Annual Chapter Education Conference & Award Luncheon November 29 & 30, 2023

  • November 29, 2023
  • November 30, 2023
  • 8 sessions
  • November 29, 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (CST)
  • November 29, 2023, 1:00 PM 1:45 PM (CST)
  • November 29, 2023, 2:00 PM 4:00 PM (CST)
  • November 29, 2023, 5:00 PM 5:30 PM (CST)
  • November 29, 2023, 5:30 PM 7:30 PM (CST)
  • November 30, 2023, 9:00 AM 9:45 AM (CST)
  • November 30, 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (CST)
  • November 30, 2023, 12:15 PM 1:30 PM (CST)
  • 711 Paragon Pl, Marksville, LA 71351


Registration is closed

november 29 & 30, 2023

Location:  paragon casino & resort in marksville, la

A special note of thanks to our very generous event sponsor - 

Paragon Casino and Resort

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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

Approved for 1.25 hours of CE for Personal and Professional Development

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
Approved for 1.25 hours of CE for Personal and Professional Development

Chiqui Room 2

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm Reception

Chiqui Room 1

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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.

Approved for 1.5 hours of CE for Core Competency Technology

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

Join us for an engaging and informative session titled 'Planner Supplier Rumble' at the Louisiana Society of Government Meeting Professionals event. In this session, you'll witness a dynamic exchange between event planners and suppliers, where they'll tackle real-world challenges and discover innovative solutions to enhance government meetings and events. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights, network with industry professionals, and supercharge your event planning skills!


  • Gain a deeper understanding of the collaboration dynamics between event planners and suppliers in the government meeting industry, equipping you with strategies to foster more productive partnerships.
  • Acquire practical problem-solving skills as you witness real-world challenges being addressed, enabling you to apply innovative solutions to your own government meetings and events.
  • Build a robust professional network with fellow industry experts, amplifying your resources and support system for successful event planning in the government sector.

Approved for 1 hours of CE for Personal and Professional Development

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

We Love Our Sponsors!

Visit Kenner

Visit the Northshore

Team Dynamics, LLC

RSVP by November 22, 2023 to avoid late fees!

Accommodations: A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for the SGMP La Annual Conference attendees at the prevailing state rate. 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, in order for their 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 Resort Fee will be assessed for each room, per stay.


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.


As a special offer for SGMP La Members, Paragon Resort will provide discounts for attendees joining the Players Club. If you provide Paragon Casino with your name, address and birth date by the reservation release date, you'll  receive a VIP Players Club Card, and when you reach 30 points, they'll even credit your card with $10 of free play.


Tamahka Trails Championship Audubon Trails Course, a par 71, is available to individuals of your group for personal play while at the Resort. We also encourage tournament play for our convention and meetings groups. This can be arranged by calling the Pro at the Clubhouse directly for more information at (318) 240-6300.


Spa La Vie – 12,000 square feet of delightful spa treatment and water therapy can provide a wonderful experience for your group members individually or with consultation, activities for the whole group. For more information on arranging a group Spa activity, call (318) 240-1080.


With three movie theatres on the premises, Paragon boasts first run Hollywood smash hits.


For the comfort of guests, the Paragon Casino Resort operates a covered, secure, self-parking garage adjoining the casino.

Registration Fees:

$65 until November 22, 2023

$10 late fee assessed for those that register after November 22, 2023 deadline.

There is a non-refundable $2 credit card fee included on each transaction.

CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS: Once you register to attend the meeting you are added to the catering order. If you register (paid or unpaid) you will be charged the meeting attendance fee to cover the cost of your ordered meals. Requests for refunds/cancellations must be received five days prior to the meeting to avoid paying the fee if you can no longer attend the meeting. If you need assistance or have questions, please email  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

We can not guarantee meal availability to those that register after the deadline.

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