Tulane alumni forum focuses on business recovery from coronavirus pandemic |

The Tulane Association of Business Alumni will host its 41st annual forum and first virtual forum titled “Waves of Change: Reimagining Business Growth Through a Crisis” from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 17.

A group of industry leaders address the adversities businesses are facing in the wake of the global pandemic and the innovative ways in which they are proving their resiliency.

The forum will take place live on a closed set and be made available online to preregistered participants at www.tulanebusinessforum.com.

Presenters include Meredith S. Grabill, U.S. bankruptcy judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans, and Michael D. Rubenstein, shareholder of Liskow & Lewis in Houston, with tips on what to expect if a business is confronted with bankruptcy; Dr. Kyle Widmer, chief of infectious diseases of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, with an update on COVID-19 therapeutic options, research trials and plans moving forward; Joel Wood, senior vice president for government affairs of The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers in Washington, D.C., with an overview of the effects of COVID on insurance policyholders facing business interruption policies that didn’t account for the pandemic, as well as employer-sponsored health insurance coverage due to rising unemployment.

Jim Priestley, group vice president of North America applications sales for Oracle in Burlingame, California, with stories of customers in various stages of cloud transformation prior to and during the pandemic and organizations’ ability to adapt, sustain and scale in a post-COVID world; Adam Weissenberg, vice chairman and chief global officer of audit and assurance, Asia Pacific leader of the U.S. global office for Deloitte & Touche LLP in Parsippany, New Jersey, with lessons on relationship building, team motivation and navigating difficult times; John M. Hairston, president and CEO at Hancock Whitney in Gulfport, Mississippi, with an economic update and forecast for Louisiana and U.S. economies.

Quentin L. Messer Jr., president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, will facilitate a panel discussion of regional maritime experts that will discuss how the pandemic has impacted how, when and why Americans buy consumer goods, and how Louisiana can capitalize on its strengths in maritime, trade and logistics. They will also address New Orleans and the region’s current advantages. Panelists will include: Paul G. Aucoin, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana in LaPlace; Brandy D. Christian, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corp.; George E. Duffy, president and CEO, of G.Duffy Maritime Services LLC in Destrehan; Sean M. Duffy Sr., executive director of the Big River Coalition in Kenner; and Dr. James A. Richardson, alumni professor of economics and public administration at LSU.

Accountants can earn 4 continuing professional education credits; engineers, 4 professional development hour credits; and attorneys, 2.5 continuing legal education credits by joining the forum.

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