Lepage Student Fellows

Lepage Student Fellows support the Lepage Center by assisting student founders during spark hours, conducting research, writing blog posts and working with the Lepage Center's community partners on various projects. This accomplished group of graduate and undergraduate students are selected from a competitive pool of applicants at the beginning of each academic year. The Lepage Fellowship is open to students from any school across Tulane University. For more information on how to apply, please contact Timekia Mallery at tmallery@tulane.edu.

During the summer of 2020, the Lepage Center also offered the Lepage Strategic Adviser Program as part of our COVID-19 response. 

 

2020-2021 Lepage Student Fellows

JILLIAN BLANSKI, MBA 2021
Concentrations: International Business and Accounting 
Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania 

Jillian first developed a passion for supporting small businesses and startups through research in her International Business Capstone at Temple University. Through this impactful educational and professional experience, she obtained an internship with the United States Commercial Service focusing on export solutions for local companies. After graduation, Jillian pursued business-advising opportunities at the grassroots level in Latin America, which deepened her passion for cultural immersion. As a Lepage Fellow and second-year MBA candidate in a globally focused program, Jillian is grateful for the opportunity to apply her professional expertise and knowledge to enrich collaborations with aspiring student entrepreneurs and local businesses during an unprecedented time in history.


CHRIS FLOWERS, MBA 2021
Concentrations: Analytics and Corporate Strategy
Hometown: New Orleans, LA 

Chris Flowers, "Flowers", is a native New Orleanian and entrepreneur. A former union feature film industry professional, he started his own business in 2015 to help supplement an erratic film schedule. After five years of running the business, he had a successful exit. His skill sets include negotiations, pitching, creative strategy and product growth. As a candidate for the Tulane Freeman School of Business Master of Business Administration, focusing in Data Analytics and Corporate Strategy, he wants to continue pursue a career in the entertainment industry.


NEERA KENNEDY, BS/BA 2023
Majors: Marketing and Environmental Studies 
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Neera has always been interested in what it takes to build a business from the ground up. She loves being able to talk to different entrepreneurs to understand the thought and detail that goes into building an idea into a reality. Neera hopes to better learn how to tell the distinct stories of different entrepreneurs from their point of view, while simultaneously reaching different groups of people.


JOEY NOGUERA-ZUNIGA, BSM/BA 2022 
Majors: Finance, Economics 
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Joey is passionate about entrepreneurship because of the freedom it gives people in their work. Throughout his time working with new ventures in New Orleans and serving as Vice President of Startup Tulane, he has grown closer to his homes in Louisiana and Costa Rica, where members of his family have steadily pursued entrepreneurship and small business management. In addition to helping others with their ventures, he plans to create his own, and he looks forward to learning more from the Lepage Center as a Student Fellow. Outside of school, he enjoys going to the Reily Center, reading and playing soccer. 


AMY WU, BSM 2022
Major: Finance
Hometown: New York City, NY

Amy enjoys traveling the world and being able to meet new people. She loves being able to immerse in local culture. She enjoys communicating across cultural barriers to hear the stories of unique individuals. She is keen on making positive impacts through a global scale and often accomplishes tasks by working well with others. Amy aspires to become a management consultant. 


MATTHEW YAM, BA/BSM 2023
Majors: Finance and Political Economy
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

 

For Matthew, life is all about working with people, solving problems, and having fun along the way. He developed his love for entrepreneurship while on a gap year where he studied public health and sustainability in Central America and interned for a startup accelerator based in Wellington, New Zealand. 

At Tulane, Matthew is a member of the Altman Program in International Studies and Business, serves as a Freshman Leadership Program Coordinator, and spends his free time playing basketball, singing, and cooking. Fun fact: Matthew has been stung by a stingray!