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Jul 18

East Tennessee Workforce Summit 2019

July 18, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Name: East Tennessee Workforce Summit 2019
Date: July 18, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
Location: Pollard Technology Conference Center
210 Badger Avenue/ Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
$99 for Members of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce
$129 for Non-members
$29 for Students
Millennium Partner complimentary registration provided based on level.
Event Description:

The Evolving World of Work
Identifying Strategies for the Modern Workforce 

Join us for a one-day summit where employers, education providers and policy makers will share their insights and vision into what work is.  The gap between workforce needs and workforce supply will be discussed and strategies to bridge the gap will be identified during the full-day of panel discussions and speakers.

Opening Presentation
Bill Fox, Director of the Center for Business & Economic Research
University of Tennessee

Employer Panel
Scheduled for 9:00 a.m.
Moderator – Ron Edmond, ORAU
Ken Rueter, President & CEO of UCOR
Justin Holcombe, CEO of ZYP Coatings
Scott Laska, Manager of SL Tennessee
Jeremy Biggs, Chief Administrative Officer of Methodist Medical Center

Education Provider Panel
Scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Moderator – Dave Duncan, ORAU
Dr. Chris Whaley, President of Roane State Community College
Dr. Bruce Borchers, Superintendent of Oak Ridge Schools
Danice Turpin, President of Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Harriman
Howard Hall, Professor with University of Tennessee
Andy Page, President & CEO of Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Lunch Presentation
Sharon Younger, President of Younger & Associates

Policy Maker Panel 
Scheduled for 1:45 p.m.
Moderator: Eric Abelquist, ORAU
Chelle Travis, Director of Workforce & Economic Development,
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Ann Thompson, Deputy Commissioner,
Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development

What is Work? The Next Steps
Moderator: Gene Patterson, CNS Y-12
Speaker: Governor Bill Lee (invited) &
Panel Discussion with representatives from each of the three panels

Cost is as follows: 

  • $99 for Members of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce (you’ll need to use your Chamber login credentials to receive the discount)
  • $129 for those who have not yet chosen to join the Chamber
  • $29 for students

Millennium Partners will receive complimentary tickets as follows:

  • Titanium – 5
  • Platinum – 4
  • Gold – 3
  • Silver – 2
  • Copper – 2
  • Bronze – 1
  • Pacesetter – 1

For additional information, contact Greta Ownby at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.


July 18, 2019
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Pollard Technology Conference Center
210 Badger Ave
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 United States
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