Leadership Middle Tennessee: Session IV

December 9-10, 2015 - Williamson County

Quality of Life and The Battle of Franklin Leadership Experience


Session Planning Team: Mayra Zimmer (LMT 2015) (County Planning Chair), Kem Hinton (LMT 2010) (Alumni Vice Chair), Nancy Conway (LMT 2002) (Alumni Vice Chair), Mindy Tate (LMT 2003), Kurt Winstead (LMT 2015), and Dan Ryan (LMT 2004).

Session Narrative: Day 1 of the session will focus on an overview of the quality of life amenities of Williamson County. From a regional standpoint, we will explore how Williamson County leaders, agencies, employers, and communities work to promote economic growth in the region. Topics will include parks and recreation, continuing education and how the Civil War history of this region continues to play an important role in the present day development of Williamson County. Day 2 will provide a unique opportunity to study leadership based on The Battle of Franklin.

Session Learning Objectives:

1.  To reflect on the past, present and future influence of the history of Williamson County that has been preserved to share with the new generation of Tennesseans.

2.  To develop an appreciation of the Williamson County parks and recreation for the quality of life amenities that they provide.

3.  To understand the value of leaders and community coming together to make decisions and for a common vision.

4.  To discover how the County partners with other regions for economic growth opportunities.

5.  To enhance each class member’s leadership skills through study of leadership exhibited during Battle of Franklin, with a special focus on emotional intelligence and communicating change.


2:00 – 2:15 Registration and Hotel Check-in: Hilton Garden Inn

9150 Carothers Pkwy

Franklin, TN

(615) 656-2700

DIRECTIONS: From Nashville, take I-65 toward Huntsville/Birmingham. Merge onto Moores Lane/TN-441 East via Exit 69. Stay straight to go onto Carothers Pkwy. The hotel is on your left behind Dunkin Donuts.

2:30 Board Anchor Transportation

Roadmap for Day One – Mayra Zimmer (LMT 2015), VP, AIG

2:45 – 3:15 Welcome to The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064

Barn Tour – Past, Present & Future of The Park at Harlinsdale

Lisa Clayton, Director, City of Franklin Parks.

Hot beverages sponsored by The Park at Harlinsdale

3:15 – 3:30 Board Transportation to Spark: Lipscomb’s Idea Center, 3252 Aspen Grove Drive #9, Franklin, TN 37067

3:30 – 3:45 Welcome by Dr. John Lowry, VP for Community & Government Relations and Executive Director, Spark: Lipscomb’s Idea Center

3:45 – 4:15 Highlights of Williamson County

Matt Largen, President & CEO, Williamson, Inc.

Introduced by Nancy Conway (LMT 2002), Sr. VP Community Relations, Williamson, Inc.

4:15- 4:30 Economic Growth of Williamson County

Amanda Murray, VP Economic Development, Williamson, Inc.

Introduced by Nancy Conway (LMT 2002), Sr. VP Community Relations, Williamson, Inc.

4:30 – 4:40 Three-minute moments - Galen Hull & Leisa Byars

4:40 – 4:50 Break

4:50 – 5:30 Transportation to Landmark Booksellers

5:30 – 6:00 LMT Class reception at Landmark Booksellers, 114 E. Main St., Franklin, TN 37064

Facility & reception sponsored by: Mindy Tate (LMT 2003), Executive Director, Franklin Tomorrow & Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC; Kathie Moore (LMT 2013), Real Estate Consultant, Benchmark Cool Springs; Harvest Beverage Co. (wine); and Landmark Booksellers owners-- Joel & Carol Tomlin (venue).

6:00 – 6:15 Walk to Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 7, 115 2nd Avenue South, Franklin, TN 37064

6:15 – 7:00 Tour of Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 7 – Forged by War, Forgotten by History: Untold Stories of Women, African Americans and Everyday Citizens at Franklin

Rachael Finch, Civil War Project Coordinator, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Center for Historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University

7:00 – 8:15 Dinner at Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 7 (catered by Norton Family Catering)

Facility rental donated by: Members of the Masonic Lodge.

Dinner sponsored by: Kent Cleaver, President & COO, Avenue Bank

(Note: No alcohol is permitted at the Lodge)

Dinner Program- A Common Vision – Preservation of the Battlefields in Franklin

Robert Hicks, Author and Preservationist

Introduced by Paula Harris (LMT 2014), Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer, BWSC, Inc.

8:20 – 8:30 Board bus for drive through historic Franklin downtown and return to Hilton Garden Inn.


Battle of Franklin animated map:

·  Click the below link to view an interactive map about the Battle of Franklin: http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/franklin/maps/franklin-animated-map/.

Watching this short documentary before our workshop will give everyone a basic understanding of what happened at Franklin and allow for a much richer experience.

Tour of Battle of Franklin locations – Historian, author and Battle of Franklin expert, Professor Thomas Flagel will lead the group to actual locations where critical events took place before, during and after the Battle of Franklin, TN on November 30, 1863. During the tours, he will highlight significant people, places & events while focusing on leadership decisions that were made at one of the most decisive Civil War battles in our nation’s history. The goal of the tour and Professor Flagel’s discussion will be to draw comparisons to some of the challenges that Middle TN and its leadership face today.

The Battle of Franklin Leadership Experience is sponsored by:

Julian Bibb (LMT 2002), Member, Stites & Harbison PLLC

Kem Hinton (LMT 2010), Principal, Tuck Hinton Architects PLC

Earl Swensson (LMT 2001), Founder, and David Minnigan (LMT 2007), Principal,

Earl Swensson Associates (ESA)

Tennessee Association of Community Leadership Grant

Leadership Middle Tennessee, Inc.

7:00-7:45 Breakfast on your own at hotel and Checkout

7:45 – 8:00 Board the bus for travel to Winstead Hill

Roadmap for Day 2 discussed by Tim Pierce, Experiential Learning Partners.

8:00 – 8:45 Arrive at Winstead Hill, 4023 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064

Before the Battle

Discussion lead by Thomas Flagel, Assistant Professor of History, Columbia State Community College

Transportation to Carter House

8:55 – 9:35 Arrive at Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064

During the Battle

Discussion lead by Assistant Professor Flagel

Transportation to Carnton Plantation

9:45 – 10:30 Arrive at Carnton Plantation Cemetery, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064

After the Battle

Discussion lead by Assistant Professor Flagel

10:35 Arrive at Fleming Center in Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064

10:40–10:45 Three-minute moment– Matthew Bourlakas

10:40-11:40 Debrief and group discussion on Before, During and After Battle at Fleming Center

11:45–12:45 Box lunch at Fleming Center & Phone break

Lunch sponsored by: Dan Ryan (LMT 2004), Principal, Ryan Search & Consulting; Clyde Ingalls (LMT 2013), retired; and Kurt Winstead (LMT 2015), Partner, Rudy, Winstead, Turner PLLC

12:45– 1:30 Transportation - Return to Hotel for afternoon session

Afternoon facility and snacks sponsored by: Kurt Winstead (LMT 2015), Partner, Rudy, Winstead, Turner PLLC; Susan Cowden (LMT 2012), Director of Adult Education, TCAT, Nashville; and Linda Hirsch, Realtor, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

1:30 – 1:35 Three-minute moment – Dewayne Scott

1:35 – 2:35 Emotional Intelligence & Communicating Change

Shayna Humphrey, Adjunct Professor, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University

2:35 - 2:50 Did we achieve our objectives?

Discussion lead by Tim Pierce, Thomas Flagel, and Shayna Humphrey

2:50 – 3:00 Three-minute moments - Fabian Bedne & Veronica Terrell

3:00 – 3:30 Caucus led by Tara Myers and Galen Hull

3:30 Adjourn

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