Eastman and ETSU Announce Speakers and Registration for IDEAcademy 2017

Free leadership development event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Clayton Christensen

KINGSPORT, TENN., July 28, 2017 – Eastman and East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology will welcome Dr. Clayton Christensen, one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth, as the keynote speaker for IDEAcademy, a free leadership development set for Sept. 12, 2017. Two satellite events will also be available on Sept. 11.

Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. His ideas have been widely used in industries and organizations throughout the world. He is the best-selling author of nine books and more than 100 articles. Christensen is a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award, given each year to the two best articles published in the Harvard Business Review, and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Films Festival.

Focused on the theme “Think. Again.” IDEAcademy will also feature regional speakers and thought leaders in the world of innovation and leadership that will challenge attendees to consider different perspectives to drive innovative thought and collaboration.

Event hosts, David A. Golden, senior vice president, chief legal & sustainability officer, and corporate secretary at Eastman, Dr. Brian Noland, ETSU president, and Dr. Dennis Depew, dean of the College of Business and Technology, are pleased to welcome the following regional speakers and guests: Shawn Bergman, Appalachian State University; Etta Clark, vice president of Global Public Affairs and Policy at Eastman; Heather Cook, director of Marketing and Public Relations for the City of Kingsport; Brant DeBow, cofounder and chief technology officer at BiTE Interactive; Brittney Ezell, ETSU women’s basketball coach; Jeff Little, associate professor, department head of Entertainment Technology Program at Northeast State Community College; Clay Prewitt, vice president and creative director at The Tombras Group; Sydney Ross, ETSU Roan Scholar; and Wynne Tyree, founder and president of Smarty Pants.

The main event featuring Dr. Christensen will be held at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center in Kingsport, Tenn., on Tues., Sept. 12 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (lunch provided). Two satellite events are scheduled for Sept. 11: Millennium Center in Johnson City, Tenn., 9:00-11:00 a.m. (brunch provided) and Bristol Train Station in Bristol, Va., 3:30-5:30 p.m. (light refreshments provided).

Online registration is now open to attend one or more of the IDEAcademy events at www.IDEAcademy.com. Seating is limited. Event agendas and speaker biographies are also available on the website.

IDEAcademy is part of an ongoing leadership development series endowed by Eastman to provide free, world-class leadership training to our communities. For more information, contact Eastman Public Affairs.

About Eastman
Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2016 revenues of approximately $9.0 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

About the ETSU College of Business and Technology
The East Tennessee State University College of Business and Technology offers courses in Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Computing, Engineering, Technology, Surveying, Digital Media, and Military Science. The college serves over 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. The faculty and staff of CBAT are dedicated to the success of its students and are leaders in producing relevant scholarship and creative works. In addition to excellence in the classroom and lab, they are committed to producing applied research and innovation, which support and promote economic development within the region, state, and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.etsu.edu/cbat/.

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