BY: KAYLA SMITH
The annual Endeavor Summit returns on Sept. 15 to occupy three major venues along Depot Avenue in the Old City. Planned by a committee of young professional volunteers, the one-day experience is produced by the Knoxville Chamber and empowers the region’s emerging leaders to evolve their personal brand and elevate the community through collective development opportunities.
Two compelling keynote speakers headline the morning and afternoon sessions at Endeavor 2017: Hallerin Hilton Hill, talk radio host on Newstalk 98.7 WOKI and television talk show host of “Anything is Possible” on WBIR-TV; and Chris “Bash” Bashinelli, host of “Bridge the Gap” featured on PBS and the National Geographic Channel.
Three breakout sessions will happen throughout the day with topics focusing on Launching Something New, Growing What You Got, and Why Knoxville is No. 1. Attendees can choose from multiple breakout session options, allowing for the creation of a custom schedule tailored to their individual goals. The day wraps with a networking happy hour featuring local music, craft brews, and food.
“I am excited to help bring this unique experience to our community’s up-and-coming leaders,” said Rhonda Rice Clayton, the Chamber’s executive vice president. “The great thing about Endeavor is that it is fully planned and executed by young professionals. We have a team of young staff members at the Chamber working to make this event a reality, and they have brought together committees of young professionals to partner with them in the planning. They are working hard to make sure it is once again an inspiring, must-attend event.”
Each attendee also has the chance to participate in activities designed to inspire growth, engagement, and excitement. These include contributing to an on-site, service-to-go project; observing the work of a local muralist; connecting with over 600 peers and community leaders; utilizing a hacker lounge; and exploring non-profit and sponsor exhibits. Lunch features local restaurants and food trucks for an outdoor picnic, and DJs amplify the experience with music and entertainment.
“We are now in year two of Endeavor and there is so much energy, coming from all areas of our city, behind this event,” said Courtney Hutchins, steering committee member for the Endeavor Summit. “The Summit has quickly become an invaluable experience for the community because it is connecting and energizing our future leaders to come together and make Knoxville the best it can be, a place to call home where you can grow personally and professionally.”
Individual tickets and special group rates are now available. Registration includes access to all keynote and breakout sessions, activities, breakfast, lunch, networking opportunities, and the Endeavor Networking + Happy Hour.
To learn more and register for the Endeavor Summit, visit www.EndeavorSummit.com.