Tennessee Department of Human Resources Opens New Learning and Development Center

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | 10:17pm

New Learning and Development Center for state employees unveiled at ribbon cutting ceremony

Nashville, TN – On Monday, January 14, Tennessee Department of Human Resources (DOHR) Commissioner Rebecca Hunter, State Chief Operating Officer (COO) Greg Adams, and State Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Dr. Trish Holliday opened the first State of Tennessee Learning and Development Center (LDC) at a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new center is located at the Tennessee Tower in downtown Nashville, and it will provide state employees with experiential, research-based learning and development offerings to promote excellence and continuous improvement.

“The State of Tennessee has been a leader in many areas, and I am proud that we rise to the very top in the learning and development offerings we provide to employees,” Commissioner Hunter said. “The state has become a true learning organization and an employer of choice. We are proud for this important work to be housed at the center to promote employee development for many years to come.”

DOHR’s Strategic Learning Solutions (SLS) division will manage the LDC, providing over 100 learning and development offerings, 5 enterprise leadership development conferences, 5 yearlong leadership programs, and 26 agency-specific leadership academies to support state employee development.

“Governor Haslam has led with the belief that the team with the best players wins,” Adams said. “A focus on developing people has been key to the State of Tennessee’s success. Managers are the number one reason employees stay or leave a job, and they drive higher performance by encouraging their teams to excel in meeting organizational goals.”

At the LDC, state employees can expect to enjoy five specialized rooms for learning, the Innovation, Imagination, Inspiration, and Integration Stations, and ‘The Hub,’ a collaborative space for relational learning. In the future, new learning offerings will be introduced, such as a leadership library, executive workshops, guest lectures, and mini development series.  The LDC will also partner with state universities to connect state employees with higher education opportunities.

“Our primary focus will be to provide transformational learning programs that enhance employee skills and competencies and improve overall performance and satisfaction of the state workforce,” Dr. Holliday said. “We are proud that the center will offer learning workshops and leadership programs designed for world-class organizations.”