2017 Bowden Leadership Conference

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2017 Bowden Leadership Conference


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The L.H. Bowden Leadership Development Conference has been training LDA leaders to work effectively within the association for 48 years. Registration is free, and attendance is COMPULSORY for component officers as well as for LDA officers, directors, and committee chairs. The LDA is offering mileage reimbursement to all compulsory attendees, and hotel reimbursement (one night) for those traveling from 100 miles away or more.


7:15 a.m. - Registration/Breakfast                                 
8:00 a.m. - Introduction and Welcome 
8:10 a.m. - LDS Update
8:20 a.m. - Speaker
10:15 a.m. - Break
10:30 a.m. - Key LDA Issues
10:40 a.m. - Speaker, continued 
Noon - Lunch, provided, and speaker

Speaker: Janie Walters

Topic: To Boldly Go Where Few Have Gone Before! Leadership skills for the 21st Century

Janie promo webCourse Description - To Boldly Go Where Few Have Gone Before is an interactive workshop that teaches some of the essentials of leadership.  The content includes: defining leadership, identifying qualities of great leaders, exploring skills leaders must possess, and focusing on problems leaders must successfully confront.

Course Objectives - Upon completion of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  1. Define leadership
  2. Identify characteristics of great leaders
  3. Explain the impact of change on people and organizations
  4. Confront negative attitudes
  5. Lead more effectively by listening to others
  6. Explain ways humor can aid leaders
  7. Utilize praise as a motivational tool
  8. Explain the importance of a leader possessing vision and motivational skills

Janie Walters is an award-winning human communications specialist.  She’s a master teacher with more than 25 years experience teaching interpersonal communications, public speaking, debate, and theatre at the high school and college levels.

Janie is currently a professional speaker and corporate trainer, performing in 43 different states for more than 1,000 national, state, and local conferences, including such clients as the Federally Employed Women’s National Convention, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Conference, the National Kidney Foundation, the Corps of Engineers, Federal Bureau of Investigation – Chicago Office, and the National Security Agency.

She is member of the National Speakers Association, the past president of the Mississippi Theatre Association, and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2000.

Janie is the author of three books: 

---The Garbage Truck Comes On Tuesdays And Fridays,

---Blow A Bubble Not A Gasket: 101 Ways To Reduce Stress And Add Fun To Your Life,

---and a devotional book entitled Develop the Habit of Joy.

Champion Communications, her speaker and training service, is based in Madison, Mississippi.  Get your pens and paper ready, and get set for fun. It’s edu-taining---Janie style!!


Embassy Suites Baton Rouge
4914 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808

Standard Room (king) - $109 per night, not including surcharges and 14% tax (All taxes are subject to change, currently 5% state, 5% city and 4% occupancy.)embassy

Reservations may be made through the Embassy Suites website at http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/B/BTRCSES-LHB-20170109/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or by calling the hotel directly at (225) 924-6566. Reservations will be accepted until December 22, 2016. Self parking is available free of charge. NOTE: WHEN MAKING YOUR ROOM RESERVATION, PLEASE RESERVE THE ROOM IN THE C.E. REGISTRANT'S NAME OR INCLUDE THE C.E. REGISTRANT IN THE LIST OF PEOPLE STAYING IN THE ROOM.

Currently, check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and checkout time is 12:00 p.m. unless special arrangements are made in advance.


FROM THE WEST: Follow I-10 east to exit #158 (College Drive) on the right. At the end of the offramp, follow the signs labeled ''Constitution Avenue'', which will direct you across College Drive without turning (Constitution Avenue is the I-10 service road). Continue on Constitution Avenue for 1/4 mile, hotel is on the right.

FROM THE EAST: (I-12 West joins I-10 West in Baton Rouge): Follow I-10 West to exit #158 (College Drive) on the right. At the end of the offramp, turn left onto College Drive. Immediately past the I-10 overpass, turn left onto Constitution Avenue (Constitution Avenue is the service road to I-10). The hotel is 1/4 mile on the right.