Speaker Type: Event Speaker

Ted James

As Region VI Administrator, Ted James will oversee SBA programs, offices, and operations in the SBA’s South Central region, serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Mr. James’ passion for leadership is driven by a deeply held desire to impact the lives of others while transforming his community. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, …

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Lakeisha Robichaux

 As a true pioneer in strengthening corporate models, promoting educational growth, and implementing proficient development, Lakeisha Robichaux, a Louisiana native, has focused her livelihood around quality leadership and business development. She achieved two Bachelor’s degrees within a three-year span and later went on to gain a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  With over 18 years …

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Katrina Kibben

Keynote speaker, non-binary LGBTQ+ advocate, and writing expert Katrina Kibben [they/them] teaches hiring teams how to write inclusive, unbiased job postings that still attract exceptional talent. With 15 years of corporate copywriting and training experience, Katrina knows how to turn talented recruiting teams into talented writers. It takes 2 key ingredients: inspiration and practical advice …

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Mayor Sharon W. Broome

Sharon Weston Broome is a firm believer in achieving progress through inclusion, innovation and information. Since taking office, Mayor Broome has placed a heavy focus on improving the quality of life for citizens while building resiliency through infrastructure improvements. She has focused on addressing transportation, drainage, public safety, education, economic development and revitalizing neighborhoods. Mayor …

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Steven Ceulemans

Entrepreneurial international executive with broad life science management experience. Proven track record in building and growing knowledge-driven ventures and innovation management programs in medtech, biotechnology, health IT, and healthcare fields. Over the past 10+ years I have worked as a scientist, manager, and executive in the healthcare/life science field in both the US and Europe. …

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Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is a native of Baton Rouge and the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Omnidek. Omnidek is a multi-enterprise portal network allowing small to midsize businesses to consolidate business forms, workflows, apps, and email into a centralized intranet platform. Chris has been in the technology sector for 13 years and has successfully developed …

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Peter Liu

Managing Partner and Co-founder of Revelry Venture Partners, a New Orleans-based seed-stage Venture Capital firm investing in domain-authority founders building tech-enabled companies. Life-long learner, NOLA transplant, community builder.

Jared Loftus

Founder of College District (Forbes Magazine’s “Biggest Entrepreneur in College Sports”), co-founder of MasteryPrep (overseeing the EdTech company’s growth from $300,000 to $5 M in revenue in a 3-year span), and former COO of New Orleans-based AI for associations company rasa.io. Jared is the founder and CEO of the crypto mining company MaxBoring and a …

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Mary Ellen Slayter

Mary Ellen Slayter is founder, CEO and lead content strategist at Rep Cap, a content marketing agency that specializes in HR tech, insurance and financial services. That means she spends most of her days finding new ways to talk about the “future of work” while we’re all still actively creating it. She previously served as …

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Barbra Barnett

Barbra’s practice predominantly focuses on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate matters. Businesses-including entrepreneurs, emerging companies and investors-rely on her for guidance on a variety of transactions and through all stages of a company’s life cycle, from formation and private placement through expansion. Prior to joining Stone Pigman, Barbra taught ethics at Elmhurst University and …

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