Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Photo by Rick Lineberger

Giving November 19, 2015

In 2005, many of us in New Orleans found ourselves in a position we could never have imagined. Homeless. Our place of work closed down. Our insurance companies refusing to compensate us. And our government largely useless.

Until then it was just a cliché. But the kindness of strangers saved our lives. And our city. It is no exaggeration to say that in those dire days New Orleans was resurrected by good people and charitable organizations.

Those organizations didn't just spring up. Nor did they fade away. They're in business and hard at work all the time for those who need them.

On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter's talking to three people intimately involved in the Giving Economy.

michael williamson, rick haase, peter ricchiuti, brian kish

Michael Williamson is President and CEO of United Way South East Louisiana. Rick Haase is President of Latter and Blum and current campaign chair of United Way.

peter ricchiuti, brian kish

Brian Kish is President of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

michael williamson, rick haase

Non profit organizations count for a whopping 5% of the US Gross Domestic Product. They're continuing to make a big difference in New Orleans.

peter ricchiuti, brian kish, grant morris

Photos in the wine room at Commander's Palace by Dionne Grayson. 

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