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
Typically, on shows about business, hosts and guests talk about business in a way that avoids discussion of politics, socio-economic conditions, or social activism. In the real world, though, business is connected to everything else in our community. And so, once in a while, it’s valuable to acknowledge that, and to talk to people who are in the business of creating social change.
Melissa Sawyer is CEO and Executive Director of an organization called Youth Empowerment Project. YEP, as it’s known, works with young adults in New Orleans who are neither in school nor working. Through education, mentorship, and work training, YEP fosters both work and community.
Seth Stanton is CEO of Miles 4 Migrants, an organization that collects donated airmiles from frequent flier programs and uses them to reunite families separated by war or persecution.
Photos over lunch in the wine room at Commander's Palace by April Stolf.