December 2017 Chapter Meeting


                                                                       REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

When:                Monday, December 18, 2017

Location:          Buddy's Bearden Banquet Hall

                            5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

Time:                  6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Topic:                 Managing the Placement of an Available Workforce

Speaker:            Carol Waldo and Guests


The topic of the December meeting will be to introduce the membership to the availability of an untapped, skilled workforce pool that exists locally. The local refugee population is markedly different from the much larger immigration population that causes so much confusion and controversy today. This group is comprised of professional people with stable families, and its members are fully legal to work in the U.S. So, why is this resource underutilized and often misunderstood? INVEST (Immigrants Needing Vocational & Educational Support to Thrive) is a Knoxville program committed to teaming these individuals with the private sector in a manner that allows them to use their substantial education and experience to fully contribute to the community they call home. Can ETPMI and INVEST find mutual interests and both benefit? You will be inspired by local success stories and see some intriguing possibilities for the future.

Carol Waldo, Executive Director of Knoxville Internationals Network (KIN) will be our key speaker. Carol is a Human Resource Professional with over 15 years of experience, including 3 years in Singapore where she served as HR Director for a manufacturing company with over 80 employees that spoke four different languages. KIN was multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational. Ensuring that each team member was recognized and respected for their contribution gave Carol a passion for welcoming and advocating for the successful integration of internationals.

Introducing our topic will be Bob Bird and Tom Marshall, volunteers who have lived and served in Knoxville for 20 to 30 years.  Bob Bird is retired from a 33-year tenure in the aluminum industry. He holds an advanced degree in financial management and industrial marketing and is APICS certified in inventory management. He oversaw field assignments from Chicago to Los Angeles prior to becoming the Reynolds Corporate Director of Marketing for Aircraft, Aerospace, and Defense, and was responsible for sales in excess of $500 million annually. Since 2009, Bob has owned and operated a small business consulting company. Tom Marshall is semi-retired from a long career in environmental chemical safety as a board-certified toxicologist. He worked in applied research, environmental clean-up, hazardous waste incinerator permitting, and counter-chemical terrorism planning. Currently, he is a business partner in commercial wetland banking and consults with federal agencies responsible for the safety of pesticides in food.

Almaz Gemechu, a former political asylee, who arrived in the U.S. in 2001 is a special guest. She holds an advanced degree in International law eventually becoming Speaker of the House of Federation in Ethiopian Parliament for six years.

And please remember!

  • All registrations are to be paid in advance by PayPal, credit or debit card. The “Pay at the Door” option will no longer be available.
  • Registration will end COB 2 business days before the meeting (for a Thursday meeting, registration would close COB Tuesday).
  • Registrations can be cancelled with full refund no later than one week (5 business days) before the meeting.  All cancellations beyond this deadline will result in forfeiture of the payment.

Harry Bailey, VP Programs

Paul Larson, Director Programs

Fee:  members: $15, non-members: $20

ETPMI Members must first log into website to receive member registration rate.  

Registration will close Thursday, December 14th at close of business.


Event Date 12-18-2017 6:30 pm
Event End Date 12-18-2017 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 11-20-2017 9:00 am
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 38
Cut off date 12-14-2017 5:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00
Bearden Banquet Hall
5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, USA
Bearden Banquet Hall
20.00 $
We are no longer accepting registration for this event