Tennessee State Summit

The Tennessee State Summit registration will open August 26.



About

State Summits are designed to unlock the potential of participating students by providing a shared space to learn, grow, and explore ideas together. Each iteration of the program is unique, with student voice and interactions creating the atmosphere and guiding the conversations in each room. Student members of National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society from across a host state or within driving distance of an event are invited to participate.

During this single-day program, an experienced faculty will guide students through activities and exercises. Breakout sessions challenge participants to have honest conversations about scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship, while encouraging the students to see themselves and their peers as leaders, change agents, collaborators, supporters, and innovators. Throughout the day, students are empowered to discover and articulate their passions, identify needs in their schools and communities, rally others behind causes or ideas, listen to and learn from their peers, and take steps toward leaving their mark on the world.

Date and Time

Monday, October 7, 2019
8:00am – 3:00pm

State Summits are FREE, one-day events.


Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville South/Cool Springs
820 Crescent Centre Dr.
Franklin, TN 37067


Schedule

8:00–8:45 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:45–9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15–11:50 am

Breakout Sessions

11:55–12:40 pm

Lunch

12:45–2:25 pm

Breakout Sessions

2:30–3:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Presenters

Andrea Elzy

Andrea Elzy

A native of Los Angeles, Andrea "Drea” Elzy completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of California Santa Cruz, earning bachelor’s degrees in both politics and sociology. She graduated with her master’s degree at the University of Southern California (USC) in postsecondary administration and student affairs and is currently in the final stages of completing her Doctor of Education degree at USC in higher education administration and organizational leadership. In her current role as the director of Postsecondary Education Navigation at the City Colleges of Chicago, Elzy is responsible for the design, development, and programmatic management of the City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public School (CPS), and Chicago Office of the Mayor’s collaborative Postsecondary Education Navigation Student Success Initiative, which supports postsecondary success for CPS students in networks citywide.

Andy Costanzo

Andy Costanzo

Andy Costanzo is a veteran educator and student activity adviser. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for leadership education for more than 35 years, he has been recognized nationally as Student Council Adviser of the Year as well as Workshop Director of the Year. As a speaker, presenter, and trainer in more than 35 states and China, Costanzo works with students and activity advisers to make a difference in their schools and communities.

Brandon Lee Stuart

Brandon Lee Stuart

Brandon Lee Stuart is a product of Detroit, which served as a firm sociocultural base to allow for better adaptation to diverse cultures and lifestyles. He holds bachelor’s degrees in behavioral biology and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies for intellectual freedom from the University of Chicago. While serving in the Episcopal Service Corps in Los Angeles, he helped to pilot the Collegiate Identity and Participation Model (CIPM), a college-readiness initiative created to address the educational needs of local underserved charter schools, which sparked his passion for educating students on the power of self-authorship.

Karen Dawson

Karen Dawson

Karen Dawson spent 32 years as a high school art and leadership teacher and was also involved in service learning. She was named as an All-American Teacher by USA TODAY and has earned numerous awards during her career, including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush for her work with Habitat for Humanity. In 2012, she co-founded a nonprofit weekly community outreach program that provides a meal for anyone in need in the St. Louis area. Since its inception, more than 66,000 meals have been served. This program is now being emulated in 54 communities. Currently she is the co-chair of the Greater St. Louis Area Homeless Task Force.

Keesha L. Coleman

Keesha L. Coleman

Keesha L. Coleman is a project manager at Georgia State University where she manages high-level initiatives centered around the university’s strategic plan as well as special projects for the office of the provost. Her current role allows her to engage with several of the university’s key working groups and programs, including the Council for the Progress of Cities; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Women Lead, an undergraduate leadership program. Keesha is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all through public service and social engagement and considers herself a champion of bridging the gap.

Hear from Keesha as she breaks down some of the points she covered in her competency presentation.

Leonel A. Diaz, Jr.

Leonel A. Diaz, Jr.

Leonel A. Diaz Jr. is a research coordinator at The University of New Mexico’s Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. His academic and professional background is interdisciplinary: fine arts, digital arts, social media, academic advisement, student leadership, academic support, marketing, organizational development, and social justice. Diaz Jr. enjoys learning several disciplines to find ways to merge ideas, bridge gaps, problem-solve, and develop new perspectives. He began his career as a photographer and digital media artist, only to follow his interest in helping mentor and support college students.

Nhi Truong

Nhi Truong

Nhi Truong is currently an English and leadership teacher lead, seniors events coordinator, and adviser at ARISE High School, a small charter school in Oakland, CA. Outside of teaching, she plans and executes initiatives and events to improve the school’s culture and climate. She is currently an advisory board member for AYPAL, an organization seeking to empower Oakland’s low-income, immigrant, and refugee families to be leaders for school reform and neighborhood change. She is also a member of H.E.L.L.A., a collective that centers intersectional healing praxis in order to sustain critical organizers and educators of color throughout the Bay Area. Her work within H.E.L.L.A. led her to co-create the Radical People of Color (POC) Book Club, which is rooted in a commitment to engaging in collective liberatory praxis.

Hear from Nhi as she breaks down some of the points she covered in her competency presentation.

Quinton Lampkin

Quinton Lampkin

Quinton Lampkin is the founder and CEO of a capacity-building education consulting firm that works with K–12 schools, community-based organizations, and postsecondary institutions to help students complete critical milestones on their journey towards college and career success. Lampkin holds a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in business administration specializing in international business from the American University; a Master of Arts in sociology and education from Columbia University’s Teachers College; and a Master of Philosophy in politics, development, democratic education from University of Cambridge.

Rhea Wong

Rhea Wong

Rhea has been an Executive Director of an educational nonprofit for the last 12 years in New York City and learned the business through trial and error. On day one, they handed her the keys, set up her email account and wished her well. Twelve years later, she had built a multi-million dollar nonprofit organization with a talented staff, dedicated board, strong program outcomes, passionate donors and a great reputation in the community. Since then, she has become a fanatic about helping nonprofits to become healthy, thriving environments where people can grow, learn and bring their whole selves while making the world a better place without burning out.

Tom Heethuis

Tom Heethuis

Tom Heethuis has been involved in advising student activities for more than 40 years. He has been a student council adviser, activity director, leadership camp director, and building principal. Heethuis is an award-winning adviser and adviser trainer and has presented at conferences and workshops across the United States and Canada. He has served on the executive boards of four national student leadership and adviser organizations. Through his workshops, attendees discover hands-on, practical leadership activities they can take back to their schools and use with their fellow student leaders as soon as they return.