Laura Beauchamp is the Director of Resource Planning and Market Operations for Entergy Louisiana. In this role, Laura is responsible for managing the company's planning of generation, transmission and wholesale power activities. Entergy Louisiana’s fundamental goal for resource planning is to deliver a sustainable portfolio that is centered on customer outcomes and balances reliability, affordability, and environmental stewardship. Laura’s team focuses not only on meeting the sustainability goals of the company, but more importantly on its customers. The team works directly with customers to create solutions to meet carbon goals and maintaining superior reliability.
Laura has spent 23 years with Entergy, also holding positions finance, regulatory, and innovation.
Laura received both her Bachelor of Science in Management in finance and Master of Business Administration from Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Tulane Energy Institute. Laura is also a member of the Louisiana’s Climate Taskforce.
AJ Brooks is the Director of Undergraduate Certificates and Lecturer in Finance and Entrepreneurship at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in real estate development, hospitality management, and entrepreneurial finance.
Prior to joining the Freeman School, Mr. Brooks worked as an independent real estate consultant and entrepreneur, responsible for developing several new hospitality and retail ventures throughout the New Orleans area. Brooks holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from Tulane University (2012) and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Colorado (2007).
As the Corporate Director of Sustainability for Sodexo Live! Molly is responsible for implementing Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025 global sustainability and CSR initiatives across North America with specific focus on reducing waste, driving responsible and local sourcing, boosting plant-based menus, utilizing smart serviceware solutions, and supporting local communities through donations and volunteerism. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Molly is a results-oriented and process-driven leader with proven skills in operations, sales, marketing, and administration. She is a member of several hospitality industry related organizations including PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association), IAVM (International Association of Venue Managers), MPI (Meeting Professionals International), the EIC’s (Event Industry Council) Centre for Sustainability & Social Impact, the SENFC (Sustainable Events Network Florida Caribbean), and the AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums).
Adrian A. D’Arcy
Mr. D’Arcy primarily practices in the areas of construction and surety law and has been doing so for over 18 years. Prior to launching D’Arcy Vicknair LLC in 2022, Adrian was a partner at a boutique New Orleans construction law firm for over 12 years and an associate at the firm before then. Adrian has represented owners, contractors, sureties, and insurers throughout his career in multi-party, complex, construction disputes which have been litigated in a variety of forums including state and federal court, arbitration, and specialized courts such as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. D’Arcy also teaches Construction and Surety Law at Loyola Law School in New Orleans as an adjunct professor. Mr. D’Arcy has been rated as a Super Lawyer for many years and has been recognized by Best Lawyers for many years as well. Finally, Mr. D’Arcy is a frequent speaker on construction and surety issues.
Louis David currently serves as Interim President and CEO for the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA). NOLABA is a public / private organization that is the lead economic development organization for the City of New Orleans and Orleans Parish. In his previous long-time role as Vice President of Industry Attraction and Retention, Louis’ primary duties included leading NOLABA’s efforts to help existing companies grow and recruit new business in the technology, manufacturing, and trade / transportation industries.
Louis currently serves as the President of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni and sits on the Project Lazarus board. Louis’ leadership experience has been enhanced through participating in Leadership Louisiana, National League of Cities’ Equitable Economic Development Fellowship, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, and the Youth Empowerment Project 40 Under 40 Cohort.
A Lafayette, Louisiana native, Louis holds an MBA from Tulane University and an BA in Journalism from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Previously, Louis has worked in technology services at iSeatz in New Orleans and as a reporter at the KATC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Lafayette, La.
As the Global Policy Director for Social Equity, Jarod leads the company’s policy commitments, communications and compliance efforts related to human rights and social equity. Jarod is responsible for advancing Dow’s proactive policy positions and strategies while managing the alignment of cross-cutting areas, such as environmental justice, economic inclusion, education and workforce development.
Jarod started his career in 1999 at Dow AgroSciences (DAS) as an Environmental Specialist supporting manufacturing operations in Pittsburg, CA. He then served as a corporate Environmental Affairs Manager in Indianapolis, IN and a Legislative Assistant in Dow Chemical’s (Dow) Washington, D.C. office before accepting the role of Public Policy Manager in 2007. Jarod built on this role by transitioning into the Corporate Sustainability team where he acted as the External Engagement Leader, which was followed by his leadership of the North American Product Regulatory team.
Jarod also served as the Regulatory Affairs Leader (RAL) for Texas. Complimenting his national regulatory leadership role, Jarod’s RAL responsibilities focused on advocating Dow’s regulatory and policy positions, management of government approvals and permits, and negotiations on government agency enforcement actions. As a transition from operational regulatory affairs, Jarod acted as the Global Product Stewardship Director for Packaging, Specialty Plastics & Hydrocarbons, where he led a global team of product stewards that enabled product development, ensured compliance with product regulations, and characterized product risks. Most recently, Jarod served as the Director of U.S. Public Policy and Issues Management, leading the company’s policy efforts around litigation, chemicals management and circularity.
Jarod holds a B.S. in Environmental Management from Louisiana State University. He also earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Tulane University School of Law with a Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law. He is an alumnus of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Gregory C. Feirn
Greg Feirn is the Chief Executive Officer at LCMC Health, a nine-hospital system that he spearheaded the creation of in 2009. Today, LCMC Health includes Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Touro, University Medical Center, New Orleans East Hospital, West Jefferson Medical Center, East Jefferson General Hospital, Lakeside Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, and Tulane Medical Center. As CEO, Greg provides strategic leadership and direction across all locations.
Greg brings over 27 years of healthcare leadership experience to the table, drawing on his knowledge and expertise to lead the way for both the system and industry. After 11 years in leadership at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Greg turned his focus to building a health system that could truly serve the diverse needs of the greater New Orleans community. As part of this vision, Greg served as the head negotiator when Children’s Hospital acquired Touro and provided instrumental leadership during the formation of LCMC Health.
Today, LCMC Health employs over 15,000 employees and more than 1,000 employed physicians throughout nine hospitals, as well as more than 100 clinical and urgent care centers.
In addition to his expertise in strategy, hospital operations, financial accounting, investment portfolio management, and academic research, Greg is passionate about driving change in the way Louisiana handles healthcare spending. He’s shaped LCMC Health as an example of a system that is focused on reducing costs, while continuously striving to provide the best possible care and experience for the New Orleans community.
In July of 2022 Greg was appointed Chairman of the Louisiana Hospital Association, supporting collaborative efforts that result in effective health policy and a vibrant provider system for Louisiana. He also serves the New Orleans community on several boards including Greater New Orleans, Inc., Metairie Park Country Day School, the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, and New Orleans Museum of Art.
Greg has been recognized as a Healthcare Hero by New Orleans CityBusiness in its annual list of honorees acknowledged for their industry achievements and community involvement. He has also been recognized as an Executive of the Year by Biz New Orleans and an Icon Awards honoree.
Under his leadership the system has also earned the 2021 Joy in Medicine designation, 2022 “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review, and Forbes “Best Employer” in 2021 and 2022.
Michael A. Fitts
Michael A. Fitts, one of the country’s foremost higher education leaders, is the fifteenth president of Tulane University. Since joining Tulane in 2014, President Fitts has repositioned the university by taking advantage of its natural strengths: its unique history, location, culture, size, and structure. Under his leadership, Tulane has become a world-class academic environment that fosters path-breaking interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching, a diverse and inclusive campus culture, and a holistic student experience.
President Fitts, a graduate of both Harvard and Yale universities, began his teaching career at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, ultimately serving 14 transformative years as dean. Previously, Fitts worked as an attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which serves as outside counsel to the President, White House, and Cabinet. President Fitts has written extensively on presidential power, separation of powers, executive branch decision-making, improving the structure of political parties, and administrative law.
Nene Glenn Gianfala
Ms. Gianfala is a Vice President of the Valuation Advisory group with over 15 years of experience in accounting, corporate finance, and business valuations. She joined Chaffe & Associates, Inc. as a Financial Analyst Intern in June 2007, and upon completion of the internship, joined the company. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuations (ABV), Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations (CEIV), Certified in the Fundamentals of ESG by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuations with a specialty in Intangible Assets (ASA-BV/IA) by the American Society of Appraisers. Ms. Gianfala performs intellectual property and intangible asset valuations for purchase price allocations, impairment testing, internal intangible asset management, portfolio valuation, and litigation support. She provides business valuation services to public and private companies for estate, gift, and income tax planning, financial reporting, corporate planning, employee stock ownership plans, and litigation. Ms. Gianfala is very active in her community and in professional organizations including hosting podcasts for the AICPA on various topics from ESG to Crypto. She serves on the Board of the Louisiana SPCA, is the Past Treasurer Junior League of New Orleans, the Past President of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, and an Adjunct Faculty Member of the University of Holy Cross.
Paulo Goes became the 14th dean of the Freeman School on August 23, 2021. A native of Brazil, Goes earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a master’s in production engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He began a career in civil engineering before immigrating to the U.S. and earning a master’s in operations research and a PhD in business administration from the University of Rochester.
Goes’ work regularly appears in leading academic journals, and he often presents and delivers keynote addresses at national conferences in the field of information systems. From 2013 to 2015, he was editor-in-chief of Management Information Systems Quarterly, one of the most prestigious journals in that field.
Prior to joining the Freeman School, Goes served for five years as the Dean and Halle Chair in Leadership at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Previously, he served nearly eight years as head of the nationally ranked Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) and the Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology at the University of Arizona.
Alan is a partner at Phelps Dunbar and the head of the Firm’s national ESG practice. Alan’s practice has long focused on environmental markets through his representation of industry leading manufacturers. He works with clients to identify and manage environmental risks and address disclosures of ESG factors that are important to stakeholders. He proactively counsels clients on environmental regulatory and litigation matters. Alan has been recognized by his peers in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA as a leading environmental lawyer.
Tara serves as President of JCH Properties+, a real estate investment, consulting and development company that specializes in delivering urban lifestyle experiences through the conversion of underutilized real estate into “cool”, creative spaces. The company develops multi-family, commercial mixed-use, and special-use projects. Tara has been directly responsible for and/or participated in the development of residential, mixed-use, mixed-income, and commercial development projects throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri. The firm is a part of a team currently developing a new neighborhood on the New Orleans riverfront known as the River District. She also leads her Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Company, Legacy Real Estate Partners, as Managing Broker.
Tara is also actively involved in the technology investment community, as an investor and Fund Manager of Reform Ventures, LLC, a member of First Round Capital’s Angel Track 6 cohort, a member of NOLAAN (New Orleans LA Angel Network), and board member of the Idea Village, a New Orleans technology accelerator program. She was named as one of “100 rising-star VC’s in 2020, who represent the future of venture capital” by Business Insider.
She spearheaded a regional initiative, NOME-New Orleans Music Economy, to attract the business side of the music industry to New Orleans, while Chair of Greater New Orleans, Inc, and remains a member of the Steering Committee.
Tara is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, with a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Development and a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Finance. She is a Louisiana Real Estate Broker, a member of the Business Council of New Orleans, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and in leadership positions on several not-for profit boards, including Advisory Board Member of the Clinton School of Public Service, First Vice-President of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, and Board Member of Ochsner’s Health Foundation.
Past Board Service and Awards include: Commissioner of the PORT of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, Past Chair Emeritus of Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc), Former Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and Past Chair of the 2016 Urban Land Institute's (ULI) National Hines Competition Jury. She received the 2018 Torchbearer Award for Economic Development from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), recognition as a 2017 New Orleans City Business’ Women of the Year, a 2017 Business Hall of Fame Laureate by Junior Achievement, and a 2017 Women of Color Honoree by 100 National Black Men of Metro New Orleans.
Colette Hirstius is the Senior Vice President, Gulf of Mexico and leads Shell’s offshore Deepwater business in the Gulf of Mexico, including nine operating production hubs and a network of subsea infrastructure.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Ms. Hirstius is a graduate of Dominican High School and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Tulane University and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Colorado. Following work for Mobil Oil and ExxonMobil, she began her career with Shell in 2003 as a Production Geologist based in New Orleans which gave her an opportunity to work with mature and developing Gulf of Mexico fields before moving into project leadership positions.
In her 20 years with Shell, Colette has held a variety of assignments across many lines of business including several leadership and strategic roles for Shell abroad in countries and regions ranging from Trinidad and Tobago to Africa and the Middle East. She also worked in The Netherlands as Strategy Adviser, working closely with Shell’s Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to develop Shell’s first Purpose led Strategy.
In July 2021, Colette was able to return home to New Orleans to lead the Gulf of Mexico organization on its journey towards the lowest carbon, most competitive and sustainable basin in the world. She is most passionate about leveraging her international experience and the work that Shell does in the Gulf to help build a bright future for the city, the state, and the region.
Colette is married to Jason Hirstius and they have three active sons. When not at work or cheering on her boys from the sidelines, Colette enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle, cooking, and traveling to new places around the world.
James Martin is a wind industry pioneer, founder & CEO of Gulf Wind Technology; a Louisiana company dedicated to innovating in the field of renewable energy. He has a demonstrated track record of building high performing engineering teams and reducing the cost of renewable energy by passionately leading innovation to product.
In 2010 Martin served as the US Technology Center founder and General Manager for Blade Dynamics USA, located at NASA Michoud, where he led the development of technologies enabling the production of longer, lighter, and more efficient wind turbine blades. Under Martin's leadership, Blade Dynamics became a leader in the wind energy industry and was acquired by General Electric in 2015. After the acquisition, Martin continued to work at GE Renewable Energy as the Engineering Technology Leader for the Wind blade business, where he was responsible for driving the development of new onshore and offshore technologies.
Gulf Wind Technology (GWT) is based at the historic Avondale Shipyard on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. One of GWT's core programs is to develop, accelerate and demonstrate technologies that will de-risk wind power in complex wind environments such as the Gulf of Mexico, through innovations in safety, rotor design, and system operation in peak wind events such as hurricanes. Martin holds a degree in Design and Technology from the University of Plymouth in the UK and an MBA from the Freeman Business School at Tulane University.
Cullan Maumus is the Managing Director of NORF Companies where he oversees the identification, acquisition, renovation, and/or construction of each project. Mr. Maumus has been with NORF Companies since 2013 and has led the development of 70 projects representing an estimated 700,000 square feet valued at $160 million. His most recent efforts with NORF have included the launch and management of 3 Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds that have invested over $100 million throughout the Southern United States. He is a native of New Orleans and served six years as an operations director for a New Orleans-based general contractor prior to joining the Company.
Mr. Maumus received his MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in 2013 where he focused his studies on Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Finance. While at Tulane, he was the President of the Tulane Entrepreneurs' Association, and received numerous awards for his leadership, and service to the school and community. He holds a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Massachusetts, where he was a four-year starter on the University's Baseball Team. Mr. Maumus resides in New Orleans with his wife and three sons.
Lacy McManus is the Executive Director of Future Energy at Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) where she advances a diverse coalition of higher education, community college, non-profit and industry partners spearheading the clean energy transition across South Louisiana. Lacy has re-joined the GNO, Inc. team after nearly three years with Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Education Programs. Prior to joining AWS, Lacy served as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at GNO, Inc. where she oversaw a portfolio of workforce, education and environmental programs that enhanced the economic competitiveness of the GNO region. Her work in Louisiana was launched at the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) where she was Strategic Initiatives Manager. Lacy holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia, a MA in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, and a MBA from Tulane University. She and her husband Bryan are proud New Orleans residents, raising their three daughters and rescue dog Uptown.
Daniela joined Lockton in 2016 as the Team Leader for the General Property Practice in Lockton Texas. She provides Lockton Texas clients with an analytical approach to designing and structuring their property programs.
Daniela has extensive experience in marketing domestic and global programs, with a specific focus on clients with large catastrophe exposures. Her experience extends to custom design, negotiation and placement of property programs for a wide range of industries, including real estate, retail, manufacturing, construction, telecommunication and other related businesses.
Prior to Lockton, Daniela was the Regional Property Leader for USI Southwest and Vice President at Marsh USA Inc. in Houston, TX. Daniela is a graduate of Florida State University with degrees in Finance and Risk Management.
Dan Real is the Chief Experience Officer for Caesars Digital.
Dan began his career with Caesars in 1995 as a marketing intern at Harrah’s Joliet in Illinois. During his time at the property, he gained experience in a number of marketing and player development roles before transferring to Harrah’s Council Bluffs in Iowa as Director of Casino Marketing. In 2006, Dan helped oversee the successful rebranding of Horseshoe Council Bluffs. The property remains the top performer in the market to this day.
He served as Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Operations for Horseshoe Council Bluffs before being named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s New Orleans in August 2010. Dan was then promoted to Regional President – South in 2011 where he oversaw operations of all Caesars Entertainment Casinos in Louisiana and Biloxi, MS.
He was instrumental in gaining legislative and regulatory approval to extend the city and state contract for Harrah’s New Orleans to operate through 2056 as the only land-based casino in Orleans Parish.
In December 2022 Dan was promoted to his current role as Chief Experience officer for Caesars Digital. This position allows him to combine his passion for sports betting and customer service.
Dan, a Chicago native, received a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Nebraska – Omaha.
He is very active in the community and in 2014 he was named a “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association and the Father’s Day Council.
Dan and his wife Julie are the proud parents of Lulu (18), Cecilia (17) and Vivian (15).
Richard Roth is the founder and managing partner of the Roth Law Firm. He specializes in tax, tax credit transactions, business law, estate planning, and successions. Richard began his career as a Certified Public Accountant in Charleston, South Carolina. After three years of practicing public accounting, he returned to his hometown of New Orleans to attend Tulane University Law School. Before opening Roth Law Firm, Richard was a partner in a boutique tax law firm in New Orleans.
Michael J. Sawaya
Michael J. Sawaya is Convention Center President of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC). A 46-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Sawaya came to New Orleans in 2018 from San Antonio, TX, where he served as Executive Director of the Convention and Sports Facilities Department for the City of San Antonio for 15 years. During his tenure in San Antonio, he led the 2016 expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – the largest single capital improvement project in the city’s 300-year history. Additionally, he served as Interim Aviation Department Director for the San Antonio International Airport.
Before joining the City of San Antonio, he served as General Manager of the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis, IN, the Omni San Antonio Hotel, and 11 other hotels around the country over a 20-year career as a Hotel GM. Mr. Sawaya has been in his current role as Convention Center President since February, 2018. Shortly after his arrival, Mr. Sawaya embarked on an ambitious visionary plan entitled “the Decade of Delivery” that includes a $557M five-year capital improvement plan – the largest in the facility’s 38-year history that will transform and modernize the NOENMCC to compete more effectively in the future. In addition, he is spearheading the development of a mixed-use entertainment, specialty retail, and residential neighborhood that will create a diverse, dynamic, and sustainable district that will attract both visitors and locals alike.
In 2021, the NOENMCC was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces in the U.S. – the only convention center to receive this honor nationally. In 2022, the LA Department of Environmental Quality awarded the NOENMCC with its Environmental Leadership Award, recognizing businesses that promote a cleaner and better environment for Louisiana that go above and beyond regulatory requirements.
Under Mr. Sawaya’s leadership, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) has achieved its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in 2022, a major milestone in its ongoing commitment to sustainability.
This official certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) makes the NOENMCC the largest LEED-certified project in Louisiana, the largest convention center project in the U.S. certified under LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance and the first convention center in the world to be awarded initial certification under AnchorLEED v4.1 O+M.
Mr. Sawaya is a Board Member of the Greater New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and was selected in 2018 as one of Biz Magazine’s People of the Year. Mr. Sawaya was honored as a CityBusiness Power 25 top influencer in New Orleans Hospitality for 2021 and as a CityBusiness Tourism Newsmaker in 2022. He was named to the 2023 “New Orleans 500” list by Biz New Orleans magazine.
Terrie P. Sterling
Terrie is a seasoned healthcare executive with expertise in strategic initiatives and healthcare management. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Integration Officer at LCMC Health and heads her own management consulting firm. In the past, she also held the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer at University Medical Center New Orleans.
With over 20 years of experience at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOLRMC), Terrie served in key positions including Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Operating Officer. Her leadership led to the development of a freestanding Children's Hospital in 2019 and earned OLOLRMC recognition among the best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Terrie co-chaired the Resilient Louisiana Commission, appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards. She also serves on the Louisiana Board of Regents. As a community-minded leader, Terrie holds memberships in several organizations including The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Terrie was inducted into the Louisiana Nurses Foundation Hall of Fame and recognized as an Influential Woman in Business by Baton Rouge Business Report.
Terrie holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeast Louisiana University, a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University, and a Master of Nursing Science from Loyola University New Orleans. She is a board-certified healthcare management professional and an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.
Peter Wilson joined Roth Law Firm as an Associate in 2017. He primarily practices in the areas of project development, private equity investment, and associated financing, with a special emphasis on historic rehabilitation and community development real estate transactions. Peter has acted as developer and investor counsel in the closing of a high volume of developments utilizing historic rehabilitation tax credits and new markets tax credits. Peter earned his JD and MBA from Tulane University in 2017.
as of 8/17/2023.
Speakers are listed in alphabetical order. Program is subject to change