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Igniting Innovation event set for Nov. 1 at UT Martin

10-28-2014


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MARTIN, Tenn. — The inaugural class of the Ned McWherter Institute for Collaboration and Innovation will put their leadership skills to work by hosting a UT Martin-sponsored event called Igniting Innovation, 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 1, in the university’s Student Life Center located at 199 Moody Street.

Caroline Parish, junior political science major from Huntington, is among the inaugural "McWherter Innovators" class. “I think the main purpose of Igniting Innovation is to inspire the students’ entrepreneurial spirit,” she said. “We know that there’s a wealth of opportunity here at the university, and our hope is to really engage the student population in innovative thinking.”

Three speakers will discuss their backgrounds in business and entrepreneurship. The speakers are Bryan Huddleston, Nashville Technology Council president and CEO, Robbie Goldsmith, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s director of community engagement and music, and Daniel Burke, owner and president of Burke Financial Group, LLC. Burke holds a finance degree from UT Martin.

Founded on the example set by Ned Ray McWherter, former governor and speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, the Ned McWherter Institute for Collaboration and Innovation provides students with opportunities to build upon their experiences in leadership and innovation while attending UT Martin.

Igniting Innovation is free and open to the public. See the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/262872800579221/ for more information.

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PHOTO CAPTION – Igniting Innovation, a program sponsored by UT Martin’s Ned McWherter Institute for Collaboration and Innovation, is set for 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 1, in the university’s Student Life Center. Three speakers will discuss their backgrounds in business and entrepreneurship (l to r): Bryan Huddleston, Nashville Technology Council president and CEO; Robbie Goldsmith, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s director of community engagement and music; and Daniel Burke, owner and president of Burke Financial Group, LLC. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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