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Freeman jumps in latest U.S. News & World Report ranking

March 17, 2011

In its latest survey of America’s best business schools, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Freeman School 40th on its list of the best graduate schools of business.

The ranking, which was published March 15 on, represents a jump of 13 spots over the Freeman School’s previous ranking—the second-biggest increase of any school on this year’s list—and is Freeman’s highest ranking in U.S. News & World Report since 2002.

This latest rating comes on the heels of several other strong showings in recent surveys. For the first time in...

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Bloomberg economist to discuss economic recovery

March 03, 2011

Richard Yamarone, senior economist with Bloomberg Brief: Economics, will discuss the current state of the economy in a special lecture at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Richard Yamarone

Yamarone’s presentation, “What Indicators to Watch for Signs of Economic Recovery,” will take place on Tuesday, March 15, at 5 p.m. in Room 2110 of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II on Tulane's uptown campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Yamarone is an economist who has more than two decades of experience and focuses on monetary and fiscal...

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Crisis experts tout importance of ethical leadership

February 24, 2011

Having a well-defined code of ethics may not prevent every crisis, but according to one of the speakers at this year’s Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society, it helps prevent those crises that do occur from becoming worse.

This year's Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society emphasized the importance of ethical leadership during times of crisis.

“Ethical leadership is one of the ways of keeping problems problems before they become catastrophes,” said Gael O’Brien, principal of the consulting firm Strategic Opportunities Group and a columnist for Business Ethics...

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Business Plan Competition announces semifinalists

February 23, 2011

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association has announced the semifinalists for the 2011 Tulane Business Plan Competition. The competition, which takes place on Friday, April 8, at the Freeman School, will award up to $70,000 in cash to the most promising new venture.

This year’s competition attracted 76 entries from 50 universities in five countries, including China, Thailand and Spain, and the 20 ventures selected to move on to the second round run the gamut from biotechnology to finance to alternative energy.

“Yet again, we have been extremely impressed by both the quantity...

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Business world gets smaller during international seminar

February 17, 2011

From human rights violations in China to political oppression in the Middle East to arrogance and decadence in the U.S., international news media broadcast negative images of cultures around the world on a daily basis, but according to a group of Freeman School executive MBA students, those stereotypes have little to do with reality.

Executive MBA students from New Orleans, Houston, Chile, China, Greece and the United Arab Emirates came together as one class for this year's International Intensive Week Seminar.

“When you get into a class like this, with people from similar...

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Freeman Days invades National WWII Museum

February 14, 2011

On Thursday night (Feb. 10), the Freeman School hosted its annual Freeman Days Networking Reception at the National World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. The business school’s biggest annual career event, Freeman Days brings together students, alumni and corporate recruiters for an evening of professional networking followed by a day of company presentations and information sessions on campus at the business school.

This year’s events attracted 395 students, 150 alumni and 100 recruiters and company representatives, making it the biggest Freeman Days New Orleans in history. To...

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Burkenroad Symposium to explore turning crisis into opportunity

February 07, 2011

From the Deepwater Horizon disaster to the subprime mortgage debacle to the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, recent history is filled with examples of crises that pose daunting, multileveled challenges to the organizations involved, but those trying events can also present unique opportunities.

The 18th annual Burkenroad Symposium will explore organizational crisis and how businesses can turn adversity into competitive advantage.

For the 18th annual Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society, “Honor in the Face of Fire: Turning Crisis into Opportunity,” a distinguished...

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New fund hopes to jumpstart high-potential ventures

February 02, 2011

New Orleans experienced an unprecedented influx of entrepreneurial talent and energy in the wake of Katrina, but activities like meet ups and networking can take those entrepreneurs only so far. At some point new ventures need capital, and that’s just what Freeman School professors John Elstrott and Ralph Maurer hope to provide them with.

Freeman School professors Ralph Maurer, left, and John Elstrott are part of the management team for the New Orleans Startup Fund, a new nonprofit venture capital fund that targets high-potential early-stage ventures.

Elstrott, clinical professor...

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Freeman launches new master’s program in energy

January 19, 2011

This summer, the A. B. Freeman School of Business will launch a unique new master’s degree program focused on the advanced skills demanded by recruiters for positions in energy finance, risk management and trading.

The Master of Management in Energy (MNRG) is an intensive one-year program focused exclusively on the business of energy. Launching in July 2011, this timely and differentiated program is targeted at new or recent college graduates who wish to extend their knowledge and skills for jobs in energy finance, sell-side and buy-side analysis, risk management, consulting, and...

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DiversityMBA honors three students with leadership award

December 07, 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 (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...

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Tulane Business Plan Competition seeks conscious capitalists

December 06, 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...

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Green jobs training program wins top honors at PitchNOLA

November 22, 2010

Disposing of used cooking oil is an unpleasant cost of doing business for most restaurants, but one local group is turning that task into green—green fuel, green jobs and green cash.

Hamilton Simons-Jones, left, of the Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project, shakes hands with Joel Tilton of New Orleans Panthers FC as master of ceremonies Chris Reade, center, looks on. Simons-Jones won first place and Tilton won the audience favorite prize at this year's PitchNOLA competition. (Photo by Erica Stavis)

The Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project, which trains inner-city youths to...