TEDxLSU, the Baton Rouge Area’s premier TEDx event, is returning March 3 for its sixth installment!  

Need a quick TED rundown? We’ve got your back. TED is a global nonprofit organization that spreads ideas, spurs dialogue and showcases innovation and creativity by bringing together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers. Speakers at these annual conferences are challenged to give the talk of their lives in – wait for it – 18 minutes or less. TEDx events are independently organized to bring people together at local levels to share in a TED-like experience. And we are lucky enough to have one of these independently organized events right here in our own backyard! 

This year, TEDxLSU welcomes 12 speakers to the stage, including: a tech guru, a coastal storyteller, a civic hacker, a mosquito whisperer and more! We promise you won’t want to miss this event.  

Live Capitalized readers can use the promo code thinkBR to reveal special prices until January 31! Reserve your seats now. 

Flavor of the Week: All Hail the King Cake

When it comes to Mardi Gras traditions, our eyes are set on only one – the king cake. Twisted, rolled, sprinkled, filled or plain – we’ve tried all kinds around the Capital Region. Here are a few of our favorites: 

  • The Classic – Ambrosia Bakery‘s traditional king cake is a no-nonsense cake perfectly layered with cinnamon sugar and icing. Order one today and it’ll be ready for pick-up! 
  • The Sweet & Savory – City Pork Deli & Charcuterie is serving up a BACON king cake. With all the normal deliciousness of a traditional cake, this one is topped off with a heaping pile of bacon. 
  • The one with a little Lagniappe – Thee Heavenly Donut offers a wide array of king cake choices, but we’ve got a hankering for the Cajun Boudin king cake. Nothing screams Louisiana more than a sugary cake paired with some hot boudin. 
  • The Bite-Size – If a whole cake is too much for you, head to Brew Ha-Ha for a king cake ball. It’s the perfect size and just enough to tame your king cake cravings! Their king cake ball flavors include original, lemon, raspberry or zulu. 

Want to try even more cakes? Check out this list to view businesses in the Baton Rouge Area whipping up king cakes. 

Workin’ It: Project Manager

An area software development company is seeking a project manager to join its quickly growing team. The project manager will report directly to the director of accounts and act as liaison between clients and quality assurance and development teams. Job responsibilities of this role include developing and managing all aspects of project plans, timelines and budgets, providing detailed status updates and reporting to clients as needed, performing risk management to minimize project risks, analyzing change requests, and developing requirements and process documentation.  

Requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree and three to five years of project management experience. The ideal candidate is a critical thinker, client-focused, collaborative and organized. 

Does this sound like a job for you? For more information, email talent@brac.org. 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about the job, employer or organization, email talent@brac.org. 

My Baton Rouge: Mid City Gras

We are sending a huge welcome to the newest parade joining the Baton Rouge Area’s Mardi Gras lineup, Mid City Gras! This krewe is dedicated to showcasing the vibrant and diverse community of Mid City with events throughout the year to raise money for local charities and an annual parade. This year, the parade will roll on Sunday, February 4.  

The family-friendly parade is still accepting applications to join. With 17 groups already signed up to participate, parade organizers hope to have a total of 24 groups for their inaugural year. So now is the time to get involved! Apply to be part of the parade today. 

A krewe that celebrates and gives back: That is my Baton Rouge. 

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org. 

Out on the Town

  • Five Course Wine Dinner, January 20, dine on a delicious meal with wine pairings picked by a specialist at The Bluffs in St. Francisville 
  • Art After Hours, January 25, enjoy a glass of wine and view the new art installations at LASM in downtown Baton Rouge 
  • 8th Annual Bird & Sausage Gumbo Cook-off, January 27, try gumbos from a wide array of competitors in Denham Springs 
  • The Surreal Salon Soiree, January 27, channel your pop-surrealist visions at this night of art, live music, interactive experiences and more 

For more local events, visit the Life in BR Events Page.