Leadership Summit set to address impact of changing generations on Blount

How do different generations interact to shape the future of Blount County?

That and other questions will be discussed when Leadership Blount and the Center for Strong Communities present the Eight Annual Leadership Summit on Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11.

This year’s Leadership Summit, “Our Generational Community,” features two events addressing how the various generations in Blount County will lead the planning and future of the community.

Kicking off the Leadership Summit is a special presentation at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, in Fayerweather Hall at Maryville College. The presentation, “Generations at Work,” is free and open to the public.

“For the first time in history, four generations are working together. Each one brings different experiences, communication styles and expectations to the workplace. Often, those differences can be a source of stress, conflict, or frustration,” said Janice Q. Taylor with the Mind Heart Wisdom Group.

Taylor will lead the evening presentation and discuss various generations living and working in the community and the importance of understanding how changing generations will impact the quality of life in Blount County.

Continuing “Our Generational Community” focus, the Leadership Summit wraps up Friday, March 11, with a half-day workshop from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Pellissippi State Community College in Blount County. This portion of the Summit is also free, but participation is limited and by invitation only.

Attendees of the half-day Summit will break into groups by generation to discuss the current state of the community, visualize the future and generate ideas and recommendations for Blount County in 2030. Areas of discussion will include the economy, education, environment, community character, public infrastructure, housing and health.

For more information, contact Katherine Caputo at Leadership Blount via e-mail at katherine@leadershipblount.com or by calling 865-984-9368.

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