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TLS Summit
November 6-7, 2017
Westin Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas

Barry Bales
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Clinical Professor of Public Policy Practice
LBJ School of Public Affairs


Barry Bales is assistant dean for professional development at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He also holds a faculty position as clinical professor of public policy practice in the school’s Executive Master in Public Leadership (EMPL) program. As assistant dean, he directs the Office of Professional Development, which is responsible for organizing and delivering seminars and educational programs for more than 2,500 people each year, including management/executive development programs for leaders of public, private and not-for-profit organizations. He also serves as the director of the Governor’s Executive Development Program, an intensive three-week leadership course for top-level managers in Texas state agencies and universities. Dr. Bales is a frequent seminar/conference speaker in the areas of leadership, systems thinking, strategic planning and executive development, and he has taught, consulted with, and coached leaders and executives in 15 states and nine foreign countries. He has a Ph.D. in human resource development leadership from The University of Texas at Austin.

Joyce Sparks
Governor's Center
LBJ School of Public Affairs

Joyce Sparks is the Director of the Governor's Center. She is responsible for all aspects of the Center’s daily operation. Her responsibilities include budget oversight, curriculum development, supervision/development of staff, and the development, delivery, and evaluation of management, leadership, and organizational development services and special projects. She received her B.A. from Baylor University (Psychology). Joyce is a Certified Meeting Professional and a Credentialed Master Certified Coach. She has been doing Executive Coaching for over 16 years and has worked with government executives as well as private sector clients. Prior to joining the Center in 1993, she worked with government and non-profit organizations serving children and families in Texas. Joyce has appeared on a variety of national news programs, has testified in Federal Congressional hearings, and has provided leadership development and/or coaching sessions for executive officials from across the United States as well as Canada, Eastern Europe, India, Brazil, Africa and Australia.



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