We have an exciting day planned for you! Pick one session for each breakout session that you would like to attend. Full Details on Breakout Sessions are below.
Let Gymnasts Worry About Balance
Moderated by: Austin Church
Angie Hamstead, Hozho Project
Sean Alsobrooks, Remedy Coffee & Makers Donuts
Paul & Alex Sponica, Hard Knox Pizzeria
Jennifer Evans, Patricia Nash Designs
Work/life balance can be a challenge for young professionals. This panel with varied life experience will discuss growing into your career (or possibly a career pivot) while starting a family, running a side business, having a social life, and giving back to the community.
1B: Southern Station / Room 102
No Wonder You Have Churn: Honest Thoughts On Leadership
Cheryl Middleton Jones, SCRIPPS Networks Interactive
Anyone can become a manager, but can just anyone be an effective leader? By 2020, 65% of the workforce will be made up of millennials. This session focuses on how to lead a team with intention (whether it’s in business, nonprofit, or government spheres) to achieve a desired result, all while overcoming challenges and keeping the “bottom line” in mind. Cheryl Middleton Jones talks about how to lead meaningfully in your current position and develop into the leader each of us is destined to become.
1C: Regas Building / Room 203
Learning to Love Conflict
Patrick McAnally, Leadership Tennessee
Whether it’s in the workplace, in community or at home: Conflict is inevitable. Patrick from Leadership Tennessee and Lipscomb University’s Center for Conflict Management will help us analyze how work style, personality and even communication habits all factor into managing and dissolving conflict in the most effective way possible. Often, we must have conflict before we can have solution and move forward on a team or project. Patrick will offer tips to become aware of conflict as it arises and instruct us on how best to manage and move past it.
Sponsored by Tennessee Valley Authority
2A: Southern Station / Room 101
Career Pivoting: How To Adapt But Stay On Track
Moderator: Erin Slocum, Raycom Media
Ashley Capps, AC Entertainment
Courtney Jones, MomSource
Patricia Robledo, City of Knoxville
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Wise words or words of a failure? Though failure is scary, many of today’s successful people will tell you it made them better/tougher/stronger. While many of us balk at the idea of doing a “career 180,” some say it was the best decision they made. This seasoned panel will discuss the pros and cons of overcoming failure, the courage it takes to make a career switch, and how things always fall into place, depending on your perspective.
2B: Southern Station / Room 102
How To Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb: What a Cereal Aisle Can Teach About Differentiating Your Brand
John Tolsma, Knowledge Launch
Face it. In today’s connected world, your competition for clients and for new opportunities grows more crowded every day. So, how do you stand out? How can you take your personal and professional brand to the next level in a sea of people with similar backgrounds and experiences? This experiential session will take participants down of the most crowded commodity areas around, a grocery cereal aisle, to ask what it takes to make your brand visible and compelling enough to choose you.
2C: Regas Building / Room 203
The Brass Tacks of Business Breakthrough
Moderator: Jonathan Sexton, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Brandon Bruce, Cirrus Insight
Will Overstreet, Voices Heard Media
Valerie Guess, Val's Boutique
Creativity. Innovation. Entrepreneur. We throw around these buzz words that so many YPs are drawn to, but how can we make our ideas become a reality? This panel will advise on driving your unpopular idea to becoming the next iPod. As technology advances, how do we hop on and/or drive the train, and can we keep up?
Moderator: Jim Biggs, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Jill Van Beke, Launch Tennessee
Caleb Fristoe, Great Schools Partnership
What challenges does Knoxville currently face with technology and innovation and what is the “low hanging fruit” that can be achieved in the next few years?
3A: Southern Station / Room 102
Outdoor, Recreation & Wellness
Moderator: Carol Evans, Legacy Parks Foundation
Ben Epperson, Great Schools Partnership
Jason Altman, Knoxville Marathon
Learn what the hype is about in Knoxville's flourishing outdoor scene. Hear from the people that work each day to make sure Knoxville is an outdoor destination and see where you can plug in.
3C: Regas Building / Room 203
Moderator: Terrence Carter, Knoxville Area Urban League
Doug Lawyer, Knoxville Chamber
Christi Branscom, City of Knoxville
Discuss the current state and vision for Knoxville with City Deputies and those who study our region and how Knoxville measures up to other comparable cities in regards to economic development, education, and community development.
3D: Regas Building / Room 202
Moderator: Nicole Chandler, The Change Center
Ian Dovan, Seeds of Change
Daryl Arnold, Overcoming Believers Church
As the Volunteer state, we do volunteering like no one’s business. What would happen if our volunteer spirit leapt into the needs of our community? What “low hanging fruit” would we aim to solve?
3E: Regas Building / Room 201
Knoxville's Culture Scene
Moderator: Becky Hancock, Tennessee Theatre
Kim Bumpas, Visit Knoxville
What do you know (or not know) about Knoxville’s vibrant arts & culture scene and its history? How can we maintain attractions, festivals, nightlife to attract and retain YPs?