Tulane Business Forum: Surviving and Thriving in New Economy

Tulane Business Forum
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NEW ORLEANS –The Tulane Association of Business Alumni will host its 42nd annual and second virtual forum, “Emergence:  Surviving and Thriving in a Reimagined Economy,” on Thursday, Sept. 23. The Tulane Business Forum features a group of prominent industry experts who will address today’s landscape of social, racial and gender inequalities and steps businesses can take to rectify such disparities to become leaders in their respective fields.

The forum, generously underwritten by KeyString Labs by Entergy and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and sponsored by TABA, will take place live on a closed set and will be made available online to preregistered participants.

The morning keynote presenters will be I. Steven Udvarhelyi, M.D., president & CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) (Baton Rouge) and Stephanie Mills, M.D., chief medical officer of BCBSLA (Baton Rouge), who will look at how COVID-19 has affected healthcare as well as how BCBSLA is working with members, providers and healthcare workers during these challenging times.  They will also discuss the emergence of variant strains and top trends in healthcare post pandemic.

The afternoon keynote session will include presenters David D. Ellis, SVP & chief customer officer of Entergy Services, LLC (New Orleans), Matt Dearmon, director of innovation partnerships & portfolio management at KeyString Labs by Entergy (New Orleans), and Katy Evans, lead product manager of innovation at KeyString Labs by Entergy (New Orleans) who will talk about how KeyString Labs, Entergy’s innovation center, leads efforts to transform customer frictions into extraordinary customer experiences through innovative solutions which support communities and promote a carbon free future under a framework that balances reliability, affordability, and environmental stewardship.

A special session featuring Walter Isaacson, renowned author and the Leonard A. Lauder professor of American history and values at Tulane University (New Orleans), will explore how leaders organize, manage, and act upon their ideas, while referencing his newest book, The Code Breaker – Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race.

Other speakers during the main session will include: Marc H. Morial, president & CEO of the National Urban League (New York, NY), Richard F. Cortizas, partner of the corporate practice group & chair of the diversity group at Jones Walker LLP (New Orleans), Daryn Dodson, managing director of Illumen Capital (Oakland, CA), and Michelle Goldman, executive vice president of RT Specialty (New York, NY).

Breakout sessions geared specifically towards those seeking continuing education include Suzanne T. Mestayer, managing principal at ThirtyNorth Investments, LLC (New Orleans), Gary A. Hoover, Ph.D., executive director of The Murphy Institute and professor of economics at Tulane (New Orleans), Walt Green, partner at Phelps Dunbar LLP (New Orleans), Ralph R. Russo, professor & director of information technology academic programs at Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement (New Orleans), and Trivia Frazier, Ph.D., president & CEO of Obatala Sciences, Inc. (New Orleans).

Accountants can earn 4.0 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits; engineers can earn 4.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits; and attorneys can earn 2.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits by joining the forum.

About TABA – The Tulane Association of Business Alumni of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane represents over 20,000 alumni worldwide, and the forum is the organization’s marquee event.  Each year, the forum features speakers of national and international acclaim who address a variety of business topics across industries.

To register for this free event, visit www.tulanebusinessforum.com.


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