ETSU College of Business and Technology’s Executive Briefing to feature Tom Rath

Best-selling author and business consultant Tom Rath will be the featured speaker at an Executive Briefing on Friday, March 25, at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City. The briefing is free and open to the public, but pre-registration by March 18 is required.

The morning begins with registration from 7:45-8:30 a.m., followed by welcoming remarks from Dr. Linda Garceau, Dean of the ETSU College of Business and Technology, and Paul Montgomery, Eastman Chemical Company’s Vice President for Talent Management

Rath will speak at 9 a.m. His address, “Strengths-Based Leadership: Driving Results One Person at a Time,” will draw on the most extensive workplace research ever conducted and will outline seven key steps for engaging the hearts and minds of every person within an organization. A question-and-answer session and book- signing will follow.

Rath is one of the best-selling authors of the last decade. His first book, How Full Is Your Bucket?, climbed to the top spot on the New York Times listing. His StrengthsFinder 2.0 has had a long run as a number one Wall Street Journal bestseller, and his most recent books appearing on the New York Times list include Strengths-Based Leadership, in 2009, and Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, in 2010.

The head of The Gallup Organization’s workplace consulting business, Rath directs practices and research on employee engagement, selection, strengths-based development, leadership and well-being. Rath also serves on the board of, an association dedicated to cancer research and patient support.

A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, Rath resides in Washington, D.C.

East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology and Eastman Chemical Company are sponsoring the event, which is part of the Executive Briefing series. The program provides opportunities for regional business and education leaders to benefit from national figures who share their perspectives on achieving performance excellence.

To register or to obtain further information, contact the ETSU College of Business and Technology at (423) 439-5300 or


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