KATHY J. BOBBS
CEO, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Lafayette
She has spearheaded the growth of the hospital as it has become the region’s leader in pediatrics and women’s services since she took over in 2000. Before that, she was CEO for Riverview Medical Center in Gonzales. A longtime volunteer in the Lafayette community, Bobbs has been a board member of the United Way of Acadiana since 2003 and is a former chairman. She has also served as a delegate to the American Hospital Association since 2006 and on the board of the Louisiana Hospital Association since 2005.
Professor of Entrepreneurship, Tulane University
He is the founding director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, which was started in 1991. He has also served as chairman of the board of Austin-based Whole Foods Market. The award-winning educator and social entrepreneurship guru manages research projects and programs designed to train and inspire entrepreneurs.
Who has a resume with job titles that read like this: Chief Taco Evangelizer, Awkward Prevention Specialist and Head Ninja? Jared Loftus does. This 20-something Baton Rouge entrepreneur already has five startups to his name, beginning with the Tiger District college apparel store he opened right after college. Since then, he’s also started Taco de Paco and Ninja Snowballs—both food trucks—and Socially Awkward, a social-media consulting firm. He’s also currently part of the group launching EHQ, an effort to provide work space and collaborative opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Vice President, Board of Commissioners, Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District
He was born in Lake Charles and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from LSU. He has been in private practice in Lake Charles for 25 years and joined the board of commissioners in 2009. He has also served on numerous nonprofit boards and public commissions and currently serves as the president of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and as a Trustee for LifeShare Blood Centers Inc.
Mayor of Mandeville
After winning by just four votes, he immediately set to work restoring confidence in a city government whose previous mayor is serving time in federal prison on corruption charges. The same day he was sworn into office, he presented a comprehensive ethics training plan for employees. Prior to that, he had served on the St. Tammany Parish School Board since 1997. He has also chaired the board of St. Tammany Parish’s 4th Fire Protection District, is a charter member of the Northshore Republican Men’s Club and a board member for the Fourth Ward Recreation District, and has been a board member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School.