FEATURED SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

as of February 6, 2019

Kim Bangash
Orchid Ventures
Principal
Tulane Parent
New York, NY
Panel: Startups/Entrepreneurship/Venture, Film & Television

Founding partner at this media and entertainment investment and advisory firm which was formed in 2000. Our funds are focused on several verticals within the media sector including film, music, publishing and sports. Orchid invests in early to mid stage media companies as well as project finance such as film production, concert tours and live events. Mr. Bangash is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received an MBA from Columbia University in 1999.

Jen Brafman Staffen
Ultimate Software
Senior Analyst Relations Manager
Tulane, Science and Engineering ’88
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Panel: Careers in STEM

Jennifer Brafman Staffen is currently a marketing executive at Ultimate Software, where she has a passion for technology and serves as an evangelist to influence market perception of Ultimate’s product value and differentiators. At Ultimate Software since 2004, Jennifer has combined her engineering and business background in several unique roles in product development, corporate growth and marketing. After graduating from Tulane Engineering, Jennifer received an MBA in Finance from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. Prior to Ultimate Software, Jennifer got her start in systems consulting and business process management at Price Waterhouse, then held leadership positions in Information Technology at both Ryder Integrated Logistics and The Sports Authority. Jennifer lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her husband, their 7-year old daughter, Bella and their Portugese Water Dog, Daisy. Outside of work, Jennifer draws inspiration from her yoga practice, Peleton cycle, travel and charity work.

Paul Breslow
EDF Innovation Lab
Innovation Director
Tulane, Science and Engineering ’04
Los Altos, CA
Panels: Information Technology, Startup/Venture/Entrepreneurship, Future Executives

Paul joined the EDF Group (Électricité de France) Open Innovation team in June 2015. He supports technology scouting for business units within the entire EDF Group, manages relationships with the start-up and innovation ecosystems in North America, participates and leads R&D projects in blockchain and micromobility, and assists business units in accelerating new business development. EDF is an $80B/yr global, integrated energy company and the world’s largest electricity producer. EDF’s 140 GW’s of generation capacity and 150k employees across 30+ countries generate over 650 TWH’s of electricity for nearly 40M customers – and 85% of that electricity generated is carbon free. In the US, EDF operates EDF Renewables, EDF Trading and Energy Services, DK Energy, EDF R&D, and ~7 GW of generation capacity. Globally, EDF is active in the entire value chain of the electric industry, including R&D, project development, generation, trading, transmission, distribution, sales, and services.Paul has over 15 years of experience throughout the value chain of clean energy development, commercialization, and deployment. Prior to EDF, Paul held key roles on the analysis, marketing, product development, project development, business development, and corporate development teams in start-ups and large international energy companies, including QBotix, AUO/BenQ, Suntech/Gemini, and several commercial & industrial solar developer/integrators. Paul graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a BSE, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering focused on clean energy technologies, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, and electricity demand forecasting.

Steve Beeks
Next Entertainment Strategies, LLC
President
Former President, Lionsgate
Tulane Parent
Pacific Palisades, CA
Panels: Consulting, Motion Pictures/Film/Television

Steve Beeks spent 32 years in the entertainment industry with repeated success in growing several companies, including multiple “turn-around” situations. He is currently an independent consultant, advising on acquisition, growth strategy and planning for companies and investors in the entertainment industry. Most recently he spent 14 years at Lionsgate, where he served as Co-COO for the Company as well as the Co-President of the Motion Picture Group. He played a role as a key strategist in executing the company’s strategic plan and growth initiatives, helping to lead growth from $380 million in revenue to $4.3 billion. Mr. Beeks managed essentially all aspects of film production, acquisition and distribution and was directly responsible for film portfolio investment, production, acquisition and distribution strategy (over $1 billion in investment each year). In just over five years, Lionsgate’s film slate grossed $10 billion at the global box office; during that period, over 80% of the films produced and acquired were profitable and every annual film slate in the 14-year tenure was profitable. He also directly managed worldwide home entertainment, television and SVOD distribution and licensing. Mr. Beeks holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School as well as a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California.

 

Christian Brierre
The Domain Companies
Senior Development Associate
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’06, Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development ’12
Panel: Real Estate

Christian Brierre is the Senior Development Associate at The Domain Companies, one of the nation’s leading development and real estate investment companies specializing in sustainable mixed-use development. Since the founding of the company in 2004, The Domain Companies has been involved in the development of over $1 billion in impactful mixed-use real estate involving a diverse range of product types and markets. His focus includes the acquisition, finance, and development of each of the company’s projects with a specialization in retail development. Christian holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University.

Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown
United States District Court
Eastern District of Louisiana

Tulane, Law ’88, *89
Panels: Careers in Law

Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown holds both a Juris Doctor and an LLM in Energy and Environment from Tulane Law School. Before becoming a federal judge, she had a varied private practice involving environmental regulation and commercial litigation. She was a partner at Chaffe McCall, LLP, taught at three of Louisiana’s law schools, and served as Deputy Mayor and City Attorney for the City of New Orleans. In 2011, she was nominated to Louisiana’s Eastern District Court by President Barack Obama. She is the first African American female district judge appointed to a Louisiana federal court, and the first African American judge to serve as chief judge at Louisiana’s Eastern District Court.

 

Randy Broz
Angerolzer Broz Consulting
Partner
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’99
Washington, DC
Panels: Senior Executive, Careers in Consulting, Government & Politics

Randy Broz is co-founder of Angerholzer Broz Consulting, the largest Democratic fundraising firm in the country. With offices in Washington, D.C., Houston, TX and Los Angeles, CA, Angerholzer Broz Consulting provides fundraising and Federal Election Commission compliance services to over 25 Members of Congress as well as consulting and event services to Political Action Committees, corporations and foundations. Mr. Broz has directed the fundraising for House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s campaign since 2003 and Leadership PAC, BRIDGE PAC, since its inception. He also serves as the Political Director for BRIDGE PAC – working with candidates across the country on behalf of the Majority Whip. Mr. Broz previously founded and was President of Political Development Group, a Washington, D.C. based consulting and fundraising firm, for over a decade. Mr. Broz has appeared in a variety of periodicals such as National Journal, Roll Call, The Hill, Politico, and Bloomberg News, which described him as a “political juggernaut”. He is a frequent speaker for government affairs offices and has conducted fundraising trainings for organizations including the DNC, DCCC, PAC Pals, and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s annual boot camp. He is a graduate of Tulane University and lives with his wife and their three children in Gambrills, MD.

Greg Brunswick
Warner Music Group
Senior Director
Head of Operations & Creative Affairs, Ghostlight Records
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’02
New York, NY
Panels: Future Executives, Music, Marketing & Communications

Haley Burns
Fund17
Founder and Executive Director
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’15
New Orleans, LA
Panels: ChangeMakers

Haley Burns has pursued her passion for urban development, community research, and human-centered design throughout her education and career, building on her entrepreneurial nature. After a fellowship with Lend for America in 2012, Haley founded Fund 17 to empower underserved micro-entrepreneurs in New Orleans. Her experience is also international, having worked for an impact investing conference in Singapore and for Saha Global to start a clean water business in Northern Ghana. As the Executive Director of Fund 17, Haley has built an inclusive community for entrepreneurs, creating impact through key core values such as financial empowerment, personal goal-setting and relationship-building. In 2016, she became the Louisiana Small Business Advisor for Kiva, an international microfinance organization. With this title, Haley brought expertise to the state in leveraging Kiva’s crowdsourced financing platform for 0% interest micro-loans. In addition to leading Fund 17, Haley serves on the Board of Directors for Broad Community Connections and volunteers with the New Orleans Horror Film Fest. Haley has a B.A. from Tulane University in History and International Development with a minor in Urban Studies.

Richard Carthon
Carthon Enterprises
CEO
Tulane, Business ’16
New Orleans, LA
Panels: Careers in the Crescent City

Richard Carthon was a D-I dual-sport athlete (Football and Baseball) at Tulane University where he graduated Cum Laude in Business. He is a serial entrepreneur with experience in tech startups, cryptocurrency & blockchain, business operations, marketing, sales, fundraising, and finance. This spring he is hosting New Orleans, Louisiana’s first-ever exclusive cryptocurrency and blockchain conference – Crypto Current Conference. On March 15th, 2019 he is helping people Stay Crypto Current with a mission to give access to information for everyone on current events in cryptocurrency and blockchain in a digestible way.

José Cil
Restaurant Brands International
CEO
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’91
Coral Gables, FL
Panels: Senior Executive

Leslie Cohen
HBO
Vice President of Film Programming
Tulane Parent
Larchmont, NY
Panels: Senior Executive, Women in Business, Motion Pictures/Film/Television

Leslie Cohen is Vice President of Film Programming at HBO, celebrating 25 years with the network in 2019. She is responsible for the acquisition of Spanish language films, concerts, specials and series for HBO Latino as well as acquisition of films from the major studios for both HBO and Cinemax. Previously at HBO, Leslie worked on the launch of HBO’s international ventures in Asia and Central Europe and performed financial forecasting and deal analysis in HBO’s strategic planning group. Leslie represents HBO at the major film festivals, judges various film competitions, serves as an Advisory Board Member for Florida’s Gasparilla International Film Festival, and is a past Board Member of the Picture House Regional Film Center in New York. Leslie holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College and an MBA from New York University. Both of Leslie’s parents graduated from Tulane where her daughter is a current Freshman.

Haley Christofides
Credit Suisse

Incoming Equity Research Analyst
Tulane, Business & Liberal Arts ’19
Glenside, PA
Panel: Fundamentals of Finance

Haley Christofides is an undergraduate senior from Glenside, Pennsylvania. She will be graduating in May from the Altman Program with a BSM in Finance and a BA in Political Science International Relations and French. At Tulane, Haley is involved with the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and peer tutoring. Her educational experiences at Tulane and abroad in Paris and Strasbourg, France supported her successful completion of the Girls Who Invest Summer Intensive Program in Asset Management as well as two summer internships. Her sophomore summer, she interned with the Tulane University Investment Office, and her junior summer, she interned with Credit Suisse Equity Research covering Health Care Facilities and Managed Care. This summer, she will be continuing full-time as a Global Markets Equity Research Analyst at Credit Suisse in New York City.

Edana Desatnick
EHD Leadership Partners
President
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’83
Teaneck, NJ
Panel: Senior Executive, Consulting

Jim Dillard
Perrigo Company
Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

Tulane, Science and Engineering ’87
Richmond, VA

Panel: Careers in STEM, Healthcare

Jim Dillard joined Perrigo as Chief Scientific Officer on January 14, 2019. Jim previously served as Altria Group’s Senior Vice-President of Research, Development and Sciences and Chief Innovation Officer from 2016 until his retirement in 2018. He led the Product Development, Regulatory Sciences, and Engineering departments in the creation of new products and technologies for Altria’s tobacco operating companies, consisting of over 100 brand families with net revenues more than $25 Billion. Jim actively built the company’s innovation capabilities and managed the execution of Altria Group’s product and process innovation framework and research strategies. Prior to his most recent position, Jim served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, for Altria Client Services. Jim led the creation of the Regulatory Affairs organization at Altria beginning in 2009, in conjunction with the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). Jim also managed the Quality Services Group in the Regulatory Affairs organization from 2010 forward. Previously, Jim held the position of Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Science and Technology, for U. S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC), an Altria Group operating company from 2007 until 2009. He joined USSTC in December 2001 as the Vice President of Science and Technology. Between 1987 and 2001, Jim held positions within the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Jim last served as the Director of the CDRH Division of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Devices. During his 14 years at the FDA/CDRH, he held various leadership roles including: Deputy Director, Division of Orthopedic and General Surgical Devices; Deputy Director, CDRH Office of Health Affairs and Chief, General Hospital Devices Branch. During his service, Jim received the Vice-Presidential Hammer Award from Al Gore in recognition of his impactful efforts in the reinvention and improvement of government. Jim has a proven 31-year track record in regulated consumer and medical products, USFDA regulatory affairs and consumer product development. Jim received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jim currently serves on the board of The Richmond Forum in Richmond, Virginia. He has held past board positions with the Center Stage Foundation for the Performing Arts in Richmond, VA, Tulane University’s Biomedical Engineering Department and with the Greenwich Symphony in Greenwich, Connecticut. This new CSO position will be based in Dublin, report directly to Murray as a member of the OC and provide corporate-level oversight for our product development efforts and investments. Jim possesses the right skills and expertise to drive our new product growth strategy across the globe. We believe this structure will create stronger synergy between the scientific and commercial elements of our organization at a critical point in time for the Company, as well as accelerate new product development.

Topher England
zlien
Data IO and Integrations Product Manager
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’09, *10
New Orleans, LA
Panels: Careers in the Crescent City, Information Technology

Topher England was born and raised in Silicon Valley, but found his way to Silicon Bayou by way of Tulane. In 2010, after completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and all the pre-med coursework (because Tulane, duh), Topher returned to the California Bay Area, but didn’t stay long. New Orleans reeled him back in 2012. Since, he’s taught MCOM at the business school and ACT at Upward Bound; in 2015, he started at a company not many had heard of: zlien. zlien grew rapidly, and with rapid growth came learning and advancement opportunities. Having started in account management, Topher created and managed distinct Onboarding and Support teams, and then joined the nascent Product team as it was being formed. As a Product Manager, he translates company and product vision into a Development roadmap and works with the development team to translate that into a functional product. This process requires detailed research, strong cross culture communication, and business acumen, all of which are things he learned while at Tulane.

Steve Elliott
Comedy Central
Vice President, Original Digital Development
Tulane, Arts & Sciences ’87
New York, NY
Panels: Senior Executive, Marketing & Communications, Film & Television

Steve Elliott is Vice President, Original Digital Development at Comedy Central, overseeing all original short-form content across the Comedy Central platforms. Elliott joined the #1 brand in comedy in 2015 after serving as Creative Director for Hungry Man, Pilot and Triple Double, where he created and produced television and digital campaigns for NBC (including the award-winning Super Bowl campaign “Brotherhood of Man), Fox Sports, MTV, ESPN, AMC, and FX. Elliott has also written comedy pilots such as NBC’s “Prodigy/Bully” and IFC’s “Jobbed” and co-created Webby-award winning “Phistophicles: Lesser Known Greek Philosopher” for Hungryman TV. Elliott launched his career as an advertising client management specialist and a founding partner of The Abelson Co, an award-winning boutique firm specializing in the entertainment industry, at which he developed and managed projects for a diverse array of clients including ESPN, MTV, HBO, TNT, IFC and Bravo. Elliott holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He and his wife Daniela live in New York City and have three daughters, the middle of whom, Charlotte, is a Sophomore at Tulane.

Brennan Fournerat
Real Estate Developer

Tulane, Business ’04, Architecture ’13
New Orleans, LA
Panels: Real Estate

Brennan Fournerat is a real estate developer in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, he began purchasing and renovating flooded single family homes and duplexes. As his interest grew, he decided to get his Masters in Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University. Upon graduation, he took a position as Vice President of Asset Management for Iberia Bank, where he renovated REO properties and prepared them for market. After years of managing large commercial and multi-family complexes for Iberia, he decided to go out on his own. Brennan now focuses on building luxury homes and condominium/neighborhood developments with a volume of roughly $7 – $10 million per year. He also acquires and renovates small to mid size commercial and residential buildings which he holds for rental income.

 

Aaron Frumin
unCommon Construction
Executive Director
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’11
New Orleans, LA
Panel: ChangeMakers

In​ ​2005,​ ​Aaron​ ​Frumin​ ​dropped​ ​out​ ​of​ ​college​ ​and​ ​responded to​ ​Hurricane​ ​Katrina​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Red​ ​Cross.​ ​Later​ ​that​ ​year,​ ​he took​ ​his​ ​first​ ​job​ ​in​ ​construction​ ​as​ ​the​ ​least​ ​skilled​ ​worker​ ​at​ ​a day​ ​labor​ ​company​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Reno-Tahoe​ ​Area.​ ​On​ ​the​ ​worksite, Aaron​ ​found​ ​himself​ ​profoundly​ ​surprised​ ​and​ ​rewarded​ ​by the​ ​mental​ ​and​ ​physical​ ​rigor​ ​and​ ​satisfaction​ ​of​ ​a​ ​hard​ ​day’s work.​ ​So,​ ​when​ ​he​ ​joined​ ​AmeriCorps’​ ​National​ ​Civilian Community​ ​Corps​ ​(NCCC)​ ​the​ ​following​ ​year,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​excited to​ ​sharpen​ ​his​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​apply​ ​them​ ​to​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​impact​ ​in​ ​the recovery​ ​effort​ ​across​ ​the​ ​Gulf​ ​Coast.​ ​He​ ​went​ ​on​ ​to​ ​lead community​ ​volunteers,​ ​AmeriCorps​ ​and​ ​partner​ ​families​ ​in​ ​the rebuilding​ ​effort​ ​for​ ​the​ ​next​ ​three​ ​years​ ​as​ ​a​ ​House​ ​Leader with​ ​New​ ​Orleans​ ​Area​ ​Habitat​ ​for​ ​Humanity,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​loved teaching​ ​people​ ​new​ ​skills​ ​through​ ​a​ ​shared​ ​and​ ​empowering​ ​experience.​ ​So,​ ​Aaron​ ​went​ ​back​ ​to​ ​school and​ ​earned​ ​his​ ​degree​ ​at​ ​Tulane​ ​before​ ​spending​ ​three​ ​years​ ​as​ ​a​ ​middle​ ​school​ ​reading​ ​and​ ​social studies​ ​teacher​ ​through​ ​Teach​ ​for​ ​America​ ​in​ ​Colorado. Through​ ​his​ ​journey,​ ​Aaron​ ​learned​ ​valuable​ ​lessons​ ​about​ ​teamwork​ ​and​ ​selflessness,​ ​how​ ​strong​ ​a collective​ ​impact​ ​could​ ​be​ ​and​ ​developed​ ​a​ ​more​ ​personal​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​deeply​ ​rooted​ ​problems facing​ ​our​ ​communities. Today,​ ​Aaron​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Founder​ ​and​ ​Executive​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​unCommon​ ​Construction​ ​​ ​​​a​ ​New​ ​Orleans-based nonprofit​ ​that​ ​uses​ ​the​ ​build​ ​process​ ​to​ ​empower​ ​youth​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​the​ ​workforce​ ​after​ ​high​ ​school​ ​or college.​ ​​​Through​ ​unCommon​ ​Construction’s​ ​apprenticeship​ ​program,​ ​high​ ​school​ ​students​ ​apply​ ​to​ ​join a​ ​diverse​ ​team​ ​to​ ​earn​ ​hourly​ ​pay​ ​and​ ​school​ ​credit​ ​for​ ​building​ ​a​ ​house​ ​in​ ​a​ ​semester.​ ​With​ ​the​ ​revenue from​ ​each​ ​project,​ ​unCommon​ ​Construction​ ​matches​ ​apprentices’​ ​paychecks​ ​with​ ​an​ ​Equity​ ​Award Scholarship,​ ​which​ ​they​ ​can​ ​use​ ​for​ ​further​ ​education,​ ​industry​ ​certifications​ ​or​ ​the​ ​tools​ ​needed​ ​for​ ​a full​ ​time​ ​job.​ ​Since​ ​founding,​ ​unCommon​ ​Construction​ ​has​ ​partnered​ ​with​ ​five​ ​high​ ​schools,​ ​building​ ​six homes​ ​in​ ​six​ ​semesters,​ ​hired​ ​more​ ​than​ ​70​ ​students​ ​and​ ​paid​ ​them​ ​more​ ​than​ ​$65,000​ ​in​ ​earnings​ ​and scholarships.In​ ​all,​ ​Aaron’s​ ​most​ ​proud​ ​that​ ​he​ ​hasn’t​ ​paid​ ​for​ ​a​ ​haircut​ ​in​ ​more​ ​than​ ​10​ ​years. To​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​and​ ​get​ ​involved,​ ​visit​ ​​www.unCommonConstruction.org​ ​and​ ​follow​ ​on​ ​social​ ​media @uCCNOLA.

Greg Giangrande
Global Media Executive
Transformation & Creativity in HR and Strategic Communications
Tulane Past Parent
New York, NY
Panels: Keynote Speaker, Human Resources

Gregory Giangrande is a transformative media executive who thrives at the intersection of human resources, communications, and culture change. A C-suite leader at iconic media brands, Gregory has an unparalleled record of aligning talent strategies with digital and business innovation. He’s built smart, leading-edge HR and PR/Communications teams. He’s partnered to lead large-scale strategic initiatives, and he’s helped global media companies navigate years of business disruption.

Across his career – from his days as a journalist through his rise to the upper echelons of Time Inc., News Corporation and Hearst Communications – Gregory has successfully blended business improvement with creative innovation. He’s launched cutting-edge programs across the entire HR discipline, including talent acquisition, leadership development, benefits, compensation, data and analytics, diversity and inclusion initiatives. He’s led digital transformation, inspired productivity through culture change, and empowered global teams aligned to common goals.

Lindsay Golub
Goldman Sachs
Tulane, Business & Liberal Arts ’19
Oakland, CA
Panel: Fundamentals of Finance

Lindsay Golub is a senior from Oakland, CA. She is a member of the Altman Program in International Studies and Business and is completing her BA in Latin American Studies and BSM in Finance. At Tulane, Lindsay has been involved in various activities including research, ESL tutoring and immigration advocacy, Hillel, Greek Life, and study abroad. Her work experience includes internships at Kuli Kuli Foods in Oakland (a dual-mission CPG start up), Sidera Consult in São Paulo (an international trade consulting firm), and Owl Creek Asset Management (a NY-based hedge fund). Last summer she was a summer analyst with Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research and will be returning full-time after graduation.

Michael Hochberg
PA Consulting
Management Consultant, Global Energy & Utilities Practice
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’12
New York, NY
Panel: Rising Stars, Consulting, Advanced Finance

Michael Hochberg is a management consultant in the Global Energy & Utilities practice of PA Consulting Group, where he works on commercial, regulatory and operational challenges facing utilities and energy sector investors. Michael’s experience includes supporting infrastructure project development, power generation M&A, and business strategy development and planning. Michael also helped launch and grow the firm’s Mexico City office from two to more than ten consultants, while supporting state-owned energy companies and investors in responding to the Mexican energy reform and evaluating investment opportunities in Latin America. Prior to PA, Michael worked in both federal and state government, at the White House as an intern, and at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Spain and a fellow at the Oxford University’s Institute for Energy Studies, where he led research on electricity markets and renewable energy procurement. He earned a master’s degree focused on energy economics and power systems from Universidad Pontificia Comillas, where he received a full scholarship from the Iberdrola Foundation. Michael also graduated with a BA summa cum laudein political science from Tulane University, and is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Rebecca Healy Hughes
Poetic Systems
Chief Financial Officer
Tulane, Computer Engineering ’89
Houston, TX
Panel: Careers in STEM

A finance executive, Rebecca Hughes helps grow young companies by driving organizations towards bottom line results. Ms. Hughes currently serves as CFO of Poetic Systems, Inc. based in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Hughes also serves on the Board of Directors of Chirp Systems, Inc. Beginning her career as a software programmer with a Computer Engineering degree from Tulane University, Mrs Hughes received her MBA from the Darden graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. After, gaining experience as an investment banker, Mrs. Hughes returned to her technology roots and has spent the past two decades working with start-up ventures. Mrs. Hughes enjoys spending time with her husband, Evan (Tulane BS ’88), and their three children as well as volunteering and running.

Isabelle Jaye
SpeakEasy Political
Digital Media Manager
Tulane, Business & Social Innovation/Social Entrepreneurship ’16
San Francisco, CA
Panel: Rising Stars, Politics & Government, Marketing & Communications

After interning at Storefront Political Media during college, Isabella joined SpeakEasy Political in 2018 as a Digital Media Manager. Isabella grew up in a civic-minded family—she is passionate about increasing citizen engagement, reducing the barriers to entry for new voices in politics and supporting the next generation of political leadership. Isabella has extensive practical experience in public relations, advertising and social media marketing. For the last two years Isabella was in New York City working in marketing and ad sales for HGTV & DIY Network, where she helped execute television campaigns for major national advertisers. A San Francisco native, Isabella holds a degree in Marketing from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in New Orleans with a minor in Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship.

Jamie Kaplan
Tulane University School of Medicine
Student
Tulane, Science & Engineering ’15 , Medicine *19
New Orleans, LA
Panel: Careers in STEM

Jamie Kaplan grew up in Melbourne Beach, Florida. She was recruited by Tulane University and received a scholarship to play basketball for head coach, Lisa Stockton. During her college athletics career, she was awarded the American Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year, named Associated Press Women’s Basketball All-American Honorable Mention, received the Tulane 34 Award, and holds the record at Tulane University for single-season assists per game for women’s basketball. After graduating Tulane Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Neuroscience, she continued her medical education at Tulane University School of Medicine. As a medical student, she is an author of multiple research publications, a part of the School of Medicine Honor Board, and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Currently a fourth year medical student, she is planning to pursue a residency in General Surgery. She will graduate this spring with a Masters in Anatomy and her medical degree from Tulane.

Claire Kennedy
Axios
Senior Director, People Operations
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’12
Washington, DC
Panel: Rising Stars, Entrepreneurship/Venture/Startups, Human Resources

Claire is a 2012 graduate of Tulane University, where she studied English, Political Science and Art History. Claire’s extracurriculars outside of focusing on the school work she loved were all singularly focused on enjoying New Orleans and everything it had to offer. After college she moved to Washington DC, where she struggled like everyone else to figure out to do with her life while she lived with her best friend and her parents. She quickly began work as an Associate at POLITICO, working in business development, sales and later talent acquisition. Claire was asked to join the founders of POLITICO when they left to create Axios, a 2-year old media/tech/news start-up that’s reimagining what a news organization can and should be. Her first task was to scale the organization to 150 people across 15 states, and help establish offices in San Francisco, NYC and Washington. Claire now runs Axios’ People Operations, where she leads the effort to scale the business as it looks to bigger and bolder endeavors.

Philip Krause, MHA, PMP
Atlas Research
Consultant
Tulane, Public Health ’13, Health Administration ’15
Washington, DC
Panel: Healthcare, Consulting

Philip Krause is an experienced health systems business planner, administrator, and project manager. He has served as an Assistant Business Manager for the Department of Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, as well as an internal consultant, specializing in operations and payer relations, to the Tulane University Medical Group in New Orleans. He graduated from the Masters of Health Administration program at Tulane University and also holds a Bachelor of Science of Public Health from Tulane. With Atlas he has performed on multiple federal contracts across VA and other federal departments and agencies focusing on health facilities transition planning, policy development, and research.

Katie Lentz
Major League Baseball
Administrator – Baseball Assistance Team B.A.T.
Tulane, Public Health ’16
New York, NY
Panel: Rising Stars, Sports, Women in Business

Katie holds a BS in Public Health from Newcomb-Tulane College. She’s currently an administrator for the Baseball Assistance Team at Major League Baseball. Katie serves as Vice President for the Tulane Club of New York, At-Large Member for the Newcomb Alumnae Association, and also serves on the Young Alumni Reunion Committee. In 2016, Katie received the Rising 25 award from Front Office Sports, which recognizes 25 up-and-coming sports business professionals age 25 or younger. She was previously an intern with the Tampa Buccaneers and the New Orleans Baby Cakes, and has also been the in-game host at the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training and Tulane Athletics. Her interests include exploring the culture and food of New York City.

Jim Letten
Butler Snow
Partner
Tulane, Law ’79
New Orleans, LA
Panels: Law, Government & Politics

Jim Letten joined Butler Snow in 2015 while serving (2013-2016) as Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning at Tulane School of Law, and is a partner with the firm, which has some 360 attorneys in 26 cities, including London, Singapore and Hong Kong—the largest offices being in Jackson, Nashville, Memphis and Denver. Jim provides representation to companies on criminal and regulatory investigations as well as immigration matters involving employers and international trade and regulatory issues, including establishment of FCPA corporate compliance and integrity programs. Jim previously served 36-years as a prosecutor –30 years of it with the United States Department of Justice. Prior to his retirement in 2012, he was the longest-serving United States attorney in the nation, and one of only three U.S. Attorneys appointed to the position by successive presidents from different parties. In all, he spent nearly 12 continuous years as the United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana. As United States Attorney, Jim served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), co-chaired the AGAC subcommittees on violent and organized crime, and co-chaired the Attorney General’s special policy review working group on capital punishment. He also served on the AGAC Subcommittees on Terrorism and National Security and Environmental Issues. Before his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Jim amassed an impressive record, initially as Chief of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force in New Orleans, and thereafter as the First Assistant United States Attorney, serving as lead prosecutor in the conviction of the entire New Orleans La Cosa Nostra crime family (25 individuals convicted) , and thereafter as the lead prosecutorin the investigation, four-month trial and conviction of former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards. During his 40-year legal career, Jim has litigated literally hundreds of jury and bench trials in both federal and state courts. Recently, Jim has provided effective representation for national and international companies in immigration matters; building Foreign Corrupt Practices Actcompliance and training programs; navigating complex compliance issues in corporate M&A practice; and successfully representing corporations and corporate officers in federal criminal and SEC investigations. He was recently published in China on two occasions, in both FCPA and U.S. trade matters. Jim proudly serves on the Metropolitan Crime Commission; Crime Stoppers Greater New Orleans, Police and Justice Foundation, Court Watch NO, and Boy Scouts of America among others. Jim is a retired Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, in which he also served as a fully credentialed NCIS Agent and Foreign Counter-Intelligence Officer.

Kelly Longwell
Coats Rose
Director, New Orleans Office
Tulane, Business ’91
New Orleans, LA
Panel: Real Estate

Kelly Longwell is a Director in the New Orleans office of Coats Rose, where she concentrates in the areas of real estate, affordable housing and taxation. She has represented developers and investors in a wide variety of projects including hotels, apartment complexes, office buildings, residential condominiums and retail commercial space. Kelly has been selected for inclusion to the Best Lawyers in America list for the years 2005-2018 (Woodward White, Inc.) for Real Estate Law. Kelly has experience in real estate development, corporate and partnership taxation and tax-exempt organizations. Her experience with real estate development has focused primarily on representing and advising private developers and investors as to federal tax incentives, including the historic rehabilitation tax credit, New Markets tax credits, the low-income housing tax credit, facade donations and real estate syndications. In addition to her work with federal tax credits, Kelly has been involved in the structure of various real estate transactions, with an emphasis on maximizing the tax benefits. The diverse structures utilized by the parties to the transaction include Section 1031 tax-free exchanges of property, sale/leaseback transactions, tax increment financing, and equity syndications.

Rhea Lewis
Converge
Project Manager
New Orleans, LA
Tulane, Public Health & Tropical Medicine ’17
Panel: ChangeMakers

Rhea Lewis is a designer, collaborator, and leader. Originally from Middleton, MA, she has called New Orleans home since her freshman year at Tulane. As an undergraduate, she completed a student fellowship with the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. At Taylor, she designed and executed the Changemaker Institute program to support students interested in making an impact within their communities. In 2017, she graduated from Tulane with a B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship and joined the Converge team. Converge is a social justice-focused consulting firm which works with local, regional, and national nonprofits and philanthropy. Currently at Converge, Rhea manages a three-year Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative for community organizations in Northwest Arkansas, organizes local and national funders to invest in criminal justice and climate justice work in the Greater New Orleans area, and provides strategic fundraising support to local nonprofits. She is skilled in nonprofit and philanthropic strategy and event design and facilitation. Previously at Converge, Rhea coordinated the New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative (NOLA YPQI), an initiative which provided professional development trainings and quality improvement resources to thirty-six youth-serving organizations in New Orleans.

 

Mehr Manzoor
Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
Emerging Voice for Global Health 2018
Research Director – Women in Global Health
Fullbright Scholar & Doctoral Student
Department of Global Health Management & Policty

Panel: Healthcare (Moderator)

Mehr Manzoor is a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan and a PhD student at Tulane University in the department of Health Management and Policy. She is the Research Director at Women in Global Heath (WGH) and a member of Gender Equity Hub (GEH) which is a one of the eight thematic hubs of Global Health Workforce Network at the World Health Organization (WHO). Mehr was selected as an Emerging Voice for Global Health (EV4GH) Program, 2018. Mehr’s research focuses on gender equality within global health leadership and women’s leadership in global health. She can be found on Twitter @M3hrManzoor.

David Meltzer
Sports 1 Marketing
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Tulane, Law ’93
Ladera Rach, CA
Panels: Senior Executive, Sports, Law

David Meltzer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sports 1 Marketing and S1Media House. He’s a two-time #1 best-selling author and has been named a Top 10 Keynote Speaker by Forbes and Entrepreneur. Marshall Goldsmith has recognized Dave as a Top 100 Business Coach and currently an advisory board member to over 45 companies and charities. David, more recently, invested into Splyce, one of the world’s top e-sports teams, alongside NBA All-Star Metta World Peace. David is the executive producer and host to Entrepreneur’s original show, Elevator Pitch, with nearly 40 million views, and host of the Top 5 business podcast, The Playbook. He was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and Variety Magazine’s Sports Humanitarian of the year.

Callista Michael-Rill
Nike
Project Manager, Innovation
Tulane, Business ’15
Portland, OR
Panels: Rising Stars, Startups/Entrepreneurship/Venture, Diversity & Inclusion

Callista graduated from Tulane in 2015 with a BSM from the Freeman School and a minor in Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship. While at Tulane, she helped create and grow the Tulane Central City Dance Team, a community outreach organization offering free dance classes to kids in New Orleans. She also had an internship with what is now the Lepage Center, working with alumni and local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Outside of the Tulane Community, she had internships with several advertising, digital, and public relations agencies in Los Angeles. After graduating, Callista joined The Idea Village, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and startups in New Orleans. She managed the organization’s accelerator program and its network of alumni, investors, professional resources, and community partners, and worked on its annual festival, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. In 2018, Callista moved to Portland, Oregon where she currently works for an arm of Nike Innovation, exploring new business concepts and technologies. Across roles and organizations, Callista is most passionate about building strong relationships in the startup ecosystem and improving equity and access for all people.

Alaa Mohammad
Oschner Health System
Biostatistician
Tulane, Public Health & Tropical Medicine *16
New Orleans, LA
Panels: Healthcare

A’ala. Saudi. Sister to 6 siblings. Math and Science Teacher. Tulane alumnus. Delta Omega. Epidemiologist and Biostatistician at Ochsner. Because Alaa had ADHD for a while now, she is an expert in multitasking, distracting, and finding solutions while running around with a to do list. Alaa is in love with working as a consultant where she tells people what to do for their study methods and analyses. In her free time Alaa scuba dive, listen’s to Ted talks, and brainstorms public health intervention ideas with her friends. Alaa was lucky to have excellent mentors and therefore she is looking forward to be a mentor.

Juan Carlos Monterrey Gómez
Obama Foundation Scholar

Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’14
Chicago, IL
Panels: Rising Stars, ChangeMakers, Government & Politics

Juan is a member of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Scholars, a residential academic and leadership development program for rising global changemakers. Previously, he served as a Climate Change Analyst at the Ministry of Environment of Panama. In this role, he was tasked with monitoring the execution of multi-million-dollar projecs and the drafting of strategic national documents, such as the National Climate Change Strategy 2020-2050 and Panama´s contribution to global emissions reduction targets. Monterrey-Gomez was a climate change negotiator to United Nations Climate Talks in Geneva, Bonn and Paris in 2015. He led Panama´s Technical Delegation to the negotiations in Bonn and represented the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN), a negotiating block of 52 countries, during the negotiation of finance-related matters of the Paris Agreement. In 2014, Monterrey-Gómez was elected as the 2014-2016 Global Co-Chair of the Designated National Authorities (DNA) Forum of the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). He has consulted for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and is currently finalizing Panama’s National Maritime Emissions Reduction Strategy 2020-2050. He is the Co-Founder of Wander Panama, a travel advisory agency and Founding Partner of Luxa Nova Group, a consulting & management firm focusing on sustainable human-centered solutions for environment & development issues. During his time at Tulane, Juan served as a research assistant for the Commitment to Equity Project (CEQ); a Public Service Fellow and Service Learning Assistant for the Social Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Initiative (now known as the Taylor Center); and the Co-Founder & Associate Director of Fund 17. Most of the research and training in development during his time at Tulane was done under the tutelage of Dr. Laura Murphy. In May 2014, he was awarded the Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Student Award in recognition of significant contributions to the New Orleans community.

Nancy Newman
Viacom Global Entertainment Group
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Tulane Parent
East Atlantic Beach, NY
Panels: Senior Executive, Women in Business, Human Resources

Nancy Newman is Senior Vice President Human Resources of Viacom’s Global Entertainment Group which includes MTV, VH1/Logo and CMT. She has held this position since 2017. Newman joined Viacom in 1994 as has lead various Human Resources functions including Talent Acquisitions, Employee Engagement and has been a HR Business Partner for several Sales and Corporate areas. She spent the majority of her time at Viacom as Chief of Staff for The Music Group, a Division valued at 2B. As a member of the Executive team, she was primarily responsible for organizational Initiatives, large scale change, talent development and corporate culture over a period of tremendous innovation and growth for the company. In addition, Newman has held an Executive position as a member of Viacom’s Global Diversity and Inclusion team primarily focused on issues of women in the workplace, family work-life policies and practices and management practices to create and sustain an Inclusive corporate culture. Before joining Viacom, Newman was Vice President of Global Organizational Development at Bankers Trust. Earlier in her career, Newman worked as a Researcher at the National Aeronautics Space Administration in the Change Management Group focused on leadership across all of NASA’s Divisions. Newman received a BA in Psychology from Trinity University and holds a MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

Audrey Preston
Credit Suisse
Equity Research Analyst
Tulane, Business ’17
New York, NY
Panel: Rising Stars, Advanced Finance, Women in Business

Audrey is a second year equity research analyst at Credit Suisse in New York City, covering aerospace and defense companies. She spent her junior year internship in equity research at Credit Suisse as well, covering homebuilders and building products. She graduated Tulane magna cum laude in 2017, with a BS in Finance from the Freeman School of Business and a BA in Economics with a minor in Spanish. At Tulane, she was a member of the Altman Program, and studied abroad in Peru and Colombia.

Ted Reese
Cadence Environmental Energy
President & CEO
Tulane, Science and Engineering ’91
Spring, TX
Panel: Careers in STEM

Mr. Ted T. Reese is the President and CEO of Cadence Environmental Energy Inc, a family owned and private waste-to-energy company which celebrated 43 years in business recently. Ted has been with Cadence over 17 years and was recently appointed to his current position in the company. Ted previously served Cadence in several capacities including Executive Vice President, Chief Business Development Officer, Director of Commercial Development, and various positions in the Sales department. During his tenure; Cadence has developed and now supplies Ash Grove Cement over 160,000 tons annually of hazardous alternative fuels. Ted is a respected industry leader and a trusted partner to Cadence’s most valued customers. Prior to joining Cadence; Ted held positions at Citgo Refining and ChemLink a division of Baker Hughes. On the non-technical side; Ted and has late wife Linda founded Carolina Smoothies in Charlotte, NC. Ted graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He resides and offices in The Woodlands, TX. Ted is Father to three children; two of which were accepted at Tulane with the third applying in a few years. All four are actively involved with the Linda Fisher Reese Memorial Endowment Fund at Tulane.

Kasey (Bruns) Rumore
Lucid
Associate Director of Account Management, Global Key Accounts Team
Tulane, Business ’07
New Orleans, LA
Panel: Careers in the Crescent City

A native of New Orleans, Kasey (Bruns) Rumore graduated with her Bachelor’s in Science from the A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2007. After graduation, she worked in the Undergraduate Admission Office for six years while pursuing her MBA from the Freeman School. She graduated with her Masters degree in 2013. She now works at Lucid, a local technology company, as an Associate Director of Account Management on the Global Key Accounts team.

Larry Sibley
Credit Suisse
Managing Director, Equities
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’80 and Tulane Parent
New York, NY
Panel: Advanced Finance

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

Byron Kantrow Slosar
Tulane University
Director, Career Wave Programs & New York Regional Office
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’00
New York, NY
Panel: Diversity & Inclusion

Jessie Smith
Compliance Partners
Vice President & Shareholder
Tulane, Masters of Health Administration
New Orleans, LA
Panel: Healthcare

Jessie Smith is the Vice President & Shareholder for Compliance Partners in New Orleans, Louisiana. She specializes in providing system-wide quality, patient safety, and compliance solutions for healthcare organizations. Before joining Compliance Partners, Jessie worked for two major health systems in Houston, TX in operations specific to outpatient diagnostic laboratories and physician group practice management. Jessie holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas A&M University as well as a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University. Jessie currently holds a Preceptor Faculty position at Tulane University’s Master of Health Administration program. Jessie is an active member of the New Orleans Louisiana Health Care Compliance Alliance (LAHCCA) and Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). Her community involvement includes service on various boards as Secretary or advisory board member.

Tobias Smith
Clark Hill PLC
Partner
Tulane Alumni Association President
Tulane, Liberal Arts ’99
Dallas, TX
Panel: Future Executives, Diversity & Inclusion, Careers in Law

Tobias is a partner in the Dallas office of Clark Hill PLC, a full service law firm with 25 offices in 14 states. Tobias’ practice focuses on environmental counseling and litigation. He represents clients in various industries before the US Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental agencies, as well as in federal and state court. He advises clients on environmental compliance issues and represents their interests in any resulting litigation. Tobias’ clients include manufacturers, property owners and gasoline retailers, such as 7-Eleven, Inc., where he serves as 7-Eleven’s National Coordinating Counsel for all gasoline and environmental matters. Tobias received his BA from Tulane University in 1998, majoring in Political Science with minors in Business and Sociology. He received his JD from Georgetown University in 2001.

Karla Timmons
Airbnb
Marketing Research Manager
Tulane, Masters of Business Administration ’18
San Francisco, CA
Panels: Future Executives, Marketing & Communications, Diversity & Inclusion

Karla Timmons works as a Marketing Insights Manager at Airbnb. She manages Airbnb’s Global Brand Health survey which measures the views of current and potential guests in 13 countries as well as tests creative of upcoming Airbnb ads globally. Before working at Airbnb she worked at Lucasfilm as Consumer Insights Analyst doing research in preparation for Episode 7. Karla received her MBA from Tulane University and received her undergraduate at Georgetown University where she majored in Chinese and International Business. Outside of work Karla spends her time learning how to sew, taking ballet classes, and planning her next trip.

Laura Tuggle
Southeast La. Legal Services
Executive Director
Tulane, Law ’87
New Orleans, LA
Panel: Careers in Law

LAURA TUGGLE has been the Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) since May 2014 after beginning her career at SLLS in 1993. She previously managed SLLS’ Housing Law Unit during the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2010. Over her public interest career, she has excelled in many areas including direct services, systemic work, and policy advocacy resulting in increased access to housing for special populations including the homeless, people living disabilities, and disaster survivors. Impact litigation filed by Laura resulted in significant legal victories for low-income tenants including millions of dollars in federal relocation assistance and establishing a private right of action for voucher assisted tenants to challenge utility allowances in federal court. She is an author of the Federally Subsidized Housing Program portion of the Louisiana Legal Services Desk Manual and coauthor of the housing portion of the Brookings Institute New Orleans Index at 5. Laura has received national, state, and local awards for her work in the interest of housing justice. She graduated from LSU in 1984 and received her Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane Law School in 1987. She currently serves on the Board of the New Orleans Family Justice Center, Shared Housing, Co-Chairs the Legal Services Corporation’s National Disaster Task Force Relationship-Building & Integration of Legal Services into the Nation’s Emergency Management Infrastructure Committee,and is a member of the New Orleans Reentry Task Force Steering Committee. She is a member of the Louisiana Access to Justice Commission’s Funding, Technology, Disaster, and Building Brides Committees and also serves on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee.

Todd Wackerman
STEM Library Lab
Founder & Director
Tulane, Business *18
New Orleans, LA
Panel: ChangeMakers

Todd Wackerman is the founder and director of STEM Library Lab, a local equipment share resource center in New Orleans. He taught Physics and a variety of other STEM subjects at public schools in New Orleans and Brooklyn from 2010-2016. Todd received his MBA Tulane’s Freeman School of Business, an MAT in Science Education from the University of New Orleans, and his from BA from Boston College in Political Science and History. He feels most comfortable when surrounded by books or trees. He once finished 11th to last in the Boston Marathon. Prior to teaching, he worked as a program manager and project coordinator for corporate volunteerism at two nonprofits, and has extensive volunteer experience with local nonprofits including Crescent City Farmers’ Market and Youth Run NOLA. Todd has worked in various roles in schools and universities all across the country, including California, Massachusetts, Louisiana and New York. Building from those experiences, he is excited have co-founded STEM Library Lab, and work to help teachers improve the quality of their classroom experiences.

Stephen Weinstein
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Head of U.S. Mortgage and Securitized Products Sales
Tulane Parent
North Caldwell, NJ
Panel: Advanced Finance

Stephen Weinstein is a Managing Director and the head of U.S. Mortgage and Securitized Products Sales. Steve is responsible for the distribution of securitized products including Agency, CMBS, ABS, Non-agency RMBS and CLOs.

Steve joined Merrill Lynch in December of 2008 after spending 18 years at Citigroup and its predecessor Salomon Brothers. Steve 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. Steve 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. He also ran the non-agency syndicate desk during that time.

Steve 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.

Tori Weiss
Deutsche Bank

Incoming Global Markets Analyst
Tulane, Business & Liberal Arts ’19
Westford, MA
Panel: Fundamentals of Finance

Tori Weiss is an undergraduate senior from Westford, Massachusetts. She will be graduating in May from the Altman Program with a BSM in Finance and a BA in Economics with a German Studies minor. She spent her junior year studying abroad in Germany at Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, and now teaches German classes for study abroad students in the Freeman school. After her sophomore year she interned with Deutsche Bank in Jacksonville, Florida, on the Securitized Products Trading and Foreign Exchange Corporate Risk desks. She returned to Deutsche in New York City after her junior year, where she interned on the Synthetic Trading and Equity Derivative Sales desks. This summer, she will be continuing full-time with Deutsche Bank in New York as a Global Markets Analyst.

William Wei
Jefferies & Co.
Incoming Investment Banking Analyst

Tulane, Finance and Masters of Accounting ’19
New Orleans, LA
Panel: Fundamentals of Finance

William Wei is a senior from New Orleans, LA. He will graduate this May with a BSM in Finance with an Energy Specialization and a Masters in Accounting, all after four years. William serves as an Investment Research Manager for the Burkenroad Reports Program and as a Green Wave Ambassador to prospective students. His sophomore summer, he interned with Capital One Securities and its Capital Markets group in New York City and his junior summer, he interned with Jefferies and its Energy Investment Banking group in Houston. After graduation, he will be returning to Jefferies as a full-time analyst.

Erin Yastrow
RDnote
Analytics & Implementation Manager

Tulane, Public Health ’14
New Orleans, LA
Panels: Careers in the Crescent City, Healthcare

 

Erin Yastrow is the Analytics and Implementation Manager at RDnote, a digital health start-up based in New Orleans. Erin has experience leveraging data and technology to drive population health improvement across large health systems, payers, and community-based providers. Previously, Erin worked as a clinical transformation analyst at Louisiana Public Health Institute and a population health analyst at Ochsner Health Network. Erin received her Masters of Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her Bachelors of Science in Public Health from Tulane University.