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The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills

University of Arkansas System and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute | Little Rock, Arkansas

October 30 - November 3, 2013

The Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) of The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently wrapped up the 7th annual Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS). This year’s program marked the beginning of a three-year partnership with the University of Arkansas System and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

The 2013 CALS program included leaders from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Several intense learning sessions focused on essential topics such as leadership development, social media practices, interpersonal exchanges, and communication skills.

Participants convened at the Old Statehouse for the closing dinner and were welcomed by Mr. Shane Broadway, former Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives and state Senator, and current director of the Department of Higher Education. The closing keynote address was delivered by Commander John Bennett Herrington, retired naval aviator and former NASA astronaut. Commander Herrington spoke to the class about overcoming obstacles and creating pathways to success.

2013 CLASS ROSTER

Representative Bill Gossage

Arkansas

Representative Chris Richey

Arkansas

Representative Kionne McGhee

Florida

Representative Richard Jasperse

Georgia

Senator Rick Jeffares

Georgia

Representative Lynn Smith

Georgia

Senator Jesse Stone

Georgia

Representative Karla Drenner

Georgia

Senator Troy Brown

Louisiana

Mr. Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

Assistant Secretary
Louisiana Economic Development

Representative Lataisha Jackson

Mississippi

Senator Robert Jackson

Mississippi

Representative Gail McCann Beatty

Missouri

Mr. Luis Toledo

Assistant State Auditor
North Carolina

Representative Tommy Hardin

Oklahoma

Senator Randy McNally

Tennessee

Judge Robert Montgomery

Tennessee

Representative Yvonne Davis

Texas

Ms. Andrea Peeks

Deputy Director, Division of Engineering and Buildings
Virginia Department of General Services

Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer

West Virginia