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February 26th: Kara Van De Carr, Executive Director of Eden House

by KatieDeBruhl on Jan.14, 2014, under Weekly Guests

Kara Van de Carr is an attorney and former US Diplomat charged with writing the Trafficking in Persons Report for the country of Jamaica.  She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Eden House.  Recognizing that human trafficking is a serious problem in the United States, as well as internationally, Ms. Van de Carr worked with Representative Neal Abramson to draft legislation for Louisiana that would better protect children who are trafficked into the sex trade.  While strengthening the laws regarding human trafficking in Louisiana is a vital step in the fight against this modern-day slavery, Ms. Van de Carr and the Board of Directors of Eden House understand that our society must offer solutions that bring healing to those who have been victimized. She travels extensively, speaking on the issues of human trafficking and recovery, and assisting organizations that hope to establish similar residences throughout the country. Ms. Van de Carr received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, her J.D. from Tulane Law, and LL.M. from Georgetown Law School in International Law.
Eden House is a groundbreaking non-profit facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, offering long-term housing and services to survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. We are the first of our kind in the state of Louisiana. Our two-year residential program offers a holistic approach to recovery including outreach, housing, food, mental and physical healthcare, job training, education, and spiritual support. Eden House offers survivors a safe place to dream and overcome their pasts, while developing substantive skills to move forward in their lives and become self-sufficient, flourishing members of society.
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February 19th: David Schulingkamp, Vice-President of International Freight Forwarding, U.S.A

by KatieDeBruhl on Jan.14, 2014, under Weekly Guests

Mr. David P. Schulingkamp serves as Vice-President of International Freight Forwarding, U.S.A at Livingston International Income Fund and Livingston Group. Mr. Schulingkamp oversees all aspects of Livingston’s international freight forwarding business in the United States, transforming the operation to add significant value, drive competitive advantage and grow strategically. He joined Livingston in 2012 with the acquisition of New Orleans-based M.G. He served as the President at M.G. Maher & Company, Inc. since 1975. He served as the President of MCLX, Inc. and MBLX, Inc. He also served as a Major in the U.S. army reserve, spending four years on active service in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corp and two years in the JAG Office, Pentagon Litigation Division. He has over 35 years of experience in international freight, customs brokerage and logistics, he is a well-respected captain of industry in this sector in the United States. He was a Commissioner of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and Honorary Consul to Brazil for Louisiana. He served as the Chairman and Board Member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. He served as the President of the New Orleans Board of Trade and a Board Member of the World Trade Center. Mr. Schulingkamp has an Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration as well as a Law Degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds a Masters in Taxation from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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February 12th: Susan M. Taylor, The Montine McDaniel Freeman Director of NOMA

by KatieDeBruhl on Jan.14, 2014, under Weekly Guests

She arrived at NOMA in September 2010 from New Jersey, where she was director of the Princeton University Art Museum. She also is the former director of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, where she oversaw the construction of an award-winning museum facility designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. She holds art history degrees from Vassar College and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

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February 5th: “A Love Letter to New Orleans”

by KatieDeBruhl on Jan.14, 2014, under Weekly Guests

Please post your thoughts on three of the short stories in “A Love Letter to New Orleans.”

“Latin Tinge”

“Superstar”

“I’ll Fly Away”

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January 22nd: Trixie Minx, Burlesque Performer

by KatieDeBruhl on Jan.14, 2014, under Weekly Guests

Trixie Minx is New Orleans’ own burlesque beauty & comedic cutie. Best known for her playful approach to the art of tease, Trixie has traveled the world showcasing her unique style of strip. In addition to being a performer she also produces three New Orleans based burlesque shows, and is a leader in the burlesque revival.

Trixie was born & raised in Miami, FL where she began her dance training. With a focus in ballet Trixie was a scholarship student with many notable organizations including American Ballet Theater & the Kennedy Center among others. Her brief career in ballet ended after an unfortunate ankle injury. Not able to dance for awhile she went to visit a friend in New Orleans and fell in love with the city which became her new home. While still active in the dance community it wasn’t until 2006 that Trixie actually took her first step on stage as a burlesque performer. Hurricane Katrina was a pivotal force in the evolution of Trixie’s career, it was at this point she decided she did not just want to enjoy New Orleans culture but be an active member in the living history of the city.

Having performed with live orchestras in a traditional theater settings as a ballerina she quickly adapted to working with jazz musicians on less formal stages. Trading her toe shoes for tassels she quickly became one of the most recognized performers in town. With a desire to perform as part of a larger production Trixie created the now illustrious Fleur de Tease Burlesque Revue, which still runs today. In 2010 she was given the opportunity to work with Irvin Mayfield where she developed the Burlesque Ballroom. Burlesque Ballroom was not merely a show but a huge historic achievement in that it was first time burlesque with live music was brought back to Bourbon Street full time since the 1960s.

A creative powerhouse, Trixie continues to develop new projects and artistic collaborations. For additional information please visitwww.trixieminx.com

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December 4: Susan M. Taylor

by KatieDeBruhl on Aug.16, 2013, under Weekly Guests

Susan M. Taylor, The Montine McDaniel Freeman Director, The New Orleans Museum of Art

She arrived at NOMA in September 2010 from New Jersey, where she was director of the Princeton University Art Museum. She also is the former director of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, where she oversaw the construction of an award-winning museum facility designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. She holds art history degrees from Vassar College and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

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November 27: Bob Brown, Business Council of New Orleans

by KatieDeBruhl on Aug.16, 2013, under Weekly Guests

Bob Brown is the Managing Director, Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region.   Brown coordinates and manages relationships with elected officials and governmental bodies and civic groups, develops and executes the initiatives of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, and compiles, analyzes and presents research aimed at supporting the organization’s goals and priorities.  Prior to joining the Business Council in October, 2007, Brown served as Vice Chancellor, Governmental, Community and Diversity Affairs at the University of New Orleans, Louisiana’s public urban university.   In 1996 Brown was designated by Chancellor Gregory O’Brien to lead the university’s first ever comprehensive capital campaign, raising more than $150 million in resources for endowed chairs and professorships, facilities, scholarships and other programs. He also currently holds higher education posts on the Board of Trustees for Loyola University-New Orleans and as a gubernatorial appointee to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors.  He serves on numerous community and civic boards, including the Council for A Better Louisiana, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education and is a trustee for the Greater New Orleans YMCA.  He has been honored with a Role Model Award from the Young Leadership Council, and was selected as a Community Hero/Olympic Torch Bearer for the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2007 he was honored with the Times-Picayune Loving Cup for community service, an individual award extended annually to an outstanding New Orleans citizen since 1901.  For more than 22 years he was a high school and college basketball referee and officiated in the NAIA (small college) National Championship tournament in 1994, ’95 and ’96. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna cum Laude) in History from Park College (Parkville, MO) in 1975 and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) in 1979.  Brown is a native of Franklinton, Louisiana and resides in New Orleans.

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November 20: Bob Brown Video

by KatieDeBruhl on Aug.16, 2013, under Weekly Guests

http://media.uno.edu/Public/MEDIA/HUMS%202090%20Mayfield%20Spring%202013/2013.01.30.HUMS.2090.wmv

Please blog on Bob Brown interview.

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November 13: Tim Williamson

by KatieDeBruhl on Aug.16, 2013, under Weekly Guests

Tim Williamson is the co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village, a private, independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 with a mission to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans.

An entrepreneur by trade and by training, Mr. Williamson has successfully started and operated five entrepreneurial ventures in four different cities and has been a steadfast advocate for making New Orleans a vibrant entrepreneurial community. Mr. Williamson is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and strategies to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

A graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, and CABL’s Louisiana Leadership program, Mr. Williamson was honored among CityBusiness“ Power Generation”, Gambit “40 under 40” and 2009 YLC Role Model. Mr. Williamson also earned the Junior Achievement Rising Star Award and received “Heroes of the Storm” award in 2008. He serves on the boards of City Year New Orleans and the Arts Council of New Orleans.

Mr. Williamson received a B.S.M. in Finance from Tulane University in 1987.

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