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Register for Homecoming 2015

October 09, 2015
Tulane University will host its massive 2015 Homecoming/Reunion/Family Weekend on Nov. 6-8, and as part of those festivities, the A. B. Freeman School of Business has a number of exciting activities planned especially for business school alumni and parents.

The fun kicks off on Friday, Nov. 6, when Tulane President Michael Fitts leads a Town Hall discussion in Dixon Hall from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Later than afternoon, the Freeman School's own Peter Ricchiuti, founder and director of the acclaimed Burkenroad Reports program, will deliver a special talk for B-school alumni, parents and...


Donatone named region chair of North America for Sodexo

September 25, 2015

Lorna Donatone (BSM ’80), CEO of Schools Worldwide for Sodexo, has been tapped to head up Sodexo North America. As region chair of North America, Donatone will assume the duties currently held by Sodexo North America President and CEO George Chavel, who will retire in December 2015. She will also continue to serve as CEO of Schools Worldwide.

Lorna Donatone

A member of the Tulane University Business School Council, Donatone joined Sodexo in 1999 and has held several key leadership roles in the company, including president, Spirit Cruises, president, Schools Division and most...

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Goldring honored as inaugural AACSB Influential Leader

September 23, 2015

AACSB International, the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, has named Tulane University business alumnus Bill Goldring (BBA ’64), chairman of the Sazerac Co. and Crescent Crown Distributing Co., as one of its inaugural “100 Influential Leaders.”

Freeman School alumnus Bill Goldring has been honored by AACSB International as one of its inaugural "100 Influential Leaders."

In honor of AACSB’s Centennial Anniversary, the distinction recognizes alumni from AACSB-accredited schools who are making an impact in the world through their business acumen...

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Four alums named to DiversityMBA Top 100 Under 50 list

July 23, 2015

Four alumni of Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business are among the honorees in the 2015 DiversityMBA Magazine Top 100 Under 50.

The list, compiled by DiversityMBA Magazine, recognizes exceptional minority and multicultural executives — including African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, foreign nationals and women — who have achieved success in highly competitive corporate, government or entrepreneurial environments. The 2015 list was chosen from a pool of 300 nominees. Executives and emerging leaders selected for the list represent 25 disciplines, 15 industries and 20...

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Alumna honored with WFF Trailblazer award

March 19, 2015

The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the industry's premier leadership development organization, has honored Lorna C. Donatone (BSM ’80), COO and education market president at Sodexo, with the 2015 Fritzi Pikes Woods Trailblazer Award. The award recognizes individuals dedicated to improving gender diversity in the foodservice industry.

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A member of the Business School Council, Donatone is a founding member of SWIFT (Sodexo’s Women’s International Forum for Talent). Under Donatone’s leadership, Sodexo Education has established a strong record for promoting women...

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Freeman 50 welcomes the Class of 2016

August 18, 2014

The Freeman School rolled out the red carpet for incoming MBA students on Thursday (Aug. 14) with a first-of-its-kind networking reception for students in the full-time and professional programs.

Lauren Siegel (MBA '15), left, and Christine White (MBA '09) helped welcome incoming MBA students at a reception hosted by the CMC and the Freeman 50.

Hosted by the Freeman 50, the business school’s young MBA alumni advisory board, in conjunction with the Career Management Center and the Stewart Center for Executive Education, the MBA Welcome Reception was designed not just to welcome new...

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Alum brings "social dining experiment" to Freeman

September 16, 2013

As Al Green croons in the background, a chef assembles small plates of sous vide pork belly with shiso and corn espuma at a work station in the front of the room as Paco Robert, the evening’s host, places them in front of diners gathered at two long, candlelit tables.

Paco Robert (MBA ’11), center, brought his fast-growing social dining venture Dinner Lab to the Freeman School for a live case study on the business. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)

The scene may sound like something out of a trendy restaurant, but the dining room in question is actually an MBA classroom at the A. B. Freeman...

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TABA elects eight to board of directors

August 29, 2013

The Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) has elected eight members to serve on its board of directors. The new board members’ three-year terms began in January 2013.

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The new board members are Brian Banks (BSM ’04, MACCT ’05), supervisor at Bourgeois Bennett; Shannon Brice (MBA ’04), chief financial officer of Richard’s Disposal; Aimee Adatto Freeman (MBA ’95), owner and president of Adatto Freeman Strategic Consulting; Dominik Knoll (MBA ’10...

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Outgoing GBC president leaves legacy of progress

June 13, 2013

One night last spring, Albin Soares (MBA ’13) was working at his computer when he got a text message from one of his colleagues on the Graduate Business Council, the Freeman School’s student government organization.

“Hey, you need to calm down for the day,” the message read.

Outgoing GBC President Albin Soares (MBA '13) earned a reputation as one of the most active presidents in the organization's history.

Soares puzzled over the message for a second before realizing what it was about.

“I looked and I had sent out 74 emails that day,” laughs Soares, the outgoing...

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Graduate Reunion Party draws more than 150 alumni

April 30, 2013

More than 150 alumni and guests from the classes of 1968 through 2008 gathered in City Park Friday night (April 26) for the Freeman School’s third annual Graduate Alumni Reunion Party.

The event, which took place in Parkview Terrace (second floor of the old City Park Casino building), is a chance for the Freeman School to recognize alumni of graduate programs (MBA, MFIN and MACCT) celebrating milestone graduation anniversaries. This year’s party honored graduates from the years ’08, ’03, ’98, ’93, ’88, ’83, ’78, ’73, ’68 and ’63.

The reunion is also a chance for friends and...

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Jazz Fest poster has Freeman School roots

April 25, 2013

In the 38 years since its debut, the official New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster has become as much a part of the annual celebration as Irma Thomas, Crawfish Monica and Rosemint Tea, but few fans are probably aware that the highly collectible posters—which fetch hundreds of dollars on eBay—got their start as a class project at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Bud Brimberg (L ’75) created the first Jazz Fest poster, shown above, as a class project in the Freeman School’s first entrepreneurship course.

In 1975, Bud Brimberg (L ’75) was a third-year law student...

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Freeman School launches TABA chapters in five U.S. cities

January 15, 2013

The Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) has announced the establishment of chapters in five U.S. cities. The five TABA chapters are Houston, Nashville, Washington D.C., New York and Miami.

TABA has established new chapters in five U.S. cities.

Establishing TABA chapters in cities outside New Orleans has been a longtime goal of the association, and TABA President Tom Spiers (MBA ’01) says he hopes the creation of these chapters will help strengthen ties among alumni in those cities and enable TABA to offer programs that better serve their needs and interests.