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The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills

University of Arkansas System
September 25-29, 2010


The Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments recently concluded the 2010 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS) in Arkansas.  This year’s academic partner was the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and the Clinton School of Public Service of the University of Arkansas System, the inaugural CALS host of 2007.

The 2010 class comprised 22 emerging leaders from the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.   

During the intensive three and a half day program, participants spent classroom time with nationally renowned experts in the fields of communication, media and leadership training.  The program curriculum was developed to help participants enhance their leadership capabilities, professional careers, and personal lives through improvements in communication, conflict resolution, consensus building and critical decision-making skills.  Through the CALS program, the development of these leadership competencies prepares the rising and mid-career officials to be effective leaders in state government.  Another tenet of this premier multi-branch program is that it offers a unique forum for state officials who might rarely cross paths to share ideas. 

2010 CLASS ROSTER

REPRESENTATIVE MERIKA COLEMAN

Alabama House of Representatives

JUDGE DAVID KIMBERLEY
Circuit Judge
Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama

REPRESENTATIVE TIFFANY ROGERS
Arkansas House of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES “CHUCK” CHESTNUT IV
Florida House of Representatives

SENATOR GLORIA BUTLER
Georgia Senate

REPRESENTATIVE TOM DICKSON
Georgia House of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE JEFF GREER
Kentucky House of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE MARTHA JANE KING
Kentucky House of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE BRENT YONTS
Kentucky House of Representatives

JUDGE ELIZABETH CHANDLER
Kentucky District Judge

JUDGE PATRICIA “PATSY” SUMME
Kentucky Chief Circuit Judge

REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA HAYNES SMITH
Louisiana House Of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE CHARMAINE MARCHAND STIAES
Louisiana House Of Representatives

SENATOR ERIC POWELL
Mississippi Senate

REPRESENTATIVE TISHAURA JONES
Missouri House Of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE RUTH SAMUELSON
North Carolina House of Representatives

JOY HICKS
Policy Analyst
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

REPRESENTATIVE LEE DENNEY
Oklahoma House Of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE DAN KIRBY
Oklahoma House Of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE JABAR SHUMATE
Oklahoma House Of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE HAROLD WRIGHT, JR.
Oklahoma House Of Representatives

JUDGE APRIL SELLERS WHITE
Associate District Judge
District Court of Creek County Oklahoma

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