Beach– The Jack and
Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute at The University
of Southern Mississippi hosted its second annual advisory council meeting March
20-21 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. |
The WLPI is
a research and outreach center for best practices in workplace learning and performance.
Under the direction of Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, associate professor of workforce training
and development, the WLPI provides leadership to regional, national and international
organizations seeking to achieve work-related competence through effective workplace
The second WLPI Advisory Council seats a panel of
experts from public and private organizations, many of whom are world-renowned
in the field of human capital development. The council members traveled from across
the nation to provide guidance to the WLPI in its academic and research efforts.
During the meeting, council members provided feedback that
will be used to enhance current WLPI programs and to strategically align the human
development needs of today's leading industries with the goals of the WLPI. For
example, council members expressed an interest in engaging in a dynamic partnership
with the WLPI to integrate their expertise and international contacts with the
As a creator and disseminator of 21st-century workforce
models, the WLPI emphasizes solutions that are technology-enabled. A good example
of that commitment to technology-enabled solutions is the use of NASA's e-SPACE
Collaboratory for a more effective and efficient strategic planning session with
The e-SPACE Collaboratory is a portable system
that stands for "electronic-Strategic Planning and Consensus Engagement."
It utilizes GroupSystems, a specialized computer software system designed for
collaborative work groups that has produced measurable productivity gains for
major corporations in recent years. Software for electronic meetings can help
reduce the time required for managers to complete complex projects by 90 percent.
The strength of using this format is that participants are able to comment anonymously
over networked computers, encouraging equal participation by all individuals during
the session. The format also provides instant access to information and a structure
for processing decisions and evaluating alternatives.
to Dr. Heather Annulis, WLPI assistant director, the technology enabled the WLPI
to bring together a diversity of thoughts and ideas from multiple industries and
private and public organizations in a short amount of time.
Malone, chief operating officer of the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, told council
members that the WLPI, housed in the Department of Economic and Workforce Development,
is very important to the university. "The Workplace Learning and Performance
Institute has a unique position as a growing niche program, complemented by its
goal to become a globally recognized institute for best practices of workplace
learning and performance," Malone said.
Malone added that
the WLPI, along with the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at Southern
Miss, is committed to bringing national recognition to the university and state
by leading the field of academic and applied growth.
advisory council members are
Jack Phillips, world-renowned
expert on measurement and evaluation and chairman of the ROI Institute Inc.
Phillips, president and CEO of the ROI Institute Inc.
Ashby, consultant for the Leadership Capital Group
national director of human resources at Deloitte & Touche
Powe, associate vice chancellor for institutional affairs at the University of
Mississippi Medical Center
Dexter Holloway, director for the
Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges
Schweppe, global HSE training coordinator for human resource development at Halliburton
Crane, director of workforce training, development and diversity at Northrop Grumman
Randy Parker, director of Effective Workforce
Sandra Bernard Dugas, president and CEO of STA Inc.
Waguespack, president and performance consultant of Potential Unlimited, LLC
Legaux, consulting and human resource development with In Touch
Eifling, vice president of the international human resource development firm Aspire
Lesley Lloyd, assistant state personnel director at the
Mississippi State Personnel Board Office of Training
Phillips, manager of technical training at the Southern Company
Clem, executive director of training and education for ATX Technologies
Campbell, director of the Career Resource Center at Jones County Junior College
Ford, president of Multi Staffing Services
The Department of
Economic and Workforce Development academic offerings include an executive format
master's program in workforce training and development, a training and development
certificate program, and research support for the international development doctoral
WLPI research includes initiatives such as the Department
of Labor-sponsored Geospatial Technology Apprenticeship Program (GTAP), the Geospatial
Technology Competency Model for NASA's National Workforce Development Education
and Training Initiative, the NASA-sponsored Geospatial Workforce Development Center
(GeoWDC), and return-on-investment accountability for training and human resource
For more information on the WLPI, call
(601) 266-5254 or visit www.usm.edu/wlpi.