After eight months of interactive leadership training, intense discussions and practical applications to real-world workplace issues, 55 employees graduated from the City of Houston Leadership Institute Program (LIP) on Monday, May 23.
LIP is the city's flagship leadership training program, and is conducted at the Learning Development Center. The participants, who were nominated by their department, are considered the emerging leaders in their respective organizations. The multi-track executive management training program consisted of eight modules covering topics such as leadership foundations, change and perspectives, emotional intelligence, ethics in city government, communication and motivation, succession planning, organizational development and the culture of change.
The program culminated in a project week where participants were challenged to devise strategies to resolve real-world, real-time issues faced by the City of Houston. These strategies were presented to a judging panel of city leaders who offered constructive criticism. The project with the highest score will be presented to the mayor.
“Each of you made the eight-month commitment to invest in yourselves and, in turn, invest in the city. With knowledge gained from this course, I have confidence that we will see innovation and improvements to the way we deliver services to our citizens,” Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote in his congratulatory letter to LIP graduates. “I encourage you to apply what you’ve gained, and continue to strive toward further personal development. Knowledgeable employees are engaged employees, and engaged employees can help charter the city to new heights.”
Council Member Jerry Davis, Interim Director of Human Resources Jane Cheeks and Tony D. Cross, LIP program administrator, addressed graduates at the ceremony. Wendy Standorf, HR director of the City of West University Place was the guest speaker, and Paul Green, Department of Neighborhoods, was nominated as the commencement speaker from his LIP peers.
LIP Class of 2016 graduates include:
Erikah Abdu, GSD; Minerva Alba, HR; Patrick Atkins, HPL; Heidi Bane, HR; Avia Bank-Thomas, MCD; Carlos Barba, HPARD; Kallie Benes, HPL; Tony Bolar, HR; Phillip Buentello, HPARD; Juan Cabrera, GSD; Carlos Del Toro, FMD; Terrance Edmonson, HPARD; Chris Emeharole, HR; Monty English, HPARD; Martin Enriquez, MCD; Rose Estevez, HPARD; Pirooz Farhoomand, HCD; Edgar Fuentes, HPL; Ernest Fuentes, FMD; Joe Fuentez, DON; Marjorie Gonzalez, HPL; Paul Green, DON; Jesse Gutierrez, DON; Justin Hagendorf, HPARD; Earlmond Hammond, HPARD; Larry Holman, PWE; Marco Jones, GSD; Jocklynn Keville, HCD; Cedrick LaSane, HCD; Jose Lazo, PWE; Susana Leal, MCD; Renon Libunao, GSD; Paula Lichanpanit; Jenny Lin, HPARD; Latarsha Living, PWE; Elise Marrion, HR; Mark Norton, MCD; Meg Oswald, MCD; Christopher Perkins, OEM; Betsy Ramos, HR; Juvenal Robles, HPARD; Carla Rogers, MCD; Melissa Ryans, HPL; Sandra Sanchez, PWE; Aundrea Scales, HITS; Laura Serrano, HCD; Ketan Shah, FIN; Angela Simon, HCD; Kimesha Sonnier, HCD; Eric Spurgeon, HPARD; Twonda Thompson, HPARD; Donna Walker, FMD; Michael Walter, OEM and Khalin Washington, MCD.