April 11, 2022

2022 Workforce Symposium: Growing and Retaining Talent


Amanda O'dell

Two-day conference will take place April 21-22; registration open online

The Knoxville Chamber and Regions Bank on Monday announced plans for the 2022 Workforce Symposium. Registration is now open for the conference, themed Growing and Retaining Talent.

The two-day symposium will begin Thursday, April 21, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET, at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville Student Union, 502 Cumberland Avenue. The day will consist of a workshop titled Engaging and Retaining Talent via Servant Leadership led by Dr. Rupy Sawhney, executive director of UT’s Center for Advanced Systems and Education. Space for the workshop is limited to 40 participants. Parking, lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

“What if employees ended their workday in a better state of mind than when they started it? What if we could use this as the basis of developing the most competitive workforce?” said Sawhney. “That’s really what servant leadership is all about. When we value our employees and help them grow and improve their personal capabilities, they become more invested in their employer’s success. That creates a win-win for everyone involved.”

The symposium will move to the Knoxville Convention Center on Friday, April 22, for a full day of discussions with industry leaders from some of the region’s top employers. Single day tickets are available.

“Workforce readiness and employee engagement are two of the most important ingredients to successful companies, and Regions Bank is committed to advancing these priorities in Knoxville and beyond,” said Rob Stivers, Knoxville market executive for Regions. “The Workforce Symposium is a great opportunity to collaborate with people and organizations on the frontlines of building strong cultures sustained by well-informed, highly skilled, servant-minded leaders who inspire others to achieve career and company success.”

Guest speakers for the two-day symposium include Paul Allen, founder of Ancestry.com and chief executive officer of Soar.com, and Torin Monet, principal director of Accenture Strategy. Events will also include discussions on today’s most pressing workforce challenges – and what it takes to attract, grow, and retain talent – with leaders from the University of Tennessee, Regions Bank, Clayton Homes, DeRoyal, Huntington Ingalls Industries, UT Medical Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Regions Bank is the lead sponsor of the Workforce Symposium. Symposium organizers include the University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Systems Research and Education, the Knoxville Chamber, and the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute.

Full schedule and registration available at: https://tiny.utk.edu/2022ws

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