The Reilly Center presents a new series,

Lunch 'n Learn


Ever wonder where your Manship degree can take you? Join us for lunch and conversation with current professionals working in fields open to Manship graduates. Come explore where you Manship degree can take you!

Fall 2018 lineup coming soon!

See our previous semesters' guests below

Spring 2018

Chelsey Laborde Blakenship, Lunch & Learn guest, entreprenuer, and public relations expert

Chelsey Laborde Blakenship
Entrepreneur & Public Relations Expert
CLB Consulting

Join Manship alum Chelsey Laborde Blankenship for lunch and conversation on her trajectory from Manship PR major to small business owner. Chelsey works full time for her own business, an online women's boutique called SoSis (, and her new consulting firm, CLB Consulting, through which she provides digital marketing consulting to small businesses. After graduating from the Manship School with a concentration in public relations, Chelsey Laborde Blankenship started her career in the nonprofit world at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge as their resource development/marketing associate, where she first volunteered as a communications intern while still a Manship student. Prior to starting her own company, Chelsey also spent four years at FUSE, an advertising agency, where she became an account manager working with brands like Rotolo's, Community Coffee, Lee Michael's Fine Jewelry, and others. 


Lunch & Learn guest and Advocate journalist Rebecca AllenAndrea Gallo, Lunch & Learn guest and reporter for The Advocate

Rebecca Allen & Andrea Gallo
The Advocate


Rebecca Allen

Rebekah Allen graduated in 2008 from LSU’s Manship School, where she worked for The Daily Reveille. After graduation she covered education for two years at Florida’s Pensacola News Journal. Since then, she has worked at the Baton Rouge Business Report before moving to The Advocate, where she has spent seven years covering Baton Rouge City Hall, the Louisiana State Capitol, and higher education. She is now a member of The Advocate's investigative team.





Andrea Gallo

 Andrea Gallo covers Baton Rouge politics for The Advocate. She graduated from LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication summa cum laude in 2014, and she previously interned at The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News and The Sacramento Bee. She has won awards for her recent reporting on the Baton Rouge Police Department's challenges with reform and skyrocketing costs for students to attend Louisiana universities. Public records are a particular passion of hers, and she has sued both LSU and Southern University over refusals to release information to the public. While at LSU, she served as editor in chief of The Daily Reveille between 2012 and 2013.

Chelsea Costanza, Lunch & Learn guest and underwriting representative, WRKF

Chelsea Costanza
Underwriting Representative

Chelsea Costanza is an alumna of the Manship School of Mass Communication. She graduated with a B.A. in Advertising in December of 2012. Costanza currently works in underwriting at WRKF Public Radio, where she solicits and manages corporate sponsorships. Her experience at the Manship School gave her a fundamental understanding of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of advertising.  With this knowledge, she tailors her approach to each client using data to underpin the conceptual aspects of message design and audience appeal.


Fall 2017 

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Chip Castille
Chief Retirement Strategist,

September 21
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Excellent communication skills, including the rare but essential skill of breaking down complex topics for a wide variety of audiences, are one of the greatest advantages Manship graduates take with them into a variety of career trajectories.

Chip Castille is proof of the Manship degree’s value and versatility. In his career he leveraged the communication skills he gained through Manship to get his start in the financial market. He later expanded these fundamental skills with the expertise of an MBA.

Chip’s visit provided a unique opportunity for Manship students to benefit from his experiences pursuing a less-conventional career trajectory. 

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Terri Broussard Williams
Vice President of Government Relations, Southwest Affiliate
American Heart Association

September 28
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In her role with the American Heart & Stroke Association, Terri manages thought leadership and industry trends and fights heart disease and stroke through public policy advocacy. She is an alumna of the Manship School. 

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Jeremy Alford
Publisher and editor

October 11
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jeremy is a successful independent journalist, most notably as the publisher of LaPolitics, Louisiana’s go-to, weekly political resource for elected officials, lobbyists, campaign professionals, journalists. He also produces the weekly Tuesday Tracker briefing, and the LaPolitics Report podcast. His syndicated news and opinion columns run in 25 newspapers and magazines throughout Louisiana and he produces a political news feed for television stations in the Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lafayette markets.

Cornerstone Governmental Affairs

Cornerstone Governmental Affairs
Gabrielle Kees, Nial Patel, Paul Rainwater

October 30
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Governmental Affairs is a public affairs, lobbying, strategic consulting, advocacy, and marketing services firm with offices in Washington D.C. and nine states.

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John Snow
Entrepreneur & Partner  
Emergent Method Consulting

November 28 

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

John Snow is the co-founder of Emergent Method, a Louisiana-based management consulting firm. In his leadership role at Emergent Method, John works with initiatives across a variety of sectors including healthcare, technology, and infrastructure. He managed community outreach for the EBR Green Light project and worked with the state’s coastal restoration plan, among other projects.

John is an alumnus of the Manship School (BA), and of the LSU Business School (MBA)

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