It is, indeed, good to be alive right about now! The first-ever Coffee County YP Summit is in the books – and oh, what a day it was!

As expected, Amy Lynch, generational expert, gave a very inspirational keynote, helping us to recognize the unique gifts that each generation brings to the workplace. The tabletop discussions that followed illustrated that everyone in attendance had hung on every word. It was fun to laugh at the stereotypes and eye opening to take part in conversations with Millennials and Boomers (I’m a Gen Xer).

The afternoon sessions did not disappoint. After her quick rendition of Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, Natalie Hughes, Ascend Federal Credit Union, gave a sobering presentation on financial principals taught and practiced by Dave Ramsey. Will Thomas, Exchange Media Group, showed us through his then and now Indy Racing example that being busy doesn’t equal being productive and gave us some common-sense strategies to minimize distractions. Carter Sain of Coffee County Bank reminded us that good leadership is based on good relationships and creating an environment where people want to be.

Christina Sheer, a marketing professional with Michael Hyatt & Company, donned in hot pink, no less, shared useful tips on branding ourselves with consistency for maximum impact. And as the day began to get long, Joe McKamey ignited the crowd with high-fives and an enthusiastic talk on launching his own legacy through running a small business in a small town.

A panel of young professionals including Taylor Rayfield of Coffee County Schools, Tisha Fritz of 93.9 The Duck/101.5 The Rooster, Hope Sartain of the Tullahoma Chamber of Commerce, and Bryan McAdams of Tullahoma Funeral Home, rounded out the agenda. Lane Yoder led the panel discussion on pursuing your passion through volunteerism.

My takeaway? Boy, we have a lot of talented people in this community! And there was a sense of unity in the room from the very beginning – we all seemed like friends, even almost like family. The energy was amazing!

So thank you, again, to Exchange Media Group, our presenting sponsor, for their vision to create an event to cultivate the skills and enthusiasm of the young professionals who will inevitably effect change and contribute meaningfully to Coffee County.

Thanks to all our supporting sponsors and to our exhibitors and speakers and to all who attended.

  • ~ Terri Hudson