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Round Louisiana: NOLA Tech Week, University Med Center, Job Fair, HAIR

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Today's news: NOLA Tech Week, Successes and Failures, a Hairy Le Petit Theater, Great Minds in Stem plus Job Fair 



The first-annual NOLA Tech Week kicks off on Monday and you will want to take part in this unique week of technology meeting New Orleans.

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(A word from the coordinator, Colin Grussing)

Success and failure…sometimes, there is a fine line.

Six hugely successful entrepreneurs will discuss their most haunting failures.  This panel is not just about failing successfully or fail quick, fail cheap.  While these are great concepts and central to the mission of 52 Businesses, we want to dig deeper.  In discussing their biggest mistakes, panelists will explore their mindset at the time, discuss specific, practical ways they could have avoided failure, and explain how they used what they learned to succeed afterwords.  The discourse will be captivating and educational.

Propeller and 52 Businesses with help from Bayou Buzz, etc present this engaging and intriguing discussion followed by a reception.   Free drinks and food will be provided.  We will be roasting a WHOLE PIG and frying turkeys.  There will also be hors d'oeuvres from Chiba Sushi, Good Eggs, and treats from Aunt Sally's Pralines.  Small discussions, one on one if the attendance level allows, will be encouraged amongst the panelists and attendees.  Adriana Lopez, local journalist and Forbes contributor, will moderate.  Colin Grussing, local serial entrepreneur and founder of, will give a brief introduction.

Panelists include:

John Clarke - Tulane University

Professor of Practice and Associate Dean at the Freeman School of Business

Full Bio -

James “Jim” DuBos – Chief Technology Officer, Transformyx

     First CIO for the State of Louisiana

Kerry W. Kirby - 365 Connect

     Local founder and CEO of national tech company in the Real Estate sector

     Has led 365 Connect to win 14 technology awards in recent years

     Advisor and mentor to technology startups in real estate space

Lisa LLoyd - Lloyd Marketing Group

     Licensing and Commercialization Expert     

Gerard Ramos - Revelry

     Founder at Unawkward and co-creator of Phoneballs.    

And a video message from:

Andrew Yang - Venture for America

     Named by White House a "Champion of Change"

     Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business"


October 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA - A cast of over two dozen local actors are at work at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, now rehearsing for HAIR, the popular rock musical, which runs Nov. 8 – 23.  Troy R. Poplous will direct a cast of 25 actors which will be accompanied by a six piece orchestra directed by Robert Pate.

HAIR tells the story of a group of politically active, long-haired hippies opposed to the draft during the Vietnam War.  Among the cast members are local actors Kirk Gagnon, Jake Loup, Matthew Thompson, Kyle Aucoin, Sarah Carlton, Courtney Kattengell, Idella Johnson and  Aaron Lind.

Audiences will find themselves singing along to hits like Hair, Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In, Good Morning Starshine, Easy to Be Hard, and many more.

“HAIR made its debut in 1967 as the first-ever rock musical.  If you saw it then, you will want to see it again and if you have never seen it, you should, to appreciate its artistic political expression and a fantastic musical score that is still popular today,” said Cassie Steck Worley, Le Petit Theatre’s executive director.

Tickets are now on sale for eleven shows from November 8-23. Ticket prices range from $30-$50.  A special performance for educators will take place on Wednesday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $10 to $20.  All tickets may be purchased online , at the box office between the hours of  1 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Wed-Fri and 11am – 6 p.m. on Saturdays or by calling504-522-2081.


Great Minds in STEM 25th Anniversary HENAAC Conference Convenes in

New Orleans October 3-5

Attendees include executives from major corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and more

FREE Career Fair open to the public


Great Minds in STEM™ (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will host their 25th Anniversary Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) along with its Viva Technology™ Program for local students at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans October 3-5.

Great Minds in STEM will be hosting a FREE Career Fair open to the public on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Attending organizations include a variety of universities, engineering and information technology corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, NASA and many more. The fair offers students and job seekers a great opportunity to gain exposure and network with the most prestigious companies in the STEM industry. Interested participants must present a valid Louisiana ID and a current resume for admission.

Great Minds in STEM is the gateway for Hispanics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Established in 1989, as HENAAC, Great Minds in STEM is a non-profit organization that focuses on STEM educational awareness programs for students from kindergarten to career. The organization provides resources for recognition and recruitment of Hispanics in STEM on a national level, connecting multi-areas of engineering and science arenas to the general population.

The 25th Anniversary HENAAC Conference will return to New Orleans in 2014; however, this year’s event is expected to generate $4.2 million in economic impact for the city.


Hyatt Regency New Orleans


Thursday, October 3-Saturday, October 5, 2013






Thursday, October 3, 5:30 p.m.: Louisiana Senator JP Morrell providing Opening Reception “Welcome” The National World War II Museum

Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: FREE Career Fair open to the public. Hyatt Regency Elite Hall


Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) recently released an analysis of the Federal Five-Star Quality Rating System (Five-Star) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The analysis shows the number of Louisiana skilled nursing centers that achieved the highest rankings of quality has increased, while the centers receiving the lowest rankings were down significantly. Specifically, Louisiana saw its proportion of 4- and 5-star centers rise 96% since CMS launched the program in 2008. The 1-star centers fell by nearly half (47%) during the same timeframe.

The Five-Star System is a composite ranking based on scores in three domains — staffing, quality measures (QM) and health inspections conducted by the state survey agency — with a score of five being the best.  All Five-Star composite scores and results are reported on the CMS web site.

“We’re pleased with the progress that Louisiana’s long term and post-acute care providers have made with respect to these national scores on quality,” said Joe Donchess, Executive Director of LNHA. “We’re especially pleased this progress is reflected in these federal reports. LNHA will continue to push forward on achieving greater quality outcomes by working with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and nationally with CMS to ensure continuous quality improvement. Now is not the time to slow down.”

When the federal Five-Star system was launched in December 2008, 16% of all Louisiana skilled nursing centers were scored with either a 4- or 5-Star ranking.  As of July 2013, the most recent month CMS has on record, 31% of centers were in the top two categories, a 96% increase.  Louisiana’s 1-star facilities have decreased by 47% since 2008.

In comparing Louisiana to national trends, program data showed that, for the same five-year timeframe, the profession saw an increase in the proportion of skilled nursing centers receiving 4 and 5-Star rankings, and a decline in the number of 1-Star centers.  In 2008, for example, 35.5% of centers in the U.S. ranked 4 and 5-Star.  By July 2013, the proportion of top centers grew 38.5% to nearly half of all centers in the country (49.2%). 


Westin Canal Place   

100 Iberville Street

12th Floor 


Gregory Feirn, President and COO, Louisiana Children's Medical Center

John Matessino, President and CEO, Louisiana Hospital Association 

Hear Mr. Feirn discuss the future of University Medical Center and Mr. Matessino give an overview of the hospital market in New Orleans.  Thanks to Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank and Westin Canal Place, the Breakfast Briefing is free to the public. However, a reservation is required.

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