Speaker Directory

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has created a Speaker Directory to provide a list of Nashville area speakers who have expertise on business related topics. Speaker participation is limited to representatives of Engage level and above Chamber members and Partnership investors.

The Chamber reserves the right to refuse participation by any proposed speaker at its discretion. Please note that this is not a promotional or sales opportunity, but an opportunity to provide education to civic and other organizations that seek speakers for their professional meetings. If you would like to be listed on this page, click here to fill out our application.

Disclaimer: This Speaker Directory is provided as a source of information only. The goal is to help connect organizations with prospective speakers. All arrangements must be made directly between the organization and the speaker. The views and opinions expressed by speakers are not necessarily those of the Chamber. The Chamber is not responsible for any statements or actions of the speakers.

Business

Craig Paxson

Craig Paxson, Founder of Visionary Results, is an executive coach and consultant focusing on small business and emerging leaders. He has over twenty years of management experience, including being CEO of a small business. Click here to contact Craig.

Diversity & Inclusion

Beverly L Watts

Beverly L Watts, Executive Director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, specializes in providing training on the TN Human Rights Act, and federal Title VII, Title VIII(Fair housing), and Title VI and an Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion as it relates to the above laws. Click here to contact Beverly.

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Candace Warner

CANDACE WARNER, PH.D. is a sociologist who is passionate about culture, diversity, demographic data, and inclusion strategies. Candace has served as a trainer, facilitator, organizational consultant, and curriculum developer for public and private organizations seeking diversity and inclusion solutions since 2010.

Dr. Candace Warner is the founder and CEO of people3, Inc. The mission of people3 is to provide organizations with diversity and inclusion-centered training, consulting, and research solutions for individuals and organizations. Some of people3's current/past clients include Sony Music Nashville, TechnologyAdvice, PathGroup, Pillsbury Law Firm, TPAC, Asurion, Showpad, Sony Provident Label Group, Center for Nonprofit Management, as well as other health care, non-profit, and technology organizations. Through her work as a diversity and inclusion consultant for the last decade, Candace has also worked with multiple organizations such as auto manufacturing firms, police departments, construction companies, and railroad providers, and health care organizations.

Dr. Warner is also certified as a Cultural Intelligence trainer and assessment specialist through the Cultural Intelligence Center. Candace completed her master’s degree in Sociology and Ph.D. in Public Policy. Dr. Warner’s dissertation research centered on understanding diversity and inclusive-centered services and initiatives throughout Tennessee communities and municipalities. Her major research interests focus on economic inequality, poverty, race, ethnicity, and gender.

Click here to contact Dr. Warner.

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Daynise Joseph

Daynise Joseph manages Government and Community Affairs for Google Fiber in Nashville, TN Atlanta GA, and Huntsville, AL working with nonprofits, government agencies, and community stakeholders to support efforts to make digital literacy, STEM, and minority entrepreneur programs more widely available to underrepresented communities. Before joining Google, she was a nonprofit management consultant and nonprofit Executive Director in Nashville and grassroots community organizer working on various quality of life and social justice issues like affordable housing, living wages, public transportation, and education. Contact Daynise here, or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Joe Woolley

Joe Woolley has been CEO of the Nashville LGBT Chamber since August 2018. Since taking the helm, Joe has been relentless in the pursuit of excellence for the Nashville LGBT Chamber leveraging the Chamber members, community partners, staff, and board of directors.

Under Joe’s leadership, the Chamber membership has grown 44% to 500+ members. The Chamber garnered national recognition for their advocacy of our members at a local and state level, and finalized LGBT Business Enterprise recognition by Metro Nashville. Additionally, the Chamber received two years of metro appropriations to lessen the disparity of LGBT-owned businesses gaining contracts, and ensuring member representation during the NFL Draft and other major events taking place in the city. At the state level, advocacy against anti-LGBT legislation is a priority and passion for Joe. Under Joe’s leadership, in 2015 the Chamber helped form Tennessee Thrives, a statewide business coalition against discriminatory legislation. In 2019 and 2020 the Chamber organized and lead another large business coalition that vocally spoke out against the discriminatory legislation filed and pushed to keep Tennessee “open and equal.” Joe pushes that this is key to continued business growth as discriminatory laws make it hard for businesses to attract and retain talent.

Joe and the LGBT Chamber's work has focused on COVID-19 recovery and relief in 2020, but also a new and powerful focus on equity. With the increased awareness around diversity and inclusion after the national focus on systemic racisms and injustice, Woolley has been a vocal advocate for the marginalized of already marginalized populations. He reminds those that listen wherever he may speak, that the LGBTQ+ community is the most diverse of all marginalized groups and must focus on that point when we talk about true equity.

Joe serves on many boards and committees in the community. He has been recognized by publications including the Nashville Business Journal and Business Equality Magazine.

Click here to contact Joe.

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Travis Claybrooks

Travis Claybrooks is the founder and CEO of Raphah Institute. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at Thomas Edison State University and his Master of Divinity at Liberty University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University. His eclectic background includes service in the public sector as a police officer and as a soldier in the U. S. Army, as well as in the nonprofit sector as a child advocate. Currently, his nonprofit partners with the Davidson County Juvenile Court in leading the Restorative Justice Diversion Program, an alternative approach to resolving felony harms caused by youth in the Nashville community. Travis enjoys endurance athletics and weekend outings with his family. He resides in Nashville, TN.

Click here to contact Travis.

Entertainment

David Dombrowski

With over 40 years of service, David Dombrowski is recognized as one of the most successful executives in Major League Baseball. Under his leadership his clubs have amassed well over 2,000 wins, won four pennants and two World Series titles. He has served as President of Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox, President, CEO and General Manager of the Detroit Tigers, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Florida Marlins and General Manager of the Montreal Expos. Dombrowski is on the MCB Baseball Advisory team, and as a consultant he is sharing his experience and expertise with MCB in order to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville. Click here for more information on Nashville Stars Baseball. Click here to contact David.

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Drew Dedo

Whether performing, producing, or managing, Drew found himself immersed in the entertainment industry from a very young age. He was introduced to the event scene in Palm Beach, FL performing along side his mom, a concert pianist. During these early years, his passion for the entertainment industry grew as he took to the road touring - sometimes producing the very concert he was playing. For Drew, the different aspects of entertainment, logistics, and client relations are what keep Harbor Entertainment on the cutting of edge of today’s event’s industry.

When not on the event site, Drew continues to play his drums. Whether a pick-up band or a session with friends, music is where this all began. He is also a licensed pyrotechnician… after all you never know when that might come in handy.

“It is all about the team you build and the relationships that create a successful working environment. I am truly lucky to have that every day."

Click here to contact Drew.

Entrepreneurship

Sam Davidson

Sam Davidson is a keynote speaker at conferences, conventions, and colleges about how anyone can take an idea and turn it into reality. His messages focus on story telling, entrepreneurship, leadership, service, innovation and how you can have a better impact through each. Sam knows the unique challenges faced by anyone trying to chase down a dream and live a meaningful life. His talks are funny, uplifting, full of energy, and focused on actionable steps so attendees can take what he says and use it in their own personal and professional lives. Click here to contact Sam.

Health Care

Dr. Imran Huda

During his internal medicine training, Dr. Imran Huda, Founder of Mobius Health, studied about the healthcare system, insurance, and experienced it first hand. He can say with full confidence that health care is just as frustrating for physicians and caregivers as it is for patients, which is why he adopted a completely different model in his own practice, one that cuts out all middlemen and third parties, leaving just the patient and physician. By emphasizing the patient-physician relationship, he can provide better care at a significantly higher value, with less wasted time and resources. Click here to contact Dr. Huda.

Human Resources

Janet Meek

Janet Meek is CEO and founder of JSMAssociates, an executive search and talent acquisition firm based in Nashville, TN. A tenacious business leader with expertise in Talent Acquisition and Development, Sales and Marketing, and Human Resources, Janet consults with healthcare and technology companies on building employer brands that attract and retain the industry’s most qualified job candidates. Before starting JSMAssociates, Janet led a team of recruiters at AppleOne, one of the nation’s largest recruiting and staffing companies.

Janet has a history of assembling strong teams and introducing innovative ideas. She co-founded Sales Executives, an executive recruitment firm specializing in sourcing top sales talent for Fortune 500 companies. She founded Sales Management Group, a niche sales and marketing consulting firm delivering solutions for small businesses in Middle Tennessee.

Janet, who attended Middle Tennessee State University, is a certified Integrity Selling Systems Facilitator and founding member of the Nashville Association of Sales Professions (NASP). Janet is on the board of Tennessee Youth Courts. She has also held leadership or committee positions with the Middle Tennessee Society of Human Resource Managers, the Healthcare Financial Managers Association, and the Nashville Area and Brentwood Chambers of Commerce.

Click here to contact Janet.

Leadership

Janna Landry

Janna Landry is known for her sought after ability to coach business leaders, including medical professionals, executives, public figures and entertainers, offering a unique blend of executive acumen and entertainment experience to uncover, define and capitalize on the strengths and abilities of her clients.

Janna has been an aggressive and enthusiastic front-line business development leader and sales and marketing executive and has assisted hundreds of individuals and businesses large and small in communication clarity and brand development for elevated positioning in the marketplace. She believes in mentoring to produce high achievers and strong communicators and delivers results by teaching her cutting edge techniques for success in a competitive business climate. She has proven to be an exceptional closer and negotiator, and she has the formula to assist you in developing these skills.

Artistically speaking, Janna is an accomplished vocalist, public speaker and professional actor. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and has studied the voice extensively. Throughout her career in the entertainment industry she has a long list of production credits in theatre, television, and the music industry both recorded and live. She holds memberships in SAG, AFTRA, and AEA performing unions. She has taught private voice for over 25 years.

Click here to contact Janna.

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Roberta Scott Pettis

As President and Cofounder of FocusWorks Consulting Group, Roberta Pettis leverages decades of experience in corporate training and development to the benefit of executives, their companies and their employees. She is a former Director of Education and Training for Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) who spent 15 years traveling from coast to coast guiding individuals and teams in leadership development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) service initiatives and coaching leaders. Roberta brings that deep-and-varied experience along with a powerful skill set to FocusWorks, where she has assembled, equipped and empowered an exceptional team of uniquely qualified trainers.

With FocusWorks, Roberta is able to deliver her one-of-a-kind training when and where it is needed most. As an African American woman and a successful executive who grew up in the South and came up in corporate boardrooms and C-suites, she brings a uniquely personal-and-powerful perspective to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion conversation.

A Nashville native, Roberta graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and Planning from a joint program with Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University (TSU) before going on to earn her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from TSU. She is certified as a Master Facilitator with Ntrinsx, an innovative and highly interactive “social intelligence” tool that helps people understand and appreciate each other’s intrinsic value.

Click here to contact Roberta.

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Sam Davidson

Sam Davidson is a keynote speaker at conferences, conventions, and colleges about how anyone can take an idea and turn it into reality. His messages focus on story telling, entrepreneurship, leadership, service, innovation and how you can have a better impact through each. Sam knows the unique challenges faced by anyone trying to chase down a dream and live a meaningful life. His talks are funny, uplifting, full of energy, and focused on actionable steps so attendees can take what he says and use it in their own personal and professional lives. Click here to contact Sam.

Motivational

Adam Lee

Adam Lee, Owner and Coach at 28:Tenn Fitness, LLC, helps busy men and women look, feel, and move better so they can be better, more productive, business owners, spouses, and parents. Click here to contact Adam.

Other

Robert Young

Robert, a native of Tennessee, grew up watching his father (A.A. Young) conduct investigations as a Special Agent with CSX Railroad Police. Wanting to follow in his footsteps, Robert attended Middle Tennessee State University, graduating with a Bachelors of science in Criminal Justice (Minor in Business) in 2006. After obtaining his degree, Robert joined the Metro Nashville Police Department in 2007.

For more than a decade Robert served in many capacities within the police department, including; patrol division, flex unit, crime suppression units, countywide narcotics, and the Drug Task Force. Determined to arm himself with a wide range of skills, Robert took initiative to gain knowledge and certifications in a variety of areas by attending thousands of hours of training, taught by local, state, & federal authorities. Robert’s professional excellence and dedication to service constitutes significant accomplishments, awards, and accolades throughout his productive career. Robert was even the lead Agent on the largest wiretap case and cocaine haul in Nashville history.

Success seemed to get in the way of politics, which left Robert wondering, should he leave government work behind and try his hand at entrepreneurship. After much thought, in March 2018, Robert founded Covert Results, a private investigations and security firm in Middle TN.

In three short years, Robert has grown Covert Results to a level unimaginable. As of late 2020, Covert Results has 10 licensed private investigators and more than 40 certified armed guards, all with a law enforcement or military background. Covert Results has investigated more than 400 cases and secured peace of mind for thousands.

Robert just published his second true-crime novel, The Good Line. This action packed thriller will leave the reader wondering, Who are the Good Guys, and Who are the Bad?

Click here to contact Robert.

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Travis Claybrooks

Travis Claybrooks is the founder and CEO of Raphah Institute. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at Thomas Edison State University and his Master of Divinity at Liberty University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University. His eclectic background includes service in the public sector as a police officer and as a soldier in the U. S. Army, as well as in the nonprofit sector as a child advocate. Currently, his nonprofit partners with the Davidson County Juvenile Court in leading the Restorative Justice Diversion Program, an alternative approach to resolving felony harms caused by youth in the Nashville community. Travis enjoys endurance athletics and weekend outings with his family. He resides in Nashville, TN.

Click here to contact Travis.

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