Archive for December, 2010

Times-Picayune: Porsche’s latest project has a Louisiana flavor

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

From The Times-Picayune, Dec. 12, 2010:

But John Howard, associate dean of graduate programs at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, said he thinks Porsche selected the name to represent what the rest of the world thinks of as Cajun — fun-loving people who enjoy food, music and friends.

“I think the ‘Cajun’ is just an indication it’s going to be a fun vehicle,” Howard said. “It’s going to be light-hearted and so forth.”

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DiversityMBA honors three students with leadership award

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Three Freeman School students have been chosen as 2010 recipients of DiversityMBA Magazine’s Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award. The award recognizes minority and multicultural graduate students—including African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, foreign nationals and women—who have exhibited exemplary leadership in the community or the institution.

Patricio Campuzano

Patricio Campuzano

Patricio Campuzano (MBA ’11), a native of Quito, Ecuador,  is president of Net Impact at Tulane, which works to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. In October, he was chosen as a recipient of the 2010 Net Impact Leadership Award, a national honor that recognizes individuals for contributions to the organization over the past year. Campuzano was also one of six Tulane students selected to be part of the AshokaU team, whose mission is to create a vision and plan of action to improve teaching, research and engagement opportunities in social entrepreneurship.

Amina Harvey

Amina Harvey

Amina Harvey (MBA ’10), who graduated in May, founded the Retail and Luxury Goods Association at Tulane and served as president of the organization for two years. She was also a vice president of event management for the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association and vice president of administration for the National Black MBA Association. In August 2010, Harvey began work as an assistant marketing manager for L’Oreal USA and she has also been selected to participate in the company’s prestigious Management Development Program, a rotational program that includes assignments in field sales, category management, market research, finance and marketing services.

Jennifer Urrego

Jennifer Urrego

Jennifer Urrego (MBA ’11) founded the Tulane Sports Business Association to offer undergraduate and graduate students a forum to learn more about the diverse career paths in sports. Urrego was also selected to be a 2010 Education Pioneers Fellow because of her desire to use her business skills to impact education. As a fellow,  she served as an intern with Citizens Schools, a national educational after-school program, and developed a scalable recruitment model to help the organization source and attract high quality part-time educators to meet its staffing needs.

Diversity MBA Magazine is an internationally distributed publication targeting women and multicultural professionals in corporate America and government as well as entrepreneurs and business students. The list of 2010 Outstanding Gradaute Student Leadership Award winners appears in the magazine’s fall 2010 issue.

Tulane Business Plan Competition seeks conscious capitalists

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association kicks its 2011 Tulane Business Plan Competition up a notch with a new competition and a $50,000 top prize for the company with the best sustainable business model rooted in the ideals of conscious capitalism.

Sunil Bhardwaj and Sameer Hajee won the grand prize of $50,000 in last year's Tulane Business Plan Competition with their plan for Nuru Light, a conscious capitalism venture that distributes affordable rechargeable lights in Africa.

“Conscious Capitalism incorporates the principles of social entrepreneurship which are based on the belief that one can do good for the world while doing well for oneself,” says Tulane Entrepreneurs Association (TEA) President Chris Williams. “With this in mind, we feel that New Orleans is the perfect city to host the competition that highlights this progressive concept.”

The competition, organized by students at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business, offers the biggest cash prize of any student-run business plan competition in the country and is the only business plan competition in the nation dedicated to the principles of conscious capitalism.

The contest attracts applicants from top-tier universities across the United States and internationally. Any business venture can apply as long as one of the principals is an enrolled student at an accredited university. The deadline to apply is Jan. 23. Three rounds of judging will take place beginning in late January.  The top three teams will be invited to present their plans before a panel of
 judges and a live audience on Friday, April 8, at the Freeman School.

This year, thanks to the support and sponsorship of a successful real estate development firm founded by two Tulane business school alumni, TEA is expanding the contest to add a new prize that focuses specifically on New Orleans. The Domain Companies New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge, which is sponsored by The Domain Companies, will award $20,000 to the company that presents the best plan for the creation or expansion of a New Orleans-based business that demonstrates strong growth potential and positive local impact.

For more information about this year’s competition and details on how to enter, visit

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