Education

TBR Foundation, TN Board of Regents Boost College Advising

On March 1st and 2nd , the TBR Foundation hosted the Spring 2017 Tennessee Advising Academy, continuing the successful partnership it began with the Tennessee Board of Regents at the original College Completion Academy in 2011. This event was the first ever to focus solely on coordinating student advising functions within each college.
 
"Tennessee's businesses need our state's higher education system to produce greater numbers of highly- competent graduates with credentials that match employers' talent pipeline needs," says TBR President Pat Sheehy, who welcomed Advising Academy participants to Nashville on March 2. "Better college advising promotes higher rates of college completion and credentialing. Through our Foundation's support of this Advising Academy, TBR is helping its members meet their workforce needs by supporting excellence in advising among the Board of Regents' state universities, community colleges and TCATs."
Education

BRT CEOs, McQueen Agree: Improving Reading is a Top Priority

Less than two months after top U.S. CEOs said that improving early
reading is the key to closing the “skills gap,” Tennessee’s state K- 12
education leaders have launched the second phase of an initiative
which aims at the “sweet spot” for literacy and future attainment:
third grade reading.

On February 23, Commissioner Candice McQueen and other leaders
from the TN Department of Education reported on progress made in
the first year of the Ready to be Ready initiative, which focuses on
improving elementary reading skills. McQueen and the Department
said that Tennessee’s approach to addressing its 3rd- grade- reading
gap should focus on these steps: Continue reading

Education

TBR Helps Bring Home $2 Million for K-12 Career Readiness

On January 11, state leaders announced that Tennessee has won a $2 million grant to help our state’s K-12 students graduate college- and career-ready–thanks in part to the efforts of TBR.

Funded by JP Morgan Chase & Co. and awarded by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), this latest New Skills For Youth (NSFY) grant will fund three years of expanded work by the TN Dept. of Education in the area of “guided pathways”—programs and policies that help high- and middle-school students make earlier, better and more-intentional choices about aligning their studies with their post-high-school plans.  The new Phase II grant, one of only ten awarded by CCSSO, will help Tennessee build on work started in 2016 after our state and 24 others were each awarded a six-month, $100,000 Phase I NSFY planning grant. Continue reading

Leadership, Membership

Tennessee Business Roundtable Elects 2017 Officers

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Tennessee Business Roundtable Elects 2017 Officers

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 24, 2017 – At its meeting on January 19, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Business Roundtable (“TBR”, “the Roundtable”; www.tbroundtable.org) elected nine senior-level state business leaders to serve as its Officers for the 2017 term.

Elected annually from among the Roundtable’s member company representatives, TBR’s Officers provide strategic direction and oversight to the Nashville-based state business policy group.  TBR’s 2017 Officer slate is comprised of senior Tennessee business professionals from a variety of the state’s business sectors, including health care, investment services, technology, law, retail, and human resources. Continue reading

Judicial

TN SUPREME COURT: THANKS, TBR! Roundtable-backed Pilot Project Handles Nearly 100 Business Lawsuits

A little more than a year after its creation with support from TBR, a state judicial pilot project is succeeding in its goal:  It’s moving dozens of complex business lawsuits through the court system more quickly, speeding up justice for all.

Patterned in part after successful projects in other states, in May 2015 the Tennessee Supreme Court established a Business Court Docket Pilot Project with support from legal professionals and groups, including TBR, which advocated for handling business litigation through a separate docket process.  “By all measures,” says TN Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeff Bivens, in the eighteen months since its inception “this Pilot Project has been a tremendous success.” Continue reading

Business, Education

TBR Work-Based Learning Summit: A “Home Run” for TN Workforce Development

On Oct. 11th, the Roundtable convened a statewide Summit meeting of 140 business and education leaders to discuss the use of Work-Based Learning (WBL) at the high school level as a way of enriching the talent pipeline into high-need industries across the state. Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd, Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen, and Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Burns Phillips participated in the event to share the importance of WBL from each Department’s perspective.

The Summit’s panel discussions showcased several subject matter experts, businesses and non-company “connectors” who delivered key knowledge and insights about successful use of WBL to Summit attendees.  Many TBR members made substantial content contributions: Continue reading

Leadership

TBR APPOINTS PATRICK SHEEHY AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

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TBR APPOINTS PATRICK SHEEHY AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Former Cracker Barrel executive takes reins of Tennessee business public policy group from retiring Howorth

 

Nashville, TN, PJS 13530008July 1, 2016:  The Tennessee Business Roundtable (TBR) today announced the appointment of Patrick J. Sheehy as Executive Vice President upon the retirement of former TBR Executive Director Charlie Howorth.  Sheehy succeeded Howorth effective July 1.

“We’re pleased to welcome Pat Sheehy as the next leader of our organization,” said Harold Carpenter, Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Bank, who serves TBR as President of its Board of Directors.  “Our Board believes that Pat’s public affairs experience, professional reputation and enthusiasm position him well to rally Tennessee’s business leaders in support of public policies that help all Tennesseans succeed in learning, working, and building their businesses and communities,” Carpenter added.  “We’re grateful to Charlie Howorth for serving the TBR over the past three-plus years, and for his help in selecting Pat to succeed him.  We feel Pat is the right person to help the TBR achieve its vision of becoming the most respected and influential policy voice for the business community in Tennessee.” Continue reading

Business, Education

TBR Member Update: Work Based Learning

 TBR Member Update: Work Based Learning

Dear Roundtable members,

As we so often hear, there is a real and pressing need for a more prepared, skilled workforce. The Roundtable is involved with many efforts to address this issue. The Drive to 55, Pathways to Prosperity, TN Promise, and TN Reconnect are just a few of the initiatives that we participate in in an effort to address this need. We are aware that companies feel that potential employees tend to lack many of the “soft skills” necessary to be an effective and efficient worker. Many of these skills are best learned through experience within a workplace, which led us to explore the concept and utilization of work-based learning experiences.

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Research into successful work-based learning models led us to visit Southwire, a company headquartered in Carrollton, Georgia, that faced the problems of high dropout rates at their local high schools and a limited pool of qualified job applicants. Continue reading