2022 ELITE Program Graduates 27 Emerging Tech Leaders
Written by: Alex Curtis | Posted Nov 4, 2022

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ELITE Graduation Celebration Presented by Fortinet and Hosted at Asurion HQ

On Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, the Greater Nashville Technology Council’s Emerging Leaders in Technology (ELITE) program has graduated its sixth cohort of 27 local technology professionals at the 2022 ELITE End of Cohort Celebration, Presented by Fortinet, and hosted at Asurion’s Headquarters in the Gulch in Nashville.

“We are thankful to Nashville’s tech community, which has come together to support these upcoming tech leaders from the ELITE leadership program and our first ever graduation celebration,” explained Elise Cambournac, President & CEO of the NTC. “Seasoned professionals served as mentors by providing their time and experience and organizations provided their resources to help develop this new group of movers and shakers. We can’t wait to see what these new grads do next!”

Founded six years ago, NTC’s ELITE is a TECNA Innovation Award finalist tech mentorship program that aims to foster and groom Nashville’s next tech executives through a 12-week program that includes classroom curriculum, one-on-one mentorship with veteran executives and peer support groups. To date, more than 130 local tech professionals from more than 90 Nashville organizations have graduated from the ELITE program.  

The ELITE Planning Committee is made up of John Anderson of RCG, Meg Chamblee of UDig, Suzi Earhart of McorpCX, and Joanne Eckton of Qualifacts, and is supported by the NTC team. Professional C-suite trainer Jennifer Patterson of Agility Leadership Group worked with the committee to develop a custom curriculum and teach it at NTC’s Tech Hill Commons Event Center.

The 2022 ELITE program is underwritten by Amazon, Tractor Supply, Premise Health, and Healthcare Bluebook. The 2022 Celebration was supported by:

Fortinet – Presenting Sponsor
Granite – Cocktail Sponsor
Zoom – Photobooth Sponsor
Asurion – Venue Host

Table Sponsors
RCG – Resource Communications Group
Schneider Electric Foundation

Supporting Sponsors
Tractor Supply Company

Congratulations to all the graduates of the 2022 ELITE Cohort!

Bryce Anderson
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Kevin Bowden

Michael Bradshaw

Caleb Chitwood

Jim Clarke
Provisions Group

Andres Cortes
Siege Technology Solution

Penny Cupp
Tractor Supply

Philippa Davis

Sara Day

Heather Dixon
Nashville Software School

Dalen Evans

David Franklin

Raghav Garg

Josh Hart

Wil Hernandez

Erica Hightower

Stephanie Hill

Robert Jackson

Alicia Lingnau
Genesco, INC

Kevin Miller
Healthcare Bluebook

Addy Newsom
State of TN: Strategic Technology Solutions

Gerald Scott
Onlife Health

Samantha Simmons
Dollar General

Arpita Singh
Schneider Electric

Alex Skidmore
G Squared Wireless

Samantha Terker

Janean Vance
HCA Healthcare

About the Greater Nashville Technology Council


The Greater Nashville Technology Council is the catalyst for creating America’s premiere collaborative and innovative tech community. We strive to be the pre-eminent technology council and the leading voice and advocate for the growth of Middle Tennessee’s $8 billion information tech ecosystem; and the 60,000+ technology professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers our region’s economy.  Our mission is to advance the diverse technology ecosystem by connecting and promoting members, attracting, growing and retaining tech talent, and providing opportunities to reinvest in the Greater Nashville community. For more information, please go to www.technologycouncil.com.