, entertainment, journalism, sports and corporate sectors. She was also awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Clarkson University for her steadfast contributions in diversity and philanthropy. Deborah is a native of New Orleans, LA and an alumna of Ursuline Academy. She received a B.A. degree in sociology at Louisiana State University and a Masters of Public Administration at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.


Rod Teamer

Rod Teamer - Tulane Parent - New Orleans, LA

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana - Director of Diversity Programs and Business Development 

Currently, Rod Teamer oversees Blue Cross’ award – winning diversity and inclusion program. The diversity and inclusion program touches each department where there is opportunity to diversify the employees, business partners or clients of the company, including human resources, supply chain management and corporate responsibility. In addition, the D&I program under Teamer’s leadership, partners with local non – profit organizations to impact health disparities in communities across the state of Louisiana.Teamer also works with the Blue Cross Marketing team to build their corporate presence and sales in the New Orleans region. Teamer joined Blue Cross in Aug. 2005 as Director, Metro Area Business Development. Teamer has nearly 20 years of experience in resource development, marketing, project management, human resources, budget and finance, strategic planning, employee recruitment, training and career development. He came to Blue Cross from INROADS/ Louisiana, Inc., where he had been managing director since 1994. Under his leadership, INROADS/ Louisiana, a nationally acclaimed non-profit career development and placement organization for minority college students, experienced double - digit growth and achieved its highest level of intern placement and conversion.Teamer received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from Louisiana State University. He began his career in 1986 as a campaign manager for the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area. He held roles of increasing responsibility within United Way, leading to his appointment as assistant vice president of campaign for the Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge in 1993. In 2016, Teamer was credentialed as a Certified Diversity Practitioner (NDCCDP) by the National Diversity Council.Teamer is married to Dr. Toya Barnes – Teamer, Ph.D. They have two daughters and a son (Tai, Tia and Roderic Jr.) ages 22, 20 and 19 years.


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Thomas McAfee - B.A. Political Science '10 - San Francisco, CA

Distinc.tt - Cofounder 

Thomas McAfee cofounded Distinc.tt, a venture-backed social network for the LGBT community which the WSJ called “The Gay App You Can Bring Home to Mom.” Distinc.tt's investors are among the top minds in consumer, including Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois. Thomas was recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for consumer tech. He’s a thought leader on net neutrality and a key player on numerous policy issues. Thomas has advised the White House on net neutrality, startups, and LGBT issues in tech and health. He serves on Engine Advocacy's Advisory Board and advises several early stage tech startups.Thomas graduated from Tulane in 2010, majoring in political science, and is an alum of Stanford's StartX, MassChallenge, and the Harvard Innovation Lab.

 



Careers in Entertainment & Music


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Sam Carlin - B.A. Political Science '08 - New York, NY

MTV - Music Supervisor 

Sam Carlin, originally from Olney, MD, graduated from Tulane University in 2008 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business. After graduating, he moved to New York and began working at the independent record label Razor & Tie. After three years, Sam began his career at MTV as a music coordinator for the New & Docs department. Since then, Sam has become an independent music supervisor for MTV and has worked on numerous shows and specials for the network including Catfish: The TV Show, True Life, Middle Of the Night Show, I Used To Be Fat, One Bad Choice, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word and This is How I Made It. In addition to his work at MTV, Sam has also done music consulting for Bravo and Oxygen Networks. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is in the middle of music supervising the 6th season of Catfish and new episodes of True Life for MTV. Sam is a huge live music fan and is always going to concerts trying to find new up and coming bands.

 

 

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Ben Davis - B.S.M Management '02 - Los Angeles, CA

AMC Networks - Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming 

As Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming for AMC Networks, Ben Davis is responsible for overseeing and managing the original scripted projects developed by both AMC and Sundance Networks. Ben Davis is responsible for helping to manage the department’s development slate by seeking out IP, hearing pitches, and collaborating with writers and producers through the development process. Through each stage of development it is Ben’s goal to find, manage and execute the next generation of AMC series. In his twelve years at AMC Networks Ben has developed many acclaimed shows such as BETTER CALL SAUL, THE WALKING DEAD, PREACHER, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, HALT AND CATCH FIRE, INTO THE BADLANDS, and TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES. He most recently is responsible for overseeing AMC’s upcoming new anthology series, THE TERROR, which is currently in production. Ben has been with the company for the past twelve years, and was part of the team that helped usher in AMC's scripted programming by shepherding the groundbreaking Emmy Award winning series MAD MEN and BREAKING BAD, along with THE KILLING, RUBICON, and BROKEN TRAIL. His goal, along with the other members of the original programming department, is to continue to identify and produce high quality cinematic, programming that has come to define AMC. Ben Davis earned his Bachelor of Science Management degree in 2002 from the A.B. Freeman School of Business, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Andrew Kronfeld

Andrew Kronfeld - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, CA

Universal Music Group - Executive Vice President, Marketing 

Andrew Kronfeld is Executive Vice President, Marketing for Universal Music Group. In this role, Kronfeld works directly with UMG’s labels in managing the interaction and coordination of artist repertoire across the new regional hub structure, insuring that artists are receiving the ideal marketing and creative development resources to grow their careers. He is based in the company’s Santa Monica Headquarters. Previously, Kronfeld served as President of Global Marketing for UMG’s international division in London. He was responsible for developing and driving unified, global marketing strategies to support and advance the success of UMG’s world-class roster of artists. This included coordinating releases, promotion and marketing of all UMG’s international frontline and catalog priority releases. Kronfeld first joined UMG in 1991 at Island Records. In 1999, he joined Universal Music International as VP of International Marketing. He later segued over to Universal Motown as Senior Vice President of International and was subsequently appointed General Manager of the label group before becoming Executive Vice President, Universal Music Group International in 2010.


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J.P. Stiles - B.S. Psychology '14 - Los Angeles, CA

CAA - Executive Assistant to the Head of Content Management 

J.P. Stiles works as an Executive Assistant to the Head of Content Management at CAA Marketing, a division of the leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). CAA Marketing provides corporate clients, such as Chipotle, Coca-Cola, and StubHub, with strategic and creative solutions that leverage the power of pop culture to build brands. Outside of advertising, J.P. creates and produces short films and music videos working with a range of talent in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to LA, J.P. graduated from Tulane in 2014 with a double major in Psychology and Digital Media Production. While at Tulane, he was an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, where he served as Co-VP of Programming and was awarded the Costa Memorial Scholarship for outstanding service and leadership.



Advanced Finance: A High-Level Conversation with Successful Alumni and Parents about Opportunities in Finance


Tommy Milburn

Tommy Milburn - B.A. French '12, M.Fin. Finance '14 - New York, NY

Deutsche Bank - Investment Banking Analyst 

Tommy Milburn is an Analyst with Deutsche Bank's Global Energy group based out of Houston, Texas. Tommy works with senior bankers who provide capital markets and strategic advice to clients across the various verticals of the oil and gas industry. Tommy joined Deutsche Bank as a member of the Emerging Markets Industry Professional program in 2014 and spent the first year of his career in Australia covering major natural resources companies. Tommy is a Tulane 34 Award winner and holds a Master of Finance (2014) and a B.A. in Economics and French (2012), both from Tulane. During his time on campus, Tommy was a resident adviser and a Master of Finance Student Ambassador and Finance Blog Editor.

 

Larry Sibley

Larry Sibley - B.A. Economics '80 - New York, NY

Credit Suisse - Managing Director 

Larry is an executive in the Equities Division at Credit Suisse, having worked at many of the leading investment banks during his 34+ year career. Larry started out in Investment Banking at Bankers Trust, completing sizable transactions in Financial Services and Real Estate. He then spent many years at Sanford Bernstein as a Principal in Institutional Equity Sales. Later, Larry ran Equity Sales at JP Morgan. Larry then went on to become a Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, co-managing the firm’s value funds. Following GSAM Larry headed to Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, in Equity Sales, counting many of the leading Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds as clients. DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000 and Larry has been there ever since. Larry has a B.A. in Economics from Tulane and an M.B.A. from NYU. He has 3 children (one a sophomore at Tulane) and lives in Westchester County, NY.



Kevin Watters

Kevin Watters - Tulane Parent - New York, NY

Chase Card Services - Chief Executive Officer 

Kevin Watters is the CEO of Chase Card Services, which includes Chase's consumer, small business and commercial card businesses. He’s also a member of the Consumer & Community Banking Leadership team. Prior to joining Card Services, Kevin had served as CEO of Mortgage Banking since 2012. Before that, Kevin was head of Originations and the Customer Experience across Mortgage Banking, overseeing Chase’s four mortgage production channels: Retail, Consumer Direct, Correspondent Lending and Rural Housing. He transitioned to Mortgage Banking in June 2010 from Business Banking, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for five years. Kevin served in the following roles at Bank One prior to the merger with JPMorgan Chase: Head of the Corporate Internet Group, President of the Consumer Internet Group, Chief Strategy Officer of the Consumer Internet Group, and Chief Marketing Officer of Wingspan, Bank One’s Internet-only bank. Before joining JPMorgan Chase and Bank One, Kevin worked in finance and operations at McNeil Consumer Products, a division of Johnson and Johnson; as Brand Manager at Procter and Gamble Business; as Director at Pinnacle, Inc.; and as Senior Manager of Vlasic Foods. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia. He is married with three children.



Finance Fundamentals: An Introduction for Students Interested in Careers in Finance


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Myke Yest- Tulane Professor, A.B. Freeman School of Business

Myke Yest, a Professor of Practice in Finance at the A.B. Freeman School of Business, teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes in such areas as Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Cases in Finance. Outside the classroom, Myke acts as program director for Tulane’s Partnership Program with CFA Institute and faculty adviser to DECA, a business competition organization. Myke also consults for a local investment advisor firm that helps high-net worth individuals prepare for retirement. He holds a BBA in Business Management from Stetson University, an MBA from the University of South Florida, and a PhD in Finance from Tulane University, in which he focused his research on mutual fund management structures. Having spent over 20 years in the finance industry allows Myke to integrate both practice and theory into his finance courses. His dynamic approach toward teaching has earned him numerous awards, including twice-winning the Howard J. Wisner “Professor of the Year” award at the Freeman School of Business. He has also been recognized by four graduating Executive MBA classes for excellence in teaching.



Careers in Government and Politics


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Jason Recher - New Orleans, LA

NorthStar Strategies - Founder & Principal Partner 

The Honorable Jason Recher is an internationally recognized creative strategist with extensive experience in message development, crisis communications, media relations, social media and event planning – working with principals at the highest levels, from the White House, to non-profit and corporate clients. He is a veteran of 5 national political campaigns and served as one of the youngest commissioned officers of the United States Government appointed by President George W. Bush. Recher spent eight years working in the White House as a Special Assistant to President Bush - traveling to 72 countries and 48 states. Recher worked at the White House through the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. Following the White House, Recher served as Chief of Staff to Governor Sarah Palin, with ABC referring to him as "one of Palin’s longest serving and trusted aides". Recher currently serves as Founder & Principal Partner of NorthStar Strategies - a boutique firm specializing in strategic communications and crisis management for numerous international leaders, government organizations, policy think tanks and entertainment entities on overall strategy, messaging and implementation. Most recently, he cast Gov. Rick Perry on Dancing With The Stars. Recher got his start in politics in his home state of New Hampshire. He has lived in New Orleans with his wife Andrea - a veteran of the Bush White House, US Treasury Department and Gov. Bobby Jindal's Coastal Office. Together they have three children - Kennedy, Presley & Walter.


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Jordan Rummel - New Orleans, LA

President Michael Fitts, Tulane University - Speechwriter 

Jordan Rummel is the Speechwriter for President Mike Fitts. Before joining the Tulane family, Jordan enjoyed extensive experience in the public service and national media sectors. In the government sector, Jordan was the Communications Director for a member of the D.C. City Council, Brandon Todd, and he also worked for Congressman Michael Capuano on Capitol Hill. Jordan also worked for NBC, and was involved in producing or supporting the coverage of many events and locations, including the White House, the Baltimore protests, State of the Union addresses, and supporting the programming on NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press and the Today Show among many others. Jordan, who graduated from Emerson College Magna Cum Laude, is also a huge fan of the perpetually disappointing Washington Capitals and is also an aspiring national pinball champion.



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Steve Slattery - B.A. Economics '87 - Washington, D.C.

The Fund for American Studies - Executive Vice President 

Steve Slattery joined The Fund for American Studies in 1992 and has been involved in all aspects of the organization’s growth during that time. In his current position, he oversees all department heads and is spearheading implementation of the organization’s five-year strategic plan. During his tenure with TFAS, he has served as vice president for programs, director of development and director of international programs. Before joining TFAS, Steve worked for business and political organizations including Citizens for a Sound Economy, a national public policy organization. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tulane University in 1987 and received an MBA with a specialization in public policy from The George Washington University in 1990. Steve is a past president of the Tulane Alumni Association, which has more than 110,000 members worldwide. He has received Tulane’s Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award and has served as president of the Tulane Club of Washington, D.C.


Launching into Law: Perspectives from Successful Alumni


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Judge Bernadette D’Souza - J.D Tulane University School of Law '92 - New Orleans, LA

Family Court Judge at Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans 

Judge Bernadette D’Souza was elected as the first Family Court Judge at Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans on February 1, 2012 and took the bench on March 1, 2012. She was reelected for a second term beginning January 1, 2015. Judge D’Souza was previously a practicing attorney for over 18 years, many of them as Managing Attorney of the Family Law Unit at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Judge D’Souza received her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1992. Upon graduation she dedicated her legal career to public interest law representing indigent clients in family law, housing, and domestic violence cases. She has spent over a decade promoting awareness to domestic violence issues by devoting time to educating and supervising law students from Tulane Law School and from around the country post-Katrina.



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Jim Letten - Tulane University School of Law - New Orleans, LA

Butler Snow - Senior Attorney 

Jim Letten is a senior attorney at Butler Snow, where he provides representation on criminal and regulatory investigations by government agencies, as well as government audits, civil fraud cases and international trade and regulatory issues, including establishment of FCPA/UK Bribery Act corporate compliance and integrity programs. He was previously assistant dean for experiential learning at Tulane Law School, overseeing the expansion of skills-based educational opportunities for students. Letten was the longest-serving U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2001-2012), appointed by both Republican and Democrat presidents. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and Tulane Law School.

 

 

Ali Spindler

Ali Spindler - Tulane University School of Law '11 - New Orleans, LA

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans - Immigration Attorney 

Ali Spindler is an immigration attorney with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, where she helps children seeking lawful immigration status in the United States. Every week, she represents her young clients before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. immigration courts, and Louisiana state courts. Ali graduated from Tulane Law School in 2011 and, as a student, served on the editorial board of the Tulane Law Review. Since graduation, she has established a diverse practice, including representing corporate clients in national litigation for a top New Orleans law firm, working in Tulane Law’s communications department, and now helping kids in need for a nonprofit organization. A native New Orleanian, Ali loves her city and is passionate about serving it through her legal practice.


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Graham Williams - Tulane University School of Law '15 - New Orleans, LA

Adams and Reese - Associate in Litigation Practice Group 

Graham Williams joined Adams and Reese in 2015 as an associate in the Litigation practice group and in the firm’s New Orleans office. A New Orleans area native originally from River Ridge, Graham graduated from Jesuit High School in 2008 before attending the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law. Graham received his J.D., cum laude, in 2015 from Tulane University Law School with a certificate in Civil Law. Graham serves on the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Board as the young alumni representative.



Careers in Marketing, PR & Communications


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Andy Cohan - B.A. English '76 - Los Angeles, CA

ACI Licensing - Co-CEO/Managing Partner  

Andrew Cohan is Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Managing Principal of ACI Licensing, LLC, a Los Angeles based Licensing Agency with offices in NYC. ACI Licensing is a recognized leader in maximizing & monetizing the long-term NAME POWER of Brands, Designers, Celebrities, Personalities, and TV Properties. ACI is currently managing in excess of 80 active License Agreements, generating annual retail sales in excess of $2Billion per year. Previously, Mr. Cohan was President & Managing Principal, Magna Global Licensing, a division of the Interpublic Group of Companies, which he launched with IPG in 2002. Magna’s various clients included George Foreman, Wendy Bellissimo, Heidi Klum, Ashley Judd, Randy Jackson, Mindy Weiss, Kelly Wearstler, Monique Lhuillier, Maxim Magazine, AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) among others. In 2003, Mr. Cohan negotiated and finalized the agreement with George Foreman and Casual Male Retail Group. Additionally, Mr Cohan & his team created the Daisy Fuentes brand with Kohls, which is the largest celebrity-based brand program in the United States, with total sales in excess of $500M. Andrew has over 20 years of successful experience in licensing, marketing, merchandising and retailing. In September 1999, he launched Artist Marketing Corporation (AMC), a marketing, licensing, web development company. The clients of AMC included Leonardo DiCaprio, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Signatures Network, Bag One Arts(the art work of John Lennon), Mondo Media and Atom Films. In his prior position as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Entertainment Licensing & Marketing for Sony Signatures, negotiated & structured licensing programs for Celine Dion, Madonna, Bag One Arts (John Lennon Art), The Beatles, Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The “Real Love” program created from John Lennon’s art, has generated U.S. retail sales in excess of $300.0Million, and sold in over 2000 stores throughout the U.S. The program contained over 1000 items and included a children’s book published by Random House. Andrew’s comprehensive retail background also includes 9 years (1984-1993) in senior level merchandising positions @ Ames Department Stores, with responsibility for Women’s Apparel, Accessories, Intimate Apparel, Jewelry, Men’s, Children’s, Health&Beauty Care and Home Furnishings, as well as planning, distribution, imports and finance throughout career @ Ames. While at Ames, annual company sales grew from $500.0 Million to $5.5 Billion.


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Estée Lauder Companies Inc. - Assistant Manager, Global Brand Communications 

Grace Flanders graduated from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business with a BSM in Marketing Consumer Behavior and Legal Studies in Business. While at Tulane she studied abroad at the MBA Institute in Paris, France. She was also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and served as their Alumnae Relations Chair and Vice President of Public Relations. During her university tenure Grace engaged in multiple local and national internships, with an emphasis in fashion, including at Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, NOLA Couture and the Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design, previously NOLA Fashion Week. Upon graduating in 2011, Grace moved to New York where she engaged in an extended Digital Media Public Relations internship at Cohn & Wolfe. From there, she transitioned to a full time position at DeVries Global where she worked for four years, growing within the company from an Account Coordinator to a Senior Account Executive. While at DeVries, Grace honed her skills in traditional and digital public relations for Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble and Samsung Mobile. While gaining experience in multiple facets of public relations, Grace continued to focus her skills in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle sectors. As a result of this passion, she worked to develop and execute a range of award-winning campaigns for her clients across the globe, including innovative executions at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks. After her focus on fashion, Grace decided to shift tracks and pursue a career in beauty at the Estee Lauder Companies. Grace currently serves as the Assistant Global Communications Manager for Origins. As part of this role Grace develops strategic communications plans to be deployed to international markets, launches cutting-edge beauty products and leads the development of Origins editorial content platform; The Goods.

 

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Michael Nyman - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, CA

PMK•BNC - Chairman & CEO 

As Chairman and CEO of PMK●BNC, one of the largest and most influential communications, marketing and consultancy firms in the world of popular culture and entertainment, Michael Nyman is a leading authority with keen cultural insights in bridging the worlds of entertainment and consumer brand marketing. Nyman, a 30-year veteran, led the historic merger of his previous firm, Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (BNC), with the renowned entertainment publicity powerhouse PMK, in the fall of 2009. Today, he is responsible for operating and charting the future course for the 325-person firm, with a roster of more than 1000 entertainment and Fortune 500 clients, across offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Among numerous accolades, Nyman was named to The Holmes Report’s inaugural Innovator 25 list in 2013 for strategically positioning PMK●BNC as the experts on pop culture. Under his leadership, the agency has been named both PR and Marketing Agency of the Year by the 2016 American Business Awards, ranked #1 on Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2016 PR firms List, ranked #17 on Advertising Age’s 2016 Largest PR firms in the U.S., and ranked #29 on PRWeek’s 2016 Global Agency Report, among many other prestigious recognitions, rankings and awards. Nyman has also created award-winning campaigns and advised clients ranging from JC Penney, Pepsi, Samsung Mobile, Nicholas Sparks, Activision, The Academy of Country Music, CW Network, Jordan Brand (Nike) and Shonda Rhimes to T-Mobile, Beiersdorf, BeatsbyDre, The Television Academy (Emmy Awards) and Conde’ Nast. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, Nyman is Vice-Chairman of the California Film Commission, is a Board Member of YPO Gold Angeleno Chapter, serves on the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and the Board of Councilors for USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. Nyman, a graduate of University of Southern California (B.A.), resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.


Catherine Makk

Catherine Makk - B.A. English '93 - New York, NY

HarperCollins - Vice President, Global Insights 

Catherine Makk joined HarperCollins as VP, Global Insight in June 2015. She oversees all of the company’s research initiatives, including market, genre and author work across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia as well as the company’s non-English language territories. Under her leadership, HarperCollins insight practice has expanded into a full-service, in-house agency designed to partner with all company divisions on brand strategy, marketing tactics and trend identification and analysis. Rebranded as “BookSmart”, in 2016 she facilitated the migration of research to an insight community-driven program, building a unique database of reader motivations and behaviors that enhance the larger HarperCollins dataset. In addition to her management role, Catherine has direct responsibility for insight generation for the HarperCollins Global Publishing Program as well as the Harlequin group where she focuses on product development and brand positioning. She is a speaker at the annual Romance Writers of America Conference, a guest instructor at NYU’s Masters in Publishing program, and is a frequent panelist on attitudes and behaviors of Millennials and Gen Z. Prior to joining HarperCollins, Catherine was Director, Retail and Consumer Insights at Teen Vogue. During her four years at the brand, she built Teen Vogue Think Tank, a proprietary research practice focusing on young women's fashion, beauty and retail; managed a 75,000 member brand community, Teen Vogue IT GIRLS and was the architect of the Teen Vogue-Goldman Sachs Millennial Brand Affinity Index. Catherine lives in New York City with her six-year-old daughter.


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Mich Mathews Spradlin - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, CA

Microsoft - Former Chief Marketing Officer 

As the former CMO and SVP of Microsoft, Mich Mathews-Spradlin oversaw the company's global marketing function, including the household brands of Windows, Office, Xbox, Internet Explorer and Bing. She retired from Microsoft September 1st 2011 after 22 years. Mathews-Spradlin led Microsoft’s consumer and business-to-business marketing to hundreds of millions of global customers. She was instrumental in driving the growth of Microsoft’s global business by building several of the world’s leading technology brands. An expert in brand building, marketing strategy and reputation management, Mathews-Spradlin shaped Microsoft to be one of the most consistently admired brands in the world. Mathews-Spradlin is a marketing leader with depth expertise in digital and traditional media. In addition to marketing, Mathews-Spradlin has strong operational skills and orchestrated a marketing organization of several thousand people around the globe responsible for a multi-billion budget. As the most senior woman at Microsoft, she was also a strong advocate for female advancement and personally spearheaded the company’s network and mentoring program for female progression at the company. Mathews-Spradlin began her career with Microsoft in 1989 as a consultant in the U.K. She later joined Microsoft in the United States in 1993 and became a corporate officer in 1999. She served on both Bill Gates’ and Steve Ballmer’s leadership teams. Prior to working with Microsoft, Mathews-Spradlin spent three years at General Motors. She has a degree in Business from the University of Brighton. Mathews-Spradlin serves on the boards of Caltech, The Wendy’s Company, UCLA’s school of Film, Theater and Television and Unilever’s digital advisory board. She also serves on the private boards of You and Mr. Jones, Oanda Corp, The Bouqs and Bitium. She also spends her time angel investing, primarily in the technology sector and regularly guest lectures at both USC and UCLA.



NOLA Bound: A Conversation with Local Entrepreneurs and Businesses


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Louis David - M.B.A. Tulane University - New Orleans

New Orleans Business Alliance - Director of Business Development and Strategy   

Louis David is Director of Business Development and Strategy for the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA). NOLABA is a public / private organization that is the lead economic development organization for the City of New Orleans and Orleans Parish. Louis works primarily recruiting and retaining companies and talent in the technology industry. A Louisiana native, Louis holds an MBA from Tulane University and an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Previously, Louis has worked in technology services at iSeatz and as a news reporter at the ABC affiliate in Lafayette, La.


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Curry Smith - B.A. Politcal Economy '07 - New Orleans

Idea Village - Director of External Affairs  

Curry W. Smith joined The Idea Village as Director of External Affairs in July 2016 after working with the organization as a consultant to manage the New Bienville Society, a program designed to engage New Orleans “expats” in the future of the city. In his current capacity, Curry oversees all strategic partnerships and communications efforts. Previously, Curry served as the Executive Director of Young Leadership Council (YLC). Curry joined YLC from Greater New Orleans, Inc. Prior to his employment with GNO, Inc., he worked for several years at Peter A. Mayer. Curry was appointed in 2014 by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to serve as a Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Committee for the New Orleans 2018 Tricentennial Commission. Curry is a 2015 graduate of the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute. He is also a board member for the Tulane Alumni Association, as well as an alumnus, founding member, and former board member for Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO). Also an avid sports fan, Curry has been a ticket holder for the New Orleans Pelicans since the 2007-08 season. On most mornings, you can find him running along the streets near his home in Esplanade Ridge; on most evenings, you can find him enjoying the many restaurants the city has to offer (hence, the early morning running). A native of Lafayette, La., he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the Murphy Institute at Tulane University in 2007.


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Tim Williamson - B.S.M. Finance '87 Tulane University - New Orleans

NOLA Media Group - President   

Tim Williamson is the President of NOLA Media Group, Louisiana’s largest media company reaching over 7 million consumers per month. NOLA Media Group’s portfolio of businesses include The Times-Picayune, the 179-year-old trusted journalism voice, and NOLA.com, the largest online platform dedicated to New Orleans news and information and Mardigras.com. Tim is a dynamic and profit-minded senior business leader with undisputed historical success in launching and managing new business concepts as well as sales and marketing campaigns to build major revenue streams. Tim began his career in 1987 by being selected into the highly competitive training program at Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York City. In 1993, he launched his first startups in the video marketing industry in Boston and Atlanta. In 1996, Tim joined Cox Interactive Media to manage the startup and growth of internet studios in New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Austin, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and Omaha. Since 2000, Williamson played an integral role in catalyzing New Orleans’ entrepreneurial movement by founding and leading The Idea Village, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in New Orleans. Williamson is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, and CABL’s Louisiana Leadership program. Tim was named one of Gambit’s “40 under 40,” recognized as a 2009 YLC Role Model, 2004 Junior Achievement’s Rising Star Award and received the “Heroes of the Storm” award in 2008. New Orleans CityBusiness named Tim one of the 35 “Driving Forces” in New Orleans since Katrina and he was elected to the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2015. Williamson, a New Orleans native, received a B.S.M. in Finance from Tulane University in 1987.



Careers & Opportunities for Science & Engineering Majors


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Katy Stone - Engineering '83 & Executive MBA (Drexel University '02) - New York, NY

Stonez, LLC. - Owner & Principal 

Katy Stone is owner and principal of Stonez LLC. She formed the LLC after retiring from a 32-year career at DuPont. Katy has held various roles in operations, supply chain and strategy development, with the most recent role, prior to retirement, as the Senior Director of Global Operations for DuPont Electronics business. In June of 2015, Katy started her consulting practice specializing in operations and supply chain excellence. She is currently working as an independent consultant on the DuPont-Dow merger. She also serves on several non-profit boards and provides pro-bono strategic planning to non-profits that focus on education, health and/or the arts. Katy holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tulane (‘83) and Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University. She lives between New York City, Wilmington, DE and New Orleans. She has been married for 32 years to her college sweetheart, Alan Stone, who is also a graduate of Tulane University, (Engineering ’83), (Law ’87), and has 4 adult children.


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Nicole Gasparini - Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003 - New Orleans, LA

Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences - Assistant Professor 

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Dr. Mara Haseltine - Tulane University School of Medicine - New Orleans, LA

Poole Derm - Dermatologist 

Dr. Haseltine graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University. She was awarded her medical school degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, at the same time completing a masters in Community Health from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Haseltine then completed a residency in Dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine, also serving as chief resident during her training. Following her dermatology residency, she completed a medical dermatology fellowship with Tulane Dermatology. Dr. Haseltine is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She served as the president of the Louisiana Dermatological Society from 2013-2014. During this time she successfully presented and passed legislation to the Louisiana Legislature banning minors from using indoor tanning beds in the state of Louisiana, making Louisiana the eighth state in the nation to do so. Dr. Haseltine has extensive training in complex medical skin diseases and treatments such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Her areas of interest include cutaneous t-cell lymphoma, psoriasis, and eczematous dermatitis. She has had training in various cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers. In addition to private practice, Dr. Haseltine is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tulane and LSU School of Medicine Department’s of Dermatology. She is director of the Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma clinic once monthly with both Tulane and LSU dermatology residents. Dr. Haseltine is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the American Medical Association, the Women’s Dermatology Society, Louisiana Dermatologic Society, and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She is a published author and has received various grants from both the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the Women’s Dermatologic Society. She is also on Staff at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. She also received the NOLA Baby and Family Magazine “Love My Doctor” award in 2011 and 2012 for best dermatologist. She was also recognized by Louisiana Life Magazine and New Orleans Magazine as “Top Doctor” in the field of Dermatology annually from 2012-2016.


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Stuart Rowe- B.S. Science & Engineering, Neuroscience'14- Cleveland, OH

BioMotiv - Business Analyst, Venture for America Fellow 

Stuart is a graduate of the class of 2016.  While at Tulane, he studied neuroscience and Spanish, graduating with honors in neuroscience.  Between his sophomore and senior year, he was volunteer coordinator for Trash to Treasure, a student-run waste reduction initiative on Tulane's campus.  After graduating, he was accepted into Venture for America, a fellowship that pairs college graduates with startups in a variety of industries across the United States.  He now works as a business analyst at BioMotiv, a company that's focus is accelerating breakthrough discoveries from research institutions into therapeutics for patients.


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Kelsey Ward - Louisiana State University School of Medicine - BS,MS Neuroscience - New Orleans, LA

Class of 2018 

Bio Coming Soon.


Real Estate Panel


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Bryan Bailey - BSM Finance & Management '02 - New Orleans, LA

Bailey Project, LLC - Owner 

A resident of New Orleans since 1998, Bryan's professional endeavors range from filmmaking to real estate development to technology startups. While seemingly spread over many unrelated fields, at the core of every project that Bryan takes on is a desire to create experiences that bring communities together and that enrich people's lives.


 

 

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Christian Brierre - B.A Sociology '06 - New Orleans, LA

The Domain Companies - Development Associate 

Christian is responsible for performing functions as they relate to Domain's real estate development and construction processes, working in multiple capacities to support all projects from the pre-development phase through stabilization. His primary duties include project analysis and due diligence, retail leasing and construction coordination, and advising the management and marketing departments on special projects. Christian has spent close to ten years in the real estate development field as both an employee at respected development firms and as an independent consultant. Christian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University  


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Greg Katz - B.S.M.  Management '88, Tulane Parent - Miami, FL

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank - Vice Chairman 

Greg Katz joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank as vice chairman, Miami, in January 2015, bringing with him 25 years of commercial real estate experience. One of the most successful and sought-after tenant representatives in South Florida and throughout the Southeast, Mr. Katz has secured millions of dollars in occupancy cost savings and lease enhancements for his clients, totaling more than 20 million square feet. His specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, workplace optimization, complex lease and financial restructurings, traditional leases and build-to-suit transactions. Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. Katz was an executive vice president with Studley (now Savills Studley). He joined that firm in 1996 and worked in its national accounts group, where he established himself as one of the firm's top-producing brokers. In 2000, Greg moved to Florida to lead Studley's Southern region and was a significant contributor to the firm's growth in that region. He began his real estate career in Washington, DC, in 1990.

 

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Kelly Longwell - B.S.M. Finance '91 - New Orleans, LA

Coats Rose - Director 

A Kelton “Kelly” is a director in the affordable housing group of the law firm of Coats Rose. She concentrates in the areas of real estate and taxation, including but not limited to general tax and corporate matters, taxation of individuals and entities, federal and state tax credits and partnership taxation. Kelly represents for profit and non-profit developers, lenders and investors. Ms. Longwell is a graduate of the Tulane University (B.S.M. in Finance., 1991), Paul M. Hebert Law School, Louisiana State University (J.D., 1994) and New Your University (LL.M. in Taxation, 1995). She is a member of the Louisiana bar and is also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana. Ms. Longwell has represented developers and investors in a wide variety of projects including hotels, apartment complexes, office buildings, residential condominiums and retail commercial space. She has been involved in the structure of various real estate transactions, with an emphasis on maximizing the tax benefits. The diverse structures utilized by the parties to the transaction include Section 1031 tax-free exchanges of property, sale/leaseback transactions, tax increment financing, and equity syndications. Kelly is the current Chief Volunteer Officer of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater New Orleans. She is also a founding member and the first president of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers (“LAAHP”). Kelly frequently serves as a speaker and guest lecturer in the areas of low historic, new markets and low income housing tax credits. Additionally, Kelly is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development program at the Tulane University School of Architecture. Ms. Longwell has been selected for inclusion to Woodward White's Best Lawyers in America and Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for Real Estate Law.

 


Careers in Retail & Fashion


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Michael Kors - President of Retail 

Jaryn Bloom is Group President of Retail at Michael Kors. Jaryn has been with the company since November of 2005 as the President of Retail. She has played an integral role in establishing the direction for our global retail organization and has been leading both the store and corporate direct teams with energy, passion and commitment. An industry veteran, she has spent thirty years driving the growth of a consumer-centric Retail business. She was previously President of Retail for Elie Tahari, running its network of free standing locations, as well as its E-Commerce unit. She was also instrumental in defining the merchandising strategies for the department store business for Tahari. Prior to joining Mr. Tahari in June of 2004, Ms. Bloom spent seventeen years at Kenneth Cole Productions rising to the title of Senior Vice President, and was a member of the company’s Executive Committee. During her tenure at Kenneth Cole, she was widely credited with the strategic development of their multi branded, multi-channel fashion business.



Careers in Venture & Start-Ups


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Emily Egan - New Orleans, LA

The Idea Village - Director of IDEAVILLAGEx 

Emily Egan is a seasoned non-profit professional who has supported entrepreneurs for 15 years. Emily is currently the Director of IDEAVILLAGEx at The Idea Village. In this role she supports New Orleans’ entrepreneurial community by providing them access to content, mentors, peers and investors. Emily joined The Idea Village team in August 2014 as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, where she supported over 40 partner organizations locally and nationally. Prior to returning to New Orleans in 2014, Emily spent 12 years at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), based in Alexandria, Virginia. Emily received a B.A. in Politics from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2001.  

 

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Thomas McAfee - B.A. Political Science '10 - San Francisco, CA

Distinc.tt - Cofounder 

Thomas McAfee cofounded Distinc.tt, a venture-backed social network for the LGBT community which the WSJ called “The Gay App You Can Bring Home to Mom.” Distinc.tt's investors are among the top minds in consumer, including Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois. Thomas was recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for consumer tech. He’s a thought leader on net neutrality and a key player on numerous policy issues. Thomas has advised the White House on net neutrality, startups, and LGBT issues in tech and health. He serves on Engine Advocacy's Advisory Board and advises several early stage tech startups.Thomas graduated from Tulane in 2010, majoring in political science, and is an alum of Stanford's StartX, MassChallenge, and the Harvard Innovation Lab. 


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Stuart Rowe- B.S. Science & Engineering, Neuroscience'14- Cleveland, OH

BioMotiv - Business Analyst, Venture for America Fellow 

Stuart is a graduate of the class of 2016.  While at Tulane, he studied neuroscience and Spanish, graduating with honors in neuroscience.  Between his sophomore and senior year, he was volunteer coordinator for Trash to Treasure, a student-run waste reduction initiative on Tulane's campus.  After graduating, he was accepted into Venture for America, a fellowship that pairs college graduates with startups in a variety of industries across the United States.  He now works as a business analyst at BioMotiv, a company that's focus is accelerating breakthrough discoveries from research institutions into therapeutics for patients.


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Curry Smith - B.A. Politcal Economy '07 - New Orleans

Idea Village - Director of External Affairs  

Curry W. Smith joined The Idea Village as Director of External Affairs in July 2016 after working with the organization as a consultant to manage the New Bienville Society, a program designed to engage New Orleans “expats” in the future of the city. In his current capacity, Curry oversees all strategic partnerships and communications efforts. Previously, Curry served as the Executive Director of Young Leadership Council (YLC). Curry joined YLC from Greater New Orleans, Inc. Prior to his employment with GNO, Inc., he worked for several years at Peter A. Mayer. Curry was appointed in 2014 by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to serve as a Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Committee for the New Orleans 2018 Tricentennial Commission. Curry is a 2015 graduate of the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute. He is also a board member for the Tulane Alumni Association, as well as an alumnus, founding member, and former board member for Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO). Also an avid sports fan, Curry has been a ticket holder for the New Orleans Pelicans since the 2007-08 season. On most mornings, you can find him running along the streets near his home in Esplanade Ridge; on most evenings, you can find him enjoying the many restaurants the city has to offer (hence, the early morning running). A native of Lafayette, La., he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the Murphy Institute at Tulane University in 2007.



Understanding Internships: A Conversation with Current Students who have had Successful Internships


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Cathy Balfe- Tulane ’18, Economics

Cathy currently lives in New Orleans where she is a junior at Tulane University. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Political Science. She has taken classes in economic theory such as Intermediate Micro and Marco Economics as well as Economics of Education and Urban Economics. She is also in the process of developing analytical skills by taking higher-level Calculus classes and Econometrics. Previous internships included research internship for Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, internship at Alliant Insurance Services and an analyst internship at Tulane University Advising Center.


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Erica Fuller, Tulane ’18, Public Health

Erica is a Tulane University undergraduate interested in the health field. She offers experience with qualitative research, leadership capabilities, enthusiasm for the work, proficiency in writing, and working knowledge of several related software programs.Her past experience includes a midwife internship in Centro de Parto Natural at Manos Abiertas, /span>




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Lillian Bacon, Tulane ’17, Economics

Lillian is a Senior at Tulane University and will graduate December 2016 with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Psychology and Spanish. She is passionate about Behavioral Economics and Social Entrepreneurship as methods of economic and personal empowerment. Her experience working with social ventures has developed into profound interests in marketing, management, and organizational efficiency within the workplace. Lillian's previous experience includes a research assistant position at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, an economic analyst at Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, and a project intern at Social Entrepreneur Corps.



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Nate Fowler, Tulane ’17, French and Political Economy

Nate is a senior at Tulane University, graduating in May 2017 with a double major in Political Economy and French. He has experience in research, communication and writing. His professional aspirations center on government and human rights work. Nate's past experience includes an admission internship at Tulane University Office of Undergraduate Admission, a communications & development internship at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, and a policy research internship at Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.

 

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Samantha Rapaport, Tulane ’18, Finance and Legal Studies

Samantha is a student at Tulane University pursuing a dual degree in Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) and Bachelor of Science (BS), majoring in Finance, Legal Studies, and Psychology respectively. Her past experience includes being a research assistant at Tulane University, Department of Psychology, an administrative intern at New Orleans Children's Advocacy Center and a business administration intern at Siemens.



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William Smith - Tulane ’17, Finance and Political Science

William is a Senior Altman Scholar at Tulane University in New Orleans that is majoring in finance and political science with a minor in economics. He will be joining Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Division in New York within the Corporate Derivatives group following his graduation from Tulane in 2017. Previous internships included banking analyst at Goldman Sachs, Brava Capital and summer investments intern with Owl Creek Asset Management.





Alternative Post-Graduation Opportunities: Fellowships & Graduate School


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Cindy Morris - Ph.D. - New Orleans, LA

Tulane School of Medicine - Associate Dean for Admission 

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Janet Ruscher - Ph.D. - New Orleans, LA

Tulane School of Science & Engineering - Associate Dean for Graduate Programs 

Dr. Ruscher is a Professor in the Tulane Department of Psychology. After earning the Ph.D. in Social & Personality Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she joined the Tulane faculty in 1991. She served as Department Chair for 9 years before entering her current position as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Science and Engineering in 2012. Dr. Ruscher’s research focuses broadly on social cognition –i.e., how people’s motivations and circumstances influence their understanding of their social world—and more specifically on prejudiced communication. Up to fifteen undergraduate students assist with the research each semester, and later pursue various graduate and professional degrees. Her teaching interests include statistics, social cognition, research methods, and intensive writing..

 

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Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine - Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions 

Dr. Stranova received his Doctor of Science (ScD) and his Master of Health Administration (MHA) degrees from Tulane University and his undergraduate degree from Tufts University where he majored in History while also earning a Certificate in Community Health. Prior to joining the Tulane faculty, Dr. Stranova held leadership positions with New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System and Tulane University Hospital & Clinic. Dr. Stranova also has experience in health care policy, having spent several years as a policy analyst for Paralyzed Veterans of America, a non-profit advocacy group in Washington, DC. His research has focused on the organizational relationships, structures, and leadership of healthcare organizations, in particular academic teaching hospitals and their associated medical schools. More generally, Dr. Stranova's interests lie in applying organizational theory and strategic management principles to strengthen both domestic and international healthcare systems, to improve the quality of healthcare provision, and to assist organizations in identifying strategies that will help reduce health disparities in the communities they serve.Dr. Stranova also serves as the School's Associate Dean for Student Services.


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Charlotte Maheu Vai- Ph.D. - New Orleans, LA

Tulane Honors Program - Associate Director 

Charlotte Maheu Vail is the Associate Director of the Tulane Honors Program. In this role, Dr. Vail helps students explore opportunities for intellectual engagement as they think about their short and long term post-baccalaureate plans. She challenges students to strive for their full potential, encourages intellectual autonomy and individual passion by overseeing the advising process for nationally competitive scholarships, such as the Fulbright Program, Goldwater Program, Marshall Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, and the Rhodes Scholarship, to name a few. Dr. Vail's undergraduate and master's degrees are in literature where she specialized in Romantic poetry. She earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans and has been working in higher education for over 15 years. Her research interests include the history of higher education, service-learning, and campus cultures. At Tulane, Dr. Vail was the founding director of the Newcomb Scholars Program at the Newcomb College Institute and has been Associate Director of the Honors Program since 2013.

 

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David Weinberg - New Orleans, LA

Tulane Law School - Assistant Dean for Admission 

David Weinberg is responsible for the leadership and operation of all admissions functions at Tulane Law School. Among his responsibilities are managing the Admissions staff and setting its priorities, designing on- and off-campus recruitment programs, overseeing new student orientation programs and managing the admission and merit-based scholarship decision-making process. Prior to joining Tulane Law's Office of Admission in 2013, Weinberg was assistant dean for career services at Seton Hall University School of Law. He took that leadership position in 2011 after having steadily advanced through six years of service in admissions for Seton Hall, including serving as the school’s director of admissions. Before joining Seton Hall in 2005, Weinberg practiced law in New York City. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in Film Studies and Cognitive Science, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


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