March 5

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As the first state Chief Learning Officer in the country, Tennessee’s Dr. Trish Holliday has helped her state foster a workplace culture that promotes engagement, encourages retention and provides continuous learning and leadership development.

This is more important than ever for state and local government leaders as they compete for skilled employees and ensure they are engaged, productive and equipped with the right tools to do their jobs. Increasingly, prospective employees want to know about workplaces’ collaboration spaces, technology and culture.

Governing and Cornerstone OnDemand invite you to join Dr. Holliday and our expert panel on March 5 at 11 a.m. pacific/2 p.m. eastern for an interactive session that offers a look at how innovative organizations are embracing new tools and ideas to recruit, engage and retain top talent.

In one hour, you’ll:

  • Learn what new generations of workers are looking for in a workplace environment
  • Hear how innovative organizations are embracing new paradigms and tools to remain highly competitive
  • Gain practical strategies to equip and optimize your workforce


Katherine Barrett

Katherine Barrett — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Governing Institute

Katherine Barrett is a senior fellow at the Governing Institute and a long-time columnist for Governing magazine (with specialties in management and workforce)..
Over the course of over 25 years, Katherine Barrett and her husband, Richard Greene, have served as principals of Barrett and Greene, Inc. and have done much-praised analysis, research and writing about state and local governments.
She is currently engaged as: Special Project Consultant at the Volcker Alliance; senior adviser at the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago; and a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. She has served in an advisory or contractual capacity to many organizations including the National League of Cities, the Urban Institute, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; the Association of Government Accountants, the National Association of State Chief Administrators Offices, the IBM Center for the Business of Government, the Council of State Governments, the Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Dr. Trish Holliday

Dr. Trish Holliday

Assistant Commissioner & State Chief Learning Officer, Tennessee State Government, Department of Human Resources

Tennessee was the first state in the country to establish the executive position of Chief Learning Officer (CLO), appointing Dr. Trish Holliday to this role. Trish fosters a culture that promotes engagement, encourages retention, and provides continuous learning and leadership development for all employees, ultimately positioning the state as a learning organization.

Dr. Holliday’s commitment and passion for helping professionals reach their greatest potential is rooted in her experience as an adult educator and certified executive coach, and her early years in full-time ministry as a missionary in Tennessee Appalachia. As a successful change agent, facilitator, and storyteller, she is often asked by executive leaders to undertake complex problem solving opportunities by bringing people together and helping them discover innovative solutions, and develop the leaders needed to execute.

Doc Holliday is driven to help leaders develop strategies, create learning organizations and implement effective change initiatives!

Brett Wilson

Brett Wilson

Director, Thought Leadership and Strategy, Cornerstone OnDemand

Brett Wilson is a seasoned business operations executive who has spent the past 20+ years pioneering major business growth strategies and improving business units for the training industry. His expertise spans many corporate areas, with a firm grasp of essential P&L and client management in support of commercial and government accounts. His primary expertise is in Strategic Talent Management particularly in the areas of Learning & Development and Business Process Design. Brett joined Cornerstone in 2013 as the Practice Leader for Learning and Development within the Business Consulting Group. He is now the Director for Cornerstone’s Thought Leadership and Strategy directorate. In this capacity, he provides advice to clients to help fully leverage and optimize the Cornerstone application and create business strategies to align with business goals and objectives.
Prior to joining Cornerstone, Brett had his own consulting firm where he provided critical HR strategy advice and services to several prominent organizations including Cummins Inc., Raytheon, Bechtel Engineering, Shell Oil, Cognizant, Stanford University, U.S. Pharmacopeia, Thoratec Corporation, and the National Defense University.
Brett has held executive management positions with RWD Technologies, General Physics Corporation (now GP Strategies), Sylvan, ETS, Knowledge Management Solutions, Inc., and Carney Interactive. In these positions, Brett provided leadership and consulting to literally hundreds of commercial and government clients. He has played a key role in some of the largest training initiatives ever fielded and is recognized as an industry thought leader in the area of learning and development. Brett holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education from the University of Illinois, Carbondale.