Alumna Damona Barnes, Training & Development Specialist
Damona Barnes, native of Baton Rouge, La., received her BS, Human Resource Education from LSU's School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) in 2009.
Barnes is now the Training and Development Specialist at Barriere Construction Co. LLC in New Orleans, La.
"I would not have been successful in implementing learning and performance solutions in the financial services and global chemical manufacturing and construction industries without the skills that I learned at LSU," Barnes said. "In each position I have held since graduation, I have created impactful learning and performance solutions that have improved the organizations that I worked in. Over time, I have found great pleasure in watching people grow and continue to develop because of the solutions I developed."
Barnes leads Barriere Construction's corporate learning platform, works with executives to align training and development programs within their departments, assists with the completion of the performance evaluation program, develops workforce plans for operating groups, and establishes career development plans for supervisors.
"My degree from LSU is special to me because I could utilize the skills taught in the classroom immediately on the job," Barnes said. "During my [collegiate internship], I could identify the need for training solutions on the job and used the course project as a proposal for establishing a training department."
Internships and course work allow SLHRD students to integrate and apply what they are learning in class with their current careers and leadership experiences.
According to Barnes, the SLHRD program also did an excellent job of introducing her to professional organizations. "I learned about the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD), through the classroom when the local Baton Rouge Chapter President shared information about the organization. This initial connection led me to join this chapter, the board, and subsequently become elected as the Baton Rouge Chapter President in 2015. During the years of board service, I obtained leadership development experiences that I would not have gotten from work. I participated in chapter leadership conferences where I could strengthen my relationships with the Baton Rouge Chapter leaders and meet other learning and development professionals across the country."
The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world-class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in human resource and leadership development. The BS, MS, PhD, and certificate programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. SLHRD also offers a 100% online master’s program. SLHRD is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.
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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.
Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at lsu.edu/chse