Philanthropic Fun: Agents of Change
The Lepage Center presented its annual awards to highlight outstanding entrepreneurs in the community.
The Tulane University Freeman School of Business hosted the “2019 Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards Gala” at the Audubon Tea Room on Monday, April 8. The program began with a cocktail reception followed by the Awards Dinner and presentation of the honorees.
The 2019 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneurs of the Year were Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Katie Rodan, founders of skin care company Rodan+Fields. This award honors individuals who combine entrepreneurial success with philanthropic generosity and community service.
The 2019 Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs of the Year were Stephanie Barksdale of Tulane University and David Barksdale of Alluvian Capital. This award recognizes those who are solving social problems and meeting community needs through the use of entrepreneurial principles.
The 2019 Tulane Business Model Competition Winner was RentCheck, a rental inspection app developed by Tulane Students Marco Nelson (MBA ’19) and Lydia Winkler (MBA/JD ’19) to streamline the security deposit process. The startup, which also won the top prize at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week two weeks prior, was presented a cash prize of $35,000.
Event at a Glance
What: “2019 Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards Gala,” benefiting A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
When: Monday, April 8
Where: Audubon Tea Room
Rob Lalka with 2019 Tulane Business Model Competition Winners Marco Nelson and Lydia Winkler
Andy Kopplin, Susan and Dean Ira Solomon and Tim Williamson