Join us for our very first #MadeforKnoxville Live event!

We’re bring our #MadeforKnoxville project live and in-person! Join us at River & Rail Theatre Co. for an evening of conversation with a few of Knoxville’s finest entrepreneurs, who will speak about their biggest “big pivot moments” that led them to start their own thing – or led them to make a big change as an entrepreneur, artist, and founder. Think a high-energy mix of TED, MOTH, and PechaKucha all rolled into one, with colorful conversations and audience questions throughout the evening.


Event Schedule:

5:30 PM – Doors Open
6:00 PM – Event Kickoff
7:00 PM – Post-Event Networking

Meet our Speakers

Matthew Cummings | Founder of Pretentious Beer + Glass Co.
At Pretentious Glass & Beer Co., Matthew and his team of creatives of every kind craft delicious beers and hand-blown glassware. But at the core, Pretentious is far more than just a business, it’s community focused and entirely collaborative.

Visit Matthew’s Made For Knoxville Profile


Eugenia Almeida | Founder of A New Hue
Born and raised in Argentina, Eugenia came to the United States over thirty years ago while her husband was at the University of Tennessee, and she would go on to raise five children right here in Knoxville. Her joy, and her passion for building a better tomorrow have always stayed with her, and would eventually lead to founding her own company in 2014 – A New Hue.

Visit Eugenia’s Made for Knoxville Profile


Dr. Angelique Adams | Author, Career Mentor, and Coach
For more than a decade, Dr. Adams has been sought out as a career mentor and coach, especially for women and people of color. Frustrated by the lack of role models, resources, and guidance for the people she advised, Angelique created the You’re More Than a Diversity Hire® book series. Dr. Adams’ work fills the gap left by HR, well-intentioned mentors, and general career books. She delivers proven, actionable advice from people who have overcome the challenges of being underrepresented at work.

Visit Angelique’s Made for Knoxville Profile


Kandis Troutman | Chief Consulting Officer at The Creative Architect, LLC.
Kandis Troutman Burney, MA is a creative thinker and communicator with corporate insight. She completed her undergraduate degree at Howard University before pursing her Master’s in Talent Development at Tusculum University. She teaches women how to transition their mindset from fear to faith, exchange confusion for clarity, and transform their purpose into prosperity.

Visit Kandis’ LinkedIn Profile