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Young Professionals Summit Coming to Knoxville’s Old City
By: 
Jessica Karsten
Date: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Knoxville Chamber will host its inaugural Young Professionals Summit, Endeavor, on Aug. 19 at the Mill and Mine in Knoxville’s Old City. Sponsored by Clayton Bank and Denark Construction, the one-day experience aims to create a venue for young professionals to get engaged, become empowered, and provide opportunities to get involved in the Knoxville community.

Endeavor will feature two inspiring keynote speakers sponsored by the University of Tennessee Knoxville and include, Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, and Amy Lynch, founder of Generational Edge. Participants will have the opportunity to attend three breakout sessions with multiple options, allowing them to customize their schedule for the day. Breakout sessions are sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority and will focus on personal development, professional development, and community engagement. The day will conclude with an after party with food from local vendors, craft brews from Saw Works Brewing Company, and live music from Electric Darling.

“I am excited to bring this unique experience to our community’s future leaders,” said Rhonda Rice, the Chamber’s executive vice president. “The great thing about the Endeavor Young Professionals Summit is that it is being planned by young professionals. We have two staff people at the Chamber working on this, and they have created committees of young professionals to help them with the planning. They are working hard to make sure it is a must-attend event.”

Participants will have the chance to participate in a service-to-go project sponsored by Keurig Green Mountain and benefits Young Williams Animal Shelter, Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, and Great Schools Partnership. A food truck food court will be available for lunch, and celebrity DJ Sterl The Pearl will provide music throughout the day.

“The fact that young professionals want to create a summit for each other is a testament of the way Knoxville is moving and thinking differently,” said Nadim Jubran, team member at Capstone Concepts and Endeavor steering committee member. “There is a different attitude, culture, and sense of pride. I believe one thing is very apparent: We all want Knoxville to reach its potential and beyond.  This Endeavor Summit is one way to start those relationships and conversations about the future and how each of us play a role.”

Bosses, mentors, and supervisors are invited to join their young professionals for the afternoon keynote, closing session, and after party.

Individual tickets and special group rates are now available. Registration includes access to the full day’s agenda and activities, breakfast and a food truck food court lunch, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and after party with two drink tickets, food, and live music.

To see Endeavor’s complete list of sponsors, learn more, and register for the Endeavor Young Professionals Summit, visit www.ypsummitknox.com

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