LEAD Conference to Take Place in New Orleans

April 30, 2013 


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Carrie Heitman, communications coordinator, at 816-383-5100 or

LEAD Conference to Take Place in New Orleans
Early registration for the annual youth leadership conference ends June 15.

            Youth from across the country will travel to New Orleans, La., for the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) annual Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference, Aug. 1 – 4. Themed “Cajun Livin’ Angus Leadin’,” the leadership event is designed for members 14-21 years of age.

“The weekend will be full of surprises,” says Robin Ruff, American Angus Association® director of junior activities. “The NJAA Board of Directors is working diligently to make LEAD one of the best events of the summer.”

Angus juniors will attend leadership workshops presented by the NJAA Board, as well as listen to professional speakers Eddie Slowikowski and Amy Gallimore, plus Ag Minute Host, Kristen Oaks. Tours during this year’s LEAD conference will give attendees a look into Louisiana culture as they visit the World War II museum, Mardi Gras World, the Jackson Square in the French Quarter, and take a ride down the Mississippi river on the historic Steamboat Natchez.

In addition, junior members will aboard a guided swamp tour, learn about Louisiana’s sugar cane history at the Evergreen Plantation, and visit the 7L Farms and Land Company.

            Conference space is limited, and early registration is encouraged by the June 15 deadline. The early registration fee for NJAA members is $200. After June 15, registration will be $225 and accepted based on space availability. Registration for adults, state advisors and chaperones is $250; no early registration deadline applies. Registration is available online at

For more information, contact the junior activities department at 816-383-5100. LEAD is funded by the Angus Foundation and is a program of the NJAA, which provides programs for nearly 7,000 members across the nation. A tentative schedule follows.


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2013 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference

Thursday, August 1

  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.                    Registration – Marriott

  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.                    Ice Breakers

  5:30 p.m.                               Welcome & Introductions – Kelli Retallick

  5:30 p.m.                               Where are they now? – Kristen Oaks

  6:15 p.m.                               Dinner

  6:45 p.m.                               Retiring Thoughts – Meghan Blythe

  7:00 p.m.                               Speaker – Eddie Slowikowski

  8:00 p.m.                               Retiring Thoughts – Kelli Retallick

  8:15 p.m.                               Team Building Activity – New 6 NJAA Officers

  8:45 p.m.                               NJAA Board Skit        

 11:00 p.m.                              In-Room Curfew

7:15 – 8:00 a.m.                      Breakfast – Marriott

8:00 a.m.                                 Retiring Thoughts – Jennifer Ewing

8:30a.m.                                  Depart for Mardi Gras World and World War II Museum                               

Bus 2 and 4 Schedule

8:30 a.m.                                 Load Bus

9:00 a.m.                                 World War II Museum

10:45 a.m.                               Mardi Gras World

12:00 p.m.                               Lunch at Jackson Square


Bus 1 and 3 Schedule

9:00 a.m.                                 Load Bus

9:15 a.m.                                 Mardi Gras World

10:30 a.m.                               World War II Museum

12:00 p.m.                               Lunch at Jackson Square


11:30 a.m.                               French Quarter and Jackson Square – Free Time

3:30 p.m.                                 Meet to travel to 7L                

5:30 p.m.                                 7L Angus Farm – Dinner and Tour

7:45 p.m.                                 Retiring Thoughts – Megan Ahearn

9:00 p.m.                                 Depart for NOLA

11:30 p.m.                               In-Room Curfew


7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.               Breakfast – Marriott

8:00 a.m.                                 Depart for Evergreen Plantation and Cajun Pride Swamp Tour


Bus 1 and 2 Schedule

9:00 a.m.                                 Cajun Pride – Swamp Tour

11:30 a.m.                               Depart for Evergreen Plantation

12 Noon                                  Lunch – donated and prepared by Louisiana Angus Associations

1:00 p.m.                                 Evergreen Plantation – Tour

3:00 p.m.                                 Depart for Hotel


Bus 3 and 4 Schedule

9:00 a.m.                                 Evergreen Plantation – Tour

11:00 a.m.                               Lunch – donated and prepared by Louisiana Angus Associations

11:45 a.m.                               Depart for Cajun Pride

12:15 p.m.                               Cajun Pride – Swamp Tour

3:00 p.m.                                 Depart for Hotel


4:00 p.m.                                 Shower and Refresh for Evening Activities

6:00 p.m.                                 Grab and Go Snacks (Dinner on Boat)                      

6:30 p.m.                                 State and Group Photos

7:15 p.m.                                 Teambuilding Workshops

9:00 p.m.                                 Depart for Steamboat Natchez

9:30 – midnight                       Dinner and Dance – Steamboat Natchez

12:30 a.m.                               In-Room Curfew


7:00 a.m.                                 Breakfast – Marriott

7:45 a.m.                                 Retiring Thoughts – Sally Yon

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.             Workshops (2 per group, one hour each)

10:00 a.m.                               Speaker – Amy Gallimore

11:00 a.m.                               Retiring Thoughts – JanLee Rowlett

11:15 a.m.                               Wrap Up and Depart   



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