Biz Talks

Biz Talks

By Biz New Orleans
One-on-one interviews with Biz New Orleans magazine and local leaders about issues that affect businesses throughout the greater New Orleans region.
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Episode 11: Caregiver Family Leave Insurance - it’s finally a reality thanks to Dr. Kyshun Webster
On June 12, Dr. Kyshun Webster, through his company, Compassion Society Benefits, officially launched the nation’s first caregiver family leave insurance. Backed by Nationwide Insurance, it offers affordable premiums and provides up to 80 percent income replacement to aid employees forced to leave work to care for a family member. In this episode of Biz Talks, we talk with Webster about this exciting new product, how it works, and the benefits it offers to both employees and employers.
15:20
July 7, 2020
Episode 10: How to Create an Inclusive, Anti-Racist Workplace with Heather Lonian
As the national discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement continues, businesses and organizations nationwide are examining their policies to determine how to provide a more inclusive, anti-racist environment for employees, clients and customers. Stone Pigman attorney Heather Lonian, chair of the firm’s diversity committee, talks to BizNewOrleans.com about her work and what other organizations could be doing.
41:40
June 30, 2020
Episode 9: Sabrina Short
As New Orleans is becoming the new “Silicon Valley of the South” we’re also making the move to capitalize on our creative economy, and together that means jobs in technology across a wide variety of industries are only going to continue to grow. But how do we ensure everyone knows about and can access these incredible opportunities? That’s where NOLAVATE Black comes in. Known as the “Great Connector” because of her unwavering passion for community and social justice, New Orleans native Sabrina Short is the founder and CEO of NOLAVATE Black, New Orleans’ Black Tech collective, which, among other things, is the creator of Black Tech Nola, the largest inclusive innovation conference in New Orleans. In this week’s BizTalk, Short joins Biz New Orleans Managing Editor Kim Singletary to share more about the upcoming conference and talk with us about how opportunities in tech are more diverse and easier to access than many realize.
23:14
June 23, 2020
Episode 8: Dr. MarkAlain Dery
 
43:59
June 16, 2020
Episode 7: Denis Juge
As some businesses start to bring employees back into the office, chief among concerns is employee safety. But what if someone does get sick? Is that a workers’ compensation claim? Attorney Denis Juge says his firm, WC Defense, has already started seeing some COVID-19-related claims pop up in New Orleans. He joins us to explain how workers’ compensation handles the disease, along with how the popular move to work from home may lead to new legal precedents. Denis Juge is a director/shareholder with WC Defense. Since its founding in 1983, the firm has represented companies and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi, largely in the realm of state and federal workers’ compensation and has collectively tried over 1,000 cases to verdict. Outside of practicing, Juge taught insurance and workers’ compensation law at Loyola Law School from 1982 to 2005 and is the author of two books on Louisiana workers’ compensation as well as numerous Law Review articles. He may be reached at www.wcdefense.com.
23:53
June 9, 2020
Episode 6: Alyssa Fletchinger Higgins
On today’s podcast, we talk to Alyssa Fletchinger Higgins, the vice president at Plush Appeal - The Mardi Gras Spot, a New Orleans company that creates thousands of custom products for Mardi Gras organizations, business and individuals in New Orleans and beyond.  Normally, Higgins spends several weeks or more each spring traveling to overseas factories but this year has been different, of course. She talks to us about how Carnival organizations are preparing for next year's event despite the uncertain times and the other ways the pandemic has affected the family business.
29:45
June 2, 2020
Episode 5: Melinda Bourgeois
Eager to get away? The travel industry is starting to open back up, but is it safe? What are the most in-demand destinations for New Orleanians right now? When can you expect the best deals? Melinda Bourgeois has owned Metairie-based travel agency Travel Central since 1988. Having personally traveled to 47 states and over 56 countries, Bourgeois shares her expertise and recommendations for summer and fall travel.
21:32
May 26, 2020
Episode 4: Mark Romig
In this episode, Rich Collins talks to Mark Romig, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at New Orleans & Company, about the state of tourism, New Orleans & Company's marketing plan and what is in store for the city following the coronavirus pandemic.
28:39
May 19, 2020
Bonus Episode 1: Amy Bakay
Is your business ready to reopen? Do you have the right policies in place? Have you checked all the boxes? In this special bonus podcast, Biz New Orleans Managing Editor Kim Singletary talks to Amy Bakay, founder/CEO of HR NOLA, who shares her top tips for making sure you’re ready to get back to business in a safe, productive way.
09:32
May 15, 2020
Episode 3: Michael L. Williamson
With all the talk of opening businesses back up, one thing not being discussed a lot is childcare. According to a recent survey, one-third of childcare providers in greater New Orleans reported that an extended closure will force them to permanently close. With so many industries and jobs whose workers rely on affordable childcare options, what’s being done to help these providers? In this episode, Michael L. Williamson, president and CEO of United Way of Southeast Louisiana talks about what’s being done, as well as the work underway to help area nonprofits — another sector fighting to survive in this new world.
31:56
May 12, 2020
Episode 2: Mike Siegel
In our second episode, associate news editor Rich Collins talks to Mike Siegel, the president and director of office leasing at Corporate Realty, about the effects of COVID-19 on the New Orleans real estate market. He shares his thoughts on the hospitality side of the industry, which will be the hardest hit, to the pandemic’s effect on the demand for office space.
24:06
May 5, 2020
Episode 1: Quentin Messer
In our first Big Talks episode managing editor Kim Singletary talks to Quentin Messer, president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance.
41:22
April 27, 2020