Speakers share management expertise at Pellissippi State

Business leaders will share their secrets of success at Pellissippi State Community College this fall, and the public is invited to learn from them as well.

Pellissippi State’s new Leadership Management Speaker Series will be held 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. select Fridays in the Goins Building Auditorium on the College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

All presentations are free.

Sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Business and Computer Technology department and the College’s Common Academic Experience program, the series kicks off this Friday with Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr., who will be addressing why an organization should be a good corporate citizen.

Future speakers and their topics include:

  • Sept. 28: Kim Bumpas, president of Visit Knoxville, on what tourism means to Knoxville;
  • Oct. 12: Bill Schmidt, former CEO of Oakley Eyewear and retired vice president for Gatorade Sports Marketing, on the keys to success;
  • Oct. 26: Marc Sallinger, WBIR reporter and multimedia journalist, on reporting news that matters to the community, cultivating sources and enhancing relationships;
  • Nov. 2: Tanya Brown, executive director of marketing and public relations for the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, on branding;
  • Nov. 9: Jimmy Buckner, executive director of the Scarecrow Foundation, on managing volunteers vs. paid employees; and
  • Nov. 16: Chris Wilson, chief operating officer for Smarter Searches, on managing a small team that produces big team results.

“I tried to get speakers in different stages of their careers,” said Pellissippi State Professor Lisa Fall, noting the speakers have worked not only locally, but in other markets. “We will save some time for Q&A at the end, and I always ask them, ‘If you only knew then what you know now, what advice would you share?’”

While the speakers initially were invited to share with Fall’s Project Management class, Amy Caponetti’s Organizational Behavior class and Brandi Funk’s Principles of Management class, all of which meet at the same time, the three instructors decided to open the presentations to the College and the public after colleagues noted the impressive list of speakers they had lined up.

“These professionals all specialize in different industries, and their experience is extensive,” Fall said. “Their lessons will add to the audience’s management repertoire; what they have to share with us is invaluable.”

The speaker series also complements Pellissippi State’s Common Academic Experience theme of “Inner Space | Outer Space,” which was inspired by the total solar eclipse in August 2017. The Common Academic Experience is a two-year discussion of issues, both in and out of class, around this theme.

“’Inner Space |Outer Space’ is about a journey that shows the relationship between the self and the environment around us,” said librarian Will Buck, who co-chairs Common Academic Experience with librarian Allison Scripa. “The experiences of these speakers showcases their journeys and allows our community to relate to their personal path of challenge and achievement.”

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.