2022 Program Schedule

Celebrating the Economic Momentum of the Gulf South

Friday, October 14, 2022
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, (La Nouvelle Orléans Ballroom)

7:30 a.m.
Registration Begins

Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:15 a.m. 

Welcome Remarks & Program Overview

Nene Glenn Gianfala
President, Tulane Association of Business Alumni
New Orleans, LA

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.  

Louisiana’s Chemical Industry: Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future

Gregory M. Bowser
President & CEO, Louisiana Chemical Association & Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance
Baton Rouge, LA

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. 

Innovating Health in the Gulf South

Laura Wilt
System Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ochsner Health
Jefferson, LA

Kristy Nichols
System Vice President of Partnerships and Integration, Ochsner Health
Jefferson, LA

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. 

America: Now a Leading Global Supplier of Energy Via US Gulf Oil & Gas Exports

Randy Giveans
Executive Vice President, Navigator Gas US (Navigator Holdings)
Houston, TX

9:45 – 10 a.m.

10:00 – 10:20 a.m. 

A Special Presentation and Conversation with President Michael A. Fitts

10:20 – 10:50 a.m. 

Fireside Chat: Building a Vibrant Future Through Research & Innovation: A Plan for Downtown New Orleans

Kimberly Gramm
Chief Innovation & Entrepreneurship Officer, Innovation Institute, Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

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

Kim M. Boyle
Partner, Phelps Dunbar, LLP
New Orleans, LA

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. 

Panel Presentation:
Hospitality's Next Wave in New Orleans: New Trends in Tourism


Louis David
Vice President, Industry Attraction and Retention, New Orleans Business Alliance
New Orleans, LA


Mali Carow
General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences
New Orleans, LA

Stan Harris
President & CEO, Louisiana Restaurant Association
Metairie, LA

Emily M. Madero
President & CEO, French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
New Orleans, LA 

11:40 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Morning Keynote Presentation:
Growth & Evolution of Private Equity in the Post-Pandemic Era

Ray Jeandron
Partner, LongueVue Capital Speaker (TBD)
Metairie, LA

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. 

12:45 – 1 p.m. 
Luncheon Welcome Remarks & Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Paulo Goes
Dean, A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

1 – 1:45 p.m. 

Luncheon Keynote Presentation:
Leading and Growing Your Business through Purpose

José E. Cil
CEO, Restaurant Brands International Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1:45 p.m. 
Closing Remarks

Nene Glenn Gianfala


Program as of 10/10/22 – subject to change