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The 2023  SGMP La Chapter Annual Education Conference & Award Ceremony

was held November 28 & 29, 2023 @ Paragon Casino and Resort in Marksville, La

Conference Program PDF

Special thanks to our generous sponsor -

Paragon Casino & Resort (This is How We Play) with host

SGMP Member Larry Robertson & General Manager Marshall Sampson

Special thanks to our Leader Sponsors


Special thanks to our Supporting Sponsor

Team Dynamics, LLC

Sponsorship Opportunities for the SMGP La Chapter Annual

Conference and Award Ceremony

Options for every budget!

Leader Sponsor - $500.00

Benefits: 4 social media posts for recognition as a sponsor, linked logo on SGMP La website for 30 days, logo in event program, 5 minutes of podium time during event, & donation of a door prize

I want to be a Leader Sponsor

Contributing Sponsor - $250.00

Benefits: 4 social media posts for recognition as a sponsor, linked logo on SGMP La website for 30 days, & logo in event program

I want to be a Contributing Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor - $100.00

Benefits: 4 social media posts for recognition as a sponsor & logo in event program

I want to be a Supporting Sponsor


November 29, 2023

10:00 am to 12 pm Chapter Board Meeting

Chiqui Room 2

1 pm to 1:30 pm Welcome and Introductions

Welcome from General Manager Mr. Marshall Sampson

and Host SGMP Member Larry Robertson

Chapter Member Networking & Meeting 

Chiqui Room 2

1:45 pm to 3 pm Educational Program - How to Implement Succession Planning and Counteract ‘Quiet Quitting’ in Organizations presented by Marcus Sylvas with DOTD

Attendees will learn the importance of succession planning and how to operate a succession plan properly. Specifically, attendees will learn how to:

• Define succession planning

• Explore their current organization(s)

• Explore succession planning implementation strategies

Chiqui Room 2

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm Educational Program - Generations in the Workplace presented by Garrett Wheat & Marcus Sylvas, MBA, MS, SHRM-CP, La DOTD


Having a foundational knowledge of generations is important to understand how diverse the various generations are. As communication shows importance for engagement and trusting, a lack of communication could cause conflict, high rates of turnover, and impacts to personal perceptions. By understanding the workplace is shifting, recognizing the distinct characteristics of each generation, we can communicate effectively across all generations. For this session, learn how self-awareness plays an important role in effective leadership and management across various generations in the workplace. Be prepared to interact with your peers, participate in a group activities, and embrace different perspectives on leadership and communication.


  • Compare Self-Awareness to Leadership
  • Define and compare the characteristics of the various generations currently in the workforce, and those who will join the workforce in the near future.
  • Compare and contrast communication styles across generations
  • Discuss generational differences and issues that change and impact work relationships and communication methods.
  • Demonstrate qualities of a great workplace

Chiqui Room 2

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm Reception

Chiqui Room 1

Food Drive Charity Movement Stock Illustration - Download Image Now - Food Drive, Food, Charitable Donation - iStock

Bring non-perishable food items to donate to the SGMP La Fall Community Involvement Campaign Food Drive. All items collected will be donated to Avoyelles Council on Aging.

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Dinner and

Fun Events (Santa Visits)

Chiqui Room 3

November 30, 2023

8:30 am to 9:15 am Networking Breakfast

Chiqui Room 3

9:30 am to 11:00 am Educational Program - Utilizing AI for Meeting Professionals presented by Garrett Wheat

With the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI), every sector of work has been asking, “Will this replace me?” AI has developed a broad range of skills, so this question is not completely irrelevant. Many AI software programs have been created to assist with the formation and development of textual, audible, and visual artifacts. However, AI should be viewed more as a tool that will help to enhance productivity, not replace employees. In this session, we’ll take a hands-on approach to look at text, audio, and visual tools to assist the meeting professional of the 21st Century!

Learning Objectives:

• Attendees will be able to recognize the various types of AI tools available.

• Attendees will demonstrate how to use all forms of AI Generative models to create content in an ethical manner.

• Attendees will understand how to leverage AI in the various job duties of a meeting professional.

Bring your Laptop to this session.

Chiqui Room 2

11:15 am to 12:15 pm Educational Program - Planner & Supplier Rumble facilitated by Carolyn Barrett, CGMP with Visit Kenner

Chiqui Room 2

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Chapter Award Luncheon & Sponsor Spotlight

Chiqui Room 2

1:30 pm Tour of Facility by SGMP Member Host & Sponsor

Larry Robertson, Paragon Casino & Resort

Deadline to register:  November 22, 2023

Registration Fee:  $65 (after deadline $75.00)

Accommodations: A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for the SGMP La Annual Conference attendees at the prevailing state rate if you are eligible. You are welcome to call direct to receive the special group rate for your reservation. Call Paragon Casino Resort reservations office (800) 642-7777 and/or fax to (318) 240-6601. When calling in for reservations use the SGMP La Chapter Annual Conference code - SGN29GR

For your request to be handled as efficiently as possible. If you prefer you may complete the reservation form HERE and fax is to (318) 240-6601. A credit card guarantee equal to the first night's charge for each accommodation is due with each reservation request on or before the reservation release date of November 15, 2023, 21 days prior to your group arrival. The deposit becomes non-refundable if the guest does not arrive or cancels less than forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival.

A $15.00 Resort Fee will be assessed per room, per stay. If the $15 resort fee prevents your participation contact sharon@teamdyn.com about a reimbursement of the fee for state employees.

Conference Rates:

Atrium - Exterior View King non-smoking $129.00++

North Tower non-smoking king $107.00++

South Tower non-smoking king $107.00++

Deadline to complete your reservation for hotel accommodations is: November 15, 2023

Contact US

SGMP Louisiana

P.O. Box 84285

Baton Rouge, LA 70884

Thank you to our sponsors!

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