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2019 UpSkill901 Summit & Career Fair

Friday, 9 October, 2020

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Day one of the inaugural UpSkill 901 Workforce Summit  brought together participants from across the Memphis workforce ecosystem in a day-long kickoff event featuring speakers and panelists with expertise in various sectors of the workforce and talent development industry.

“The event’s goal was to kickstart an initiative to upskill 10,000 for the future workforce by connecting employable individuals with job and skills training programs that can get them into higher-paying positions,” said Beverly Robertson, President and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber. 

The day kicked off with a welcome video from Chamber Chair Richard Smith and included a keynote address from Brookings Institution Senior Fellow and Policy Director Mark Muro. Muro delivered insights regarding Automation, artificial intelligence and how technology will impact the local workforce moving forward.

Click here to read more on the recap of the 2019 summit.

Day two of the 2019 UpSkill 901 Workforce Summit included a Career Fair that took place on October 30, 2019 at the Pipkin Building in Tiger Lane. Over 60 companies participated in the career fair.

Participating companies with open positions and currently hiring included:

  • Alsco
  • Amazon
  • Atlantic Track
  • AT&T
  • Baptist Memorial Health Care
  • Barr Brands International
  • C. Foster Construction
  • City of Memphis
  • Code Crew
  • Core Civic
  • Dot Transpiration
  • Elvis Presley Enterprise
  • FedEx
  • Hino Motors Manufacturing
  • Hire Memphis
  • KPower Global Logistics
  • McKesson
  • Memphis Electrical JATC
  • Memphis Light Gas and Water
  • Natureplex LLC Pharmaceuticals
  • Nike
  • Olymbec USA LLC
  • Pandrol USA
  • Regional One Hospital
  • Riviana Foods
  • Technicolor
  • Teleflex Inc.
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • The J. M. Smucker Company
  • Vitalant


The day also featured service providers and community based organizations providing clinics and onsite registration for job seekers. Some of those programs included:


  • Amnesty Program
     – Expungement
     – Driver’s License
  • Federal Bonding
  • Entrepreneurship


  • American Job Centers
  • Training Programs
  • Social Services (Veterans, Dept. of Human Services, AARP, etc.)




Chamber President & memphis pastors speak on 2019 upskill901



2019 upskill901 sponsors

Title Sponsor:
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Gold Sponsor:

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Silver Sponsor:


Platinum Sponsors:
AARP_TN_4c  Colliers International    kruger_products       Smuckers     Southwest TN Community College-01


For more information about this event contact Sondra Howell.