MBA Lecture Series

To supplement the coverage of business topics found in the MBA program’s courses and ensure that students are aware of trending topics in business, lectures series and networking events are employed to provide MBA students direct interaction with business leaders.

 

The MBA Business Conversation Series (BCS) is sponsored by the MBA Society to have prominent experts from a variety of fields speak throughout the year on salient business topics.  As a conversation series, the invited speakers not only provide their knowledge on a particular topic, but the informal nature of the presentation allows MBA students the opportunity to ask questions, interact with the individual and receive personal responses and recommendations.    In addition to MBA students learning valuable information about these topics, they are often made aware of career vocations and specific opportunities in a variety of fields. 

 

The annual College of Business Ethics Lecturer MBA Q&A is an event in which MBA students interact with distinguished business leaders.  Unlike the BCS, this series is not a presentation on specific topics, but instead an opportunity for MBA students to apply concepts learned in their courses by directly asking these successful business leaders questions related to their business decisions.  Students also receive career mentoring advice and learn where these individuals feel their respective industries are heading.    

 

 

Business Conversation Series Lectures (2017-18)

 

 
Don Monistere

Don Monistere

Nov 2017 - "Career and Life Fulfillment"

As President, Don is responsible for the overall management and operations of the day-to-day business at TekLinks complete with assisting the CEO with Planning and Strategy, regular meetings with the board and their financial partners and as well driving the culture of the organization promoting the servant leadership concept that has been so important in Teklinks’ growth. Prior to this appointment, Don served as Chief Operations Officer,  EVP of Managed and Cloud Services and Vice President of Commercial Sales for TekLinks. Prior to joining TekLinks, Don was the CEO of Vista Information Systems, which afforded him the knowledge to continue TekLinks' history as a dominate player in Managed and Cloud Services.

Don achieved his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and his Master of Business Administration from Aspen University in Aspen Colorado. 

Damian Leone

Damian Leone

Oct 2017 - "HR is Part of Every Career"

During his 25-year career in Human Resources, Damian has held positions dealing with a variety of its major disciplines:  Benefits, Employee Development, Employee Relations, Recruiting, Strategic Planning and Training.  His experience spans both private and publicly held companies where he has served as a Generalist, Manager, Director and Vice President.  In his current position with Zen-Noh Grain Corporation he is responsible for the training and development of approximately 200 employees at the fastest loading and most efficient grain export facility in the United States.

Damian received his Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana State University and holds both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations.

Grady Brame

Grady Brame

Sept 2017 - "The Future of Retail"

Grady Brame joined Stirling Properties in 1982 and has over 35 years of real estate experience. As Executive Vice President, he is responsible for the Asset Management and Property
Management departments for the company. He is also accountable for the asset management functions for more than 4,000,000 square feet of retail and office properties, including the financial reporting functions, property management, lease negotiations, budgeting, real estate taxes, lender relations, and financial reporting to partners. He is a member of Stirling
Properties’ Advisory Board of Directors.

Mr. Brame previously served as Controller and Vice President-Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Asset Management for the company before moving  to his current position.
Prior to joining Team Stirling, he worked as a certified public accountant with the International
Accounting Firm of Ernst & Young in Houston. He is a member of the Louisiana Society of
Certified Public Accountants. He is a past Treasurer of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce
and a past president of the Hammond Exchange Club, the Tangipahoa Parish Chapter of the  Louisiana State University Alumni Association, and the Louisiana Golf Association.

Business Conversation Series Lectures (2016-17)

 

Kevin Babin

Kevin Babin

Oct 2016 - "Big Data: Practical Analysis Applications for Business"

Kevin Babin is the Director of Analysis and New Initiatives for Waskey located in Baton Rouge.  Waskey has been a leader in pre-cast concrete since 1955.  The company has recently started a new services company to address concrete repair and specialty coatings needs throughout the Gulf-South.  In his role with Waskey, Babin heads up analysis duties as well as leads the company’s efforts to integrate new business lines and products into its existing infrastructure.

 

 

 

Peter Sullivan


Peter Sullivan

Oct 2016 - "Current Issues in Healthcare Administration"

Peter Sullivan, MBA, serves as the CEO of Riverside in Franklinton, LA. Sullivan has more than 30 years of administrative healthcare experience within the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System – most recently serving as Service Line Administrator for Neuroscience, Orthopedics and Trauma at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Pete is a graduate of Southeastern's MBA Program. He joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in 1984 and has been a servant leader throughout his career holding numerous roles.

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Batson


Athen Sweet

Jan 2017 - "M&A Advisory: The Life, The Skills, and The Process "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Batson


Charlotte Batson

Mar 2017 - "Shale Oil & Gas: A Business Perspective"

Charlotte Batson is a petroleum engineer and internationally-recognized expert on shale oil and gas. She is Owner / Principal of Batson & Company, a consultancy that understands that the future of the oil industry lies in innovation to reduce costs, that helps private and public sector clients enter or expand their reach in the oil sector.

Batson & Company also publishes the website charlotte’s oil & gas news, events and innovations for the path forward--whose 30,000 readers are located in 144 countries.

 

 

 

Hart Bordelon


Hart Bordelon

Apr 2017 - "5 Things to Know When Starting Your Career"

 

Hart Bordelon, a lifelong resident of Hammond, is the Market President for Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co. in Hammond.  Bordelon graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with BS in accounting and worked in private practice as a Certified Public Accountant. From 2002 thru 2008, He served as bank director and audit committee chairman at Florida Parishes Bank.  Bordelon has completed the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. He serves as a board member of the Hammond Industrial & Economic Development District. He served as a board member and Treasurer of the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member and has served as President of City Club of Hammond and also belongs to the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.

 

 

 

Business Conversation Series Lectures (2015-16)

 

Nicole Baute Honoree

Nicole Baute Honorée

Nov 2015 - "Managing Intellectual Property for Business Success"

Nicole Baute Honorée is the Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Strategic Initiatives at the LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans, where she manages a variety of tactical programs related to intellectual property, technology transfer, industry relationships, and economic development. She has been a leader in university technology-based economic impact for over 20 years, launching a comprehensive commercialization office, founding a successful research park, implementing new institutional policies, and initiating two proof-of-concept funds to support the development of innovation for the public benefit.

More >>

 

 

Mark Myers


Mark A. Myers

Feb 2016 - "Communication and Conflict Resolution"

Mark A. Myers is the founder of RESOLUTIONS and personally conducts all mediations and arbitrations for clients.  He is a licensed attorney in Louisiana who has used Alternative Dispute Resolution in his practice for many years.  Mark is a Qualified Civil Mediator and a Qualified Child Custody/Visitation/Support Mediator under Louisiana law (Member, Louisiana Mediator Registry).

More >>

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Monistere


Daniel Monistere

Mar 2016 - "The Social Media Explosion"

In his current role as SVP – Client Solutions, Daniel Monistere leads the Local Watch and Audio Policy & Guidelines department to drive consistency in reporting across local TV, radio and digital properties. His responsibilities also include Audio panel compliance and enforcement of ratings distortion and media affiliation guidelines. His responsibilities have included the administration of the Media Rating Council (MRC) accreditation process, implementation of a comprehensive internal quality auditing department, management and prioritization of Nielsen's investments in television currency products as well as coordination of Nielsen’s Global Metering Initiative.

More >>

 

 

 

Ethics Lecturer MBA Q&A (2015-17)

 

Dr. Kelly Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope

April 2017 - "Ethics Town Hall"

Pope is the creator and executive producer of the award-winning documentary “Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crime,” an educational white-collar crime documentary. She has conducted forensic accounting seminars worldwide for universities, corporations, and governmental entities, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
     A certified public account, she is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems at DePaul University in Chicago and worked in forensic practice at the accounting firm KPMG on anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations and fraud risk management projects.

 

 

 

Lee Griffin


G. Lee Griffin

Mar 2016 - "Put it in Writing: Planning is Not an Option"

A native of Leavenworth, Kansas, Mr. Griffin began his career in the banking industry in 1962 as a management trainee for Louisiana National Bank (LNB), which became Premier Bank prior to being acquired by Bank One. In the late 1960s, he became vice president of LNB, where he was responsible for Construction Lending. Also during this time, he initiated and managed LNB’s Real Estate Lending Department, and began LNB’s Credit Card Operations.

More >>

 

 



Joe Sanderson Jr.Joe F. Sanderson Jr. 

Mar 2015 - "Sanderson Farms: Growing the Right Way"

Mr. Sanderson is a graduate of Laurel High School and Millsaps College. Upon graduation from college, he returned to Laurel in 1969 and joined the family-owned business, where he has served in various capacities. Sanderson Farms is now a publicly held company engaged in the production, processing and marketing of poultry. It is the third largest poultry company in the United States with approximately 11,747 employees in operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina. Revenues were $2,775,000,000 in fiscal 2014. 

More >>