Lessons In Leadership Series Begins Wednesday

Friday, October 9, 2020

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a new interactive Lessons In Leadership professional development series, sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners, beginning on Wednesday. Participants will learn from four influential executives and community leaders during one-hour virtual sessions, over four consecutive weeks. 

Each presenter will share a leadership lesson that has shaped how they manage, motivate themselves and others, and build success in their lives and careers. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact virtually and take away inspiring new approaches to be more effective and impactful in their personal and professional life, said officials.

The four focus areas, speakers and dates are as follows:

Motivate:  Mary Beth Hudson, vice president Polysilicon and site manager for Wacker in Charleston; Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

Educate: Dr. Charles Paul Conn, chancellor, Lee University; Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. 

Communicate: Bill Lee, 50th governor of Tennessee; Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. 

Cultivate: Heath Eslinger, co-founder of A Better Way Athletics; Wednesday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. 

The cost is $15 for each session or $50 for the complete series for Chamber of Commerce members. $25 for each session or $75 for the complete series for non-members. 

Space is limited. To register and purchase a ticket, visit www.clevelandchamber.com and refer to the specific event date on the ‘One Community, One Calendar’ event site. For more information, or for members that may want to use membership credits for admission, call the Chamber office at 472-6587. 

Special appreciation to Pinnacle Financial Partners series sponsor, along with Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland Utilities, Lee University, Terra Running Company and WACKER - Charleston supporting sponsorships.

More about the guest speakers:

Mary Beth Hudson, vice president Polysilicon and site manager for Wacker - Charleston, Tn. A proven leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, Ms. Hudson is responsible for all aspects of manufacturing, supply chain, business operations, sales, and profitability of the Polysilicon Division throughout the North and Central American region.

Dr. Charles Paul Conn, chancellor, Lee University. Dr. Conn served as president of Lee University for 34 years, before coming chancellor in 2020. He became president in 1986, after 15 years as a member of the psychology faculty at Lee. During his presidency, the university saw significant growth: enrollment increased from 1,000 to over 5,000, the physical campus was substantially enlarged and rebuilt, and the school’s reputation as a regional leader was established.

Bill Lee, governor of Tennessee. Governor Lee is a seventh-generation Tennessean and the 50th governor of Tennessee. He was raised in Franklin, where he still resides today, on his family’s farm. As governor, he is focused on several priorities, including good jobs, great schools, and safe neighborhoods. Under his leadership, Tennessee was named the number one best fiscally managed states in the country, the best business climate in the U.S., number one in the nation for advanced industry job growth and the best state for small business growth. In the past year, the state has garnered 108 project commitments to create 16,500 jobs and $3.6 billion in capital investments. 

Heath Eslinger, co-founder of A Better Way Athletics. Mr. Eslinger is the local area representative for Ocoee Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is an athletics speaker and supporter, and frequent headliner as a motivational speaker for area groups. Mr. Eslinger is also a former division 1 head coach.



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