Mill and Mine

227 W Depot Ave
Knoxville, TN 37917

September 27, 2023

All Day

Keynote Speaker

Heather Hiscox

400 Seats Capacity

Registration Closed

About the Summit

Come together with other nonprofit professionals across East Tennessee for a motivating day of camaraderie, conversation, collaboration, and, most of all, ACTION. The day’s agenda will offer opportunities to learn, share ideas and expertise, brainstorm new approaches to combat major issues together, and be inspired. This year, we will be offering breakout sessions throughout the day with topics surrounding health, education, economic mobility, fundraising, and more! These smaller sessions will open up greater opportunities for collaboration and growth. And there will be plenty of opportunity to visit with friends, meet new people, and create new partnerships.

Want to learn more about how you can be part of this empowering day of change? Whether it’s through attending, presenting or sponsoring, we would love for you to get involved! Reach out to Torrie Boggs at to start the conversation.

2023 UpWard Summit Keynote Speaker

Heather Hiscox

Heather Hiscox is a #FrustratedChangemaker on a mission to change the way WE change the world. Heather is the founder and CEO of Pause for Change. The PAUSE method is a proven and proprietary framework that helps changemakers address difficult challenges and pursue promising opportunities. These skills help organizations be certain about which solutions will create the greatest impact while using fewer resources and less time. Heather is the author of No More Status Quo: A Proven Framework to Change the Way We Change the World. Heather is also the co-creator and host of Possibility Project, an online conversion series and growing community of disruptive changemakers reclaiming their power through meaningful sparks, connections, and action. Heather speaks at conferences and events about social impact (nonprofit, local government, and philanthropic) disruption and innovation and has launched several ventures that benefit the social impact sector, connecting organizations to the training, skills and resources they need to deepen their impact.


Keynote Track

Founder & CEO
PAUSE for Change

Education Track

Director of Training and Program Development
Harmony Family Systems

Director of Community Schools
United Way of Greater Knoxville

Executive Director
Wesley House Community Center

Director of Early Care and Education Systems
United Way of Greater Knoxville

Psychotherapist and Founder
Shade Tree Therapy

Food Track

Jasmine Bryant

Women with Vision

Executive Director
Knox Pride

Rooted East Knoxville Collective

Knox County Health Department

Economic Mobility Track

Mobility Mentor
Knoxville Area Urban League

YMCA of East Tennessee

Director of Housing Systems
United Way of Greater Knoxville

Mobility Mentor Lead
United Way of Greater Knoxville

General Track

Director of Consulting
United Way of Greater Knoxville

Senior Director of Community Engagement
United Way of Greater Knoxville

UWGK Board Member & Marketing Consultant
Eternal Marketing Group

Executive Director
A 1 Learning Connections

Want to learn more about how you can be part of this empowering day of change? Reach out to Torrie Boggs at

Speed Round Collaboration Highlights

Senior Director of Community Engagement
United Way of Greater Knoxville

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
University of Tennessee

Adult Program Director
Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

Director of Organizational Development and Marketing
Muse Knoxville

2022 UpWard Summit Video Highlights