Tennessee Leadership Training Institute


2014-15 State Officer Team
Pictured left to right: Parliamentarian Steven Page, TCAT McKenzie; President Katherine King, TCAT Newbern; Sergeant at Arms Michael Byrd, TCAT Oneida/Huntsville; Secretary Kalie Pritchett, TCAT Knoxville; National College/PS Parliamentarian David Foss II, TCAT Knoxville; Treasurer Sierra Baker, TCAT Murfreesboro; and Reporter Kevin Howard, TCAT Crump.

TLTI Conference will be held on: November 23 & 24, 2015 at Doubletree in Murfreesboro, TN

TLTI 2015 Workbook is now available for download. 

Note: You will need to print a copy of TLTI Workbook for each registered attendee of TLTI for your school.

Go Green this year and download our TLTI Conference iBook! This contains the same material as the printed TLTI Workbook. Click on photo below to download iBook to your device. Please note the file size is 38 MB, we suggest downloading while you are on WiFi. The web page will be blank as the file downloads. This will take few minutes depending on your bandwidth, once it has downloaded you will be prompted to open file in iBook on iPad and Mac devices that have the iBook app.

For other mobile devices you can download our Adobe version and view document in any e-reader that supports pdf files. Downloads section is at bottom of this webpage where you can find copy of TLTI Workbook.

To access the HP Life Pre-Conference Assignment Link click here.

To view 2014 conference photos click here.

Our conference is modeled after the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI).  This conference focuses on developing high-level leadership and citizenship skills.

Just like at WLTI, students have a pre-assignment that will be due at the time of on-site registration on November 23. By completing the pre-assignments, students will be prepared for the conference and benefit more from training during TLTI.

This year our state officer team and state certified trainers were joined by Julie Rife Colorado State Director and Tennessee Board of Regents Vice Chancellor David Gregory to provide training for students and advisors. We are honored to have Mike Krause join us Monday night as our Keynote Speaker. The bios of our guest trainers are listed below and to learn more about your State Certified Trainers click here.

November 23 & 24, 2015  Information

Registration Opens: Monday, November 23- 9:00 am Central

Conference Begins: Monday, November 23 -12:30 pm Central

Conference Ends:  Tuesday, November 24 - 12:30 pm Central

Meals provided during the conference:

Monday-  Afternoon Break (Snacks and Drinks) & Evening Dinner

Tuesday- Breakfast & Break (Snacks and Drinks)

Attire for each day:

Monday during sessions- Business Casual (no jeans)

Monday Evening Dinner- Business Attire/Official Dress

Tuesday- All TLTI participants will receive a short-sleeved conference shirt. On Tuesday morning, we request that ALL TLTI attendees wear this shirt for a group photo. Please wear the shirt with Slacks or Khakis (the black pants worn with the official dress would also be appropriate).

Tuesday Induction Ceremony- All Current Officers and Officer Candidates must wear official dress during the induction ceremony.  Candidates and Current Officers will be given time to change clothes prior to the event. All other attendees may remain in their conference shirts.

James D. King, Vice Chancellor for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology

James D. King is the Vice Chancellor for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents.  He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Memphis. He began his career as a Vocational Agriculture teacher in 1978, and has been the Director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crump, Jackson, and Memphis.  Under his leadership each campus’ enrollment increased significantly.  King is a former Commissioner of the Council on Occupational Education. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as the President for the American Technical Education Association.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Vocational Technical Honor Society. King has served in his present position as Vice Chancellor since August 1999.

Mike Krause, Executive Director of Tennessee Promise/Drive to 55 Programs

Mike Krause is the Executive Director of Tennessee Promise/Drive to 55 Programs in the Office of Governor Bill Haslam. In this role, he is responsible for the implementation and launch of the Tennessee Promise, the Governor’s visionary initiative to provide two years of community or technical college absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating high school seniors.

Prior to joining the Office of the Governor, Mike served as the Assistant Executive Director at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. While on the THEC staff, he coordinated work on the Drive to 55, led the successful statewide expansion of the SAILS early math remediation program, and pioneered state efforts in massive open online education. Before joining state government, he served for eight years in the U.S. Army and Tennessee Army National Guard. He completed three combat tours as a member of the 101st Airborne Division and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

An eighth generation Tennessean, Krause earned his bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University and master’s in public policy from Vanderbilt University. He and his wife, Chrissi, live in Thompson’s Station and have a young son, Max.

David Gregory, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Facilities Development

A veteran public administrator, David Gregory was appointed as Vice Chancellor for Administration and Facilities Development for the Tennessee Board of Regents in May 1998.  In this position he is responsible for overseeing capital outlay and maintenance projects for the 45 TBR institutions - six universities, 13 community colleges, and 26 colleges of applied technology - located across the state, as well as serving as the system’s legislative liaison on Capitol Hill. Gregory was formerly the Director of Government Affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield.  He also held leadership positions in state government and served as chief of staff for both former Governor Ned McWherter and former Lieutenant Governor John Wilder. Gregory is a graduate of Lipscomb University.  He and his wife, Linda, have three daughters.

Julie Rife, State Director SkillsUSA Colorado

Julie Rife is the State Director SkillsUSA Colorado and the Assistant Program Director of Skilled Trades and Technical Sciences. She has been involved with CTSO’s for over 30 years. She has a strong passion for preparing students with post-secondary and workforce readiness skills. Julie has coached SkillsUSA national officer candidates and national medalists. She is an alumnus of Lamar Community College and Colorado Christian University, holding post-secondary CTE credentials in Computer Information Systems, a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management, and nearing completion of a Master’s of Organizational Leadership.

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