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.
Representative Bill Gossage
Representative Chris Richey
Representative Kionne McGhee
Representative Richard Jasperse
Senator Rick Jeffares
Representative Lynn Smith
Senator Jesse Stone
Representative Karla Drenner
Senator Troy Brown
Mr. Quentin L. Messer, Jr.
Louisiana Economic Development
Representative Lataisha Jackson
Senator Robert Jackson
Representative Gail McCann Beatty
Mr. Luis Toledo
Assistant State Auditor
Representative Tommy Hardin
Senator Randy McNally
Judge Robert Montgomery
Representative Yvonne Davis
Ms. Andrea Peeks
Division of Engineering and Buildings
Virginia Department of General Services
Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer