Guest Speaker at Dream State: Jay Dardenne

"Louisiana: A Dream State"

This year, we were honored to have Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, a longtime supporter and 2013 Life Achievement Award recipient of LYS, join us as the guest speaker of “Louisiana: A Dream State.”

Lt. Gov. Dardenne gave an inspiring speech about Louisiana and leadership before this time-honored presentation on Louisiana’s unique citizens, cultures and traditions. And who better to talk about these things than Louisiana’s chief travel and tourism leader!

"We understand our past, we treasure our history, and we preserve things. That's what makes Louisiana a dream state." – Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne

As Lieutenant Governor, Dardenne heads the Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism, which includes State Parks, the State Museum System, the State Library, the Arts, the Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, Volunteer Louisiana and Tourism. Louisiana’s tourism numbers have skyrocketed since he took office in 2010. 

His newest campaign, “Pick Your Passion,” really resonates with Louisiana residents and tourists alike! It highlights all the unique things Louisiana has to offer — from food to the arts.

LYS is proud to have Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne’s support over the last decade. He is more than just an outstanding ambassador for our great state — he is a tremendous advocate for Louisiana’s young leaders.

In 2013, LYS was proud to present Lt. Gov. Dardenne with LYS’ highest honor, the Life Achievement Award in honor of Roddy Richard, for his leadership, service and character.

Here are a few of our favorite quotes from Lt. Gov. Dardenne:

"Our future is even brighter than our past."

"Optimism is a trademark of a strong leader. If you are optimistic in life, you will do great things for yourself and others."

"The leadership skills you learn at LYS will help you for the rest of your life." 

"The human gumbo that makes up Louisiana represents the cultural diversity that sets us apart from any state in America. Not only is there plenty to see and do, but what you will find in Louisiana is unique and authentic.”

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