Cleveland State and Lee University Partner on Business Symposium

Cleveland State and Lee University Partner on Business Symposium

Holly Vincent
Monday, March 14, 2016 12:07 PM
Events, Community, All

Cleveland, TN–Mark your calendars now! The 2nd Annual Peak Performance Conference with Cleveland State and Lee University is coming up on September 15-16 at CSCC. The committee is currently seeking proposals for projects or practices that promote the theme of this year's conference, “Workforce Challenges and Solutions.”
Proposals are welcome from all organizational areas and are encouraged from individuals or from teams representing programs or departments. Submissions may be in the format of a panel discussion, workshop, individual/team presentation, demonstration or interactive round table discussion.

The committee invites proposals which describe organizational efficiency & effectiveness and that:
• Reflect innovation & cutting edge content
• Stimulate discussion & audience engagement
• Deliver best practices
• Present evidence based data or research
• Target new, mid-career, & seasoned professionals
• Use multimedia approaches including video, audio, etc.

Southeast Tennessee has become an advanced manufacturing and distribution hub. To support this continued growth and economic impact of our region, it is necessary to develop and strengthen the capabilities and skill sets of employees and potential employees. Cleveland State Community College and Lee University have joined forces to develop an ongoing series of bi-annual conferences that will enable our world-class organizations to share models of excellence, best practices, innovative applications, and network with other organizations.
Rick Creasy, Executive Director of Workforce Development and OneSource at Cleveland State stated, “We are very pleased to once again partner with Lee University to conduct such a unique business symposium. I’m unaware of any other joint ventures such as this one in our region. This partnership demonstrates how we can come together to provide something that is beneficial to everyone—including the community. This symposium will provide innovative ideas from successful businesses for increased performance.”

The keynote speaker for the symposium is Chuck Carringer, an executive coach, trainer and speaker based in Knoxville, Tennessee. An expert in leadership development, he partners with his executive coaching clients to help them achieve greater success and specializes in the “people side” of leadership helping his clients lead themselves, team and organization to new heights. In addition to his successful experience, Carringer earned a doctorate in executive leadership focusing his dissertation on executive coaching and leadership styles. He is a founding partner of the prestigious John Maxwell Coaching, Speaking and Training Certification Program.
Carringer has significant experience leading diverse teams and organizations. Prior to coaching business leaders, he was a high school educator for 24 years in roles including teacher, Hall of Fame coach (most victories for any boys’ basketball coach in school history), Athletic Director, and Principal (during his tenure the graduation rate increased from 79% to 92%, and he successfully completed a 58 million dollar construction renovation project).
For complete conference information or to submit proposals, visit the website at For more information, contact Rick Creasy at or call 423-614-8763.

Partners & Initiatives

  • Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator
  • America's SBDC Tennesseey
  • Your Skills. Your Future.
  • OneSource
  • Cleveland State Sustainability Initiative
  • TBR The College System of Tennessee
  • TN eCampus
  • Tennessee Transfer Pathway