41st Annual Tulane Business Forum Goes Virtual

NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane Association of Business Alumni will host “Waves of Change: Reimagining Business Growth Through a Crisis” from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. The Tulane Business Forum features a group of industry leaders who will address the adversities businesses are facing in the wake of the global pandemic and the innovative ways in which they are proving their resiliency.

The forum, underwritten by BXS Insurance Agency and Entergy Services Inc. and sponsored by the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, will take place live on a closed set and will be made available online to preregistered participants.

Presenters will include the Honorable Meredith S. Grabill, U.S. bankruptcy judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans) and Michael D. Rubenstein, shareholder of Liskow & Lewis (Houston), who will provide tips on what to expect if your business is confronted with bankruptcy and how to handle the experience of bankruptcy court.

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Dr. Kyle Widmer, chief of infectious diseases of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (New Orleans), will give an update on COVID and discuss SLVHCS’ strategic planning, early response, therapeutic options, current research trials, and the plan moving forward. 

Joel Wood, senior vice president for government affairs of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (Washington, D.C.), will give an overview of the effects of COVID on the millions of insurance policyholders facing business interruption policies that didn’t account for the pandemic, as well as employer-sponsored health insurance coverage due to rising unemployment.  He will also provide his perspective on the marketplace and the public policy implications for this essential sector of the financial services marketplace.

Jim Priestley, group vice president of North America applications sales for Oracle (Burlingame, CA), will share stories of customers in various stages of cloud transformation prior to and during the pandemic and valuable lessons on how modernization and resilience impact an organization’s ability to adapt, sustain, and scale in a post-COVID world.

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Adam Weissenberg, vice chairman and chief global officer audit & assurance, Asia Pacific leader – US global office for Deloitte & Touche LLP (Parsippany, NJ) will provide lessons learned during both his time on Deloitte’s board and boards of other organizations and how those lessons correlate to the importance of relationship building, team motivation, and navigating difficult times.

John M. Hairston, president & CEO at Hancock Whitney (Gulfport, MS), will cover the most recent economic update and forecast for Louisiana and U.S. economies, with a focus on how Louisiana might outperform expectations during a pandemic recovery. 

Quentin L. Messer, Jr., president & CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance (New Orleans) will facilitate a panel discussion of regional maritime experts that will discuss how the pandemic has impacted how, when and why Americans buy consumer goods, and how Louisiana can capitalize on its strengths in maritime, trade, and logistics.  They will also address New Orleans and the region’s current advantages, and how we can work to build into the future.  Panelists will include:  Paul G. Aucoin, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana (LaPlace); Brandy D. Christian, president & CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corp.; George E. Duffy, president & CEO of G.Duffy Maritime Services LLC (Destrehan); Sean M. Duffy, Sr., executive director of the Big River Coalition (Kenner); and Dr. James A. Richardson, alumni professor of economics and public administration, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge).

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 The Tulane Association of Business Alumni of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University 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.

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.

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

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