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The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills

Coastal Carolina University| Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
September 24-28, 2011


The Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments recently concluded the 2011 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS) in South Carolina.  This year’s academic partner was Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach.

The 2011 class comprised 18 emerging leaders from the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

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. 

2011 CLASS ROSTER

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR KAY IVEY
Alabama

JUDGE CALVIN WILLIAMS
Circuit Judge
Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama

STEVEN B. JONES
Deputy Director
Arkansas Department of Human Services

REPRESENTATIVE DARRIN WILLIAMS
Arkansas House of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE AMY CARTER
Georgia House of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA SIMS
Georgia House of Representatives

SENATOR DENISE HARPER ANGEL
Kentucky Senate

REPRESENTATIVE WADE HURT
Kentucky House of Representatives

REPRESENTATIVE SANNIE OVERLY
Kentucky House of Representatives

JUDGE JEFFREY BIVINS
Circuit Judge
Twenty First Judicial Circuit of Tennessee

CHANCELLOR JERRI SAUNDERS BRYANT
Circuit, Criminal and Chancery Courts of Tennessee

SENATOR JIM TRACY
Tennessee Senate

JAMES “JIM” BETHKE
Executive director
Texas Indigent Defense Commission

VICKI SPRIGGS
Executive Director
Texas Juvenile Probation Commission

CAREY WELEBOB
Director
Community Justice Assistance Division
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

MAGISTRATE GAIL C. BOOBER
Magistrate Courts of West Virginia

SENATOR ORPHY KLEMPA
West Virginia Senate

SENATOR WILLIAM “BILL” LAIRD IV
West Virginia Senate

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