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Past Presidents Panel + Swearing in of Incoming Board Members

August 12, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

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  • Frances Lucas, Ph.D.
  • Samuel Jones, Ph.D, CSP
  • Albert Pellissier

Topics Covered:

  • How you got started/booking first gigs
  • Business pitfalls speakers need to be aware of
  • Creating sustainability
  • How your business evolved
  • How you balance the business and a job
  • Transitioning into a full-time speaking business
  • Choosing great team members

Frances Lucas, Ph.D. works with entire senior leadership teams, especially in higher education, to overcome challenges, enhance communication, build trust and achieve goals. She has developed hundreds of keynote speeches and workshops for colleges, universities, and conferences. With 34 years of leadership at six different institutions, she has supervised over 1700 employees in various roles and has earned numerous national, regional, and statewide awards for her effectiveness.

She has also keynoted the National Association of State Personnel Executives, American Society of Women Accountants, chapters of the American Heart Association, and health professionals organizations. She was 2019-2020 president of the New Orleans chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Frances Lucas believes today’s leaders have a responsibility to find their authentic voices and share their views with others. While it often takes courage and involves risk, these types of voices are the ones that have changed the world for the better.

Dr. Samuel Jones, CSP is an inspiring leadership speaker, author, and award-winning entrepreneur from Mississippi. He empowers leaders to embrace change and transform their lives and their work through engaging keynote programs, consulting, and coaching services.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a master’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University. He’s been recognized as one of the TOP Entrepreneurs by the Mississippi Business Journal, he has the Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association, a certified facilitator with TTI Success Insights DISC™ and he is a certified success coach with Jack Canfield’s Success Principles™️. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Sarah Jones, LPC, and he is a living example of resilience and the power of lifelong learning. He helps clients to reconnect to their identity, to adapt to the uncertainty within their environment, and to maximize their influence for better results and a better life.

Albert Pellissier (Pell-ah-shay) works with Entrepreneurs and Creative Professionals to dissolve the hidden obstacles to their most meaningful work through masterclasses, workshops, and retreats.

Past President of NSA New Orleans and GSU Toastmasters, Founder of the ManUp men’s movement, and a lifelong forward-thinking business owner since grade school, Albert brings simple yet uncommon solutions and insights to organizational, business, and leadership challenges.

He enthusiastically pursues his passion for helping ambitious people increase their self-awareness to find fulfillment and deeper meaning in their work and lives. He spends the left over time on a perpetual quest for great restaurants, earning the nickname “Sir Lunch-a-Lot.”

Join us in-person at the
Marriott at Lakeway
3838 N. Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA, 70002
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August 12, 2023
9:00 am - 11:30 am


New Orleans Marriott at Lakeway
3838 N. Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002 United States
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