MIND Hosts Human Resource Development Conference March 30


The Management Institute for National Development (MIND), will be exploring the theme ‘Top Priorities for Engaging and Leading Teams in a World Class Public Sector’, at its bi-annual Human Resource Development Conference on Friday, March 30, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIND, Ruby Brown, told JIS News that efficient human resource management was one of the goals of the public sector modernisation agenda, and that the conference would provide an opportunity for MND, as the public sector training institute, to help realize that goal.
In keeping with the theme, Mrs. Brown said that the conference was geared towards “reinforcing the rationale and implications of the government’s reform agenda, and providing participants with exposure to contemporary issues”.
She added that, through the conference, MIND also aimed to “provide participants with benchmark practices that will enable them to assess and improve their professional development, as well as to help them identify strategies that will enable them to be more effective agents of the change process”.
Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Carlton Davis, who is slated to give the keynote address at the opening session, will speak on the topic: ‘People Management Successes and Challenges in the Reform Process’.
International Development Consultant from the Public Administration Institute in the United Kingdom, George Bardwell, will speak on the theme of the conference.
Other speakers will include Frances Coke, Senior Teaching Fellow at the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies (UWI); Denise Gowdie, Lecturer, Management Studies Department, UWI, Mona; and Wayne Chen, CEO of Super Plus Stores.
Primarily targeting human resource practitioners and line managers in both the public and the private sectors, the conference will explore other topics, such as, ‘Bringing HR to the Table,’ ‘Closing Competency Gaps from Top to Bottom,’ and ‘Good Practices for Leading and Engaging Teams During Change.’ Registration fee is $3,500 and persons may call MIND at 927-1761 for more information.
Noting that the conference was one avenue through which MIND fulfilled its mandate of contributing through learning as well as building and maintaining a modern high quality professional public service, Mrs. Brown urged organisations to register to benefit from the exchange of information, ideas, strengths, and best practices in Human Resource Development.

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