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Video Conference

Developing "Bench Strength" in Your Public Sector Organization

  • Feb 28, 2017 (9:30 - 12:00 pm CT; 8:30 - 11:00 am MT) – Video Conference

Course Description

Your public sector organization’s future depends on its ability to identify, retain, and prepare a dependable “bench”—its next generation of leaders. “Bench Strength” is defined as the number and competency of employees ready to fill vacant leadership and other positions. This is particularly critical in the public sector which is expecting a significant “brain drain” as baby boomers retire in large numbers and millennials enter the workforce, or when mission critical positions go unfilled because you can’t attract or retain the talent you need. Existing and emerging leaders also have to have a wide range of competencies in order to guide organizations which are facing a myriad of issues including shrinking budgets and increasing public expectations. Doing more with less has never been truer than it is today. In this session, Patrick Ibarra will share his experience in working with public sector organizations across the country in helping them address the pressing issues facing them and your organization. In particular, on the techniques, ideas and effective ways to attract, develop and retain members from all generations, with a special emphasis on Millennials.


Patrick Ibarra is an entrepreneur of ideas and architect of innovation, who seeks to challenge the status quo thinking of the “we’ve always done it that way” approach. With experience as a city manager and consultant in a Fortune 500 company, he advises top organizations and high achievers, helping them clarify their direction, focus their efforts and execute to achieve to reach the right results faster. Ibarra is co-founder and partner of the Mejorando Group, an organizational effectiveness consulting firm that brings fresh thinking, innovation, and new ideas to help governments succeed in the 21st century. Mejorando is a Spanish word meaning “getting better all the time” and it reflects Patrick and his firm’s approach with clients who seek to improve the performance of their organizations and the individuals within them. Patrick has two advanced degrees: a Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University and a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.

A frequent speaker at conferences of professions within government, Patrick shares practical strategies to leaders in their pursuit to move their organization forward in all directions. He also authors articles offering specific actions government leaders and managers can implement to immediately improve organizational performance.

Target Audience

All employees.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More Info

The above resource and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).

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