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Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab

The Leadership Lab is a regional educational experience focused on connecting PA educators through leadership.

Key Registration Information
Registration available through: July 27, 2019
Last day to cancel registration with a full refund minus a $35 administrative fee: July 3, 2019.

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Members and attendees actively engaged in workshops, education sessions, or learning opportunity


Saturday, August 3: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 4: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Start and end times are subject to change.

The registration deadline is July 27.


The Leadership Lab is a regional educational experience focused on connecting PA educators through leadership. The Lab is PAEA’s newest professional development offering, created to explore innovation in leadership at both the personal and institutional level. The Leadership Lab will offer opportunities for faculty to network, provide targeted leadership development, and give faculty the chance to present spotlight discussions on focused topical areas. The lab will convene PAEA Board and volunteer leaders with PA faculty leaders in an intimate setting.

Part 1 of the Leadership Lab is focused on yourself as a leader and is centered on The Leadership Challenge® model.

The Leadership Challenge, grounded in the award-winning book by the same name, is a results-proven leadership development model created by authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner and backed by over 30 years of original research and data from more than 3 million leaders. The Leadership Challenge Workshop serves as a catalyst for profound leadership transformations in organizations of all sizes and in all industries. Centered around the Five Practices: Model the Way, Challenge the Process, Inspire a Shared Vision, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart, the workshop delivers a measurable, teachable, and learnable approach to leadership.

Part 2 of the Leadership Lab is focused on applying leadership to PA education specifically and will feature interactive, participant-driven exercises.

Registration fee: $250 members / $350 non-members

Facilitators: Karen Hills, Kendall Mealy, Tom Pearce

CME hours: 9.5


Where is the meeting located?

The Leadership Lab will be held at the Emory University School of Medicine James B. Williams Medical Education Building. It is not at the PA program. The address for the School of Medicine is:

Emory University School of Medicine
100 Woodruff Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322

The Emory website provides a map of the campus and directions to the James B. Williams Medical Education Building.

Do I have to be from the southeast region to attend?

No, the Leadership Lab is open to all PAEA members.

Is the Emory Conference Center Hotel within walking distance of the School of Medicine?

The Emory Conference Center Hotel is located 0.7 miles from the James B. Williams Medical Education Building. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle that will leave the hotel at 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. each day and drop off passengers at the School of Medicine. The shuttle will be available to take attendees back to the hotel starting at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Where is the nearest parking?

If you are staying at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, parking is available at the hotel. If you are not at the hotel, the closest parking to the School of Medicine is available at the Michael Street Parking Deck, located at 550 Houston Mill Rd. NE Atlanta, 30329 (about 0.5 miles, a 10 minute walk, from the event location). Parking is free of charge on weekends.

Walking directions from the Michael Street Parking Deck to the James B. Williams Medical Education Building:

  • From the third floor of the parking deck, follow signs for the dental building and pedestrian walkway
  • Follow the walkway along the side of the research building
  • You will dead-end into a plaza
  • Turn right toward the stone pedestrian bridge
  • The School of Medicine is ahead and on your left.

What is the dress code for the Leadership Lab?

The dress code is business casual.

Will there be meals served at the Leadership Lab?

The registration fee includes all Lab materials, coffee and snack breaks, and lunch for both Saturday and Sunday. Registration does not include breakfasts or dinners. Attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

Are there dining options located in the area?

The Emory Conference Center Hotel and Emory School of Medicine are in close proximity to Emory Point, which contains several recommended restaurants.

Is there a call for proposal process to identify presenters?

The Leadership Lab will feature spotlight sessions, but does not have a formal call for proposals process for this pilot meeting. Future regional education meetings will likely include a call for proposal process.

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