Outside the Lunchbox 2018

Innovation Conversations

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Grove at Williamson Place
3250 Wilkinson Pike, Murfreesboro, TN

A casual, business luncheon, Outside the Lunch Box engages the community in conversations on learning and workforce development. Aligning with Discovery Center’s mission, vision, and values, the event will serve as a convener bringing together different members of our community to cultivate an environment of innovation and inclusion.

Our featured 2018 speakers are Marcus Whitney, celebrated TEDx speaker and self-made serial innovator alongside Holli Montgomery, CEO, and Teauna Upshaw, Senior Human Resource Manager, of Schwan Cosmetics USA – a leader in consumer-focused innovation.

RSVP Required. The event is free to attend, though a donation is suggested at the event.

Catered by Bread & Butter


Speaker bios


Marcus Whitney

President and Co-founder, Briovation

Marcus Whitney is President and co-founder of Briovation, an Innovation Catalyst company with the mission to be the catalyst of the world’s most important health innovations. Through Briovation, Marcus is CEO of Health:Further, a global community focused on the future of health, and Founding Partner of Jumpstart, a new kind of venture capital firm focused on innovative, early stage healthcare companies. Jumpstart’s seed fund, Jumpstart Foundry has a portfolio of over 60 companies including Reemo, ScriptDrop, Life Detection Technologies and Sightbox (recently sold to Johnson and Johnson Vision).

Marcus is also co-founder and co-owner of Nashville Soccer Club, a professional soccer franchise in the United Soccer League (USL). Marcus has been listed in the Upstart 100 by Upstart Business Journal, Power 100 by Nashville Business Journal, and has been featured in Techcrunch, Fast Company and The Atlantic.

Marcus is a member of the board of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation and an Arts Commissioner for the city of Nashville.


Holli Montgomery

CEO, Schwan Cosmetics USA

Holli Montgomery has taken a non-traditional path to her current role as CEO of Schwan Cosmetics USA.  After graduating from high school, two wonderful sons and ten years later she earned her BS in Accounting and Art, obviously needing to make use of both sides of her brain. Two CPA certificates, three manufacturing jobs and another ten years later, she earned her MBA at Ohio University.

In February 2014 Holli was appointed CEO of Schwan Cosmetics USA in Murfreesboro, TN as two Schwan Cosmetics US-based facilities were being strategically aligned into one company.  One facility was located in New Jersey and the other in Lewisburg, Tennessee.  The Schwan Cosmetics USA team is a full service private label supplier of color cosmetics providing consumer-focused innovation, manufacturing and quality.  Prior to joining the Schwan Cosmetics team, Holli served in several leadership positions including CEO of Cosmolab in Lewisburg, Tennessee and Vice-President of Marketing with Newell International in Rockford, Illinois.

Through the joys and scars of attempting to balance family and career, Holli has learned to value life strategies.


Teauna Upshaw

Senior Manager, Human Resources, Schwan Cosmetics USA

Teauna Upshaw, MBA, PHR, Senior Manager, Human Resources for Schwan Cosmetics USA, Inc., presently directs day-to-day Human Resources operational activities for an organization of 300+ employees.  Throughout her previous work experience performing in HR Generalist, Talent Management and Staffing roles, she has been a strong motivator, directly impacting business outcomes across a variety of industries.  Teauna has supported driven professionals in the workforce seeking to improve their career outcome to include, serving as an HR Consultant for small businesses.  Her HR strategy in her work and leadership naturally ignites, informs, and inspires diverse audiences with empowering solutions to create action and address challenges with positive results.