OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
We talk a lot about business on this show, and what it takes to be successful in business. On this edition of Out to Lunch Stephanie focuses on an aspect of business that doesn’t typically get so much attention: ethics.
Aaron Beam is a former executive who travels around the country lecturing on ethics in business. It’s a topic he knows well. In the late 1990s, Aaron participated in a $2 billion securities fraud scandal at Health South, the extremely successful Fortune 500 company he’d co founded in the 1980s and helped lead as CFO. When the fraud was discovered, Aaron had opportunity in prison to reflect on what he had done. In the years since, he has taken those lessons learned and now tries to help others avoid making the same mistake.
Tom Ryan is Professor of Theology and Ministry at Loyola University in New Orleans, and Director of the school’s Institute for Ministry, which has an extension program here in Baton Rouge. Tom is an expert on the Catholic Church and its teaching and has been nationally recognized for his research on the history of biblical interpretation, the history of spirituality and faith, and popular culture. He also speaks regularly on Pope Francis, who recently published a document on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. In that document, the pope makes a special point about the call to holiness in business and the marketplace.
Stephanie takes an unorthodox but fascinating pause for reflection in this lunchtime conversation at Mansurs on the Boulevard.
Photos by Karry Hosford.