Lepage Student Fellows | A. B. Freeman School of Business

Lepage Student Fellows

Lepage Student Fellowships are paid positions that allow Tulane students to work directly with local entrepreneurs and those who support them, New Orleans area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem organizations.  Fellows include both undergraduate and graduate full-time students and come from many diverse backgrounds, bringing diverse talents to their tasks.

Lepage Fellows commit to working an average of 10 hours per week during the academic year.  Some aspects of their varied work at Lepage is highlighted below. 

  1. Liaison between the Lepage Center and the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem by serving on-site internships with partners.  Partners include Greater New Orleans Inc., Idea Village, Propeller, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Junior Achievement, and others.
  2. Maintain regularly scheduled Technical Assistance Business Office Hours within the Lepage Center and provide business assistance for Tulane students and community members, including business research, and securing incorporation and occupational licensing credentials.
  3. Assist in the research, creation, and curation of mapping tools to track entrepreneurial activity both within Tulane and in the regional community:
  4. Provide support with social media marketing for the Lepage Center and related events, including writing blogs, posting pictures and comments on events, and expanding networks.
  5. Provide support for all Lepage programs and events, including the Tulane Business Model Competition, the Family Business Center, the Lepage Center Gala, and the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship. 

2017-2018 Lepage Student Fellows

Emily Champagne, BSM 2020
Majors: Finance, Economics, Mathematics

Hometown:  Luling, Louisiana

Emily developed a passion for research and data analysis during her internship with the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) in the summer of 2017. She hopes to continue exploring the small business ecosystem in New Orleans, and broaden the scope of her work with NOLABA, during her time as a Lepage Fellow. Ultimately, Emily hopes to work at the Bureau of Economic Analysis or at a Venture Capital firm.


Joshua Diamond, BSM 2020
Majors: Finance and Management
Minor: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Josh grew up in a family of hard-working entrepreneurs who taught him that starting a business is the best way for people to manifest their dreams. He worked throughout high school as a cashier, store janitor, inventory handler, camp counselor, and even a frozen yogurt mascot. As a freshman in college, Josh founded Tulane’s first undergraduate consulting group—he was accepted into the Changemaker Institute for this idea. The Lepage Center supported him throughout the entire process, and helped him to seamlessly transition from a high school mascot to the Executive Director of a consulting group. Josh hopes to carry on the Lepage Center’s spirit as a Student Fellow, and pledges to help others get the support they need in order to manifest their own goals.


Justin Gitelman, BA 2018
Major: Cognitive Science Minor: Liberal Arts Management with a focus in entrepreneurship

Hometown: Stow, Massachusetts

Justin started as an entrepreneur at age ten, when he baked, packaged, and sold dog biscuits at a local park in hopes of making enough profit to buy a Nintendo Wii. Needless to say, his entrepreneurial spirit has stuck with him throughout the years. To date, Justin has founded his own home recording studio, and developed a math tutoring and guitar lesson fusion called +Rock. Justin would like to turn +Rock into an interdisciplinary philosophy for the next generation’s lifelong success.

Fun fact: Justin will often do parkour because taking the stairs seems like too much effort…but scaling a building does not!


Jamie Katz, BSM 2018
Majors: Management and Marketing

Hometown: Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

Jamie is drawn to entrepreneurship because she loves to oversee projects from their inception all the way through to their success. She is currently writing an honors thesis about e-Word-of-Mouth marketing strategies, and ultimately hopes to start her own venture that commoditizes Word-of-Mouth referral programs.

Fun fact: Jamie has gone bungee jumping and sky diving!


Oliver Martin, BSM/BA 2020
Majors: Management and Computer Science

Hometown: Lower Merion, Pennsylvania

Oliver attributes his affinity for startups to the atmosphere and excitement of innovation, and ultimately plans to start his own venture.

Fun fact: Oliver has recently started learning to play the guitar!


Pranay Sakhrani, BSM 2021
Major: Undecided

Hometown: Clarksville Tennessee

Pranay believes that small businesses are the true driver of the American economy, and he aims to contribute to this economic growth during his time with the Lepage center. 

Fun fact: Pranay has visited nine different countries!

2016-2017 Lepage Student Fellows

In their own words...

Henry Davis, BSM 2018
Major in Management with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship, Tulane University

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Ever since my early days selling lemonade in the neighborhood, I have always worked to start my own businesses. I plan to move to California after graduating and begin my own startup. With a passion for international development, a love for travel, and a filmmaking hobby, I hope to make videos that spread awareness of the social and environmental problems facing the world today.

I began work at the Lepage Center in the summer of 2016, and worked primarily in strategic planning, daily operations, as well as helping run the Lepage’s social media accounts.

Surprising fact: I had my phone stolen by a monkey in Thailand!


 

Nora Haney, Tulane MD/MBA 2018
BS in Biomedical Engineering, 2012, Columbia University

Hometown: New Rochelle, NY

I volunteered with AmeriCorps as a City Year, Greater Philadelphia Corps Member in my year in between undergraduate education and medical school.

I wish to develop the surgical tools I work with as a specialist in the field of urology.

My work at the Lepage Center includeed small business consulting and providing a link between the Lepage Center and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, helping companies bring their products to fruition.

Surprising fact:  I am a big fan of garbage reality TV.


Carol Rajala, MBA 2018
BS in Electronics and Computers Engineering, 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru technological University

Hometown: Hyderabad, India

I worked for three and half years in IT firms and cofounded two startups.

I aspire to own a restaurant one day

My work at the Lepage Center included providing small business consulting services. I have worked on projects for Propeller, The Building and Stell.org.

Surprising fact:  I can't sleep without my stuffed animal, a teddy bear named Hug.


Zach Wolter, BSM 2018
Double Major in Finance and Management with a Specialization in Energy, Tulane University 

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

I have worked with the program Tulane Green Wave Ambassadors, the organization that is in charge of giving tours to perspective students.

I would like to eventually work with a Venture Capital firm or in the Real Estate Finance sector.

My job at the Lepage Center consisted of working on the annual Tulane Business Model Competition and serving as the liaison to Tulane’s Venture Capital Club, where I was working on establishing an annual Cohort for student run start-ups.

Surprising fact:  I excavated at a Mayan site in Belize for three summers in high school.