Hello LTEN community.
I’m writing this month’s column with a heavy heart and in tribute to a remarkable individual who was not only a new, dear friend but also an invaluable asset to our network. Mark Lockett, a cherished member of the LTEN Board of Directors, passed away on Sept. 11, 2023, leaving a void that will be felt by all who had the privilege of working closely with him.
I know you join me in extending deepest condolences to Mark’s family, loved ones and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during the days ahead.
This is my humble attempt to honor the memory of a man whose contributions to LTEN and training were immeasurable. If you didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Mark, I hope to do him justice as I tell you about him.
Mark was not just a board member; he was a true visionary. His passion for learning and development was evident in every interaction we had, and his commitment to our network’s mission was unwavering. Mark had an incredible ability to inspire and motivate others, and he used that gift to encourage and impact our offerings, including last month’s Learning Executive Forum.
But Mark was more than a visionary; he was also a doer. His tireless efforts led to the successful execution of numerous articles and projects. He had a natural ability to bring people together, fostering collaboration and innovation within our network. I always felt that Mark’s leadership style was characterized by humility and a willingness to listen, making him a mentor and role model for me and for many others.
After Mark’s passing, I found some peace in the stories that many members shared about working with him. He had a unique ability to connect with people, and his wisdom and guidance have influenced a vast network of individuals who will carry his teachings forward.
Mark’s professional legacy lives on in these countless professionals he inspired and supported, each of whom carries a piece of him on their own journeys in training and development.
We are all a part of Mark’s legacy as well. From his first day in our network, Mark embraced the mission and vision of LTEN, and was wholeheartedly on board with the concepts of developing professionals and their careers. As we move ahead from the shadow of Mark’s loss, we move as a network does, supporting and sharing with one another.
Mark was kind and compassionate, with an infectious laugh and warm smile that were a source of comfort to everyone around him. Mark’s ability to build genuine connections was a testament to his character – our ability to do the same is a legacy we all can leave.
In this way, Mark’s spirit will forever remain a part of LTEN. His principles and values will guide us as we strive to make the world a better place through training and education.
Mark’s passing of course leaves a void in my heart – as it has for many others. But his legacy will also forever inspire me to try to make a positive impact in the lives of others. I’m so grateful that the short time that I knew him was enough to leave a lasting impression.
Rest in peace, my friend. We’ll take it from here.
Lauren Harbert is executive director of LTEN. Email Lauren at