16 Mar 2015
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Cooking Up New Opportunities in New Orleans


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Carol Ahn Markowitz (MBA 2003) gave up a safe life in corporate finance to head to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. She now leads a $33.5 million culinary institute start-up.

It’s been a bumpy road. Markowitz couldn’t find a job commensurate with her experience and talents in New Orleans, initially, and thought that she and her husband might have to return to Los Angeles. But through a chance encounter with a leading local restaurateur, she now heads a new venture called the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute, which will be housed in a currently vacant building.

Markowitz says she is bringing to bear all the skills she honed at HBS. She is building a team, leading the fund-raising effort, and overseeing the design plans to open the institute in two years.

Any questions about coming to New Orleans have now been dispelled. “I’m doing something meaningful that can help a community of people for a lifetime,” she says.

(Published March 2015)

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