Special Programs

College of Leadership & Public Service

Training Programs

Training programs remain central to programming from the institutes within the College of Leadership and Public Service. The following are just some of the programs the college offers.

Executive education

The college will also serve the region and nation through creative programming that will engage people and organizations in professional development and collaborative conversation. Government and public service leaders will find a safe environment for difficult conversations. Experts in collaboration, public policy and conflict management will lead conversation on the most difficult challenges society faces. Specific programs, such as Legacy Leaders and Innovation Labs, will bring the most experienced and brightest minds to the table serving the public good and making government work.

Leadership Tennessee

It is suggested the earliest mention of Tennessee’s Grand Divisions was in the 1835 – 1836 Acts of Tennessee.  Since that time, the cultural and geographical distinctions of those three divisions have been a source of pride and, at times, conflict as citizens and lawmakers move towards a unified vision for the state.  Citizens across all three divisions are striving to reach goals of educating local leaders on opportunities for action in their specific communities. Leadership Tennessee takes these efforts to the next level; crossing those Grand Division borders to inform and empower business, nonprofit, education and government leaders on the most critical challenges and opportunities that affect the state and create alignment for conversation and action.

Leadership Tennessee provides:

  • Collaborative learning and dialog spanning the state’s three grand divisions;
  • Issue-specific education for demonstrated leaders;
  • Diverse representation of participants;
  • Opportunities to affect change.

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Citizen education and special events

Currently, the institutes have a national reputation for bringing varied disciplines around common problems in community and government life. Those opportunities will be expanded around contemporary social issues, partnering with national leaders who bring their perspectives to the issues at hand. There will be at least four recurring events annually: the continued hosting of the Southeast Conference on Conflict Management, a year-long series of collaborative conversations around a specific community issue, an annual milestone event and/or symposium around a topic of national import and an annual lecture series devoted specifically to critical current issues.