Biz Talks

Episode 47: Your Travel Questions Answered

What’s open? Where are the best deals? Should you book now or wait a bit? How will traveling look different? Melinda Bourgeois, owner of Travel Central travel agency in Metairie since 1988, answers all these questions and more in this…

Episode 41: Diversifying Corporate Internships

Diversity is good for the bottom line. In fact, according to a 2015 study by McKinsey Quarterly, ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to have a financial performance above the industry mean. So how do we get more diverse…

Episode 40: Port NOLA Weathers Multiple Storms

On this week’s podcast, we talk to Brandy Christian, the president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, about how the pandemic and hurricanes have impacted the two public agencies and what’s around…

Episode 38: Can Louisiana Achieve 'Herd Immunity'?

In this week’s podcast, Dr. Kathy Baumgarten of Ochsner Health explains how a successful statewide vaccination program will help Louisiana achieve “herd immunity” - and get back to life as we know it. Baumgarten is Ochsner’s medical director of infection…

Episode 37: The Woman Saving Carnival 2021

In response to the cancellation of traditional Carnival parades for 2021, Algiers Point resident Megan Boudreaux had what she thought was a simple, silly idea back in November to decorate her house like a float for Carnival this year and…

Episode 36: Can Airlines Recover After a Turbulent Year?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted air travel so much that the airline industry is expected to lose more than $80 billion in 2020, according to the International Air Transport Association. Will there be a recovery for the industry in 2021?…

Episode 34: Delgado Offers Affordable Job Training During Pandemic

This week's podcast features Krystal James, the strategic initiatives coordinator for workforce development at Delgado Community College. The pandemic has put tens of thousands of New Orleanians out of work - especially in the tourism and hospitality categories - but…

Episode 32: The Importance of Supporting Local

This week's podcast features Maryann Miller of StayLocal, an independent business alliance active in New Orleans since 2001. Miller designs programs and directs operations that support StayLocal's efforts to build a thriving local economy. Here, she talks about the importance…

Episode 31: What’s Up With City Park?

The current pandemic has been just as devastating as Hurricane Katrina was for New Orleans’ City Park according to its CEO, Bob Becker.  While many areas of the park are busier than ever in this time of social distancing, the funding…

Episode 30: The Wealth Edit Blends Community and Personal Finance

This week’s podcast features Lauren Pearson and Emily Lassiter, the co-founders of The Wealth Edit, a new online membership-based community for women looking to confidentially discuss and expand their knowledge of personal finance. The company is officially launching in New…

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about our cohosts

Kimberley Singletary

Managing Editor, Biz New Orleans

Award-winning writer and editor Kim Singletary is a Southern California transplant (by way of Canada, Washington, Colorado and Nebraska) who has finally found her perfect home in the land of beignets, zydeco and zero chance of shoveling snow. Her career has included communications work in the performing arts and nonprofit sectors, as well as serving as a writer and editor for a variety of regional and national magazines. In addition to contributing  to the New Orleans Advocate/Times Picayune, Kim has served as the managing editor of Biz New Orleans magazine since its launch in 2014, where she has led Louisiana's only business magazine to receive multiple national recognitions. She currently lives in Uptown with her husband, young daughter, two cats and one very sassy fish. You can reach Kim at (504) 830-7260 or kimberley@bizneworleans.com.

 

Rich Collins

Associate News Editor, BizNewOrleans.com

Rich Collins is an Emmy Award-winning writer, musician and actor known for the Disney Channel TV series “Imagination Movers.” Rich is the former managing editor of Gambit Weekly newspaper and former president of the Press Club of New Orleans. Rich's music has been used on “Ellen,” “Good Morning America,” “Wipeout” and other shows. He has performed live on “The View,” “LIVE with Regis and Kelly” and “Good Morning America.” He developed and taught a songwriting curriculum at Loyola University New Orleans. He performs at locations throughout New Orleans including at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Raised in the Washington, D.C. area and educated at the Catholic University of America, Rich moved to New Orleans in the 1990s and lives here with his wife (a local) and five children. You can reach Rich at (504) 830-7257 or rich@bizneworleans.com.