Coaching a Team of Champions


Thursday, August 29, 2019
4th Floor UT Conference Center Building, Downtown Knoxville



Cost includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch and parking.

*Subject to 10-business-day cancellation policy.

We process the conference fee via IRIS internal transfer to your department. Charges will process within two weeks after the event takes place. 

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Intended Audience

Open to all UT faculty and staff who supervise regular employees.


Opening Keynote Speaker
Rick Barnes, UT Basketball Head Coach

Tennessee’s fortunes on the hardwood have never looked brighter, as Rick Barnes, the most decorated and accomplished head coach in school history, led the Volunteers to the 2018 regular-season SEC Championship in just his third year on Rocky Top.

The marriage of Barnes’ Hall of Fame-worthy résumé—highlighted by more than 650 career Division I head coaching wins, the seventh-most among active coaches—and Tennessee’s world-class facilities, fervent fan base and outstanding athletic and academic resources, clearly have the Vols poised to consistently compete for championships.

Tennessee was picked to finish 13th in the 14-team SEC prior to the 2017-18 campaign, but Barnes and his staff not only guided the Big Orange to the conference championship, but also to the title game of the SEC Tournament, a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a 26-9 record (third-most wins in program history).

Barnes was named the 2018 SEC Coach of the Year and was runner-up for Naismith National Coach of the Year after Tennessee became one of only eight “Power Five” teams to increase its overall wins total by 10 or more games from 2016-17. The Vols also were one of only eight “Power Five” programs to win at least 13 games away from home in 2017-18, leading to a year-end RPI of No. 10 while playing the 11th-toughest schedule in the country.

Barnes has produced 24 total NBA Draft picks, including 14 first-round selections. And he has coached eight players who have combined to win a dozen NBA Championships.


Closing Keynote Speaker

Kellie Harper, Lady Vols Head Coach

1999 University of Tennessee graduate and former women’s basketball standout Kellie (Jolly) Harper was announced by UT Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer as the new head coach of the Lady Volunteers on April 9, 2019.

Harper became only the third Lady Vol head coach in the NCAA era of women’s basketball. She took the reins at Tennessee after six years of leading the Missouri State Lady Bears, capped by the 2018-19 season’s impressive march to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and magical run to the NCAA Sweet 16.

A native of Sparta, Tenn., Harper was a point guard for the legendary Pat Summitt at UT from 1995-99, playing 132 games and helping the Lady Vols win NCAA National Championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998. She was part of a senior class that helped the Big Orange forge a 131-17 overall record as well as win two SEC regular season titles (1998, 1999) and three SEC Tournament crowns (1996, 1998, 1999).

One of only 11 women’s hoops skippers to lead three different schools to the NCAA Tournament, she has directed her teams to 12 postseason berths in her 15-year head coaching career.

About the Supervisors Summit

The Supervisors Summit is a one-day conference designed for UT supervisors and managers to address critical supervisory and leadership skills and topics. The agenda features keynote speakers and concurrent sessions focusing on the knowledge, skills, and insight that today’s supervisors need the most. Please note: This seminar is designed specifically for those who serve in supervisory/management roles. You must supervise regular employees to be eligible.

2019 Supervisors Summit Tracks & Sessions

Future: Leading the Next Generation, Departmental Succession Planning, Strategic Thinking

Communication: Critical Conversation Skills, Communication Styles, Active Listening

Productivity: Goal Setting, Habits of Successful Supervisors, Top Tools in a Supervisor’s Toolbox

Leadership: Coaching Individuals/Teams, Building a Community (Networking), Leadership Lessons

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Cancellation deadline: August 15, 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. Departments are welcome to send a substitute if the registered attendee must cancel within this 10 business-day period.