BIG’s National Training Recap
Last month, Management Concepts attended the Blacks in Government (BIG) 37th Annual National Training Institute (NTI) held in Orlando, Florida from August 24-27, 2015. This year’s NTI provided more than 1,450 attendees with 100+ workshops and agency forums addressing an array of critical topics, superb speakers, and the latest technology. This indeed was a week of first-class training. The training opportunity facilitated active and practical discussions on recent changes in public service for Federal, state, and local government employees.
We were excited to be a gold sponsor and have so many attendees stop by our booth and take pictures with our hashtag signs – #ThinkBig, #funinthesun, #training, and #Thanks @Mgmt_Concepts. Even BIG President the Honorable Ms. Darlene H. Young joined us for a mini photoshoot.
I also had the pleasure of working with BIG’s National Executive Vice-President, the Honorable Dr. Doris Sartor and Ms. Young to launch the inaugural Blacks In Government and Management Concepts National Certification Program, awarding training scholarships in Leadership and Supervision . We received many stellar applications and selecting recipients was a truly hard decision.
This year’s winners were:
The Leadership Certificate Program winner – Ms. Christian Blackman, Acting Deputy Grants Division Director, Department of State. Ms. Blackman is a lifetime member of BIG and president of the Carl T. Rowan Chapter.
In her winning essay, Ms. Blackman stated the following: “If I am a scholarship recipient, I will be a testimony of the added value of this training with not only my employer, but with Blacks In Government as well. The impact of the collaboration effort between Blacks In Government and Management Concepts will show how both organizations are investing into the future leaders of government. It is essential to have affiliations with professional organizations and hands-on work.”
The Supervisor Certificate Program winner – Allyson Theophile, President, Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association Western Region. Allyson is a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of BIG.
In her winning essay, Ms. Theophile stated, “I have never been one to shy away from challenges or an opportunity to learn. I believe my strong work ethics, willingness to take on new and challenging assignments, and my ability to see outside the box has contributed in developing my leadership qualities. I seek coaches and mentors who I feel have strong ethical leadership traits. I believe one should always seek out challenging experiences and not shy away from opportunities to learn.”
Connect, Communicate, Collaborate – Advance! was this year’s NTI theme. The members of BIG who applied for the scholarship programs took one step further to achieve this goal.
I think Ms. Young’s closing words truly summed up the experience: “Recognizing the importance of professional development skills, I encourage you to utilize the professionally trained instructors to acquire the necessary tools for success… THINK BIG”
Looking forward to Atlantic City 2016, BIG!