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It's all about possibilities for Lottie Ryans

Robert Houk • Mar 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Lottie Ryans is director of workforce and literacy initiatives for First Tennessee Development District. In that role, the Johnson City native is heading up efforts to make the region a Work Ready Community.

Fast Facts

• Dog or cat person: Dog

• Favorite vacation spot: “Anywhere with family … Rome may be our favorite place.”

• Best advice you’ve ever received: “Be yourself. If you are not true to who you are and how you interact with others, then you won’t be happy or helpful.”

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

I have the best job in the world being able to come up with ways to serve our region. I tell them I get to create ways to help improve the workforce and school readiness. A person’s zip code should never limit what they can dream and pursue, and I get a blank slate every day to try something new to show people the possibilities.

WHAT LED YOU INTO THIS WORK?

I am blessed to have had a great career in industry that allowed me to be involved on the regional and state workforce board. Also, I had the honor of serving on the Johnson City Board of Education for 13 years. After I retired, I had the opportunity to bring all of my background together as the FTDD board was seeing the need to focus on workforce and literacy.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY?

I’m a morning person for sure!

WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR CAREER?

That’s a tough one because different people have influenced me in different ways. A common thread no matter what I was doing, however, is my husband Eric. He has always supported me in my various career moves whether it meant a lot of stress or travel or crazy hours.

Without his support and all the extra things he did with and for our girls, I could not have been successful in any of my pursuits.

HOW DO YOU RELIEVE STRESS?

Music and exercise.

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