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Alum Bill Donius to discuss unlocking your 'inner genius'

October 24, 2016
William Donius (BSM '81)

Business executive and author William A. Donius (BSM ’81) visits Tulane this week for a special lecture and workshop sponsored by the Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Donius is the author of Thought Revolution, How to Unlock Your Inner Genius, a New York Times best-seller that describes the process he developed to access wisdom and insights hidden in the right side of the brain. Donius, the former CEO of Pulaski Financial Corp., credits the methodology with helping him to grow his company by eightfold and lead a happier, more intentional...

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Grant appointed Tulane retention czar

October 13, 2016
Kelly Grant, professor of practice at the A.B. Freeman School of Business, has taken on the role of Newcomb-Tulane College associate dean of retention and strategic initiatives. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts and dean of Newcomb-Tulane College James M. MacLaren, have appointed Kelly Grant, professor of practice at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, to serve as the university’s retention czar.

Grant has taken on many roles during her accomplished career at Tulane, including serving as a Newcomb College Institute faculty fellow and as...

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Career Management Center hosts 3rd annual Freeman Energy Expo

September 21, 2016
Jane Gasdaska, general manager, US Product Supply & Distribution, for Phillips 66 Commercial, delivered a morning keynote presentation on managing teams as part of this year's Freeman Energy Expo.

Students from the Freeman School’s New Orleans campus traveled to Houston on Friday (Sept. 9) for a day of information sessions, seminars and one-on-one networking with professionals in the energy field.

The occasion was the Freeman Energy Expo, an annual event organized by the Freeman School’s Career Management Center (CMC) that gives students pursuing careers in energy the...

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Freeman welcomes six to faculty for 2016-17 academic year

September 21, 2016

Dean Ira Solomon is pleased to announce the following appointments to the faculty of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University for the 2016-17 academic year.

Gus De Franco, professor of accounting, comes to the Freeman School from the University of Toronto, where he served as an associate professor of accounting. He was previously a visiting professor in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and in the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also worked at the International Institute for Management Development (...

Burkenroad Reports

S&P Global Market Intelligence to begin offering access to Burkenroad Reports

September 19, 2016
Beginning in January, users of S&P Capital IQ will be able to access Burkenroad Reports, the Freeman School's acclaimed equity research program.

S&P Global Market Intelligence, a leading provider of research, data and analytics to the financial services industry, will begin offering access to Burkenroad Reports, the acclaimed equity research program run by Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business. The program’s reports will be available to users of its S&P Capital IQ platform beginning in January 2017.

“S&P Global Market Intelligence has 4,200 customers...

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Sazerac CEO shares homegrown success story as forum keynote speaker

September 15, 2016
Mark Brown (MBA '90), president and CEO of the Sazerac Co., discussed the company's growth into one of the top five spirits companies in the world as the Tulane Business Forum's luncheon keynote speaker.

Mark Brown, president and CEO of the New Orleans-based Sazerac Co., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of distilled spirits, doesn’t talk about his company very much.

“Our company is intensely private,” he told an audience at the 37th annual Tulane Business Forum on Friday (Sept. 9). “In fact, we had a lot of handwringing over whether we should make this presentation or not...

Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex Groundbreaking

Freeman celebrates groundbreaking of expansion project

September 13, 2016
Celebrating the start of the $35 million renovation and expansion of Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business were, left to right, Board of Tulane Chair Darryl Berger, board member E. Pierce Marshall Jr., Tulane President Mike Fitts, board member Bill Goldring, Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon, and board member and Business School Council Chair Jerry Greenbaum.

Work on a $35 million renovation and expansion of Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business officially kicked off over the summer, but that didn’t stop the Freeman School from celebrating the start of the...

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Former Tulane football player turns entrepreneur

August 18, 2016

Juggling athletics and academics proves to be a packed schedule for many collegiate student-athletes. For former Tulane deep snapper Michael Lizanich, however, there's another world of responsibilities. Lizanich is the proud owner and operator of his own business, the Motorsports Garage.

Michael Lizanich, a former Green Wave snapper and current owner of the Motorsports Garage, will earn a bachelor's degree in finance this December. (Photo from

The A. B. Freeman School of Business senior has owned 20 cars in his 21 years. It’s safe to say that Lizanich feels...

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TABA announces speakers for 2016 Tulane Business Forum

June 28, 2016

The president and CEO of the Sazerac Co., the largest producer of distilled spirits in the United States, and the head of the GE Foundation highlight an impressive list of speakers lined up for the 37th annual Tulane Business Forum.

Mark Brown Deborah Elam

The forum, an annual presentation of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA), will take place on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This year’s theme is "Purpose-Driven Business — How to Profit and Make a Difference."

Mark Brown (MBA ’90), who will...

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Alum hopes to make U.S. Senate his next remarkable accomplishment

June 27, 2016
U.S. Senate candidate Derrick Edwards, with "Today" show co-host Hoda Kotb, left, and his mother, Madeline Edwards, at Tulane University's 2016 Unified Commencement Ceremony.

Winning a seat in Congress is a steep challenge for any candidate, much less a political newcomer, but Derrick Edwards (BSM ’97, MACCT ’98), who recently announced his candidacy for Louisiana’s U.S. Senate seat, has been defying the odds his entire life.

In 1989, Edwards was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a spinal cord injury during a high school football game. Despite spending six months in the...

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Financial Times Ranks Freeman MFIN Program 6th in U.S.

June 22, 2016

For the sixth straight year, the Financial Times has ranked the Master of Finance program at Tulane University's A. B. Freeman School of Business as one of the best in the world.

The Freeman School’s MFIN program was ranked 43rd internationally and sixth among U.S. programs in the newspaper's latest rating of pre-experience master’s in finance programs, which FT defines as programs aimed at students with little or no work experience. The ranking, part of FT’s Masters in Finance 2016 Special Report, was published June 20.

“In the last six years, we’ve devoted a great deal...

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The Advocate: Upper Canal Street showing signs of revival

June 13, 2016
Sherif Ebrahim, director of entrepreneurship and innovation education at the Freeman School, said recent residential development along Upper Canal Street has led to the need for additional amenities like restaurants and shopping.

The New Orleans Advocate interviewed Sherif Ebrahim, lecturer in management and director of entrepreneurship and innovation education at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, for a story on the revival of Upper Canal Street, which has been the beneficiary of nearly $650 million in investments over the last several years.

New ground-floor retail may find...