This three-day retreat offers professional and personal development for non-exempt administrative professionals. The agenda features relevant, energizing topics and speakers chosen specifically with the administrative professional in mind.


2019 program now available!  Click on the image below.


November 6 – 8, 2019
Park Vista Hotel, Gatlinburg, TN



Cost includes select meals and all materials; participants are responsible for their own hotel and travel accommodations.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Randy Boyd, University of Tennessee Interim President

Sharon Couch, Coordinator of Student Life and Diversity
The Herbert College of Agriculture, UT Knoxville


ONLY non-exempt administrative professionals are eligible to attend.

How to Apply

Nominations for the 2019 Administrative Professionals Retreat closed on July 31, 2019.  All selected attendees, and those who are placed on the waitlist, should receive notification from EOD after Labor Day



Last day to cancel without a charge: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

*All Employee & Organizational Development seminars and conferences have a 10 business-day cancellation policy. If a registered participant cancels within 10 business days of the date of the conference or seminar, the department will be charged the full amount. If the department will not pay, the individual will be invoiced for the amount. Since selection for the Administrative Professionals Retreat is by application/nomination only, departmental substitutions are NOT allowed.


2018 Administrative Professionals Retreat Program


Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to attend the Administrative Professionals Retreat! This retreat is one of the BEST training opportunities the university can offer the administrative staff. The speakers and presentations are great, and the retreat provides not only a time to learn, but a time to reflect and reinvigorate. The location at Park Vista in Gatlinburg is perfect! I left the retreat with new ideas and renewed joy in working for the university.

Debbie Hunter
Administrative Specialist
College of Agriculture
UT Martin

The Administrative Professionals Retreat is one of the highlights of the year for me. The topics and the speakers are always interesting and informative. The location overlooking Gatlinburg is also fantastic. I enjoy interacting with new and old friends who are also coworkers and seeing how we all fit into this big entity known as the University of Tennessee. Makes me proud to be a part of it.

Pam Ledford
Administrative Coordinator
Human Resources, Equity & Diversity
UT Space Institute

I come away from the Administrative Professionals Retreat feeling refreshed and energized to get back to work to apply the new information I’ve learned, whether it’s on health issues or new ideas for a better life, or ways to add more joy to my life. One of the most satisfying aspects of the retreat is meeting others and connecting with colleagues from other UT campuses. It is a joy to network with them at the retreat and in the months that follow.

Patty Boling
Administrative Specialist
University Libraries
UT Knoxville

My experience at the Administrative Professionals Retreat was awesome! Our theme was “Begin it Now! Creating Purpose and Being Deliberate in Your Work & Life” and each session offered valuable advice on how to accomplish this goal. The retreat location was absolutely beautiful and the opportunity to meet colleagues from across the state was truly great. I am confident that my professional development was enhanced because of this event.

Jennifer Stewart-Outten
Education Technology Specialist
Clinical Pharmacy
UT Health Science Center