The Center hosts two to four guest lectures throughout the year to serve as a rallying point for the Loyola entrepreneurial community and raise the profile of the Center in the broader academic and eventually New Orleans community. The guest lecture series features practicing entrepreneurs from the New Orleans community and beyond who share their compelling stories and life lessons related to the process of entrepreneurship.
Selected speakers showcase the themes of the Center of “repeatable and scalable,” innovation-driven and building businesses that are big enough to matter. The speaker series also provides an opportunity to expose students to new ideas and local and national best practices in the process of entrepreneurship. Speaker Series events are free and open to the public and also serve as networking forums for students, alumni, and the broader business community.
On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Loyola University New Orleans hosted NOLA Media Group to share their story of disruption and media. Guest speakers included Richard Diamond, President of Penn Jersey Advance, and Tim Williamson, President of NOLA Media.
On Thursday, April 21, Loyola University New Orleans hosted two startup entrepreneurs from the community, Collin Ferguson of Where Y’art and Trey Fayard of FlyGLO, as part of the Loyola Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development’s Innovation Speaker Series. Where Y’art is an online community of over 100 New Orleans artists, while FlyGLO is a New Orleans-based provider of passenger airline services between cities in the Gulf and Mid-South regions.