LIA Announces 2023 Distinguished Alumnus and Ignite Leadership Award Honorees

Lafayette, LA – On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Leadership Institute of Acadiana announced Robert Eddy, Jr., Managing Partner of Pinnacle Group, as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Leadership Award.  This award is bestowed on alumni whose professional and civic contributions to the community correlate with the goals, mission, and vision of LIA.

The recipient of the Ignite Leadership Award for 2023 is Anita Begnaud, CEO of Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited.  Launched in 2020, this award honors a graduate of Leadership Lafayette that is blazing a trail for others to follow by quickly engaging in community leadership activities and achieving tangible results.

“These leadership awards help us to further define the impact that our program alumni have had on the Lafayette community and beyond,” said LIA Executive Director Katrena King. “We are pleased to celebrate Robert Eddy, Jr., and Anita Begnaud as shining examples of what it means to lead and inspire others.”

Distinguished Alumnus Award Honorees reflect the following criteria: leaders who have made substantial contributions to the community; innovative, resolute, ambitious, inspirational leaders; and, those who embody the pillars of servant leadership. Learn more about Eddy here.

While they may not have been in leadership roles as long as recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Leadership Award, Ignite Award recipients will have left a tangible impact on the community. Learn more about Begnaud here.

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA) hosted its 2023 Annual Meeting at the Petroleum Club. After highlighting incoming Leadership Lafayette Class XXXVI and electing new members and officers to its board of directors, the special awards ceremony occurred.

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