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JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber to host seminar on leadership

There are many words used to describe a leader: innovative, visionary, communicator, passionate, confident. The list goes on and on. One of the best qualities that many great leaders have is the ability to unleash the potential in their employees. Leaders inspire results within the workplace and motivate their teams to do their best work.

As part of the Prosper Jefferson seminar series, JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to bring you a seminar on Leadership Management. Three business leaders will share their own experiences running their companies while also discussing important topics related to leadership in the workplace, including:

  • Traits of a good leader
  • How leaders drive engagement
  • Understanding a customer’s needs and motivating the team to achieve them
  • How to grow your business through effective leadership skills

Join us Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094) from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for our upcoming Prosper Jefferson seminar. This event is free and open to the public. Please register at


Jyric Sims: Tulane Health System
Jyric Sims currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Tulane Health System, a health system comprised of two urban academic medical centers, 35 ambulatory clinics, and full range of tertiary service lines including solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, comprehensive cancer center, comprehensive stroke center, and level III PICU/NICU. Prior, Sims served as Vice President and COO of St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie Florida, Associate Chief Operating Officer II and Ethics and Compliance Officer of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas, and Director of Domestic and International Operations at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He has also served in progressive healthcare administrative roles in Arkansas, Alabama, Virginia, and South Carolina. Jyric currently serves on the board of directors for LSU Office of Diversity, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, American College of Healthcare Executives (Louisiana Chapter), and executive committee for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He recently participated in a national delegation to Israel. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University, Master of Health Administration from University of Arkansas, and an Executive Certificate in Healthcare Leadership from Harvard University School of Public Health.

Lee Pryor: Business Consultant/Author
Lee Pryor is the author of “The Savvy Entrepreneur, an Insider’s Secrets to Managing for Success.” He has many years of experience as a founder and Chief Executive for start-up and late stage entrepreneurial companies, working with several large companies before founding a computer supply company that grew to 55 sales people, 5 manufacturing plants with over 300 employees and $48 million in sales. After selling the computer business, he ran five private and public companies for Private Equity and Venture Capital firms. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, a business executive coach for emerging and developing enterprises, and a speaker on the topic of entrepreneurship at venture capital conferences, association meetings and business schools.

Todd Matherne: Renaissance Publishing
Todd Matherne formed Renaissance Publishing in 2006. Since then, the company has grown to publish eight magazine (New Orleans Magazine, Biz New Orleans, St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life, Acadiana Profile, New Orleans Bride, and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyle). The company also publishes custom titles for various organizations and runs two websites, and Todd got his start in media with the New Orleans Publishing Group in 1987. He was the Controller for that company from 1995 to 2000 before becoming a partner and COO of MCMedia where he ran the entire media operations of nine magazines and two radio stations with 85 employees. Todd is heavily engaged in the local business community. He serves on the board of directors for the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce (past Chairman), Jefferson Political Action Committee (past Chairman), Jefferson Business Council, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, City Regional Magazine Association (past President), and Entrepreneur’s Organization of Louisiana (past president), just to name a few. In addition to that, he is also a member of many local organizations including: Alliance of Area Business Publications, Association of Corporate Growth, Louisiana Restaurant Association, Greater Lafayette Chamber – One Acadiana, GNO,Inc., Jefferson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Advertising Club of New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Home Builders Association and many more. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from UNO.