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2011 Leadership Summit on Sustainability

The Center for Sustainable Business and Development (CSBD) and the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) co-hosted the 2011 Sustainable Leadership Summit March 29-April 1, 2011 on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

On Tuesday, March 29, UT Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Susan Martin, presented "Leader in Sustainability" honorary awards to the three distinguished panelists:

picture of Susan Martin and Paul LaGrange picture of John Schroer and Susan Martin picture of Susan Whitaker and Susan Martin
Paul LaGrange, Asst. Commissioner, Business Development Div, TN Dept of Economic & Community Development John Schroer, Commissioner of Transportation,
State of Tennessee
Susan Whitaker, Commissioner of Tourist Development, State of Tennessee
Group picture of Commissioners
Pictured, from left to right: Bill Fox, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Business & Economic Research, the University of Tennessee; Paul LaGrange, Susan Martin, John Schroer, Susan Whitaker, and Rachel Chen, Director of the Center for Sustainable Business and Development and Associate Professor in Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, the University of Tennessee

AGENDA: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 1:00-3:30pm  [Location: Shiloh Room at the University Center]

Session Title: Leaders from the Public Sector

Dr. Susan Martin, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the University of Tennessee, extended welcome statements to the public sector leaders

Dr. Bill Fox, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Business & Economic Research, the University of Tennessee, hosted the panel discussions. Prestigious panelists were:

  • Paul LaGrange, Assistant Commissioner, Business Development Division, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  • John Schroer, Commissioner of Transportation, State of Tennessee
  • Susan Whitaker, Commissioner of Tourist Development, State of Tennessee

AGENDA: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dr. Rachel Chen's students' research projects won TWO TOP awards at UT's Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA). This is the first time in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences that students with the same faculty advisor won two top awards at the same event at the college level!

The winning projects were:

  • Not UR Grandfather’s Hotel—Transitioning from Boomer Business Travelers to XYZ Business Travelers
    Students: Angela Chen, Amy McDonald, Angela Sebby
  • Tennessee Tradition—the study of university homecomings
    Students: Bree Zbikowski, Katie Frith, Kelsey Sayres, Leslie Jett

AGENDA: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 1:00-3:30pm     [Location: Shiloh Room at the University Center]

Session Title: CEOs' Leadership Forum in Sustainability

Dr. Sarah Gardial, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the University of Tennessee, extended welcome statements to the CEOs

Dr. Rachel Chen, Director of the Center for Sustainable Business and Development and Associate Professor in Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, the University of Tennessee, hosted the panel discussions. Prestigious panelists were:

  • Steve McMillen, Vice President of Talent Management, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Hugh Morrow Jr., President of Ruby Falls LLC.
  • J. Scott Silver, Vice President of Human Resources, Standard Textile

AGENDA: Friday, April 1, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm [Location: TRECS Field]

CSBD worked collaboratively with UT's Office of Sustainability and various student associations across the UT campus and co-host an event, "Recyclympics," which was related to sustainable education.