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Public invited to attend free ETSU leadership development events in Johnson City, Kingsport

Contributed • Sep 14, 2018 at 5:36 PM

The College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University and Eastman will present the IDEAcademy leadership development series Sept. 18-19 featuring keynote speaker Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and New York Times best-selling author known for her TED Talk on the power of body language.

The events will take place at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 4-6 p.m. and at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Cuddy is the author of the best-selling book “Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges.” Her 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” focuses on the power of nonverbal behavior, prejudice and stereotyping.

It has been viewed more than 48 million times, making it the second-most-viewed TED Talk. Cuddy will give the keynote address at both IDEAcademy events.

Three local professionals and thought leaders will share the stage with Cuddy on Sept. 19. Kiran Sirah, president of the International Storytelling Center, will present “Every Meal is a Story” and Jos de Wit, a teaching fellow in the Polymer Research Laboratory at Eastman, will speak about the changing chemistry of cleaning products.

Austin Ramsey, a computing major and Roan Scholar at ETSU, will discuss how dronography and geographical data can help identify “big picture” trends and patterns.

The second IDEAcademy event in Kingsport on Sept. 19 will include several speakers from ETSU, such as Dr. Gregory Aloia, dean of the Clemmer College, who will propose elements for leaders to consider when transforming an organization toward a culture of innovation; Steve Forbes, men’s head basketball coach; and Annie Malcolm, a nutrition major and Roan Scholar. Malcolm’s talk will focus on “the crappiest summer of her life,” in which she studied stool samples from college students.

IDEAcademy hosts include David A. Golden, vice chairman of the ETSU Board of Trustees as well as Eastman senior vice president, chief legal and sustainability officer and corporate secretary, and Dr. Dennis Depew, dean of ETSU’s College of Business and Technology.

A complete list of speakers for both IDEAcademy events and registration is available at www.IDEAcademy.com. For more information, contact Chrissy Idlette of Eastman Global Public Affairs, at [email protected] or 423-229-4187.

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