The Kentucky Labor Cabinet Leadership Team Partners with Governor’s Minority Management Training Program

Frankfort, KY (Jan. 2, 2019) The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is taking job recruitment to another level, hosting an informational seminar for participants in the Governor’s Minority Management Training Program (GMMTP).  This seminar titled, “Work, Thrive and Succeed” will take place on Jan. 24, 2019, at the offices of the Labor Cabinet in Frankfort.

 “We see this seminar as an opportunity to highlight the many leadership opportunities within the Labor Cabinet,” said Acting Secretary David A. Dickerson. “The Labor Cabinet touches many Kentuckians daily. We employ attorneys, investigators, and teachers with careers in workplace safety, wage and hour compliance, and workers’ compensation.”

The GMMTP is a two-year professional development program designed to increase the number of minorities in leadership positions within state government. In addition to the personal development that comes with program participation, a core component of the program includes a number of professional development and networking opportunities, including site visits.  The current class of 28 Kentucky state employees is scheduled to graduate in October of 2019.

Attendees currently working in other cabinets such as Justice and Public Safety, Personnel, and Finance and Administration will learn about the Labor Cabinet in an interactive manner as the executive members of the Labor Cabinet host this event.  In one breakout session, guests will watch a Workers’ Compensation (mock) hearing from Chief Administrative Law Judge, Douglas Gott. Commissioner Dwayne Depp from the Department of Workplace Standards and his staff are providing a session on the intricate steps of an investigation when a death or injury occurs to a Kentuckian while at work. Investigations pertaining to wage and hour and regulations also will be discussed. 

Labor Cabinet employees who are participants in the training program include Stephen Mason, information systems managers Amy Truong, OSH compliance officer; and Nicole Whitlock, self-insurance auditor. They will help lead sessions, providing an opportunity to practice presentation skills in front of an audience.

Christopher L. Johnson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Training (ODET), oversees the program. Members of the ODET team recently reached out to the Labor Cabinet’s Director of Professional Development, Cassidy Connell, to share their vision of having this class of management trainee’s visit every Cabinet. 

“We are excited for the Labor Cabinet to kick off the 2019 program year by offering this opportunity to GMMTP participants. These 28 tremendously talented individuals will greatly benefit from the  chance to get out of their silos of their daily responsibilities in their agencies,  and learn about the breadth of job opportunities throughout Kentucky State Government; it demonstrates the kind of successful partnerships it takes to advance the mission of equal opportunity for all, said Christopher Johnson.


The Governor's Minority Management Trainee Program (GMMTP) is a flagship program designed in 1995 to provide guidance and leadership development opportunities for minority employees within our state government enterprise. GMMTP has garnered respect and attention from benchmark states, as a model for retaining and promoting minorities within government. This program will aid in developing individual potential to solve emerging workforce issues as they pertain to state government. GMMTP is a two-year transformational leadership development program. For more information visit:

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