TN SHRM Webinar Series

August 18, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Online only

Tips for Working from Home
Presented by A Panel Discussion

Tips for Working from Home: A Panel of Professionals at WGU Share Best Practices

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will learn how to prioritize work tasks and gain work-life balance with a less defined work schedule
  2. Participants will learn how to optimize a home office while sharing their home with children and other family members
  3. Participants will learn how to preserve teamwork and affiliation while team members are working remotely
  4. Participants will learn techniques for managing the stress of working from home and preventing burnout

Presented by:


Dr. Kimberly K. Estep is the chancellor of WGU Tennessee, a state-endorsed affiliate of national, nonprofit, accredited Western Governors University. WGU Tennessee launched in July 2013 and Dr. Estep has worked to grow the university’s enrollment to more than 4,200 students, and nearly 5,800 alumni throughout the state. She brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education to her role as WGU Tennessee's first chancellor and holds a doctorate and master's degree in history from Auburn University, a master's degree in adult education from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. from Judson College in Marion, Alabama. Dr. Estep lives in Franklin with her husband, Paul Adams. They have three grown children and one granddaughter.

Eltra Butler serves as Middle-West & West TN Strategic Partnerships Manager for WGU Tennessee.  She develops and grows relationships with our partners and advocates to help achieve our collective goal: expand Tennesseans' access to quality, affordable degrees in order to meet our growing workforce demands. She is an active member of the National Association of University Women; MTHEA and Rutherford Cable. Eltra began her career with Hallmark Cards, Inc. – Ambassador Division and later transitioned into the field of education; where she has spent most of the last 20 years.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and a Master of Science – Educational Administration from the University of the Southwest.  

Kim Slaughter is a Program Mentor in the Teachers College at Western Governors University.  At WGU, Kim works remotely with more than 90 undergraduate and graduate students who are advancing toward a degree that leads to initial licensure in the field of elementary education.  Kim uses a coaching approach to assist teacher candidates weekly from enrollment to graduation as they engage with rigorous coursework to build competencies that will make them exceptional educators.  In addition to supporting students through the coursework and field experience requirements necessary to complete their program, Kim specializes in offering support for professional disposition development for teacher candidates. Kim has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University.  She has worked in various capacities of public education since 1995, serving as a classroom teacher, interventionist, and mentor.  Kim’s family includes her husband, Daryl, a homicide detective with the Chattanooga Police Department, and their 5 children.  Kim and her family reside just outside of Chattanooga. 

Derriell Springfield, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, started his tenure at WGU in 2014. Since that time, he has been consistently excited and committed to helping students successfully navigate their way through math courses as a member of the General Education Algebra/Stats team. Because of his dedication to students, he was awarded WGU’s Rookie of the Year in 2015. Since that time, he has helped countless students overcome their fear of math and guided others to graduation. Additionally, Derriell has completed WGU’s Emerging Leaders Program and is currently working to develop university training on Math Mindset.  Derriell received a Bachelor’s degree followed by a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Tennessee State University in 2009. In 2013, he earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from East Tennessee State University while he served as the Director of Student Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the university. He lives each day abiding by the words of Calvin Coolidge: “nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.”