LDA L. H. Bowden Leadership Conference

December 12, 2017
Bayou State Lab Merger
January 3, 2018

Bayou State Lab is proud to be a LDA Premier Events Sponsor 

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The L.H. Bowden Leadership Development Conference trains LDA leaders to work effectively within the association. 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: Dima Ghawi, “Elevate Your Business: Engage Your Team and Patients”

Dima Headshot 2017 web
Dima ignites the untapped potential in individuals across the globe, empowering them to shatter limitations and become courageous, purpose driven leaders. Her own journey is one of escaping confinement, crossing continents, and transforming her life’s purpose. Harnessing the power of her story, Dima is committed to inspiring individuals to attain personal and professional growth, while simultaneously helping organizations increase diversity within their leadership ranks.

Through keynote speeches, workshops, and executive coaching, Dima shares her unique leadership journey with one goal in mind: motivate and activate those around her to reimagine their potential and grow into leaders. Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. She has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce. 

In addition to her global empowerment work, Dima serves on numerous nonprofit boards. She has been recognized for her services with the 2014 President of the United States Bronze Volunteer Service Award, the 2014 Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” Award, and the 2016 Louisiana State University “Esprit de Femme Award.” She has been featured in numerous publications for her professional and philanthropic work.

Course Description: Through Dima’s presentation, you will get a taste of three great topics and be able to take the information from each back to your components. First, the presentation places an emphasis on fostering a productive and rewarding work environment and connecting employees with their strengths and career aspirations. You will be empowered to take action and create a positive company culture that results in lower employee turnover, improved quality of work, better overall morale, and positive results for the company’s bottom line.    

Next, you will explore the keys to unlocking the millennial mind in order to better engage them in the workplace, give them the purpose they crave in their work, and inspire them to overachieve. You will be guided through a shift in perception that is essential in order to prepare companies for Gen Z. By bridging the disconnect between generations, companies will be able to harness the creative and innovative talents of their employees while keeping them dedicated to the company’s mission. 

And lastly, you will elevate your professional brand by looking at three elements: 
  • Inward - understanding the strengths you have to offer.
  • Outward - projecting a positive personal and online presence.
  • Onward - using your internal and external brand to reach your goals.
These elements will inspire you to become intentional in projecting a professional image and owning your unique brand, which will propel you forward towards your goals and empower you to expand your potential. 

Course Objectives - Upon completion of this course, attendees will:
  • Know how to communicate more effectively within their business and the association.
  • Be able to elevate their professional brand by using communication skills.
  • Know how to elevate employee engagement.
  • Know how to future proof their company: engaging Gen Y to Z.
Credit: 4 hours, practice management, lecture

Renaissance Baton Rouge
7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA

Standard Room (run of house, single) - $129 per night, not including applicable state and local taxes (currently 17%)

Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at (866) 469-5448 or by using the Renaissance reservations link. Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to arrival or 1 night room and tax will be assessed. The hotel has extended the reservation deadline to December 22, 2017. Self parking is available free of charge. NOTE: WHEN MAKING YOUR ROOM RESERVATION, PLEASE RESERVE THE ROOM IN THE REGISTRANT'S NAME OR INCLUDE THE REGISTRANT IN THE LIST OF PEOPLE STAYING IN THE ROOM.


Directions when in Baton Rouge or from the airport:
Take I-110 S toward Baton Rouge and merge onto I-10 E toward New Orleans. Take exit 162A for Bluebonnet Blvd/LA-1248 and travel 0.6 miles. Renaissance will be on the right, just past Mall of Louisiana.

Directions from New Orleans:
Take I-10 W toward Baton Rouge. Exit at 162A, Bluebonnet Blvd/LA-1248. Turn left at Bluebonnet Blvd and travel 0.7 miles. Renaissance will be on the right, just past Mall of Louisiana.