MIND to Host Two-Day Regional Public Sector Leadership Conference

Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will be hosting its Regional Public Sector Leadership Development Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel from July 19 to 20.

The two-day event will be held under the theme: ‘Adaptive Public Sector Leadership, Changing MINDsets, Challenging Assumptions, Creating Transformation’.

“The conference will challenge the mindsets of our public sector leaders, ensuring that they understand the environment they currently operate in and how the space is changing as we move towards national development,” said Acting Manager for Customised Programmes Delivery and Administration, Latoya Swaby-Anderson.

She was speaking at a Think Tank held on June 27 at the JIS head office in Kingston.

Mrs. Swaby-Anderson informed that the conference will include a think tank round table for Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers (CEO); plenary sessions; a panel discussion; and presentation of the Public Life Award for leadership.

There will also be workshops covering topics such as: ‘the benefits of being an adaptive leader’; ‘how to shake up your organisation in the quest for talent’; ‘professional hurt’ and ‘how to get multi-generations to work effectively with one another’.

Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders, will open the conference.

Presenters will include Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid; Advocate of Adaptive Leadership, Social Policy Specialist and Leadership and Development Professional, Kirk Humphries; and Executive Director, Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and Former Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Devon Rowe.

CEO at MIND, Dr. Ruby Brown; Managing Director and Lead Consultant, Underwood Talent Development Services Inc., Ambassador Joan Underwood; Environmentalist and Facilitator, Caribbean Leadership Project, Dr. David Lee; and Regional Project Manager, Caribbean Leadership Project, Dr. Lois Parkes, will also make presentations.

Approximately 250 public sector executives, senior public officers and senior leaders from the private sector and civil society are expected to attend the conference.

Sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. over the two days.

Dr. Brown is urging leaders and managers to attend the conference and to take along at least two persons, who are not necessarily from the management team, “as persons may lead from anywhere in the organisation.”

Persons interested in attending may visit www.mind.edu.jm.

MIND is the Government of Jamaica’s public service training and leadership development institute.

The entity plays a crucial role in the transformation and modernisation of the public sector by providing quality leadership development options and management training.