2014 Local Sections' Leadership Workshop

March 29-30, 2014

The LSLW is designed to help leaders of local sections learn more about leadership, meet AIChE’s support staff, and learn practical ideas that have worked successfully in other local sections.  The LSLW would be valuable to new leaders as well as experienced ones as we want to develop leaders for local sections large and small from all over the world. 

The prime benefit is the training that you will receive. Come and learn from people who are successful leaders and passionate about leadership. Come and meet colleagues from across the country that have accepted or are involved in the same types of leadership positions as you are.  Learn from those who have been successful leaders in AIChE. 

The workshop will be held at the Hilton New Orleans - Riverside, the same hotel as the 2014 AIChE Spring Meeting and 10th Global Congress on Process Safety.  The final agenda will be posted in the next month or two. Check back soon!

LSLW Frequently Asked Questions

Workshop Registration

Registration for the 2014 LSLW is now closed.  

Travel Grants

The Local Sections Committee, CEOC, and the Board of Directors encourage all Local Sections to participate in this important event.  Travel grants will be available to cover the travel costs of Local Section Leaders to this workshop.  Please fill out the application if you are interested in recieving funding to participate in this event.  Requirements are included in the application.

The deadline to apply was January 17, 2013.  Awardees will be notified by the first week of February 2014. 


Alternative hotels from the host hotel (Hilton Riverside):

  • Staybridge Suite- $168/night   
    • ​501 Tchoupitoulas St. (1min drive or 7 min walk from Hilton Riverside)
  • Sheraton New Orleans- $214/night 
    • 500 Canal St. (1min drive or 12 min walk from Hilton Riverside)
  • New Orleans Marriot - $199/night 
    • 555 Canal St. (2 min drive or 13 min walk from Hilton Riverside)
  • Lafayette Hotel - $166/night 
    • 600 St. Charles Ave. (2 min drive or 16 min walk from Hilton Riverside)

Tentative Agenda

Saturday, March 29, 2014

8:00-9:00 a.m.Breakfast & Mixer  
9:00-9:15 a.m.Welcome & Introduction 

Otis Shelton, AIChE President

Brian Daly, LSC Chait

9:15-10:15 a.m.Session 1Improving Your Section Finances While Keeping the IRS Happy 

AIChE Accounting Department

Stephanie Viola, AIChE Foundation

10:15-10:25 a.m.Break  
10:25-11:55 a.m.Session 2Local Section Chair Toolbox - Resources that Can Make Your Life Easier 

Brian Daly, LSC Chair

Monica Stowe, AIChE Membership Coordinator

11:55-12:55 p.m.Lunch & Networking  
12:55-1:40 p.m.Session 3Broadcasting Local Section Programs to the World - Utilizing Webcasts to Reach Your Members and Beyond Gary Gildert, South Texas Local Section
1:40-2:55 p.m.Session 4Transforming Program Planning to Increase Attendance at Local Section Meetings 

John Waldrop, St. Louis Local Section

Daniel Sujo, Delaware Valley Local Section

2:55-3:05 p.m.Break  
3:05-4:05 p.m.Session 5I Want You to Serve as Chair!  Recruiting Local Section Leadership Paul Fanning, East Tennessee Local Section
4:05-4:50 p.m.Session 6By-Law Makeover - Do Your By-Laws Need Updating?

Shannon Brown, Chicago Local Section

Dan Lambert, Central Savannah River Local Section

4:50-5:50 p.m.Session 7Rising from the Ashes – How Two Sections Started Over Again 

Joe Deneault, Kansas City Local Section

Jeremy Schweitzer, Lehigh Valley Local Section

6:00 p.m.Reception  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

8:00-9:00 a.m.Breakfast & Networking  
9:00-10:15 a.m.Session 8Q&A with Operation Councils 
10:15-10:30 a.m.Break  
10:30-12:00 p.m.Session 9General Discussion 
12:00 p.m.Concluding Remarks