Think Outside…the Lunchbox

Check your mailboxes because information about our Outside the Lunchbox luncheon should be hitting them soon. Outside the Lunchbox is a brand new event we’re hosting on Thursday, November 1 at The Grove. This business and networking lunch will center on inclusion and innovation in the workplace. We’ve got three of our panelists confirmed and cannot wait to hear what they have to say. Marcus Whitney is a serial entrepreneur and known in this area for founding Briovation and Jumpstart Foundry. He is also a co-owner of the Nashville Soccer Club! Marcus will be joined on stage by Holli Montgomery and Teauna Upshaw of Schwan Cosmetics. Holli is the Managing Director at Schwan and also serves on the Chamber Board. She has a passion for working with local refugee populations and has helped many new residents find meaningful careers. Teauna is Senior Human Resources Manager at Schwan and author of Working Success.

In addition to being a learning and networking opportunity for the local business community, Outside the Lunchbox is a fundraising event that will support our Kids First outreach initiatives. Kids First provides funding in four primary areas of community support:

  • Field Study scholarships for students on free/reduced lunch
  • Free memberships for families receiving SNAP benefits
  • Free admission on cultural event days, including our upcoming Hispanic Heritage Day
  • Free events for special needs families

Sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals are available and begin at the $500 Creativity level and increase in terms of visibility and benefits like ad space in the event program and community sponsor recognition on our 2019 temporary exhibits. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Jennifer Neal at