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Career Wave 2018 Signature Event


Saturday February 24, 2018, 8 AM - 5 PM

Tulane University's Uptown Campus

Career Wave's Signature Event is the anchor in a series of conferences and events through which Tulane University undergraduate students develop and strengthen important career planning skills, hear from some of the country's most recognized and respected speakers, and participate in networking opportunities with several of Tulane's most established alumni and parents from all over the country. We expect 30+ alumni and parent speakers and panelists this year and for 1,000+ students to participate.


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Career Wave 2018 Speakers & Panelists

Featured Speakers | Senior Executives | Future Executives | Rising Stars | Industry Insights and Career Conversations



Keynote Speakers


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Stacey Griffith - Author and Founding Senior Master Instructor, SoulCycle

"Finding Your Ultimate Center, Success from the Inside-Out"

Stacey Griffith, author of Two Turns From Zero: Pushing to Higher Fitness Goals Converting Them to Life Strength. is among the most acclaimed fitness instructors working today and has been hailed as a “miracle worker” by her cult-like band of indoor cyclists, as well as the press. In 2017, Stacey became a National Best-Selling Author with the release of her first book, “Two Turns From Zero,” which is published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. A transplant from Los Angeles, CA, she is a Founding Senior Master Instructor at SoulCycle, and one of the iconic faces of the brand. Stacey’s motivational coaching style is uniquely her own, combining a passion for dance, athleticism, and mind-blowing music—all set to the beat of her voice. She has been delivering sold out indoor cycling classes to the masses in both New York and Los Angeles since 1996. Stacey has become known as an inspirational fitness guru because of her extraordinary teaching and coaching skills. She has acted as a Schwinn Presenter for the company’s original “Evolution” launch, and it is her expertise that earned her the position as a co-leading SoulCycle instructor and motivator with Angela Davis on Oprah Winfrey’s 2014 Life You Want tour. Stacey is on the Advisory Board for American Express Collective, a curated group of thought leaders, tastemakers, innovators and entrepreneurs that represent a cross section of passion points, as well as an Influencer and Brand Ambassador for bai, a leading enhanced water brand that combines great taste with better ingredients. She is also a Contributing Columnist for Motto.com, from the editors of TIME, with a weekly "Motivation Monday" feature, and a sneaker columnist for Footwear News. A fitness instructor since the 80’s, Stacey also studied Ashtanga Yoga with the late Sri Pattabi Joyce in India and even walked across 12-feet of hot coals as a guest of Anthony Robbins for his “Awaken the Giant Within” retreat. She is also an IDEA/ISSA certified personal trainer as well, and has an impressive personal training background earning success with extreme weight loss and overall health for her myriad of clients. Stacey has been featured in top tier media outlets including; The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, People Magazine, Town and Country, Vanity Fair, Self, Shape, Women’s Health, New York Magazine, and the New York Post among many others. She has motivated a loyal and dedicated following over the years as well, including many celebrity riders like Madonna, Chelsea Clinton, Deepak Chopra, Brooke Shields, Kelly Ripa, Matt Dillon, Kim Raver, Molly Sims, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster, Star Jones, and Christina Perri.


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Dave Meltzer - Author and CEO, Sports 1 Marketing

"How to Get Your Dream Job"

David Meltzer is the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, a firm in which he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon.   Sports 1 Marketing is a global marketing agency whose projects include The Super Bowl, The Master's, and Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Crescent Moon Foundation, and the Unstoppable Foundation. David has been recognized by Forbes and Entrepreneur as a Top 5 Keynote Speaker, and named 2017 "Game Changer of the year" by ACQ Global Awards.  He has also been honored for his philanthropic work as Variety Magazine's "Sports Humanitarian of the Year" and a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. As an author, he is the international #1 best-selling author and national best-selling author of Compassionate Capitalism and Connected To Goodness. David is an executive Producer, and host judge of Entrepreneur Media'snewest original show, Elevator Pitch and the host of newly released podcast, The Playbook, with Entrepreneur—which landed as a Top Five business podcast on iTunes.


Senior Executive Panelists


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Steve Beeks - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, LA

LionsGate - Former President

Mr. Beeks has worked in the entertainment industry for 32 years, virtually all of that time in the independent arena, in consolidation of smaller independent distributors, most recently with Lionsgate, where he spent the last 14 years. The largest independent entertainment company, $4.3 billion in revenue, growing from $380 million in 14 years. Lionsgate is an industry leader in feature films, television production and distribution, owner of cable network STARZ, JV partner in POP television network (with CBS). In just over five years, Lionsgate’s film slate grossed approximately $10 billion at the global box office. Oversaw over 400 employees, 8 direct reports. Mr. Beeks was a key strategist in executing the company’s growth initiatives and acquisitions, in one of the most innovative and highest growth film companies in the industry, growing from a small independent distributor to one of the largest film and television studios in the industry with 10% market share. He oversaw film portfolio investment, production, acquisition and distribution (over $1 billion in investment each year), resulting in a profitable slate in every year over a14-year run. He managed worldwide home entertainment and television distribution of current product as well as one of the largest libraries in the industry. Mr. Beeks acquired and distributed substantial libraries of content, amassing a library of over 16,000 titles, both in the US and internationally. He oversaw international expansion into the UK, directly managed the UK and LatAm operations as well as building and managing the growth of business addressing Hispanic and African American Audiences (Pantelion, a JV with Televisa, which distributed the highest grossing Spanish-language film in history, and Codeblack, respectively). Participated in strategic corporate acquisition targeting, analysis, execution and consolidation.


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Marianne Diorio - Tulane Parent - New York, NY

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. - Senior Vice President, Communications

Marianne Diorio, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Communications, Corporate Image, The Estée Lauder Companies, has been in the beauty and fashion business for more than 30 years. After graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, she joined Condé Nast Publications in the Art Department of Vogue magazine. She then became the Fashion and Beauty Editor of Bride's magazine, a title which she held for five years. Her first foray into the cosmetics industry was as Director of Public Relations for Prescriptives in 1983 and she has continued to work at The Estée Lauder Companies in varying responsibilities for 30 years. She took a few brief absences, one in 1999 to work as the Beauty and Style Director of Allure magazine. At The Estée Lauder Companies she has held various positions including the Vice President of Global Communications for the Clinique and Estée Lauder brands. Marianne currently oversees Global Communications for The Estée Lauder Companies’ more than 25 brands including Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Origins, M•A•C, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Donna Karan, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Darphin, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Smashbox and Editions des Parfums Frédéric Malle. In her Estée Lauder Corporate Image role, Marianne directs the editorial content, look, experience and presentation of the Company. This includes oversight of the Corporate digitial properties- elcompanies.com, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Marianne is married to still life photographer, James Wojcik and they have a daughter, Tiki, currently a student at Tulane University. They live in downtown NYC with their adorable dog, Chestnut.


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Duccio Donati - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, CA

NBCUniversal International - Executive Vice President, Lifestyle and Kids

Duccio Donati is EVP, Lifestyle & Kids, NBCUniversal International, based in Los Angeles. In this role he has oversight of E! Entertainment Television (outside the US) and international responsibility for DreamWorks channel: the premium kids’ brand featuring beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation (DWA). In addition, Donati is responsible for maximizing the full range of NBCU’s lifestyle and kids’ assets, including E!, Bravo, Oxygen and DreamWorks, in each of NBCUniversal's three regional hubs across international covering EMEA, Latin America and APAC. Prior to this, Donati held the role of EVP, E! & Style from July 2013, responsible for the day-to-day operations and growth of the brands’ linear and digital properties. Previously, while based in London from 2011– 2013, Donati was responsible for all commercial aspects of NBCUniversal’s International Networks’ full portfolio of channel brands which included Universal Channel, Syfy, E! Entertainment Television, 13th Street, Studio Universal, The Style Channel and Diva. Donati joined Comcast’s international organization in 1999 covering a number of commercial and operational roles within the organization eventually becoming the SVP of International Sales where he was responsible for all content produced by E!, Style, G4, Versus and The Gold Channel. In 2010 Donati became EVP, Comcast International Media Group in January 2010 where he oversaw all aspects of the international division’s properties including sales, channels, digital and operations. Donati began his career in the international sales business in New York where he served as international sales director for Videofashion Inc., the world’s largest producer and distributor of fashion-related programming, and international sales manager for Italtoons Corporation, an independent producer of high-quality children’s animation. Donati was born in Milan and grew up in Italy where he attended international schools prior to earning his BA degree from John Cabot University in Rome.


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Jini Koh - Tulane BA (Political Science) '01 - Seattle, WA

Amazon - Corporate Counsel for Global Trade

Jini Koh is the Corporate Counsel for Global Trade at Amazon where she advises consumer teams on trade compliance, international expansion, and global trade policy matters to ensure efficient cross-border movement of goods for earth’s most customer-centric company. Prior to joining Amazon, Jini was a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s New York City office where her practice focused on advising clients on all areas of import regulatory compliance, trade remedies, and international trade litigation. Her experience also covers an extensive range of trade and customs issues, including import due diligence and post-merger & acquisition implementation, internal supply chain and compliance assessments, governmental disclosures and audits, and free trade agreements. Jini received her B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies from Tulane University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. After law school, she clerked for Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas in the U.S. Court of International Trade.


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Bill Marko - Tulane MS (Petroleum Engineering) '83 - Houston, TX

Jefferies & Company - Managing Director

William "Bill" Marko is a Managing Director of Jefferies LLC in the Energy Investment Banking Group. He has managed more than $70 billion of asset and corporate transactions. He specializes in applying detailed technical evaluations to M&A transactions. While his activities are focused in the U.S., Bill also works on worldwide projects with Jefferies’ London based energy team and he heads Jefferies’ Canadian upstream activities. Prior to joining Randall & Dewey, subsequently purchased by Jefferies, Mr. Marko worked more than 18 years in various engineering, operations and commercial roles at Mobil Oil. With more than 38 years of industry experience in worldwide acquisition, divestment and new business development, he has evaluated transactions in all majorU.S. basins and morethan 70countries. Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and is Chair of the Tulane University President’s Council and a member of the Board of Advisors of the TulaneSchool of Science&Engineering.


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Kevin Yorn - Tulane JD (Law) '90 - Los Angeles, CA

Morris Yorn - Partner

Kevin oversees the day-to-day operations and personnel recruitment for his law firm along with his partner Kevin Morris. He specializes in representing prominent actors, writers, producers and directors in the motion picture and television industries. Along with Morris, he started the firm twenty-one years ago after working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office as a Homicide Prosecutor in the Hardcore Gang Division for 5 years. His firm represents Ellen DeGeneres, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Anna Kendrick, Jordan Peele, Zach Galifianakis, and CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, among others. In addition to representing and negotiating talent contracts for his clients, Kevin has made a multitude of deals in the world of film finance and VC startups. He helped form and has raised venture financing for his partnership with Ellen DeGeneres in Ellen Digital Ventures and her lifestyle brand, ED. Additionally, he is partners with Scarlett Johansson in her new beauty business, and also with Zoe Saldana in BeSe, her Latin digital media company, which launched in late 2017. Kevin graduated cum laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Business, and earned his J.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He lives in Brentwood, CA where he is the father of a daughter, Samantha.



Future Executives


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Taryn Brown - Tulane JD (Sports Law) '09 - New York, NY

Legends - Vice President


Taryn Brown, a New Orleans native, is a Vice President at Legends -- a sports and entertainment company owned by the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys. Prior to Legends, Taryn was a mergers & acquisitions associate in New York City at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, which is consistently ranked as one of Am Law’s A-List Top 20 law firms in the country. Before practicing law, she worked in New York as a Division I basketball coach as well as a fundraiser for political campaigns and non-profit organizations that focused on creating educational opportunities for underrepresented groups. Taryn holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, where was a member and captain of the women’s basketball team. To contribute to the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, Taryn chose to attend Tulane University Law School, where she earned her J.D., was the Editor-in-Chief of The Sports Lawyers Journal, and worked for the General Counsels at ESPN and the New Orleans Hornets.
 
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Joanna Curran - Tulane BSM (Legal Studies) '09 - New York, NY

Ellevest - Director of People Operations

Joanna Curran is the Director of People Operations at Ellevest, overseeing all employer branding, talent acquisition, and employee experience efforts. Ellevest helps women take control of their financial futures through investing, with a beautifully designed digital platform backed by an incredibly smart algorithm. Our platform is unique in taking into account a woman’s longer lifespan and different salary curve, combined with her current financial picture, to construct highly customized investment portfolios for each of her goals. Joanna has expertise in building startup teams, scaling culture, management and leadership coaching, talent development, and customer success, with an emphasis on helping companies achieve results through stages of rapid change and growth. Joanna was previously an early-stage team member at both Axial and Elysium Health in NYC. Joanna lives in Brooklyn, works in New York City, and studied Business Law & Marketing at Tulane University in New Orleans.

   
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Andrew Duplessie - Tulane NG (Finance) '16 - Los Angeles, CA

Ask Tipster - Founder and CEO


Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Ask Tipster www.asktipster.com . He is a active Angel investor, focusing on early stage startups. Andrew is a horror story writer with over 100 million online views of his stories, some of which are in pre-production to become films. He is a Stanford University StartX alum. Over the past year, Andrew has generated 1B+ impressions, 18M communities, and 3M app downloads. He has over 250 million followers across Instagram and Facebook. Andrew had speaking roles in several movies and television, including American Horror Story. Andrew is a Venture Partner at Science-Inc.com (250 million dollar fund, ex: dollar shave club, dog vacay) and Science Blockchain. He is an Advisor and Investor at DNA fund (Brock Pierce EOS) and parallax digital. (. He is an advisor and mentor at Stanford University Startx Incubator. He has worked with over 20 ICOS that have raised over 1 billion dollars in 2017.



   
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Maya Goldberg - Tulane BSM (Finance) '12 - New York, NY

Ogilvy & Mather - Strategist


Maya graduated from Tulane in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in finance and a master of accounting. She tried using those degrees during a brief stint at EY but quickly realized her heart belonged in the creative world. Thanks to Professor Merluzzi, Maya’s capstone teacher, Maya made a pivot into advertising strategy. She currently works at Ogilvy on the marketing strategy team for IBM where she leads projects to understand what our customers want and how can we best communicate with them. Some of Maya’s current projects are on topics such as Blockchain, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Maya has been back to New Orleans 27 times since graduating which has given her A+ status on Southwest.
 
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Sebastian Saldarriaga - Tulane BSM (Marketing) '11 - New York, NY

BOTTEGA VENETA - Global Senior Director of Social Media Strategy


Sebastian Saldarriaga is the Senior Global Director of Social Media Strategy at the italian luxury fashion house Bottega Veneta. As a digital innovator, Sebastian has been part of the transformation of the brand into a digitally led company. As head of the Social Media program Sebastian is responsible of bringing back measurable business results for the company ranging from brand awareness to revenue online and offline. Sebastian's role integrates creative, public relations, paid media and analytics within the Social Media space. Sebastian has an extensive background in social / digital media from his experience at the globally recognized brand, Michael Kors. His focus was primarily on international markets and social marketing integration, tapping into emerging and innovative trends while maintaining leadership of the brand in the social space. Prior to Michael Kors, Sebastian worked at 360i as a community manager where he played an integral role in the acclaimed Oreo ‘Blackout’ tweet. Due to his work on Oreo, Sebastian has received several awards including Clio and Cannes Lions. He is based in New York City, originally from Bogota, Colombia and has a BA degree from Tulane University on Marketing and Management.
 
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Kate Sheerin - Tulane BA (Political Science) '08 - Ardsley, NY

Google - Public Policy Manager

Kate Sheerin is a Public Policy Manager at Google, where she focuses on the company’s US policy strategy on issues including copyright and creativity, immigration reform, education, and the future of work. Prior to joining Google in 2010, she served as a Municipal and Community Development Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Originally from New York, Kate received her B.A. in political science from Tulane University and studied at the American University of Paris.



Rising Star Panelists


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Madeleine Bell - Tulane BSM (Marketing) '17 - Miami, FL

Restaurant Brands International - Marketing Communications Analyst

Madeleine Bell joined Restaurant Brands International (RBI)— BURGER KING®, TIM HORTONS® and POPEYES LOUISIANA KITCHEN® brands—as a member of the 2017 Leadership Development Program. After four months of intensive analytics, finance, in-restaurant, Zero-based-budgeting (ZBB), and brand-specific trainings, Madeleine joined the TIM HORTONS® marketing team as a Marketing Communications Analyst. Collaborating with teams from Marketing Analytics, Product Innovation, and Calendar, she currently manages TV and Radio for the USA. In this role, Madeleine’s responsibilities include writing concept briefs based on new products and consumer insights, attending/leading calls with agencies, traveling to video/photoshoots, tracking the multi-million dollar budget, and ensuring every promotion/campaign aligns with Tim’s brand strategy from concept to execution. While at Tulane, Madeleine studied Marketing in the A.B. Freeman School of Business with a minor in Management. She is a proud member of the Newcomb Scholars Cohort of 2017—the Newcomb College Institute’s 4-year interdisciplinary research program that empowers women to create a community of diverse thinkers, leaders, and activists—and wrote her senior thesis on the psychological and sociological causes of gender disparity in Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. During her university tenure, Madeleine interned as a Jr. Production Assistant & Brand Strategy Intern at Athleta in San Francisco, then pivoted into agency work at Revelation PR, Advertising, and Social Media in Madison, WI. In 2015, she joined the transportation technology startup Dock as a brand strategy consultant and worked remotely for them until graduation. Additionally, Madeleine managed a personal training business at Reily Recreation Center and freelanced as a sports photographer, website designer, and journalist. She was introduced to RBI’s Leadership Development Program by BURGER KING® President Jose Cil at Career Wave 2017, and looks forward to returning to Tulane as a Rising Start panelist for Career Wave 2018!


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Desmond Graves - Tulane BSM (Finance) '16 - Los Angeles, CA

WonderCo - Co-founder and CEO

Desmond is the Co-founder and CEO of WonderCo, a consulting and marketing agency specializing in blockchain, consumer products, media/content, and social platforms. He is a Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Science Blockchain (Dollar Shave Club). He entered cryptocurrency in 2013 and has worked with over 10 ICO’s, that collectively have raised over 600 million dollars. Additionally, he is an advisor to multiple blockchain companies and expert on data analysis, business strategy, and social marketing.




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Nicholas Kracov - Tulane BSM (Management) '15 - Chicago, IL

Invenergy LLC - Senior Analyst

Nicholas Kracov graduated with his B.S.M. from the A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2015, minoring in both Legal Studies and Portuguese. During his time in the Business School, Nicholas and his team won the CAPSTONE Business Case Analysis competition. Currently a Senior Analyst on the International Development team at Invenergy, LLC, North America's largest private independent producer of wind power, he has served multiple roles at the company as the development team lead on large corporate projects. He most recently spent 6 months in the company's Mexico City office developing projects to be bid into the Mexican Federal Government's clean energy procurement auction.




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Win Lipov - Tulane BSM (Finance) '16 - Seattle, WA

Ernst & Young - Valuation & Business Modeling Analyst

Win Lipov graduated from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2016 with a B.S.M degree in Finance and Management. After graduating, Win began working as a Valuation & Business Modeling Analyst in the Transaction Advisory Services group at Ernst & Young (EY) in the Washington, D.C. area. In the summer of 2017 he moved to Seattle, WA to join the newly formed EY Valuation & Business Modeling team in the Seattle office. Win has worked with Fortune 500 clients spanning industries such as Aerospace & Defense and Technology, among others, by performing valuations at the enterprise and asset levels for both financial reporting and tax purposes. He is currently a Level II candidate in the CFA program. During his time on campus Win was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and was a student advisor for the Cowen Service Challenge in 2014.


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Maddie McGee - Tulane BA (English) '17 - Los Angeles, CA

William Morris Endeavor - TV Scripted Assistant

From New Jersey, Maddie graduated from Tulane this past May with a major in English and Digital Media Production. Following graduation, she started in the mailroom at William Morris Endeavor one of the largest global talent agencies. Maddie works as an assistant to an agent in their Television Scripted department that represents writers, directors, and producers. During her time at Tulane, Maddie interned at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and in the Summer before graduation at Sony Pictures Television in their casting department, which helped to create opportunities for her in the entertainment industry. She also served on the executive board of Green Wave Ambassadors and was an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi.



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James Onorato - Tulane BSM (Finance) '16 - Westport, CT

Disney - Cross-Platform Sales Associate

James Onorato graduated from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2016 with a BSM degree in Finance and Marketing. In his senior year, James participated in the Tulane Remote Internship Program (TRIP) working for Cross Creek Pictures and Broadway Video Ventures. Since graduating, James has been working as a Cross-Platform Sales Assistant for Disney ABC Television Group. In his role at Disney ABC, James optimizes the commercial inventory to ensure delivery of linear and digital advertising campaigns. He manages the day-to-day needs of $400 million in annual spending for Fortune 500 advertisers including General Motors, J&J, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Netflix, Hulu, Sony and Hershey and Google. In addition, James pursues his production interests working part-time for live events including the ABC Upfront and Dick Clark’s NYRE with Ryan Seacrest. When James is not working for Disney ABC, he writes treatments, books and screenplays for his own production company, Beyond the Far.


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Jacob Rapkin - Tulane BSM (Management) '15 - Bedford, NY

true[X] - Account Manager

Jacob Rapkin is an Account Manager at True[X], the 21st Century Fox-owned advertising platform, that has become the standard for engagement advertising. It delivers the most effective format for advertisers to truly reach and engage consumers in digital media. After starting at True[X] in 2016 as an Account Coordinator, Jacob was promoted within the year to an Account Manager overseeing multiple accounts in various markets all over the country. His relationships with brands and agencies across many sectors continues to expand as does his role in this new media company. Before starting at True[X], Jacob was a Marketing Associate at Harri, a hospitality recruitment website generating up to $4 million in annual revenue, generating more than 250,000 candidates for over 10,000 commercial clients. His experience at this start-up gave him the opportunity to lead weekly meetings and implement key targeting strategies while reporting directly to senior management. In the three years since graduating Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business with a B.S. in Management, Jacob has found much success in the Digital Marketing and Advertising field, concentrating on relationship building and client services.


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Emily Shearburn - Tulane BA (English) '15 - New York, NY

Hawkins International PR - Social Media Manager

Emily Shearburn graduated from Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts in 2015 with a BA in English. Currently, Emily is a Social Media Manager at Hawkins International Public Relations, a boutique luxury travel PR agency specializing in media relations and influencer marketing for high-end hotels and resorts. She supports Hawkins International’s social media operation with responsibilities that include creating strategic content, leading client social media coaching efforts, executing paid social media campaigns, implementing influencer activations, and recruiting and managing interns. While at Tulane, Emily was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, where she served as their Chief Panhellenic       Officer, and she was also a member of Relay for Life NOLA-Universities.


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Kidd Duhe Solomon - Tulane BA (Political Science) '17 - Washington, DC

Aspen Institute - Program Coordinator

Kidd Duhe Solomon currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Kidd Duhe worked with the Economics Bureau of the U.S. Department of State on an international partnership between UNCTAD and the Global Entrepreneurship Network to facilitate entrepreneurship across the world. Kidd Duhe graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tulane University in 2017 with an Honors BA in International Relations and a double minor in Spanish and International Development. During his time in New Orleans, Kidd Duhe focused on HIV/AIDS field work and research with both the NO/AIDS Task Force and an Honors Thesis under the guidance of the Tulane Political Science Department and the Tulane Graduate School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Additionally, Kidd Duhe worked with the Payson Center for International Development and the Peace Corps domestic recruitment programs over the course of his collegiate career. Kidd Duhe is a proud native of Colorado and during his free time he can be found hiking or biking.


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Ambert Yeh - Tulane BS (Neuroscience) '15 - Washington, DC

Accenture - Technology Consulting Analyst

Ambert is a Technology Consulting Analyst within Accenture’s Health & Public Service practice. He is primarily focused on leveraging analytics to help clients drive decision making and optimize business operations. He received his BS in Neuroscience from Tulane University and has experience as a research professional in the healthcare and health sciences industry identifying effective treatments for strokes and metabolic disorders. Ambert is also a classically trained violinist and has led several orchestras in the New Orleans area as concertmaster. He has performed alongside violinists such as Midori and was a member of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra during their Carnegie Hall debut.


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Isabella Zimmer - Tulane BSM (Finance) '16 - Vero Beach, FL

Morgan Stanley - Client Sales Associate

Isabella graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2016 with a B.S.M. degree in finance. After graduation, Bella moved to New York and began working at Morgan Stanley in Private Wealth Management (PWM) for high net worth clients. She started managing her personal equity portfolio in 2015 which contributed to her interest in PWM. Some of the responsibilities for Bella as a CSA include analyzing client portfolios, creating asset allocation models, investing clients in syndicate deals with Morgan Stanley Investment Bankers and trading for clients in their accounts. During her time at Tulane she was an active member on campus. This included her being a member in the sorority Pi Beta Phi, the Undergraduate Student Government, and the A.B. Freeman School of Business Student Government. In her free time she likes to cook, travel, play sports, and play instruments. She also is a dual citizen in the United States and the United Kingdom and hopes to live in London one day!


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Emily Harris - Tulane MHA (Health Administration) '13 - New Orleans, LA

Interactive Quality, LLC - Senior Consultant

Emily Harris is a Senior Consultant at Interactive Quality® with experience in strategic planning, business development, analytics, revenue cycle, operations management, and compliance. Emily’s past work as a healthcare executive focused on producing results among interdisciplinary teams to support organizational objectives, and engaging physician leadership to drive the strategic growth and address operational needs of subspecialty practices. Emily earned her Master of Health Administration from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2013, and is an active alumna of the program.


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Heidi Redmond Raines - University of Louisiana BSM (General Business) '00- New Orleans, LA

Compliance Partners - CEO and Founder

Heidi Raines is the CEO and founder of Compliance Partners, a healthcare services and technology company. Compliance Partners was founded by healthcare administrators who saw the need for integrated system for community healthcare centers. In 2016, Raines was recognized by Silicon Bayou News as one of the most influential people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana. Raines’ work experience has spanned a number of healthcare sectors, including hospitals, private and public healthcare centers, and clinical research. Prior to establishing Compliance Partners and Medical Executive Partners, she was the CEO at Michalopoulos Enterprises, during which time New Orleans City Business awarded its Innovator of the Year Award to her for successfully reinventing the company. At the North American operations of AstraZeneca, she managed the entire life cycle of strategic projects — creating, developing and implementing centers for clinical trials in community health centers — accomplishing AstraZeneca’s Circle of Excellence award. She also managed two sections of the LSU Health Sciences Center, Hematology Oncology and Radiation Oncology, including inpatient and outpatient infusion centers. In 2013, New Orleans City Business named her a Woman of the Year for her contributions to the healthcare and biomedical field. She currently holds a Preceptor Faculty position in Tulane University’s Master of Health Administration program. She also holds a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from Goldman Sachs’ Business Program. She is the President of ACHE’s New Orleans Chapter of the Women’s Healthcare Executive Network (WHEN).


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Susan Todd - UT Austin MPaff (Public Affairs) '09 - New Orleans, LA

504HealthNet - Executive Director

As Executive Director for 504HealthNet, Susan Todd brings a brings a unique blend of expertise in the area of primary care access and strengthening health systems in addition to a passion for community involvement. Previously, she served as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). While there she worked on Medicaid, CHIP, and Marketplace enrollment and financing issues, and also conducted research and analysis for health reform implementation. She participated as a core team member in the White House Initiative Strong Cities, Strong Communities, and through that initiative assisted the New Orleans Health Department with their health care access plan and additional projects. Once returning to Louisiana, she worked at Louisiana Public Health Institute assisting in designing and implementing a grant program before joining 504HealthNet full time. Her previous experience includes working for NASA as a scuba diver assisting in spacewalk training for astronauts and teaching English in Argentina. Susan earned her Masters of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and her BA in International Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She is originally from Baton Rouge, LA.


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Julius L. Tonzel - Tulane MPH (Epidemiology) '15 - New Orleans, LA

Louisiana Department of Health - Vector-borne Disease Epidemiologist

Julius L. Tonzel is a vector-borne diseases epidemiologist with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Xavier University of Louisiana. As an undergraduate student, he was a member of the executive board for the Student Government Association and a project coordinator for Men on the Move, a community service program that mentored teenaged males in New Orleans. He also received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. As a graduate student, he served as the SGA Epidemiology Chair and a member of the executive board for the Society of Young Black Public Health Professionals. He completed his practicum at the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section (ID Epi) within LDH and worked on projects that focused on hepatitis infections in Louisiana. After he completed his practicum, he began working as an infectious disease epidemiologist with ID Epi on healthcare associated infections and regional surveillance. He was designated as the Zika Pregnancy Registry Coordinator at the beginning of the Zika virus epidemic and currently assists with arboviral and tick-borne disease surveillance for Louisiana.


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Erica Washington - Tulane MPH (Epidemiology) '09 - New Orleans, LA

Louisiana Office of Public Health- Healthcare-Associated Infections Program Coordinator

Erica Washington is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. She moved to New Orleans in 2007 to attend Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She received her master's in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology in 2009. She serves as the Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance Program Coordinator for the State of Louisiana. Ms. Washington was a 2016-2017 Informatics-Training in Place Program Fellow (I-TIPP) through Project S.H.I.N.E.: a collaborative between Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and National Association of City and County Health Officials that seeks to increase the informatics capacity of health departments nationwide. Her fellowship work entailed antibiotic resistance surveillance and increasing provider capacity for antibiotic stewardship. She is certified in public health (CPH), infection control (CIC), and healthcare quality (CPHQ). Her professional affiliations include Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, American Public Health Association, and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. In 2013, she was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Prevention and Public Health.




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Steve Beeks - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, LA

LionsGate - Former President

Mr. Beeks has worked in the entertainment industry for 32 years, virtually all of that time in the independent arena, in consolidation of smaller independent distributors, most recently with Lionsgate, where he spent the last 14 years. The largest independent entertainment company, $4.3 billion in revenue, growing from $380 million in 14 years. Lionsgate is an industry leader in feature films, television production and distribution, owner of cable network STARZ, JV partner in POP television network (with CBS). In just over five years, Lionsgate’s film slate grossed approximately $10 billion at the global box office. Oversaw over 400 employees, 8 direct reports. Mr. Beeks was a key strategist in executing the company’s growth initiatives and acquisitions, in one of the most innovative and highest growth film companies in the industry, growing from a small independent distributor to one of the largest film and television studios in the industry with 10% market share. He oversaw film portfolio investment, production, acquisition and distribution (over $1 billion in investment each year), resulting in a profitable slate in every year over a14-year run. He managed worldwide home entertainment and television distribution of current product as well as one of the largest libraries in the industry. Mr. Beeks acquired and distributed substantial libraries of content, amassing a library of over 16,000 titles, both in the US and internationally. He oversaw international expansion into the UK, directly managed the UK and LatAm operations as well as building and managing the growth of business addressing Hispanic and African American Audiences (Pantelion, a JV with Televisa, which distributed the highest grossing Spanish-language film in history, and Codeblack, respectively). Participated in strategic corporate acquisition targeting, analysis, execution and consolidation.


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Duccio Donati - Tulane Parent - Los Angeles, CA

NBCUniversal International - Executive Vice President, E! International, E! Online International, Style International and DreamWorks TV Lifestyle and Kids

Duccio Donati is EVP, Lifestyle & Kids, NBCUniversal International, based in Los Angeles. In this role he has oversight of E! Entertainment Television (outside the US) and international responsibility for DreamWorks channel: the premium kids’ brand featuring beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation (DWA). In addition, Donati is responsible for maximizing the full range of NBCU’s lifestyle and kids’ assets, including E!, Bravo, Oxygen and DreamWorks, in each of NBCUniversal's three regional hubs across international covering EMEA, Latin America and APAC. Prior to this, Donati held the role of EVP, E! & Style from July 2013, responsible for the day-to-day operations and growth of the brands’ linear and digital properties. Previously, while based in London from 2011– 2013, Donati was responsible for all commercial aspects of NBCUniversal’s International Networks’ full portfolio of channel brands which included Universal Channel, Syfy, E! Entertainment Television, 13th Street, Studio Universal, The Style Channel and Diva. Donati joined Comcast’s international organization in 1999 covering a number of commercial and operational roles within the organization eventually becoming the SVP of International Sales where he was responsible for all content produced by E!, Style, G4, Versus and The Gold Channel. In 2010 Donati became EVP, Comcast International Media Group in January 2010 where he oversaw all aspects of the international division’s properties including sales, channels, digital and operations. Donati began his career in the international sales business in New York where he served as international sales director for Videofashion Inc., the world’s largest producer and distributor of fashion-related programming, and international sales manager for Italtoons Corporation, an independent producer of high-quality children’s animation. Donati was born in Milan and grew up in Italy where he attended international schools prior to earning his BA degree from John Cabot University in Rome.


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Maddie McGee - Tulane BA (English) '17 - Los Angeles, CA

William Morris Endeavor - TV Scripted Assistant

From New Jersey, Maddie graduated from Tulane this past May with a major in English and Digital Media Production. Following graduation, she started in the mailroom at William Morris Endeavor one of the largest global talent agencies. Maddie works as an assistant to an agent in their Television Scripted department that represents writers, directors, and producers. During her time at Tulane, Maddie interned at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and in the Summer before graduation at Sony Pictures Television in their casting department, which helped to create opportunities for her in the entertainment industry. She also served on the executive board of Green Wave Ambassadors and was an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi.



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James Onorato - Tulane BSM (Finance) '16 - Westport, CT

Disney - Cross-Platform Sales Associate

James Onorato graduated from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2016 with a BSM degree in Finance and Marketing. In his senior year, James participated in the Tulane Remote Internship Program (TRIP) working for Cross Creek Pictures and Broadway Video Ventures. Since graduating, James has been working as a Cross-Platform Sales Assistant for Disney ABC Television Group. In his role at Disney ABC, James optimizes the commercial inventory to ensure delivery of linear and digital advertising campaigns. He manages the day-to-day needs of $400 million in annual spending for Fortune 500 advertisers including General Motors, J&J, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Netflix, Hulu, Sony and Hershey and Google. In addition, James pursues his production interests working part-time for live events including the ABC Upfront and Dick Clark’s NYRE with Ryan Seacrest. When James is not working for Disney ABC, he writes treatments, books and screenplays for his own production company, Beyond the Far.


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Kevin Yorn - Tulane JD (Law) '90 - Los Angeles, CA

Morris Yorn - Founder and Co-Managing Partner

Kevin oversees the day-to-day operations and personnel recruitment for his law firm along with his partner Kevin Morris. He specializes in representing prominent actors, writers, producers and directors in the motion picture and television industries. Along with Morris, he started the firm twenty-one years ago after working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office as a Homicide Prosecutor in the Hardcore Gang Division for 5 years. His firm represents Ellen DeGeneres, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Anna Kendrick, Jordan Peele, Zach Galifianakis, and CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, among others. In addition to representing and negotiating talent contracts for his clients, Kevin has made a multitude of deals in the world of film finance and VC startups. He helped form and has raised venture financing for his partnership with Ellen DeGeneres in Ellen Digital Ventures and her lifestyle brand, ED. Additionally, he is partners with Scarlett Johansson in her new beauty business, and also with Zoe Saldana in BeSe, her Latin digital media company, which launched in late 2017. Kevin graduated cum laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Business, and earned his J.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He lives in Brentwood, CA where he is the father of a daughter, Samantha.


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


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Win Lipov - Tulane BSM (Finance) '16 - Seattle, WA

Ernst & Young - Valuation & Business Modeling Analyst

Win Lipov graduated from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2016 with a B.S.M degree in Finance and Management. After graduating, Win began working as a Valuation & Business Modeling Analyst in the Transaction Advisory Services group at Ernst & Young (EY) in the Washington, D.C. area. In the summer of 2017 he moved to Seattle, WA to join the newly formed EY Valuation & Business Modeling team in the Seattle office. Win has worked with Fortune 500 clients spanning industries such as Aerospace & Defense and Technology, among others, by performing valuations at the enterprise and asset levels for both financial reporting and tax purposes. He is currently a Level II candidate in the CFA program. During his time on campus Win was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and was a student advisor for the Cowen Service Challenge in 2014.


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Bill Marko - Tulane MS (Petroleum Engineering) '83 - Houston, TX

Jefferies & Company - Managing Director

William "Bill" Marko is a Managing Director of Jefferies LLC in the Energy Investment Banking Group. He has managed more than $70 billion of asset and corporate transactions. He specializes in applying detailed technical evaluations to M&A transactions. While his activities are focused in the U.S., Bill also works on worldwide projects with Jefferies’ London based energy team and he heads Jefferies’ Canadian upstream activities. Prior to joining Randall & Dewey, subsequently purchased by Jefferies, Mr. Marko worked more than 18 years in various engineering, operations and commercial roles at Mobil Oil. With more than 38 years of industry experience in worldwide acquisition, divestment and new business development, he has evaluated transactions in all majorU.S. basins and morethan 70countries. Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and is Chair of the Tulane University President’s Council and a member of the Board of Advisors of the TulaneSchool of Science&Engineering.


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Cory Rapkin - Tulane Parent - New York, NY

Credit Suisse - Vice Chairman, Healthcare Group

Cory Rapkin is a Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division, and is based in New York. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2017, he worked in JP Morgan’s Healthcare Investment Banking Group, as well as the Global Mergers and Acquisitions Group, focusing almost exclusively on healthcare services business, including buy-side, sell-side, and defense advisory work. Cory has over two decades of investment banking experience advising companies such as HCA, UnitedHealth, DaVita, ManorCare, and Health Net. He holds a BA from New York University and a JD from Yeshiva University, and is a three-time Tulane parent.


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Larry Sibley - Tulane BA (Economics) '80 - New York, NY

Credit Suisse - Managing Director 

Larry is a Managing Director in the Equities Division at Credit Suisse, having worked at several leading investment banks during his 30+ year career. Larry started in Investment Banking at Bankers Trust, completing sizable transactions in Financial Services and Real Estate. He then spent several years at Sanford Bernstein as a Partner in Institutional Equity Sales. Larry then ran Equity Sales at JP Morgan. Larry next went on to become a Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, co-managing the firm’s mid and large-cap value funds. Following GSAM Larry headed to Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, in Equity Sales, counting many leading Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds as clients. DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000 and Larry has been at CS ever since. Larry has a B.A. in Economics from Tulane and an M.B.A. in Finance from NYU. He has 3 children (one a junior at Tulane) and lives in Westchester County, NY.


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Stephen Weinstein - Tulane Parent - New York, NY

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch - Managing Director

Stephen Weinstein is a managing director and the head of U.S. Mortgage and Securitized Products Sales for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for the distribution of securitized products including Agency, CMBS, ABS, Non-agency RMBS and CLOs. Weinstein joined Merrill Lynch in December of 2008 after spending 18 years at Citigroup and its predecessor Salomon Brothers. He began his career as an initial member of Salomon Brother’s internal consulting team after graduating from the University of Vermont with a BS in business. Weinstein left to pursue an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1994 before rejoining Salomon Brothers. He spent 12 years as a salesperson and traded subprime RMBS and ABS from 2006 through 2008 and ran the non-agency syndicate desk during that time. Weinstein is very active in his community and serves on the board of Monmouth County Jewish Children and Family Services, which provides economic and emotional support to families of all religious backgrounds. Within this organization, he has established a fund to provide food to families during the holiday seasons. He is also involved in community programs that provide school supplies to underprivileged children.




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


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Caroline Blatt - Tulane BSM (Finance) '18 - New Orleans, LA

Accepted offer at Stifel

Caroline Blatt is an undergraduate senior from Larkspur, California. She will be graduating in May from the Altman Program with a BSM in Finance and a BA in Political Science International Relations. While at Tulane University, she has helped lead several campus organization as Treasurer of Tulane Women in Politics, Political Director of Tulane College Democrats, and an executive board member and mentor for the Green Bull Investment Workshop. Her educational experiences at Tulane and abroad supported her successful completion of four finance internships during here time as an undergraduate student. This summer, she will be start a full-time position as an Investment Banking Analyst at Stifel in New York City.


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Robert Bond - Tulane BSM (Finance) '18 - New Orleans, LA

Accepted offer at BAML

My name is Robert Bond and I am a senior from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I have spent my time at Tulane involved in the Altman Program, the Green Bull Investment club, and with the Heart4Heart philanthropy organization. After graduation, I will be moving to New York to work as an analyst in the Industrials Group at BAML. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Tulane and look forward to working in New York next year.






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Will Copeland - Tulane BSM (Finance) '18 - New Orleans, LA

Accepted Offer at Credit Suisse

My name is Will Copeland and I’m a senior at Tulane studying finance and economics. I’m originally from Saint Louis, Missouri but have spent the past few years living all over the world. Last year I studied abroad in France, where I had the opportunity to develop my language skills and explore Europe. I spent the fall living with a host family in Paris while taking economics courses at a local university. I moved to Strasbourg in the spring for my business semester. After returning to the US last summer I took an investment banking internship at Credit Suisse in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group. I spent the next nine weeks developing my modeling skills and industry knowledge. I enjoyed my experience at Credit Suisse and have accepted a full-time offer for next year. This semester I’ve been able to apply the skills I learned at my internship to my upper level finance coursework. I’m currently trying to make the most of my last year at Tulane before I head back to New York next summer.



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Dave Meltzer - Author and CEO, Sports 1 Marketing

"Why 70% of Sponsorship Dollars Will Be Spent on Sports"

David Meltzer is the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, a firm in which he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon.   Sports 1 Marketing is a global marketing agency whose projects include The Super Bowl, The Master's, and Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Crescent Moon Foundation, and the Unstoppable Foundation. David has been recognized by Forbes and Entrepreneur as a Top 5 Keynote Speaker, and named 2017 "Game Changer of the year" by ACQ Global Awards.  He has also been honored for his philanthropic work as Variety Magazine's "Sports Humanitarian of the Year" and a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. As an author, he is the international #1 best-selling author and national best-selling author of Compassionate Capitalism and Connected To Goodness. David is an executive Producer, and host judge of Entrepreneur Media'snewest original show, Elevator Pitch and the host of newly released podcast, The Playbook, with Entrepreneur—which landed as a Top Five business podcast on iTunes.



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Taryn Brown - Tulane JD (Sports Law) '09 - New York, NY

Legends - Vice President


Taryn Brown, a New Orleans native, is a Vice President at Legends -- a sports and entertainment company owned by the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys. Prior to Legends, Taryn was a mergers & acquisitions associate in New York City at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, which is consistently ranked as one of Am Law’s A-List Top 20 law firms in the country. Before practicing law, she worked in New York as a Division I basketball coach as well as a fundraiser for political campaigns and non-profit organizations that focused on creating educational opportunities for underrepresented groups. Taryn holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, where was a member and captain of the women’s basketball team. To contribute to the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, Taryn chose to attend Tulane University Law School, where she earned her J.D., was the Editor-in-Chief of The Sports Lawyers Journal, and worked for the General Counsels at ESPN and the New Orleans Hornets.

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Judge Bernadette D'Souza - Tulane JD (Law) '92 - New Orleans, LA

Parish of Orleans - Family Court Judge at Civil District Court


Judge Bernadette D'Souza was elected 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. 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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Jini Koh - Tulane BA (Political Science) '01 - Seattle, WA

Amazon - Corporate Counsel for Global Trade

Jini Koh is the Corporate Counsel for Global Trade at Amazon where she advises consumer teams on trade compliance, international expansion, and global trade policy matters to ensure efficient cross-border movement of goods for earth’s most customer-centric company. Prior to joining Amazon, Jini was a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s New York City office where her practice focused on advising clients on all areas of import regulatory compliance, trade remedies, and international trade litigation. Her experience also covers an extensive range of trade and customs issues, including import due diligence and post-merger & acquisition implementation, internal supply chain and compliance assessments, governmental disclosures and audits, and free trade agreements. Jini received her B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies from Tulane University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. After law school, she clerked for Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas in the U.S. Court of International Trade.


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David Weinberg - UPenn JD '01 - New Orleans, LA

Tulane University Law School - Assistant Dean of Admissions

David Weinberg is the Assistant Dean for Admission at Tulane University Law School. He is responsible for the leadership and operation of all admissions functions at the law school, including oversight of 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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Graham Williams - Tulane JD (Civil Law) '15 - New Orleans, LA

Adams and Reese - Associate, Litigation Practice Group

Graham H. 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’s additional accomplishments and achievements include: Served as the Executive President of the Student Bar Association at Tulane Law School, and he co-founded a class gift campaign for the law school – the first of its kind. The team enjoyed a high participation rate among its class and a match from the members of the Dean’s Advisory Board. The campaign has been adopted by successive classes and will hopefully provide continued scholarship support for Tulane Law students; Held positions as the sole student representative on the Dean Meyer Five Year Review Committee and as a Managing Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal; Honored with the Tulane 34 Award for his leadership, service, and academic achievements; Joined and was later an executive board member during his time at UVA in the Omicron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) Fraternity, for which he led in the solicitation of corporate sponsorships for the annual “Fiji Run Across Virginia,” a philanthropic event supporting cancer research through the V Foundation.


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Kevin Yorn - Tulane JD (Law) '90 - Los Angeles, CA

Morris Yorn - Founder and Co-Managing Partner

Kevin oversees the day-to-day operations and personnel recruitment for his law firm along with his partner Kevin Morris. He specializes in representing prominent actors, writers, producers and directors in the motion picture and television industries. Along with Morris, he started the firm twenty-one years ago after working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office as a Homicide Prosecutor in the Hardcore Gang Division for 5 years. His firm represents Ellen DeGeneres, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Anna Kendrick, Jordan Peele, Zach Galifianakis, and CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, among others. In addition to representing and negotiating talent contracts for his clients, Kevin has made a multitude of deals in the world of film finance and VC startups. He helped form and has raised venture financing for his partnership with Ellen DeGeneres in Ellen Digital Ventures and her lifestyle brand, ED. Additionally, he is partners with Scarlett Johansson in her new beauty business, and also with Zoe Saldana in BeSe, her Latin digital media company, which launched in late 2017. Kevin graduated cum laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Business, and earned his J.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He lives in Brentwood, CA where he is the father of a daughter, Samantha.



Careers in Marketing, PR & Communications


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Madeleine Bell - Tulane BSM (Marketing) '17 - Miami, FL

Restaurant Brands International - Marketing Communications Analyst

Madeleine Bell joined Restaurant Brands International (RBI)— BURGER KING®, TIM HORTONS® and POPEYES LOUISIANA KITCHEN® brands—as a member of the 2017 Leadership Development Program. After four months of intensive analytics, finance, in-restaurant, Zero-based-budgeting (ZBB), and brand-specific trainings, Madeleine joined the TIM HORTONS® marketing team as a Marketing Communications Analyst. Collaborating with teams from Marketing Analytics, Product Innovation, and Calendar, she currently manages TV and Radio for the USA. In this role, Madeleine’s responsibilities include writing concept briefs based on new products and consumer insights, attending/leading calls with agencies, traveling to video/photoshoots, tracking the multi-million dollar budget, and ensuring every promotion/campaign aligns with Tim’s brand strategy from concept to execution. While at Tulane, Madeleine studied Marketing in the A.B. Freeman School of Business with a minor in Management. She is a proud member of the Newcomb Scholars Cohort of 2017—the Newcomb College Institute’s 4-year interdisciplinary research program that empowers women to create a community of diverse thinkers, leaders, and activists—and wrote her senior thesis on the psychological and sociological causes of gender disparity in Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. During her university tenure, Madeleine interned as a Jr. Production Assistant & Brand Strategy Intern at Athleta in San Francisco, then pivoted into agency work at Revelation PR, Advertising, and Social Media in Madison, WI. In 2015, she joined the transportation technology startup Dock as a brand strategy consultant and worked remotely for them until graduation. Additionally, Madeleine managed a personal training business at Reily Recreation Center and freelanced as a sports photographer, website designer, and journalist. She was introduced to RBI’s Leadership Development Program by BURGER KING® President Jose Cil at Career Wave 2017, and looks forward to returning to Tulane as a Rising Start panelist for Career Wave 2018!


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Marianne Diorio - Tulane Parent - New York, NY

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. - Senior Vice President, Communications

Marianne Diorio, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Communications, Corporate Image, The Estée Lauder Companies, has been in the beauty and fashion business for more than 30 years. After graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, she joined Condé Nast Publications in the Art Department of Vogue magazine. She then became the Fashion and Beauty Editor of Bride's magazine, a title which she held for five years. Her first foray into the cosmetics industry was as Director of Public Relations for Prescriptives in 1983 and she has continued to work at The Estée Lauder Companies in varying responsibilities for 30 years. She took a few brief absences, one in 1999 to work as the Beauty and Style Director of Allure magazine. At The Estée Lauder Companies she has held various positions including the Vice President of Global Communications for the Clinique and Estée Lauder brands. Marianne currently oversees Global Communications for The Estée Lauder Companies’ more than 25 brands including Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Origins, M•A•C, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Donna Karan, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Darphin, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Smashbox and Editions des Parfums Frédéric Malle. In her Estée Lauder Corporate Image role, Marianne directs the editorial content, look, experience and presentation of the Company. This includes oversight of the Corporate digitial properties- elcompanies.com, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Marianne is married to still life photographer, James Wojcik and they have a daughter, Tiki, currently a student at Tulane University. They live in downtown NYC with their adorable dog, Chestnut.


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Maya Goldberg - Tulane BSM (Finance) '12 - New York, NY

Ogilvy & Mather - Strategist

Maya graduated from Tulane in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in finance and a master of accounting. She tried using those degrees during a brief stint at EY but quickly realized her heart belonged in the creative world. Thanks to Professor Merluzzi, Maya’s capstone teacher, Maya made a pivot into advertising strategy. She currently works at Ogilvy on the marketing strategy team for IBM where she leads projects to understand what our customers want and how can we best communicate with them. Some of Maya’s current projects are on topics such as Blockchain, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Maya has been back to New Orleans 27 times since graduating which has given her A+ status on Southwest.

 

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Jacob Rapkin - Tulane BSM (Management) '15 - Bedford, NY

true[X] - Account Manager

Jacob Rapkin is an Account Manager at True[X], the 21st Century Fox-owned advertising platform, that has become the standard for engagement advertising. It delivers the most effective format for advertisers to truly reach and engage consumers in digital media. After starting at True[X] in 2016 as an Account Coordinator, Jacob was promoted within the year to an Account Manager overseeing multiple accounts in various markets all over the country. His relationships with brands and agencies across many sectors continues to expand as does his role in this new media company. Before starting at True[X], Jacob was a Marketing Associate at Harri, a hospitality recruitment website generating up to $4 million in annual revenue, generating more than 250,000 candidates for over 10,000 commercial clients. His experience at this start-up gave him the opportunity to lead weekly meetings and implement key targeting strategies while reporting directly to senior management. In the three years since graduating Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business with a B.S. in Management, Jacob has found much success in the Digital Marketing and Advertising field, concentrating on relationship building and client services.


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Sebastian Saldarriaga - Tulane BSM (Marketing) '11 - New York, NY

BOTTEGA VENETA - Global Senior Director of Social Media Strategy


Sebastian Saldarriaga is the Senior Global Director of Social Media Strategy at the italian luxury fashion house Bottega Veneta. As a digital innovator, Sebastian has been part of the transformation of the brand into a digitally led company. As head of the Social Media program Sebastian is responsible of bringing back measurable business results for the company ranging from brand awareness to revenue online and offline. Sebastian's role integrates creative, public relations, paid media and analytics within the Social Media space. Sebastian has an extensive background in social / digital media from his experience at the globally recognized brand, Michael Kors. His focus was primarily on international markets and social marketing integration, tapping into emerging and innovative trends while maintaining leadership of the brand in the social space. Prior to Michael Kors, Sebastian worked at 360i as a community manager where he played an integral role in the acclaimed Oreo ‘Blackout’ tweet. Due to his work on Oreo, Sebastian has received several awards including Clio and Cannes Lions. He is based in New York City, originally from Bogota, Colombia and has a BA degree from Tulane University on Marketing and Management.
 
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Emily Shearburn - Tulane BA (English) '15 - New York, NY

Hawkins International PR - Social Media Manager

Emily Shearburn graduated from Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts in 2015 with a BA in English. Currently, Emily is a Social Media Manager at Hawkins International Public Relations, a boutique luxury travel PR agency specializing in media relations and influencer marketing for high-end hotels and resorts. She supports Hawkins International’s social media operation with responsibilities that include creating strategic content, leading client social media coaching efforts, executing paid social media campaigns, implementing influencer activations, and recruiting and managing interns. While at Tulane, Emily was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, where she served as their Chief Panhellenic       Officer, and she was also a member of Relay for Life NOLA-Universities.




Careers in the Crescent City


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Ali Carlisle - Tulane MA (Spanish) '08 - New Orleans, LA

The Idea Village - Director of Marketing


As the Director of Marketing at The Idea Village, Ali leads the organization’s marketing and communications strategy, from overseeing the branding and engagement strategy for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week to promoting the organization’s Entrepreneur Services. She previously worked as the Curation Program Manager at Dinner Lab and as a Marketing and Event Manager at Google. Ali received a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish and a master’s degree in Spanish from Tulane University. Originally from Louisville, KY, I moved to New Orleans in the fall of 2003 to attend Tulane University. After earning a Bachelor’s in English and Spanish and a Master’s in Spanish, I moved to New York in an effort to pursue more career opportunities. I began working in Marketing and Events at Google, but after six incredible years in NYC, I jumped at the opportunity to move back to New Orleans to work in the startup community at Dinner Lab. Currently, as the Director of Marketing at The Idea Village, I have a passion for driving creativity, crafting our messaging, and promoting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans.

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Morgan England - Tulane MBA '14 - New Orleans, LA

Tulane University - Senior Associate Director of Admissions


I graduated from Tulane in 2011 with a major in English and an Art Studio minor and am working towards my MBA in the A.B. Freeman School of Business. While I loved growing up in Silicon Valley, New Orleans has absolutely stolen my heart and I now get to consider two incredible places home. No two days are ever the same in this city: from biking along the Mississippi River to tubing down the Bogue Chitto, eating in some of the world's most renowned restaurants to discovering delicious new pop-ups, stand-up paddleboarding in the bayou to dancing in the street on a Tuesday, there's always an adventure to be had in NOLA. Come see for yourself!

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Melissa Exnicios - Tulane BA (International Relations) '08 - New Orleans, LA

Oschner Health System - Strategic Program Manager


Melissa Gurdian Exnicios is a Strategic Program Manager who works with executives and department leaders to provide structure, discipline, and speed to execution of integration activities associated with Ochsner Health System’s strategic partnerships. After spending the past year on various mergers and acquisitions, Melissa knows what truly drives successful partnerships and integrations in the healthcare industry. Melissa holds a BA in international relations, an MBA, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Tommy Gerace - Tulane BSM (Consumer Behavior/Marketing) '10 - New Orleans, LA

SMG - Assistant Manager of Operations


Tommy Gerace graduated from Tulane University in 2010 with a BSM in Consumer Behavior/Marketing. Tommy is currently the Assistant Manager of Operations with SMG at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Center, and Champions Square, overseeing care of the turf and court as well as setting all facilities for events while always keeping safety in mind. Before joining the Operations team, Tommy was an Event Coordinator at the facility, leading in Customer Service for his event clients. Prior to SMG, Tommy worked for The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida in a variety of roles over seven years.

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Evan Nicoll - Tulane BSM '12, Tulane MBA '16 - New Orleans, LA

Tulane University Freeman School of Business - Senior Development Officer


Evan is a Senior Development Officer with the Freeman School of Business. In this role, he works to connect alumni and donors with funding opportunities for the school, which include scholarships, faculty and student support, programmatic resources, and priorities associated with the “Only the Audacious” university campaign. Evan is a double graduate of the business school with a Master of Business Administration in 2016 and Bachelor of Science in Management in 2012. Originally from Kenner, Louisiana Evan recently moved back to the Big Easy after living in New York City while working for Success Academy Charter Schools. Evan is fiercely passionate about helping to bring economic and business development to New Orleans, including building up the resources necessary to bolster the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.


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Benjamin Swig - Tulane MPH '09, Tulane MBA '16 - New Orleans, LA

Ready Responders - Co-Founder and COO


Benjamin Swig is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Ready Responders, a New Orleans, La-based healthcare company. For the past 16 years, as a licensed EMT/Paramedic, Swig has worked and volunteered extensively in emergency medical response in urban and rural areas across the country. Swig’s career has ranged from working directly on the front lines as an EMT/Paramedic, to working in administrative capacity with United States Department of Health and Human Services, to now serving in a leadership capacity as an entrepreneur. In 2016, after years of service in and the study of healthcare, as both a practice and as a system, Swig co-founded Ready Responders, a mobile integrated healthcare service that recruits, trains and equips a network of part-time EMTs, paramedics and other healthcare providers to respond to emergency health calls in order to help reduce response times from 10 to 5 minutes, thus increasing survival rates; improve access to affordable, quality healthcare for low- and moderate-income individuals and families; and to reduce unnecessary healthcare system spending. Prior to co-founding Ready Responders, Swig had worked as an EMT/Paramedic with New Orleans EMS; and had also worked within the Office of Surgeon General as the Acting Director of Training at the U.S. Public Health Service, where he was charged with managing the readiness, training and emergency response operations of 6,500 federal public health and medical personnel. There, he planned and executed a multitude of domestic community health and service missions that included community risk assessments, direct medical care and culturally competent public health solutions within the nations most at-risk and vulnerable communities. During his time with HHS, Swig received the Surgeon General’s Outstanding Service Award and recognition in HHS innovation from Secretary Sebelius. A native of California, Swig currently lives in New Orleans, where, in 2009, he earned a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Masters in Business Administration from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in 2016. In addition to staying active with Tulane’s alumni activities, Swig serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Services, stays active in alumni activities and his family’s commercial real estate business, and formerly served as vice chair for the Board of Directors for the New Orleans EMS Foundation. In 2017, he was recognized by Biz New Orleans as a “New and Notable;” in 2018, he was recognized by Silicon Bay News as one of the most influential people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana.



Careers & Opportunities for Science & Engineering Majors


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Ryan Burks - Tulane BS (Civil Engineering) '92, Tulane MSE (Environmental Engineering) '97 - Destrehan, LA

RYCARS Construction - President

Ryan E. Burks is a man with a life mission to bestow a legacy of discipline, hard work and perseverance in the areas of Faith, Family and Business. Mr. Burks lives by the following creed: “Success is not an Accident. Success in life is directly proportional to the level of sacrifice made to achieve the desired success level.” After graduating from Tulane University with a degree in Civil Engineering, he launched his professional career as a design engineer in Atlanta, Georgia where he worked on projects for the 1996 Olympic Games. Mr. Burks later advanced to be a Project Manager, Construction Manager and Operations Manager for various construction firms in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana before founding RYCARS Construction, LLC. RYCARS stands for the family members of President and CEO, Ryan E. Burks (Ryan Caleb Arielle Ryan Stephanie). RYCARS Construction, LLC is a regional specialty contractor with a core competency in commercial roofing applications. Its mission is to provide excellent, professional construction services specifically related to the building envelope integrity. Since March of 2002, Mr. Burks has led RYCARS Construction, LLC in completing over $125 million in commercial roofing and construction projects for over 80 different customers, in multiple types of facilities such as healthcare, multi-family, institutional, hotel, water treatment facilities and military bases. RYCARS has performed successfully on projects in ten (10) states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Virginia. The company has completed high profile projects such as the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.


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Arianne Larimer - Tulane BS (Psychology) '09 - New Orleans, LA

iMerit Technology - Program Manager

Arianne Larimer (Newcomb/Tulane '09) graduated from Tulane with a dual-degree in Spanish and Psychology. She is a Tulane Hall of Fame Athlete for Cross Country & Track for her participation during the '05-'06 Katrina year. Currently, Arianne is the program manager at iMerit in New Orleans, where she manages a bilingual Spanish/English team on Natural Language Processing projects and other digital data services for machine learning and artificial intelligence clients. Her focus is on sustainable and scalable growth processes. For the majority of her career, she has worked in operations and sales in start ups including Naked Pizza, Lucid, and now iMerit.


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Allyson Mackay - Tulane BA (Sociology) '08 - New Orleans, LA

General Electric Company - Agile Head Coach & Transformation Leader, Baker Hughes

Allyson Mackay is the head Agile coach and Agile transformation leader for all data & analytics products in BHGE. Prior to leading Agile transformation, Allyson was a technical product manager with the Acquisition & Integration team in GE Oil & Gas responsible for the end-to-end integration of newly acquired business application portfolios. Allyson has also held roles in software development as a QA Engineer with GE Capital and in data services with GE Aviation. Since October 2016, Allyson has been the co-lead of the New Orleans Women’s Network Hub and is also the co-lead for the GE Girls Camp @ Tulane University. Prior to joining GE in 2014, Allyson was a freelance developer specializing in taking big ideas from small clients and using Agile to deliver innovative solutions. She also holds expertise in information research from her time working at the Matas Library at Tulane University. She is an experienced trainer, coach, and ultimately a technologist with a deep desire to challenge the status quo and deliver ‘good’ products to customers. Allyson has a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Public Health from Liverpool John Moores University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French from Tulane University. Her career in technology is built on a solid foundation of how people and systems operate together.



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Bill Marko - Tulane MS (Petroleum Engineering) '83 - Houston, TX

Jefferies & Company - Managing Director

William "Bill" Marko is a Managing Director of Jefferies LLC in the Energy Investment Banking Group. He has managed more than $70 billion of asset and corporate transactions. He specializes in applying detailed technical evaluations to M&A transactions. While his activities are focused in the U.S., Bill also works on worldwide projects with Jefferies’ London based energy team and he heads Jefferies’ Canadian upstream activities. Prior to joining Randall & Dewey, subsequently purchased by Jefferies, Mr. Marko worked more than 18 years in various engineering, operations and commercial roles at Mobil Oil. With more than 38 years of industry experience in worldwide acquisition, divestment and new business development, he has evaluated transactions in all majorU.S. basins and morethan 70countries. Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and is Chair of the Tulane University President’s Council and a member of the Board of Advisors of the TulaneSchool of Science&Engineering.


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Jean-Francois Poupeau - Tulane BS (Geology) '83 - Houston, TX

Schlumberger Ltd. - Executive Vice President of Corporate Engagement

Mr. Poupeau leads Schlumberger’s Corporate Engagement initiatives including corporate planning, development, engagement, global stewardship and communications functions. Over the last four years he has also led the company’s Global Transformation program. Previously he served as President, Drilling Group (2010-2012); President, Drilling & Measurements (2007-2010); Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations (2006-2007), and Vice President Technologies and Product Marketing (2004-2006). Mr. Poupeau joined Schlumberger in 1985 as a wireline field engineer in the Gulf of Mexico. He has held operational and management leadership positions in North America, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Angola, France and China. He holds a B.S. degree in geology and a M.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Tulane University. He serves on the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering Advisory Board, is a member of SPE and SPWLA and serves on the Boards of The Texas French Alliance for the Arts, American Heart Association SouthWest Affiliate, United Way of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Partnership and the Well Control Institute.



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Arman Sadeghpour - Tulane PHD (BioInformatics) '07 - New Orleans, LA

Theodent LLC - President, CEO and Cofounder

Arman Sadeghpour has lived in Louisiana since 1975 and is proud to call New Orleans home. He attended Tulane University for his both his graduate and undergraduate studies. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane in French language with a minor in art studio and a Bachelor of Science in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. He also has a Masters degree in Computer Science and a PhD from Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering with an emphasis in Bioinformatics. His most memorable experience, at Tulane, was being elected by his peers to serve as the President of the Associated Student Body the very year that hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans. He is a founding member and the CEO of Theodent, LLC and is committed to helping New Orleans strengthen its economy and rebuild, post Katrina, through the development of innovative new oral care technologies as a member of Theodent. Arman also currently serves as the President of the Tulane alumni association.


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Don Vinci - Tulane BS (Chemical Engineering) '79 - New Orleans, LA

Entergy - Executive Vice President and CAO

Don Vinci, executive vice president, was named chief administrative officer in 2016. In this role, Vinci serves as a member of the Office of the Chief Executive and has responsibility for all of Entergy’s information technology, supply chain, finance operations, administrative services and business process improvement functions. He also leads the company’s employee-driven efforts to continually improve processes and develop new and innovative ways to deliver value to customers. Prior to his current role, Vinci held the position of senior vice president, human resources and chief diversity officer, responsible for the company’s strategic human resources functions including talent management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, diversity and inclusion, and human resources business partners. Vinci formerly held a variety of leadership roles at Entergy over his 30-plus-year career. They included vice president, gas distribution business, responsible for all aspects of that local distribution company serving more than 190,000 customers in Baton Rouge and New Orleans; vice president, business development for Entergy Nuclear, responsible for business and growth strategies, and the effort to establish human resources, information technology, communications and other administrative functions for an independent nuclear company then planned as a spinoff from Entergy; and vice president, risk management services and general auditor, responsible for all of Entergy’s internal audit and property and casualty risk management functions. Vinci began his career with Entergy in nuclear operations, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility and breadth at both the plant and fleet levels, including maintenance manager, operations manager, engineering manager, director of fleet training and development, general manager plant operations at River Bend nuclear station, and general manager, fleet operations and support. He served on active duty for more than six years as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and in the Navy Reserves for 17 years, including a tour as Commanding Officer for the Naval Air Station Pensacola Reserve Unit. He retired as a captain from the Naval Reserves in 2003. Vinci currently serves on the advisory board for Tulane University’s School of Science and Engineering, the Louisiana Military Advisory Council, and the New Orleans advisory board for the Posse Foundation, a national college access and youth leadership development program. Vinci is a New Orleans native and received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Tulane University. He was a licensed professional engineer and a licensed senior reactor operator at the Waterford 3 nuclear station.


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Ambert Yeh - Tulane BS (Neuroscience) '15 - Washington, DC

Accenture - Technology Consulting Analyst

Ambert is a Technology Consulting Analyst within Accenture’s Health & Public Service practice. He is primarily focused on leveraging analytics to help clients drive decision making and optimize business operations. He received his BS in Neuroscience from Tulane University and has experience as a research professional in the healthcare and health sciences industry identifying effective treatments for strokes and metabolic disorders. Ambert is also a classically trained violinist and has led several orchestras in the New Orleans area as concertmaster. He has performed alongside violinists such as Midori and was a member of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra during their Carnegie Hall debut.




Real Estate Panel


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Samuel Berman - Tulane MSR (Sustainable Real Estate Development) '12 - New Orleans, LA

Montgomery Berman & Co. - Owner/President


Originally from Boston where he grew up working for his family’s real estate company, Sam Berman moved to New Orleans in August 2006, a year after Katrina, to attend Tulane University. He graduated from Tulane with his BA in 2010 and with his Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development in 2012. Since 2010, Sam has successfully overseen and operated numerous real estate projects through his own company Montgomery Berman & Co. Focused specifically on uptown New Orleans real estate, he has completed projects ranging from completely gutting and rehabbing an 1850’s rowhouse in the Lower Garden District to strategic long-term acquisitions of retail property in the blossoming Freret Street area. Additionally, he also spent time in real estate operations at Wisznia Inc., as well as the Executive Vice President of Admiral Security Services, a New Orleans maritime security firm. He currently resides Uptown in New Orleans and enjoys traveling when he can.

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Ian Corcoran - Tulane BS (Finance & Economics) '12 - New Orleans, LA

Key Real Estate Company- Analyst


Ian Corcoran serves as the Director of Asset Management for Key Real Estate Company and is responsible for implementing lease-revenue optimization programs, as well as conducting portfolio performance reviews with internal and external partners. As part of these initiatives, Corcoran assists with the property budgeting and reforecasting process, develops market-specific investment strategies, and monitors the relationship between property pricing practices, market performance and renter acceptance for the entire Key portfolio. He also leads all processes relative to real estate acquisition/disposition market analysis, underwriting, due diligence, closing, and investor relations. Corcoran began his career doing business valuations for a major class action lawsuit before joining a boutique consulting firm assisting private equity clients in assessing new deals and defining strategic growth initiatives for portfolio companies. He graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University with bachelor’s degree in finance and economics.

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Vann Joines - Tulane MSR (Sustainable Real Estate Development) '12 - New Orleans, LA

JOIN Development LLC- Principal


As the founder and principal of JOIN Development, Vann Joines specializes in revitalizing struggling regional economies through the development of energy-efficient workforce housing and the adaptive reuse of historic properties. In the last three years, he has developed an 80-unit multi-family apartment complex in Rocky Mount, NC and redeveloped the historic Thomasville Furniture Mill into 120 loft-style apartments (now under construction). He has also spearheaded the adaptive reuse of the historic Rocky Mount Mills into North Carolina's first craft brewery incubator, and initiated an affordable housing development for artists in downtown Raleigh, NC. Joines also serves as Project Manager for Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in New Orleans, LA. In that capacity, he has closed two $18 million developments over the last year, including a new markets tax credit historic redevelopment slated to become Odyssey House Louisiana's new 145-bed substance abuse treatment facility in New Orleans, LA, and a mixed-income housing development in Baton Rouge, LA. Vann holds his Master's Degree in Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University, and Bachelors' Degrees in Physics and Astronomy from Haverford College.


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Sim Ward - Tulane ARM (Architecture) '11 - New Orleans, LA

Wisznia Architecture + Development - Development Project Manager


Sim graduated from Tulane School of Architecture in 2011. As a student he was focused on emerging technology, working at the Digital Output Lab and serving as a TA on Building Information Management (BIM) related course­work for multiple semesters. After graduation, he practiced in the Washington DC office of CallisonRTKL where his design work focused on a global array of retail and hospitality driven mixed-use developments for clients such as GGP, Royal Caribbean, ChinaLand Group, and Emaar. Sim was heavily involved in R+D efforts within the firm, receiving the 2012 Leonard Kagan Research Fellowship for his work on linking BIM models to building performance dashboards. Shortly after becoming a licensed architect in DC, Sim embarked on a half year trip around the world. After visiting Turkey, Israel, India, Thailand and Vietnam the pull of New Orleans became too strong to ignore any longer. Sim is currently a Development Project Manager with Wisznia Architecture+Development in New Orleans where he focuses on the design and development of urban mixed use buildings in the Gulf South region.

   


Careers for the Common Good


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Nicholas Kracov - Tulane BSM (Management) '15 - Chicago, IL

Invenergy LLC - Senior Analyst

Nicholas Kracov graduated with his B.S.M. from the A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2015, minoring in both Legal Studies and Portuguese. During his time in the Business School, Nicholas and his team won the CAPSTONE Business Case Analysis competition. Currently a Senior Analyst on the International Development team at Invenergy, LLC, North America's largest private independent producer of wind power, he has served multiple roles at the company as the development team lead on large corporate projects. He most recently spent 6 months in the company's Mexico City office developing projects to be bid into the Mexican Federal Government's clean energy procurement auction.




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Kate Sheerin - Tulane BA (Political Science) '08 - Ardsley, NY

Google - Public Policy Manager

Kate Sheerin is a Public Policy Manager at Google, where she focuses on the company’s US policy strategy on issues including copyright and creativity, immigration reform, education, and the future of work. Prior to joining Google in 2010, she served as a Municipal and Community Development Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Originally from New York, Kate received her B.A. in political science from Tulane University and studied at the American University of Paris.


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Kidd Duhe Solomon - Tulane BA (Political Science) '17 - Washington, DC

Aspen Institute - Program Coordinator

Kidd Duhe Solomon currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Kidd Duhe worked with the Economics Bureau of the U.S. Department of State on an international partnership between UNCTAD and the Global Entrepreneurship Network to facilitate entrepreneurship across the world. Kidd Duhe graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tulane University in 2017 with an Honors BA in International Relations and a double minor in Spanish and International Development. During his time in New Orleans, Kidd Duhe focused on HIV/AIDS field work and research with both the NO/AIDS Task Force and an Honors Thesis under the guidance of the Tulane Political Science Department and the Tulane Graduate School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Additionally, Kidd Duhe worked with the Payson Center for International Development and the Peace Corps domestic recruitment programs over the course of his collegiate career. Kidd Duhe is a proud native of Colorado and during his free time he can be found hiking or biking.



Careers in Venture & Start-Ups


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Joanna Curran - Tulane BSM (Legal Studies) '09 - New York, NY

Ellevest - Director of People Operations

Joanna Curran is the Director of People Operations at Ellevest, overseeing all employer branding, talent acquisition, and employee experience efforts. Ellevest helps women take control of their financial futures through investing, with a beautifully designed digital platform backed by an incredibly smart algorithm. Our platform is unique in taking into account a woman’s longer lifespan and different salary curve, combined with her current financial picture, to construct highly customized investment portfolios for each of her goals. Joanna has expertise in building startup teams, scaling culture, management and leadership coaching, talent development, and customer success, with an emphasis on helping companies achieve results through stages of rapid change and growth. Joanna was previously an early-stage team member at both Axial and Elysium Health in NYC. Joanna lives in Brooklyn, works in New York City, and studied Business Law & Marketing at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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Andrew Duplessie - Tulane NG (Finance) '16 - Los Angeles, CA

Ask Tipster - Founder and CEO


Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Ask Tipster www.asktipster.com . He is a active Angel investor, focusing on early stage startups. Andrew is a horror story writer with over 100 million online views of his stories, some of which are in pre-production to become films. He is a Stanford University StartX alum. Over the past year, Andrew has generated 1B+ impressions, 18M communities, and 3M app downloads. He has over 250 million followers across Instagram and Facebook. Andrew had speaking roles in several movies and television, including American Horror Story. Andrew is a Venture Partner at Science-Inc.com (250 million dollar fund, ex: dollar shave club, dog vacay) and Science Blockchain. He is an Advisor and Investor at DNA fund (Brock Pierce EOS) and parallax digital. (. He is an advisor and mentor at Stanford University Startx Incubator. He has worked with over 20 ICOS that have raised over 1 billion dollars in 2017.



   
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Desmond Graves - Tulane BSM (Finance) '16 - Los Angeles, CA

WonderCo - Co-founder and CEO

Desmond is the Co-founder and CEO of WonderCo, a consulting and marketing agency specializing in blockchain, consumer products, media/content, and social platforms. He is a Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Science Blockchain (Dollar Shave Club). He entered cryptocurrency in 2013 and has worked with over 10 ICO’s, that collectively have raised over 600 million dollars. Additionally, he is an advisor to multiple blockchain companies and expert on data analysis, business strategy, and social marketing.




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Arianne Larimer - Tulane BS (Psychology) '09 - New Orleans, LA

iMerit Technology - Program Manager

Arianne Larimer (Newcomb/Tulane '09) graduated from Tulane with a dual-degree in Spanish and Psychology. She is a Tulane Hall of Fame Athlete for Cross Country & Track for her participation during the '05-'06 Katrina year. Currently, Arianne is the program manager at iMerit in New Orleans, where she manages a bilingual Spanish/English team on Natural Language Processing projects and other digital data services for machine learning and artificial intelligence clients. Her focus is on sustainable and scalable growth processes. For the majority of her career, she has worked in operations and sales in start ups including Naked Pizza, Lucid, and now iMerit.


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Danny Neeson - Tulane BA (Communications, Theater) '19 - New Orleans, LA

Pine Outfitters - Owner and Founder

Daniel “Danny” is a current student at Tulane University, New Orleans pursuing a major in Theater. In the beginning of 2016 Danny founded Pine Outfitters based out of NYC. Danny also started his own landscaping company in 2016 which is located in Dutchess County, NY. Danny attended Fordham Prep High School 15’. As Danny’s business continue to grow he strives along with his team to make Pine one of the most influenced lifestyle brands in the fashion industry.


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Bong Suh - UC Berkeley JD (Law) '93 - San Francisco, CA

Dynamic Signal - CFO


Bong Suh is an experienced entrepreneur, executive and advisor who has worked with a variety of tech companies, including CNET, Inc., Coremetrics, Wine.com, Art.com, Beyond.com, SmartAdhesives, Uptake, and World Golf Tour. A long-time Silicon Valley executive, Bong has contributed to growing companies through a variety of functions, including CEO, Board member, CFO, SVP of Corporate Development, and President. Bong is currently the CFO of Dynamic Signal, a SaaS company that provides internal communications software to over 20% of the Fortune 100 companies. Early in his tech career, Bong was the CEO of BuyDirect.com, Inc., one of the original e-commerce companies on the Internet, and helped pioneer the digital retailing and downloading of mainstream PC software. Prior to his high-tech career, Bong worked both as a mergers & acquisitions banker for Morgan Stanley & Co. and Robertson, Stephens & Co., and as a lobbying consultant in the Washington, DC and Brussels offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Bong holds a J.D. degree from the Boalt School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



Careers in Medicine


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Diana Coupard - UPenn (MD) '90 - Los Angeles, CA

One Medical Group - Physician


Diana Coupard is an Internist in San Francisco, working for One Medical, a healthcare start up that includes MDs, DOs, NPs and PAs who provide primary care to patients in 70 offices in 8 cities across the country. She is also active in the San Francisco Marin Medical Society and is raising 3 teenagers, the oldest of whom is currently a freshman at Tulane. She is passionate about changing the delivery of healthcare to better meet the needs of providers and patients.




Healthcare Isn't Just Medicine Anymore: A Look Into Our Nation's Largest Industry's Non-Medical Professions


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Melissa Exnicios - Tulane BA (International Relations) '08 - New Orleans, LA

Oschner Health System - Strategic Program Manager


Melissa Gurdian Exnicios is a Strategic Program Manager who works with executives and department leaders to provide structure, discipline, and speed to execution of integration activities associated with Ochsner Health System’s strategic partnerships. After spending the past year on various mergers and acquisitions, Melissa knows what truly drives successful partnerships and integrations in the healthcare industry. Melissa holds a BA in international relations, an MBA, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Brian Keller - Tulane BSM (Management) '88 - Baton Rouge, LA

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana - SVP and Chief Marketing Officer


Brian Keller is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. He is currently responsible for the marketing functions of all group and individual products for Blue Cross. Brian joined the company in 1996 as an Account Executive. He has held the leadership roles of Regional Sales Director, Statewide Director of Individual Sales, Vice President, Individual Sales, and his current position of Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Brian has extensive experience with both group and individual sales. Coupled with his previous employment with two Fortune 500 companies, Brian’s entire career has been in sales and marketing. Keller, 53, is a native of New Orleans and is a 1988 graduate of Tulane University.

  
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LaCosta Wix - Tulane JD (Law) '05 - New Orleans, LA

UnitedHealth Group - Associate General Counsel


LaCosta N. Wix is the director of regulatory affairs and associate general counsel at UnitedHealthcare. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, she served as a staff attorney with Tennessee’s Department of Commerce and Insurance, where her service and commitment led to her eventual appointment as chief counsel for insurance. LaCosta’s 10 years’ combined experience as regulatory counsel for both an insurance company and health care provider enables her to bring a unique perspective on health care issues. In her role as liaison to the insurance departments of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, LaCosta advocates for the business on complex policy matters, as well as assisting in the handling of dayto-day consumer complaints and form and rate filing objections. She is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, Ky., and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.
 
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Benjamin Swig - Tulane MPH '09, Tulane MBA '16 - New Orleans, LA

Ready Responders - Co-Founder and COO


Benjamin Swig is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Ready Responders, a New Orleans, La-based healthcare company. For the past 16 years, as a licensed EMT/Paramedic, Swig has worked and volunteered extensively in emergency medical response in urban and rural areas across the country. Swig’s career has ranged from working directly on the front lines as an EMT/Paramedic, to working in administrative capacity with United States Department of Health and Human Services, to now serving in a leadership capacity as an entrepreneur. In 2016, after years of service in and the study of healthcare, as both a practice and as a system, Swig co-founded Ready Responders, a mobile integrated healthcare service that recruits, trains and equips a network of part-time EMTs, paramedics and other healthcare providers to respond to emergency health calls in order to help reduce response times from 10 to 5 minutes, thus increasing survival rates; improve access to affordable, quality healthcare for low- and moderate-income individuals and families; and to reduce unnecessary healthcare system spending. Prior to co-founding Ready Responders, Swig had worked as an EMT/Paramedic with New Orleans EMS; and had also worked within the Office of Surgeon General as the Acting Director of Training at the U.S. Public Health Service, where he was charged with managing the readiness, training and emergency response operations of 6,500 federal public health and medical personnel. There, he planned and executed a multitude of domestic community health and service missions that included community risk assessments, direct medical care and culturally competent public health solutions within the nations most at-risk and vulnerable communities. During his time with HHS, Swig received the Surgeon General’s Outstanding Service Award and recognition in HHS innovation from Secretary Sebelius. A native of California, Swig currently lives in New Orleans, where, in 2009, he earned a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Masters in Business Administration from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in 2016. In addition to staying active with Tulane’s alumni activities, Swig serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Services, stays active in alumni activities and his family’s commercial real estate business, and formerly served as vice chair for the Board of Directors for the New Orleans EMS Foundation. In 2017, he was recognized by Biz New Orleans as a “New and Notable;” in 2018, he was recognized by Silicon Bay News as one of the most influential people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 bkantrow@tulane.edu