HCHRA Managers Henderson and Long Complete Spring 2017 PML Program

Tarsha Henderson, Deputy Chief Financial Officer (second from left) and Dr. LaTessa Long, Children’s Services Director (next to Henderson), are pictured with other public and nonprofit managers who participated in the Public Management and Leadership Certificate Program.

Hinds County Human Resource Agency managers Tarsha Henderson and Dr. LaTessa Long completed the Public Management and Leadership (PML) Certificate Program at Jackson State University’s Institute of Government (IOG) in the spring of 2017.

The 16-week-long program provided intensive, comprehensive techniques on management skills.  When asked about the purpose and impact of the PML Program, Dr. Long stated it provided middle management staff with the necessary tools to become more effective leaders within their organizations.  Role playing and conflict resolution provided Dr. Long with beneficial opportunities to see different aspects of management and how she could immediately utilize those practices. Caliber professors such as Hinds County Circuit Clerk Eddie Jean Carr, former Mayor of the City of Jackson Harvey Johnson, Attorney Will Simpson from the Governor’s office, Assistant District Attorney Terry Wallace, and other leaders in government conducted the 16-week-long sessions.

Dr. Long says she has already implemented the direct methods and skills she gained at the PML program to advance her department and also plans to use these skills for team meetings and the new Head Start school year.

Ms. Henderson says the training and interactive course modules certainly help to improve leadership skills that aid in managing day-to-day operations, resolving issues, and promoting efficiency.  She plans to apply the knowledge gained to help her department operate more effectively and efficiently and will encourage her peers to do the same.

For more information about the Center for Public Management and Leadership, contact the Jackson State University Institute of Government at 601-979-2339.