2019 Weekly Speaker Schedule

Community Empowerment Director

Charles F. Lomax, Jr.
(865) 215-2536

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Friday educational sessions will be held in the City County Building on the 5th floor in conference room 549.  Please report no later than 8:45 a.m.  Guest speakers will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, June 21st: Kevin A. Perry
“The Ten Commandments to Working in a Corporate Environment”

Kevin Perry is the City of Knoxville’s Save Our Sons Community Outreach Manager. Perry is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of Austin East High School.  He served in the Air National Guard as a security specialist with anti-terrorist training and a weapons specialist and received an honorable discharged as Senior Airman 1995.  

In addition, Perry is Bishop of Word of Life Ministries in the Burlington Community, and a Volunteer Chaplain with the City of Knoxville Police Department. He serves as an Advisory Board Member for Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Community Building Institute, and Tanda Canion Ministries. Perry is certified in both Basic Gang Specialist training and Gang Prevention Skills through the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, IL.

Friday, June 28th: Mary Alarcon
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Mary Alarcon is a Systems Analyst for the City of Knoxville where she has worked since 2001.  Mrs. Alarcon has worked with every City Department at various times when implementing new software systems, writing user manuals, and educating city employees.  She is a native Knoxvillian and a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English.  She enjoys learning and teaching about the many uses of Technology in business.  In addition to her career at the City, Mrs. Alarcon is also a professional wife and mother to two daughters, one of whom is an incoming High School Freshman and the other, a Graduate student studying in Krakow, Poland.

Friday, July 5th: Patrick Bardsley and Jimmy Sengchanh
“Entrepreneurship and Service to Community”

Patrick Bardsley is the Founder and CEO of Gateway Delivery.
As a native Knoxvillian, Bardsley  is committed to giving back to his city by creating community partnerships that feed, shelter and educate underserved populations.

Jimmy Sengchanh is the President and Co-Owner of Gateway Delivery. Sengchanh is a first generation Asian American and uses his life experiences to promote entrepreneurship and community service. He believes a strong work ethic, educating yourself and surrounding yourself with positive people are the keys to success. 

Friday, July 12th: Leroy Thompson
“Goal Setting”

Thompson is a business and community leader who also was founder and president and CEO of BDT Development & Management, LLC (“BDT”), a real estate development and construction firm specializing in the management of diverse public and private projects, from 2002 to 2012. BDT developed, design built, and managed a wide variety of retail shopping centers, clinics, single and multi-family residences, and commercial projects at its own risk and as an Owner’s Representative on behalf of city and county governments, economic development agencies, retail franchises, nonprofits, and diverse private companies. 

Thompson’s company was a featured small business in Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s Economic Development Guide, a Knoxville Chamber Minority Business of the Year Pinnacle Award finalist, and a two-time recipient of the Knoxville Beautification Project award for its work on multiple center city development projects. In additional to holding other executive level positions in marketing and sales firms and nonprofits, Thompson has served as a board member for the Knoxville Chamber, Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation, University of Tennessee Cancer Institute, University of Tennessee Board of Visitors, Leadership Knoxville, Knoxville Family Justice Center, Project Grad, and City of Knoxville Golf  Board, among others. Thompson has been widely acknowledged with many accolades and awards for his dedication to community and public service, particularly for the benefit of underprivileged youth and adults. 

Thompson is a former Penn State standout and a veteran star National Football League running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He credits much of his creative corporate training modules and inspirational speeches to lifelong lessons learned firsthand from Hall of Fame Coaches including Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, Bill Parcels, and Tony Dungy. Thompson is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. in Communications.

Friday, July 19th: Reggie Jenkins
“Things Every Young Adult Should Know”

Reginald Jenkins is the founder and executive director of UUNIK Academy, Inc. UUNIK (pronounced “unique”) is a rites of passage program dedicated to the holistic development of African-American male youth, ages 10-15, in the Knoxville area. Based on the principles of Kwanzaa, UUNIK stands for Umoja (unity), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Nia (purpose), Imani (faith), and Kujichagulia (self-determination). 

A professional speaker, author, and educational consultant, Reggie is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Statistics. Although his degree is in Math and Statistics, Reggie learned early that his passion is educating youth and training effective leaders. Reggie continues to educate himself in the areas of wealth creation, youth development, spirituality, health, history, and family development.