Tulane Business Forum - Schedule | A. B. Freeman School of Business

Program Schedule


Big Ideas, Big Data – Connecting. Managing. Improving.

7:30 a.m. 

Registration Begins

Continental Breakfast

8 - 8:15 a.m.   

Forum Procedures

David W. Kearney
President, Tulane Association of Business Alumni
New Orleans, La.

8:15 – 8:35 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Michael A. Fitts
President, Tulane University
New Orleans, La.

8:35 – 9:10 a.m.

An Entrepreneur’s Tale: Turning a Big Idea into a Service that Protects Investors Around the World

C. Brian Fox, CPA
President & Founder, Confirmation.com
Brentwood, Tn.

9:10 – 9:45 a.m

UMCNO: A Big Idea that’s Worked for 280 Years

Bill Masterton
President & CEO, University Medical Center New Orleans
New Orleans, La.

9:45 – 10:10 a.m.


10:10 – 10:45 a.m.

Impacts of Innovation and Automation in the Tax Function

Garth Roark
Managing Director, Tax Transformation and Technology,  KPMG LLP
Seattle, Wa.

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Morning Keynote Presentation: 
From Small Biz to Big Biz: The Impacts of Digital Disruption

Michael B. Eason
Senior Vice President, Commercial Technology, Capital One, Henrico, Va.

11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. 

Panel Presentation: 
Doing Business in Cuba


Christopher K. Ralston
Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP
New Orleans, La.


Caitlin Cain
CEO, World Trade Center of New Orleans
New Orleans, La.

Brandy D. Christian
President & CEO, Port of New Orleans
New Orleans, La.

José R. Cot
Partner, Hurley & Cot, APLC
Co-Editor, Cuba: A Legal Guide to Business
New Orleans, La.

12:25 p.m.    

Luncheon Begins

12:50 – 1 p.m. 

Luncheon Welcoming Remarks & Keynote Introduction

Ira Solomon
Dean, A. B. Freeman School of Business
New Orleans, La.

1 – 1:45 p.m.    

Luncheon Keynote Presentation: 
Persistent Trends in Healthcare, Despite a Time of Great Change

I. Steven Udvarhelyi, M.D.
President & CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, La.

1:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Ira Solomon

 As of 7/19/17.  Program subject to change.
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