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Frank Abagnale to Keynote LABI Annual Meeting

December 18, 2019

BATON ROUGE, LA (December 18, 2019) – Renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert Frank Abagnale will serve as keynote speaker at the 2020 Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s (LABI) Annual Meeting in February. Abagnale's career as rogue-turned-FBI-expert was made famous by his book and the Stephen Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. He is a highly regarded public speaker who provides real-life stories and a deep understanding of today’s evolving security landscape to dispense perspective and counsel for businesses, governments and financial institutions.

LABI’s Annual Meeting will focus on the theme of “Building a New Main Street,” and will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Ticket sales are open, and available at

“As we rethink the building blocks that craft a modern business in Louisiana’s economy today, considering the innovations, hurdles, basic needs and status quo disruptions necessary for job-creators to succeed – cybersecurity is one of the most critical,” said LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack. “With recent cyberattacks on state and local governments, in addition to private business, we felt it was timely to hear from an expert on stopping scammers and making our cyber-world secure. Our Annual Meeting will also center on building blocks as it relates to state policy, with an invitation to the Governor to give remarks and a morning panel featuring new Legislative leadership discussing what’s needed to grow Louisiana’s economy and provide economic opportunity. We invite you to join us in February for this innovative gathering.”


For press inquiries, contact:

Marie Centanni

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About Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale’s unique balance of knowledge and first-hand expertise have made his contributions to the world of cybersecurity immeasurable. The FBI and more than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world utilize Abagnale’s fraud prevention programs. Although most of his work is with the U.S. government, he refuses to be paid for it. He has worked with 65 percent of the Fortune 500 companies in America and in 1998, CNN Financial News selected him as a member of “Pinnacle 400.” His strategic insight on safeguarding information systems resonates with all audiences, particularly how to combat cyber fraud and stay a step ahead of the criminals that he is all too familiar with.

A best-selling author, Abagnale has written five books, including the most recent Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Ripoff Artists. He has also written or contributed to articles for publications including ThreatAdvice, Financial Fraud Law Report, and USA Today.


About the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry was organized in 1975 to represent Louisiana businesses, serving as both the state chamber of commerce and state manufacturers association. LABI’s primary goal is to foster a climate for economic growth by championing the principles of the free enterprise system and representing the general interest of the business community through active involvement in the political, legislative, judicial and regulatory processes. Find out more information at