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    Dec. 3, 2012            
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    Social entrepreneurs shine at PitchNOLA 
PitchNOLATen teams of social entrepreneurs visited Tulane’s uptown campus last month to pitch ideas to solve a host of environmental and social problems, but in the end, it was a program to help the formerly incarcerated transition back into society that came out on top at the fourth annual PitchNOLA. The competition, an “elevator pitch” contest for local social entrepreneurship ventures, is an annual presentation of the A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives and Propeller, a local nonprofit that supports social innovation. More than 200 people packed Freeman Auditorium on Nov. 14 to watch the socially minded entrepreneurs deliver three-minute pitches for their ventures to a panel of judges, with a $5,000 cash prize on the line.


    Bol invested into PwC Professorship
Dean Ira Solomon and Jasmijn BolJasmijn Bol’s research focuses on the subjective side of compensation contracting, exploring how managerial discretion influences performance assessment, contract design and promotion decisions. Now, as the inaugural holder of the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Professorship in Accounting, Bol hopes to build on that research with support from the world’s largest professional services firm.

    Freeman hosts inaugural accounting institute
Accounting Leadership InstituteIn 2012, ManpowerGroup ranked accounting at No. 5 on its list of the 10 hardest jobs to fill. That talent shortage is expected to continue through 2020 as more and more accounting professionals reach retirement age. To help meet the nation’s growing demand for young accounting professionals, the Freeman Schools Career Management Center recently organized a two-day program for prospective accountants as part of this year’s Freeman Days Chicago. The Accounting Leadership Institute was a professional education and networking event designed to introduce students to the variety of career options available in accounting.


    Students sponsor holiday pub crawl for charity
Santa's Naughty or Nice Charity Pub CrawlFor the second year in a row, Tulane MBA students Nicole Munsey (MBA ’13) and Lauren Nelson (MBA ’13) are hosting a holiday-themed pub crawl to raise money for local charities. This year’s pub crawl takes place this Saturday night, Dec. 8, from 7 p.m. to midnight. In exchange for a $5 donation, participants will receive a Santa hat entitling them to great bar specials along the way, and faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited and encouraged to join in the fun. This year’s event will benefit Enlighten Through Travel, a nonprofit started by Lydia Onimo (MBA ’14) that offers students mentoring and college prep in conjunction with educational travel opportunities. For more info about the pub crawl, you can visit the Santas Naughty or Nice Pub Crawl Facebook event page.


    MBAs face off in NBMBAA case competition
NBMBAA Case CompetitionCongratulations to MBA students Sabine Baptiste, Pierre Dunbar, Jerica Kelley and Dakarai Anderson, who represented the Freeman School  earlier this semester in the National Black MBA Association Case Competition. The event, sponsored by Chrysler, was held in conjunction with the NBMBAA Conference in Indianapolis. For this year’s competition, the team was asked to create a marketing plan for the Fiat 500 BEV, Chrysler’s new electric car, as well as suggest prices and selling locations for the vehicle. Although the Freeman team didn’t come out on top, they earned praise from judges for generating one of the best marketing plan ideas. Including the team, the Freeman School sent a total of 12 MBA students to this year’s NBMBAA Conference for three days of networking and on-site job interviews with major companies. 
    The Freeman Annual Fund
Gibson HallAs 2012 draws to a close, we thank you for your commitment to Freeman. Alumni and friends of the Freeman School enable us to educate our students, produce scholarly work and impact our community. You can help ensure Freeman’s continued excellence by making a gift to the Freeman Annual Fund, which provides much needed resources for programs, facilities, student scholarships and faculty. If you’ve already made a gift, we offer our sincerest thanks. If you have any questions about giving to Freeman, please contact Meriel Hughes, senior director of development, at or 504-865-5409.
    Visit the Freeman Online Gift Shop
650872_dSearching for a little stocking-stuffer for the Freeman alum in your life? Need a quick Secret Santa present? Look no further than the Freeman Online Gift Shop. The shop features a variety of Freeman merchandise for your holiday shopping needs, everything from polo shirts, hoodies and hats to coffee mugs, key chains and koozies. And, best of all, you don’t have to set foot in a mall!
    Submit your latest news to Class Notes
ClassNotesThe winter issue of Freeman magazine is in production, so now is the time to submit your news to the magazine’s Class Notes section. It’s a great way to keep your friends and former classmates up to date on recent promotions, job changes, family additions, and awards and honors, and submitting a Class Note is easy. Click the link to access the online Class Notes form and – don’t forget – you can to use the form to upload photos to accompany your news!
    Upcoming Events at the Freeman School

Dec. 13
Tulane Houston Information Session, 1700 West Loop South, Houston. For more information, visit

Jan. 18
Tulane Family Business Forum - “Branding the Family Business Effectively,” Lavin-Bernick Center, Tulane University, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, contact Rosalind G. Butler at or 504-862-8482.

March 15

Tulane Family Business Forum, Lavin-Bernick Center, Tulane University, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, contact Rosalind G. Butler at or 504-862-8482.

April 12
Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition, Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II

April 19
Tulane Business Plan Competition and Domain Cos. New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge, Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

April 19
Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala, Audubon Tea Room, 6 - 9 p.m.

April 26
Graduate Alumni Reunion Party, honoring the classes of 
’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08. Parkview Terrace, City Park, 7 - 10 p.m. For more information, contact Rhonda Brown at 504-862-8470 or


To see more upcoming events, please visit the Freeman School Calendar.


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