Seven members of the JC Leadership Class of 2019, Marissa Mullins, Zach Peake, Kelly Dugger, Jeff Young, Lindsey Wills, Angel Gilley, and Kelly Turner. attended Regional Leadership Day at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce hosted by Leadership Kingsport and Eastman. Photo submitted.

Approximately 130 attendees from eight leadership groups around the region enjoyed the 2018 Regional Leadership Day held last month in Kingsport.
Throughout the day, the group heard from a variety of speakers on the value of great leaders and leadership and how they can impact their families, jobs, and communities.
The day was kicked off by Kingsport Chamber President & CEO, Colonel USMCR (Ret) Miles Burdine presenting a very colorful presentation titled “Scrubbing Toilets with Enthusiasm”.
Next up was a Regional Panel Discussion with the Board Chairs of Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport Chambers of Commerce.
The panel took questions from the audience and talked about how these metropolitan areas are trying to work together as one unit along with the smaller communities in the region to promote and grow the economy.
After lunch, the keynote speaker was David Golden, Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and
Corporate Secretary of Eastman
Chemical Company.
Golden spoke on “Asking the Tough Questions” and how to respond.
He opened with the quote, “If you want better answers, you need to ask better questions.”
As a well represented group, the embers of the Johnson County Leadership Class enjoyed a day of meeting new people,
getting to hear some wonderful speakers, and spending time
wreflecting on how they can be better leaders for Johnson County and area communities.
Those interested in participating in the JC Leadership program, may contact Celeste Simcox Dunn at csimcox90@hotmail.com or call 423-727-7922.