September 21, 2021

2021 Endeavor Summit Answers “Why Knoxville” for Local Young Professionals

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Amanda O'dell

Knoxville Chamber to host sixth annual Endeavor Summit virtually on October 21st; In-person registration event on October 20th at DICK’s House of Sport

The Knoxville Chamber and presenting sponsor Bank of America will play host to hundreds of young professionals and emerging leaders from across Knoxville at the 2021 Endeavor Summit, to be held virtually on October 21st with an in-person registration event on October 20th.

“Why Knoxville” is the theme for this year’s Endeavor Summit, highlighting the benefits of building a life and career in the Knoxville area. The Summit will aim to encourage young professionals to engage with their community and take ownership of their professional growth and goals. The two-day event is a collaboration of the region’s business, non-profit, and maker communities.

2021 Endeavor Summit Registration

WHEN: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
11am – 1pm EDT and 4pm – 6pm EDT

WHERE: DICK’s House of Sport
7600 Kingston Pike STE 400
Knoxville, TN 37919

WHAT: Registered attendees are invited to get geared up before the Endeavor Summit at Summit registration. Complimentary to-go meals will be provided during lunch hours, along with photo opportunities and an interactive art exhibit. Attendees will have the ability to explore the DICK’s House of Sport field and are also invited to attend the One Knox soccer league game that evening.

Registration can be completed online at EndeavorSummit.com or in-person at the DICK’s House of Sport in Knoxville during Summit Registration.

2021 Endeavor Summit presented by Bank of America

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 2021
8:30am – 12:30pm EDT

WHERE: Virtual access at EndeavorSummit.com

Jenn Dolfi, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Management, and Treasurer Dave Wallace from Dick’s Sporting Goods will highlight the Endeavor Summit, delivering a keynote address to attendees on the Summit’s “Why Knoxville” message.

Ashleigh Christian, Director of Investor Development for the Knoxville Chamber, and Lina Kornmeyer, Knoxville Market Executive for Bank of America—the Summit’s presenting sponsor, will deliver opening and closing remarks.

Three virtual break-out sessions throughout the day will spur dynamic discussions and empower attendees to grow personally and professionally while investing in the local community.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Session includes Azsha White of the Knoxville Asian Festival; Clarence Vaughn III from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Cristina Cáceres from Centro Hispano de East Tennessee; John Camp with Knox Pride and Josh Loebner from Designsensory. The “Made for Knoxville” session moderated by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center will convene “solopreneurs”, makers, growth stage tech companies, investors, and established institutions from the Made for Knoxville storytelling initiative. Session 3, “Knoxville: Life Redefined”, features Amelea Everett from Volunteer East Tennessee, Carol Evans from the Legacy Parks Foundation and Cierra Bussard with Fun with Friends – Knoxville.

Session details along with a full list of panelists and their biographies are available at EndeavorSummit.com.

Between sessions, Lifetime Products will be giving away door prizes, including kayaks and coolers, to encourage young professionals to engage with Knoxville’s outdoor assets. Following the Summit, attendees will have access to bonus content, including a panel discussion on mental health in the workplace.

2021 Endeavor Summit sponsors include Bank of America, the University of Tennessee, Axle Logistics, Discovery, Lifetime Products, and Pilot Company.

“The Endeavor Summit is the place for young professionals who want to get involved and make a difference in their companies and our community,” said Terry Cline, Market President for Bank of America Knoxville. “We are proud to support this initiative of the Knoxville Chamber, and join many organizations and professionals working to engage, connect and empower young professionals to actively shape the future of the Knoxville region.”

“Talent retention is a pivotal component to our business ecosystem development. The Chamber isn’t just interested in bringing new talent to Knoxville, we are interested in keeping the skilled talent that already resides here. The Endeavor Summit brings area young professionals together to highlight everything our community has to offer and builds a cohort of peers that can grow professionally together. We encourage every local company to not only share Summit program information with their employees, but also support their attendance.”- Mike Odom, CEO, Knoxville Chamber

“Bank of America is honored to sponsor this year’s Endeavor Summit and partner with the Knoxville Chamber, plus so many other meaningful and diverse organizations, to highlight why Knoxville is a fantastic place to live and work. Thank you, Knoxville Chamber, for creating educational and engaging experiences for young professionals in our community that will foster their love of Knoxville for a lifetime.”- Lina Kornmeyer, Knoxville Market Executive, Bank of America


Since 2016, the Endeavor Summit has served as the Knoxville Chamber’s annual young professional engagement program. Talent attraction and retention are primary focus areas for the Knoxville Chamber as it works to fulfill its mission of driving regional economic prosperity by creating a vibrant, innovative ecosystem for the entire Knoxville region.

For more information about the Knoxville Chamber and the Annual Endeavor Summit, visit EndeavorSummit.com or email Amanda O’Dell at aodell@knoxvillechamber.com.

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