Last updated 28th January, 2011
Saturday Breakfast Keynote Speaker
LaFern K. Batie, MBA
Executive and Business Development Coach, Professional Speaker, Author
Born into a hard working and entrepreneurial family, it is no wonder that LaFern Batie is a visionary with a passion for life, fortitude for change and a desire to see others fully experience purposeful existences by using their innate gifts and talents. With broad experience and relevant formal education, LaFern developed her business acumen at both her elders’ feet – in a community that established enterprises out of necessity as much as passion – and with guidance from numerous Fortune 100 leaders. With a will to survive, thrive, be a good steward and share with the world, LaFern unwraps her gifts as a professional speaker, business and leadership development coach and author. As one client stated, “LaFern inspires you to meet her in this special place where eagles dare to soar.”
As the President of The Batie Group, LLC, LaFern lives her mission through transformational developmental experiences. Her coaching foundation is the ATINIAH Principle™… All That I Need, I Already Have – recognizing that everyone has strengths to be leveraged to help them experience fulfilling success.
With over 20 years of corporate and civic leadership experience, LaFern works with international organizations and clients across diverse industries. In her quest for lifelong learning and growth, LaFern designs and facilitates leadership development and learning sessions on topics such as foundational leadership, effective communication, entrepreneurship, branding, career maximization and personal success. She has conducted notable workshops such as “Marketing Brand You”™ and “Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable Conversations”™ for a vast range of clients including Fortune 100 companies.
While always exuding an entrepreneurial spirit, LaFern’s professional background includes human resource leadership, operations management and accounting. A member of the National Speakers Association and the International Coach Federation, LaFern serves in various leadership roles within business and professional organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Salisbury University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Her professional coach training was obtained from Coach University and the Lore Institute. To rejuvenate her spirit, LaFern travels, reads, spends time with family, and serves her community.