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Inspired by the past. Preparing for the future.

As the Greater Memphis Chamber prepares to celebrate its 175th Anniversary in 2013, we have been digging through the archives, board minutes and some scary old photos (one word – “hair”).  What we’ve discovered is that the Chamber and its members, you and your business, have been at the forefront of change when it comes to planning the future of our city.  From writing a letter to President Lincoln when commerce was shut down on the Mississippi River to convening a midnight meeting the night Dr. King was assassinated, the Chamber was the organization that pulled our Memphis businesses together and set forth a new path for our community.

Inspired by our past and preparing for our future, I hope you will join us as we set a new agenda for our Chamber programming.  With more focus on how national issues affect our business community, our programming team is putting more emphasis on bringing national/international leaders to Memphis to engage with our business leaders. 
Please find below two events in October that we hope you can attend.

Tuesday, October 2 
Is College Sports Broken?  A Conversation with Dr. Mark Emmert, President of NCAA
When the signing of a new recruit becomes breaking news on your iPhone on a Saturday morning, you know this city lives and breathes its college sports.   It’s part of our DNA and everyday conversation.  Dr. Emmert will be in Memphis to meet exclusively with members of the Chamber at our “A Conversation With…” luncheon series.  Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Avenue.  Cost to attend is $35.  Special thanks to our Title Sponsor Trust One Bank and Presenting Sponsors:  BlueCross BlueShield of TN; Sims Metal Management and United Healthcare Community Plan.  REGISTER

Wednesday, October 10
GMC Special Event:  Education Forum - A Special Screening of the movie "Won’t Back Down" and Discussion on Education
When it comes to the education of our youth, we cannot afford to back down – it’s a discussion we must have.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce is partnering with the Greater Memphis Chamber to engage the Memphis business community on the critical issue of education reform and the role it plays in the local economy. This collaboration intends to address the obstacles effecting Memphis’ education systems.   The forum is being held at Malco Paradiso, 584 South Mendenhall, October 10, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Cost to attend is $5.  Special thanks to our Title Sponsor,  SunTrust Bank; Presenting Sponsors:  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Memphis Light Gas & Water & Randstadt; Corporate Sponsor: Colliers International. ***Please note, this special event will replace our October Breakfast Forum.  Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?*** REGISTER

Look forward to seeing you there!

-- Amy  Daniels
VP, Communications & Programming

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