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IPS Celebrates 50 Years

Featured photo: IPS executive directors (from left) Janice Rodriguez, Margaret Norris, Vice President Herb Byrd, Macel Ely, John Walden, Paul Jennings and Rick Scarbrough.

A senior couple pose in front of a backdrop of IPS agency logos
Former IPS Vice President Tom Ballard and his wife, Diane.

The Institute for Public Service celebrated 50 years of history in August at its annual conference. IPS honored former employees and retirees at a dinner the first night of the conference.

Former vice presidents Tom Ballard and Mary Jinks joined current Vice President Herb Byrd III to take a look back at the institute’s history and discuss milestones that have made IPS what it is today.

Local Government Officials Complete Leadership Program

More than 15 local officials recently completed the Local Government Leadership Program (LGLP) hosted by the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership, an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service. Each year, LGLP provides local government leaders with opportunities to connect with each other, expand their leadership capacity as well as learn about new and innovative leadership practices and approaches.

The city and county officials who attended this multi-day program in Knoxville were invited by UT County Technical Assistance Service and UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service, sister agencies of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership. Each attendee received a leadership assessment profile offering insight into individual leadership styles and approaches. The program consisted of team-building activities and multiple small-group sessions to explore and discuss leadership strategies, best practices and innovative approaches. Additionally, the program included sessions on ways to build an ethical culture, applying Lean Six Sigma practices in the public sector and sharing a personal leadership philosophy.

TLC Offers Intercultural Communication Workshop to Memphis Chamber

The Tennessee Language Center (TLC) presented a workshop to Memphis Chamber of Commerce members and the economic development staff on Global Business Etiquette and Intercultural Communication with a focus on Germany and Korea. The chamber requested those countries due to interest from them in the Memphis area.

Assisting the Tennessee business community with Foreign Direct Investment in preparation for globalization was one of the primary reasons TLC was created by the legislature.