It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti's learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Catching Up – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Two years ago on Out to Lunch we met two very interesting entrepreneurs.

Haley Burns

Haley Burns was just finishing up school. She was wondering if she could turn a project called Fund 17 that she’d started as a student, into a full time job.

Libby Fischer

Libby Fischer had come to New Orleans to get involved in education again, having been a part of Teach For America in Mississippi. On this trip, Libby wound up as CEO of an education startup called Whetstone.

Today, Haley Burns and Libby Fisher are Peter’s guests on Out to Lunch. Two years later, things are very different for both of them. 

Haley Burns, Libby Fisher, Peter Ricchiuti

Haley has pioneered a business model that takes folks with a “side hustle” and gives them the skills and capital to start a business.

Libby has turned out to be an extraordinarily effective CEO and has grown her startup into a nationwide business with over 11,000 teachers serving a quarter of a million students. And she’s one of Forbes Magazine’s 2017 30 Under 30 All Stars.

This is a fun and informative conversation with two innovative entrepreneurs. 

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.

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