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LEAD USA Simulcast Leadership Conference

May 24, 2017

The Leadership Studies Doctoral (Ed.D.) program was given complimentary tickets by Mr. Cassius Burrell, State Farm Agent and Eagle Creek Recovery Center Board Member to attend the LEAD USA Simulcast Leadership Conference hosted out of South Bend, Indiana. The event took place May 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Shreveport Community Church. Students who attended were Stephanie Blackburn (Cohort 1); Tracey Burrell (Cohort 2); Angelic Feaster‐Evans and Willie Siglar (Cohort 3); Pagie Smith (Cohort 4); Jennifer Vigil and Jianan Yang (Cohort 5); as well as the newly "minted" Dr. Joslin Pickens (May 2017 graduate).

This extraordinary experience highlighted such key speakers as Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry‐Wehmiller; Karin Hurt, Founder and CEO of Let's Grow Leaders; Chris McChesney, Franklin Covey's Global Practice Leader of Executive; Justin Maust, CEO of Leader Legacy, Inc. and Founder of Lead USA, and Eric Thomas, Audie Awards Finalist!

At the end of each session participants were asked to identify three main take‐away points, which were referred to as "championship rings." The Leadership Studies participants agreed on the following championship rings: (a) "overcome habitual mediocrity [to] achieve intentional team success" (Maust); (b) "refuse to be offended...humility is the anecdote" (Maust); (c) "speak the truth, don't sandwich the stink" (Hurt); (d) "we measure success by the way we touch the lives of people" (Chapman); (e) "focus on the wildly important goals (WIG)" (McChesney); (f) "create a cadence of accountability" (McChesney); and (g) "be phenomenal: if not you will be forgotten...give 120%" (Thomas).

Photo shows (L‐R):Cassius Burrell, donor; Tracey Burrell, Willie Siglar, Jennifer Vigil, Jianan Yang, Iris Johnson, Stephanie Blackburn, Angelic Feaster‐Evans