Guest Speakers

 
 
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Peter Ricchiuti

Peter Ricchiuti (Ri-Chooty) is the business professor you wish you had back in college. His humor and insight have twice made him the top professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. In a recent competition, Peter’s teaching delivery skills placed atop a field of 500 universities representing 43 countries.

Peter is a graduate of Babson College, started his career at the investment firm of Kidder Peabody & Co and later served as the assistant state treasurer for Louisiana. There he successfully managed the State’s $3 billion investment portfolio.

In 1993 he founded Tulane’s nationally acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program (www.burkenroad.org). Here he leads 200 business students in search of overlooked and underpriced stocks in six southern states. He and his program have been featured widely in the financial press including; The Wall Street Journal, BARRON’s and The New York Times.

In 2014 The Financial Times published Peter’s first book, Stocks Under Rocks and he currently hosts a popular weekly business program called Out To Lunch on National Public Radio in New Orleans. He served as a director of Amedisys, Inc. (AMED/NASDAQ), the nation’s largest home healthcare company (1997-2015). During this period the stock rose by about 1000%.

Peter has addressed over 1000 groups in 47 states. These include groups of nuns, tin can manufacturers, money managers, waterpark owners, insurance professionals and NFL players. He has even done a couple of TED TALKS.

 
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Surprise Motivational Speaker

Our surprise presenter will show us how to maintain confidence under pressure. Confidence is the ground for effective action, constructive dialogue, and innovative solutions when stressful circumstances arise. Attendees of this session will learn how to stay connected to clients and colleagues when conflict arises. 
Our surprise guest speaker has presented more than 2,500 times over the last 30 years to audiences that have included such dignitaries as Bill Gates, President Clinton, the Prime Minister of Canada and to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies. The speaker will address how to succeed in challenging circumstances and achieve the best outcomes while navigating difficult conversations.