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Chamber Launches Professional Development Events With YP Focus

John Tolsma, founder and president of Knowledge Launch, challenges local young professionals to move past the clutter and narrow their focus for greater personal and professional impact.


On May 23, nearly 70 young professionals gathered at the Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm to hear John Tolsma, founder and president of Knowledge Launch, speak about the power of focus.

Building upon his highly successful  “Cereal Aisle” session at the 2016 En- deavor Summit, Tolsma lead an interactive session describing the power of focus, and explored ways that young professionals can take their personal brand to the next level by simplifying and directing their energies towards key goals.

“As a young professional, it is important for me to attend professional development events such as these in an effort to continually broaden my knowledge base,” said Grant Smith, lead designer at Wildwood Land Design. “John Tolsma is a highly successful businessman with so much insight and advice to share, I am appreciative he takes time out of his schedule to provide opportunities  like these.”

The May event is one of five high-quality young professionals’ events expected to be offered by the Knoxville Chamber each year with the Endeavor Summit serving as the program’s sig- nature event each fall.

The second annual Endeavor Summit is slated for Friday, Sept. 15 at the Mill & Mine in Knoxville’s Old City. The one-day experience empowers young professionals towards personal and professional growth and provides opportunities to get involved in the Knoxville Community. “At the Knoxville Chamber, it is part of our mission to attract and retain young professionals

in the Knoxville region, and the Endeavor Summit is a way to get them plugged in and develop their professional and personal network,” said Holly Holloway, events manager for the Knoxville Chamber. “Last year was the inaugural event and more than 600 young professionals at- tended; this year, we are expecting an even larger audience. We are excited to build upon last year’s framework and make Endeavor 2017 a huge success.”

Endeavor will feature two inspiring keynote speakers and three breakout sessions with four different options, so participants can build a unique schedule for the day, tailored specifically to their needs as a young professional. Breakout session topics range from Launch Something New to Grow What You Got and learning Why Knoxville is No. 1. The day concludes with a networking happy hour offering food and drinks from local vendors and live music.

Early bird registration for Endeavor is open until July 28. Registration includes access to the full day’s agenda and activities, breakfast and a food truck court lunch, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and two complimentary drink tickets for the happy hour.

Early bird tickets are now available and can be purchased by visiting www.endeavorsummit. com.