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Innovation in Ethics Education grant recipients announced

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Ira Solomon, dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, has announced the inaugural grant recipients in the Millie and Allan Bradley Innovation in Ethics Education program.

Established in 2014, the program awards grants of up to $10,000 to Tulane faculty members to support the development of innovative educational materials focused on ethics in business and society. Special preference is given to proposals that involve interdisciplinary collaboration and/or “flipped classrooms,” in which students use in-class time for problem solving and applying course content to real-world problems.

“We received a number of outstanding proposals, but the three selected to receive our inaugural grants stood out for their innovative approaches to the study of ethics in business,” said Dean Solomon. “I’m delighted to be able to support these three exceptional educators in their efforts to develop unique, high-quality teaching materials.”

The 2015 Millie and Allan Bradley Innovation in Ethics Education grants recipients are as follows:

John ClarkeJohn Clarke, professor of practice in management, was awarded a grant to develop teaching materials to help students understand how entrepreneurs and startup companies can infuse social and environmental value creation into their business models. Clarke will work with Tom Gibson, an internationally recognized expert on socially responsible investing, to develop course materials that emphasize tools and frameworks to support the development and implementation of sustainable business practices and the critical role entrepreneurship plays in addressing  problems faced by society.

Chris McCuskerChris McCusker, professor of practice in management, received a grant to prepare a case and supporting video on the ethical dilemma faced by a former project management director at Banorte, who was charged with implementing large-scale layoffs at the company, one of Mexico’s largest banks. The case will draw upon the work of major ethical philosophers to address the role of business in society and the leadership challenges faced by managers charged with cutting costs under time pressure.

Emily RosenzweigEmily Rosenzweig, assistant professor of marketing, was awarded a grant to develop educational modules on each of the four Ps of marketing: product, price, promotion and placement. Each of the modules will present an ethical issue, and each will consist of a video lecture or screencast (voice-narrated slide show), a quiz to test the students’ understanding of the concepts covered in the lecture, materials to support an in-class exercise, and a teaching guide.

Funding for the program was provided by Millie P. Bradley (NC ’73, MBA ’75), former controller and manager of information systems with Exxon Mobil Corp., and Allan Bradley Jr. (MBA ’75), president and CEO of Questar Pipeline Co.


Innovation in Ethics Education grant program seeks proposals

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Freeman School is currently accepting proposals for the inaugural Millie and Allan Bradley Innovation in Ethics Education Grants.

The Millie and Allan Bradley Innovation in Ethics Education Grants Program will award grants of up to $10,000 to support innovative teaching in ethics.

The Millie and Allan Bradley Innovation in Ethics Education Grants Program will award grants of up to $10,000 to support innovative teaching in ethics.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to Tulane University faculty to support the development of innovative educational materials focused on ethics in business and society. These intellectual contributions might include case studies, decision- or judgement-making tools or research reports. Potential topics include business’ role in society, corporate social responsibility, social innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership character, corporate culture, ethics programs, and ethical decision-making dilemmas.

Proposals that reflect two emerging trends in higher education — collaboration among faculty across disciplines and “flipped classrooms” — will receive special consideration. Interdisciplinary perspectives on ethical issues increase students’ levels of ethical wisdom and enhance their overall understanding of this important broad-based educational foundation. Flipped classrooms refers to interactive, student-centered designs that use in-class time for students to engage in problem-solving and apply course content to real-world problems. Regardless of the focus or format, all submissions should have an ethical component as the centerpiece.

Funding for the program is provided by Millie P. Bradley (NC ’73, MBA ’75), former controller and manager of information systems with Exxon Mobil Corp.,  and Allan Bradley Jr. (MBA ’75), president and CEO of Questar Pipeline Co.

To learn more about the grants program, including information on how to submit a proposal, please see the program’s electronic brochure.


Tulane Business Model Competition announces finalists

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A biomedical firm with a technology to regenerate damaged tissue, a medical device manufacturer that’s developed a fast, accurate test to diagnose diseases, and a recycling company that extracts rare earth elements from discarded electronic devices have been named as finalists in the 2015 Tulane Business Model Competition.

The three companies — D & P Bioinnovations, Disease Diagnostic Group and REEcycle — will vie for $35,000 in cash prizes in the competition’s final round, which will take place before a live audience at the A. B. Freeman School of Business on April 16.


Tympanogen’s Parastoo Khoshakhlagh makes her pitch at last year’s Tulane Business Model Competition. The finals of the 2015 competition will take place on Thursday, April 16, in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II.

They reached the finals by edging out three other ventures in the competition’s semifinal round, which took place on March 23 at the Chicory as part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

“Participants were judged on the viability and sustainability of their business models and their models’ ability to create substantive intended outcomes,” said Sherif Ebrahim, professor of practice in strategy and innovation and director of entrepreneurship and innovation education at the Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, which coordinates the annual competition. “D&P, DDG and REEcycle demonstrated to judges that they had well-developed business models, which makes them very strong candidates for future success.”

“All our semifinalists did an outstanding job pitching their ventures to judges,” added Lina Alfieri Stern, director of operations with the institute. “I think it was clear to judges that the finalists had done a great job vetting their products and services and pivoting based on what the market told them.”

The 2015 Tulane Business Model Competition finalists and their host universities are as follows:

  • D & P Bioinnovations (Tulane University) D&P Bioinnovations is developing a bioresorbable implantable medical device to regenerate a damaged esophagus.
  • Disease Diagnostic Group (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Disease Diagnostic Group (DDG) is a pre-revenue medical device company specializing in the development of rapid, accurate and inexpensive disease diagnostic tests.  The company’s flagship product is RAM (Rapid Assessment of Malaria).
  • REEcycle  (University of Houston)REEcycle sells reclaimed rare earth elements from magnets used inside electronics, such as hard drives, cell phones and audio speakers.

Serving as judges for the semifinal round were Robert Autenreith, CEO of Pride Marketing and Procurement Inc.; Millie Bradley, retired controller of Exxon Mobil Corp.; E. Pierce Marshall, president/CEO of Elevage Capital Management; Chris Papamichael, principal and co-founder of the Domain Cos.; and David Rieveschl, shareholder and corporate securities attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Aaron Miscenich, president and CEO of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, served as master of ceremonies.

The final round of the 2015 Tulane Business Model Competition will take place in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II on Thursday, April 16, at 2 p.m., with the winner to be announced later that evening at the Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala. The competition is free and open to the public; the gala is by invitation only. For more information about the Tulane Business Model Competition, contact Lina Alfieri Stern at 504-865-5455 or


Position Announcement: Exec. Dir., Levy-Rosenblum Inst.

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship
A. B. Freeman School of Business
Tulane University


The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship (LRI).

Leveraging Tulane’s location in the city of New Orleans — with its rapidly growing economy, technology, life science, and entertainment sectors, and its emerging prominence as a center for entrepreneurship — the LRI plays a central role in the Freeman School’s effort to sharpen its focus on entrepreneurship education, scholarship, and outreach. The LRI serves as the link between the School’s faculty and students on the one hand, and its alumni, local entrepreneurs, and employer organizations interested in innovation and entrepreneurship on the other. The LRI also serves as a laboratory to explore new programs and scholarship in a variety of areas and disciplines. Learn more by reading the School’s recently adopted strategic plan (

The Executive Director of the LRI should have a Ph.D. in a business or related discipline, substantial experience managing entrepreneurial programs or as an entrepreneur, and the ability to work closely with Freeman School faculty to develop and deliver state-of-the-art experiential coursework relating to innovation and entrepreneurship. We prefer candidates who have a record of scholarship in entrepreneurship and innovation, but will consider all candidates with strong credentials. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the LRI and its programs and reports to the Dean of the Freeman School.

This appointment is a faculty appointment.

Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the appointment is made. Applicants should send a letter, indicating their interest, and a curriculum vitae. All materials should be submitted electronically to:

Professor Paul A. Spindt (
Keehn Berry Professor of Banking and Finance
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty
A. B. Freeman School of Business
Tulane University

Tulane University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Tulane Business Forum looks at leveraging Louisiana

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The CEOs of two of Louisiana’s biggest home-grown success stories — Daryl G. Byrd of Iberiabank Corp. and  José S. Suquet of Pan-American Life Insurance Group — will discuss what it took to build those businesses as keynote speakers at the 34th annual Tulane Business Forum, “Home Grown: Leveraging the Louisiana Business Experience on a National Scale.”

Daryl G. Byrd

José S. Suquet

This year’s forum, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, shines the spotlight on businesses that have leveraged the state’s unique resources to achieve national and international success.

Joining Byrd, who will deliver the morning keynote address, and Suquet, who will deliver the luncheon keynote, will be Gary P. LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, and John F. Tercek, vice president for commercial and new business development at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The forum will also feature a panel on tourism and economic development featuring Darryl Berger, chairman of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.; Tod R. Chambers, general manager of the Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel; Jay Dardenne, lieutenant governor of Louisiana; and Gregory Rusovich, chairman of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. Scott Couvillon of Trumpet will moderate.

The 34th annual Tulane Business Forum is a presentation of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, the Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) and Iberiabank.

For more information about this year’s program and to register online, visit



Freeman School unveils Strategic Plan

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Over the past school year, a team of 52 members of the Freeman School community has been engaged in an intensive strategic planning effort. The purpose of this process has been to discover and refine the Freeman School’s mission, core values, capabilities and goals. The result is a comprehensive plan that builds on the Freeman School’s unique strengths to chart an ambitious course for the future.

The Strategic Planning Leadership Team consisted of faculty, staff and students as well as Tulane administrators and members of the Business School Council. Beyond these individuals, ideas and comments were solicited from the entire Freeman community, including alumni and partner organizations. All of these contributions were essential to shaping the strategic planning document.

“This effort was the most rigorous, comprehensive strategic planning process in school history,” said Dean Ira Solomon. “We hope that all of our community members will share our enthusiasm for the plan and join us as we work to implement its goals.”

The final plan is available in PDF format on the Freeman website.


Maurer appointed interim executive director of Levy-Rosenblum Institute

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Dean Ira Solomon has named Ralph Maurer, professor of practice and executive director of the Tulane Family Business Center, to a one-year appointment as interim executive director of the Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Ralph Maurer, professor of practice, has been named interim executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Maurer will replace John B. Elstrott Jr., professor of practice and founding executive director of the institute, who is retiring after 25 years at the Freeman School.

Maurer joined Tulane in 2009 and has served as a visiting assistant professor of strategy & entrepreneurship and an adjunct professor of management. In July 2011, he was appointed executive director of the Tulane Family Business Center, a program of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute that offers programming,  support and consulting services for family owned enterprises. Maurer will continue to serve in that role in addition to serving as executive director of the institute.

From October 2010 to December 2011, Maurer served as executive director of the New Orleans Startup Fund, a nonprofit venture capital fund that provides local high-potential ventures with seed capital. He is also a co-founder and principal in EMH Strategy, a strategy and management consulting firm that assists businesses experiencing periods of profound change or grappling with complex and ambiguous issues.

Maurer’s teaching and research focus on innovation and strategy in highly dynamic markets, with an emphasis on both technology and the cultural industries. His work and consulting experience includes time with Apple, Daimler-Benz, Chrysler, Deluxe and multiple internet startups. Maurer earned a PhD from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Florida, and a BS from Northwestern University.

Founded in 1991, the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship (LRI) inspires and trains prospective entrepreneurs through coursework, community service projects and internships. Students have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty members, network with a regional board of entrepreneurs and participate in a student-based entrepreneurial association that provides a training ground for business development. In 2011, the Freeman School’s entrepreneurship program was ranked 14th in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine/The Princeton Review.

TABA announces 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Nationally recognized entrepreneurship expert Carl J. Schramm and Hancock Holding Co. President and CEO Carl Chaney highlight a distinguished lineup of speakers on tap for the 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum.

Carl J. Schramm

Carl Chaney

The forum, an annual presentation of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA), will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

“This year’s forum, ‘Scoring Big: Building on Business Victories,’ highlights recent economic successes in the greater New Orleans region,” says David Kearney (MBA ’08), forum chair. “We’re excited to explore the idea of making American capitalism more entrepreneurial with keynote speaker Carl Schramm, and with other presentations on sports-related economic development, public policy and politics, and the regional banking sector, we hope to help attendees better understand how these business victories might impact their own organizations and activities.”

Schramm is a leading authority on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. As president of the Kauffman Foundation for 10 years, Schramm built the organization into the world’s premier foundation dedicated to the development of high-growth firms and understanding the role they play in economic growth.

Chaney has served as CEO and director of Hancock Holding Co., the parent company of Hancock Bank, since 2006 and as president since 2008. In 2011, he guided Hancock through its acquisition of Whitney Holding Co., parent company of Whitney Bank.

This year’s forum will also feature a panel discussion on sports and economic development with Jay Cicero, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation; Rick Dickson, director of athletics at Tulane University; Doug Thornton, senior vice president of SMG; and Hugh Weber, president of the New Orleans Hornets.

In addition, Beth A. Brooke, global vice chair of public policy at Ernst & Young, will discuss public policy, politics and business; John C. Sheptor, president and CEO of Imperial Sugar Co., will discuss repositioning to create value, and Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University, will discuss the state of intercollegiate athletics.

The 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum is sponsored by Whitney Bank and the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. For more information and to register online, visit


Freeman tops the nation in MBA employment

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University is the top school in the nation for MBA employment according to the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of business schools. The job placement data were published in March as part of the magazine’s annual report on America’s best graduate schools.

In 2011, 98.1 percent of the Freeman School’s full-time MBA class who were seeking employment were employed three months after graduation. That percentage was the best of the 135 business schools that reported employment data to U.S. News and had at least 20 graduates seeking jobs.

Since 2008, the Freeman School has invested significant resources in its career services area, hiring additional corporate outreach personnel and rolling out a host of new initiatives to connect and engage with more recruiters and hiring managers.

“Placement is just one measure of an MBA program’s success, but I’m delighted to see that the hard work of our students is being rewarded,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “Our Career Management Center does an outstanding job connecting students with employment opportunities, and it’s important to note that many of those opportunities have come, either directly or indirectly, from our alumni. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this exceptional level of success without their tremendous involvement and support.”

Freeman expands relationship with China’s Zhejiang University

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The Freeman School has signed an agreement with China’s Zhejiang University to begin admitting students from its School of Management to the Freeman School’s Master of Accounting and Master of Finance programs.

Ira SOlomon and Xiaobo Wu

Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon, left, and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu signed an agreement in February outlining a host of joint programs and activities.

The new agreement, signed in February by Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu, expands a relationship the Freeman School had previously had exclusively with Zhejiang’s Honors College.

“Zhejiang University is one of the top universities in all of China, so it’s a privilege to be able to bring these outstanding students from the School of Management to the Freeman School,” said Dean Solomon. “These students will enhance the classroom environment, and they will also be great connections for U.S. students interested in learning about China and expanding their careers internationally.”

Since 2010, the Freeman School’s Zhejiang Advanced Placement Program (ZAPP) has admitted a select number of students from Zhejiang’s Honors College to the Master of Accounting and Master of Finance programs each year. Under this new agreement, students from the School of Management — the Freeman School’s counterpart at Zhejiang — will now be able to gain admission to those programs as well.

The partnership doesn’t stop there. In addition to the master’s programs, Dean Solomon and Executive Dean Wu signed a memorandum of understanding outlining a host of initiatives officials at Zhejiang hope to pursue with the Freeman School, including executive MBA exchange programs, joint research activities, faculty exchanges, and new energy management and Latin American programs.

“Zhejiang is very interested in Latin America, and that’s an area we have a lot of connections in,” says John Trapani, executive director of the Freeman School’s Goldring Institute of International Business, who helped draft the agreement. “We plan to assist them in setting up programs for entrepreneurs from Zhejiang to visit entrepreneurs in the southern part of Latin America, most likely Chile and Brazil.”

Located in Hangzhou, a center of entrepreneurial activity in China, Zhejiang University is widely regarded as one of the top schools in China. In its 2011-2012 survey, QS World University Rankings ranked Zhejiang as the seventh-best university in China, and in 2011 China University Rankings named Zhejiang the top university in China.

According to Trapani, a strategic partnership is in the best interest of both institutions. “Given the growing importance of China in the world, I think it will be a great benefit for us to bring these very bright students to New Orleans and let our students bond with and become friends with them,” Trapani says. “And from the perspective of the Chinese students, they’re getting a graduate degree from a prestigious U.S. institution, and U.S. business schools still represent the gold standard for management education in China. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

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