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 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 (2018-19)

Women in Business Panel Discussion March 2019

In honor of national women’s month, the MBA Society hosted a Women in Business panelWIB
discussion moderated by Dr. Elizabeth McDougal. Panel members included Dr. Margaret Boldt, an accounting professor and non-profit accountant from Southeastern, Angelique Richardson,
CFO of Jani-King Gulf Coast, and Cari Caramonta, co-founder and VP of Gnarley Barley
Brewing. The businesswomen discussed their career paths and how to be successful inside the
ever-changing landscape of business.

Mike Bertaut - Healthcare Economist/Exchange Coordinator November 2018 "Healthcare Today"

Michael Bertaut (BURR-toe) is a Certified Health Consultant and Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management.  He has 30+ years of Analytical Experience in the Healthcare, Telecom, and Retail Industry Sectors.  On the ground in DC when PPACA was written and intimately involved in analyzing healthcare legislation, Michael has engaged in over 1,100 public discussions on Healthcare Costs and the Impact of Reform since 2009.  Invitations have come from groups ranging from healthcare policy makers in Washington DC to your local public service clubs.

Mike is a Fellow of the Academy of Applied Politics at Louisiana MikeState University, and author of the Hermes Award-Winning Healthcare Blog “Straight Talk” at which gives readers a weekly update on critical matters in healthcare costs and policy in plain English. He is a financial modeler and forecaster, currently responsible for predicting membership activity for over 1.6 million Louisianans who carry a Blue Cross Card.  Michael earned his MBA and BA from Louisiana State University and just celebrated his 35th year as a cancer survivor.  He’s been married to the very patient Marla for 32 years and they have three children. Michael is currently employed as the Healthcare Economist and Exchange Coordinator for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

Emily Stitch - Director of Leadership November 2018 "Protocol & Etiquette"


Education: Master’s of Public Administration from LSU; Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma; Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Program; Loyola University EmilyInstitute of Politics; Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship to Dijon, France; trained & certified by The Protocol School of Washington

Professional Qualifications: As a vice president & lobbyist with the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry, Emily invested almost three decades persuading recalcitrant people to do the right thing for the long term, even if it weren’t politically expedient or popular.  She is still deeply committed to making Louisiana a better place to live and do business, and is the Director of Leadership Baton Rouge with BRAC.  Since 1992 she has indulged her love for all things green as a landscape contractor, and for 13 years as a special events florist.  But protocol and etiquette have always been a passion, and she is delighted to be offering corporate etiquette, dining skills, electronic etiquette, job interview skills, understanding generational differences, international protocol, country briefings and cross-cultural communication training to people who aspire to outclass the competition.

Jerel Butler - CEO/Founder October 2018 "Financial Success Starts Now"

Jerel Butler - CEO/Founder

October 2018 - "Financial Success Starts Now"

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Finance from SoutheasternJerel Louisiana University, Jerel matriculated to Clark Atlanta University to pursue his MBA in Finance.

During his time in business school he realized the disconnect between the formal education taught in school versus real life tangible education that prepares people for life events. Financial literacy is not a school subject, but extremely vital to the well-being of every person.

Millennial Financial Solutions provides you with the knowledge and expertise you need to fill this gap, while empowering you to pursue and accomplish your dreams.


Business Conversation Series Lectures (2017-18)

Angelique Richardson - Chief Financial Officer Mar 2018 "The Secrets to Becoming an Innovator"

Mrs. Richardson joined Jani-King in May of 2007 as the company’s Controller. In January 2013, she was promoted as the Chief Financial Officer. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a commissioned Notary Public in Louisiana. SheAngelique Richardson graduated from Tulane University with a major in Accounting in 2001 and has over 15 years of experience in the accounting industry. She has worked for major public accounting firms as well as a controller for several industry clients. She oversees financial statements and tax returns, and helps ensure that we are in compliance with all taxing authorities. She provides financial education and guidance to all Regional Directors as well as limited training and guidance to franchise owners. She is a member of the AICPA, the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants and IMA, the Institute of Management Accountants. She has been recognized by City Business as one of it’s Top 50 Money Makers in the Greater New Orleans Area for 2011.

Mark Myers - Mediator and Arbitrator Feb 2018 "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,

Mark Myers

Louisiana Mediator Registry).In addition to his work as a Mediator and Arbitrator, MARK continues to practice law as of counsel to the firm of PAJARES & SCHEXNAYDRE, L.L.C., in Mandeville, Louisiana, where he represents businesses and individuals as legal counsel in a variety of civil matters.  Mark is an experienced trial attorney and is admitted to all Louisiana state and federal courts.  He has represented clients in every Federal Court and most State Courts in Louisiana, and has appeared before Courts in Texas and Mississippi. His clients range from small businesses to multi-national corporations as well as individuals in need of legal counsel.  He is frequently retained by business organizations to serve as their outside General Counsel, providing legal advice on legal and business matters.

Alumni Q&A Nov 2017 "Transitioning from College to Careers"

Former MBA Society Presidents and Council Members explain how they found their careers after graduating. Each provided insight on how their MBA QnAhelped with their particular field and answered questions on the corporate recruitment process. From left to right: Ken Eddlestone (Class of Spring '15) - Proposal Analyst with Lockheed Martin, Brandon Surrency (Class of Spring '16) - Director of Institutional Advancement for Archbishop Shaw, Blair Moray (Class of Spring '15) - Financial Analyst at Textron Systems, Jennifer Jarreau (Class of Spring '15) - Sales Representative at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Grady Brame - Executive Vice President 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 of Stirling Properties, 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 Grady BrameOfficer 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)

Hart Bordelon - Market President Apr 2017 "5 Things to Know When Starting Your Career"

Hart BordelonHart 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.

Charlotte Batson - Founder 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

Charlotte Batson

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.

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

Charlotte Batson

Peter Sullivan - CEO 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 servingPeter Sullivan 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.

Kevin Babin - Director of Analysis and New initiatives  Oct 2016 "Big Data: Practical Analysis Applications for Business"


Kevin BabinKevin 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.


Business Conversation Series Lectures (2015-16)

Daniel Monistere - Senior Vice President Mar 2016 "The Social Media Explosion"

Daniel MonistereIn 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.

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Mark A. Myers - Founder Feb 2016 "Communication and Conflict Resolution"


Mark A. Myers is the founder of RESOLUTIONS and personally conducts all

Mark Myers

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).

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Nicole Baute Honorée - Vice Chancellor Nov 2015 "Managing Intellectual Property for Business Success"


Nicole HonoreeNicole 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.


College of Business Lecturer MBA Q&A (2015-18)

Dr. Christopher Neck April 2019 "Self Leadership: The Power of Self Talk"


Dr. Christopher P. Neck is currently an Associate Professor of Management at Arizona State University, where he held the title “University Master Teacher.” He received his Ph.D. in Management from Arizona State University and his M.B.A. from Louisiana State University. Dr. Neck is author and/or coauthor of twenty-two books including Self-Leadership: The Definitive Guide to Personal Excellence. Dr. Neck’s research specialties include employee/executive fitness, self-leadership, leadership, group decision-making processes, and self-managing teams.

Cynthia Cooper March 2018 "Making Ethical Decisions in the face of Adversity"


Cynthia Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker, best-selling author and consultant. Cynthia and her team unraveled the fraud at WorldCom, to date oneCynthia Cooper of the largest corporate frauds in history. Cynthia was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year. She was also featured as one of twenty-five influential working mothers in Working Mother magazine. Cynthia was the first woman to be inducted into the AICPA Hall of Fame and to receive the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award. In addition, Cynthia is a recipient, along with Senator Sarbanes and Representative Oxley, of the Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award for contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance.    

Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope April 2017 "Ethics Town Hall"


Dr. Kelly

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.

 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 Lee Griffinbanking 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.

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 Joe F. Sanderson Jr.   Mar 2015 "Sanderson Farms: Growing the Right Way"


Joe Sanderson Jr.

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. 

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