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Thursday, August 22, 2013

TEDx Red River Talks @ DigiFest South!!

The Bossier Arts Council and the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association ArkLaTex chapter proudly present DigiFest South 2013 Kickoff Luncheon featuring TEDxRedRiver Talks by guest speakers Maura Nevel Thomas “Control Your Attention, Control Your Life” and Jacques Rodrigue “Blue Dog, Creativity and an Education Revolution.”  The event will be held Friday, September 20thr at Margaritaville Resort Casino’s Paradise Theater from 11:15am-1:00pm  There will also be a benefit raffle of Blue Dogs on the Red Remarque print with proceeds benefitting the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, DigiFest, Bossier Arts Council and AFCEA ArkLaTex.   Special performance by Alex Barenboim on the famed Rodrigue Steinway prior to the event in the hotel lobby.

Maura Nevel Thomas

Productivity and effectiveness expert Maura
Thomas helps people take control of their busy
lives at work and at home so that they achieve
their significant results. As a speaker, trainer,
SECRETS (Wiley, 2012), Maura shares the
truth about goal achievement, from everyday
goals to life goals. Her unique message that
“attention management” is the secret to getting
more done will have your audience viewing
productivity in a whole new way. She debunks
the myths about “time management” and
“information overload,” empowering listeners
with secrets and strategies to:
• More easily manage all the details of
life and work
• Master technology that supports
productivity -- or sabotages it,
• Find joy and exhilaration in daily activities,
not just exhaustion,
• Lower stress, and improve clarity and
peace of mind.
Her unique and effective approach to
productivity has made Maura Thomas a
featured expert in hundreds of local and
national media outlets including Good Day
Austin, NPR, Fast Company, Entrepreneur.
com, the Austin American Statesman, the
Houston Business Journal, and Productive!
Magazine. Her entertaining and engaging
presentations, supported by the runaway
SECRETS, will be the highlight of any event
that aims to motivate, inspire, and empower

its audience.

Jacques Rodrigue

Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director of
George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts
(GRFA), graduated from Louisiana State
University in General Business Administration
and later received his law degree from Tulane
Law School in 2007. Jacques currently
lives in New Orleans where he also serves
as House Counsel for Rodrigue Studio, his
father’s art gallery. As Executive Director
of GRFA, Jacques publicly advocates for an
arts-integrated education system through all
media and oversees the Foundation’s annual
Scholarship Art Contest for Louisiana high
school students and “George’s Art Closet” (a
program that gives art supplies to schools
across Louisiana). In 2012, Jacques and
GRFA launched Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+)
and joined the National A+ Schools Consortium
Network which has 120 member schools
in North Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
LAA+ is the first whole school arts-integrated
school network of its kind in Louisiana and
currently 7 schools in the state are members.

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