The Hope Summit at Belmont University

October 24-26, 2022

Please join us for the first Hope Summit at Belmont University—a three-day event focused on making hope real in our lives, work, and community.


Monday, October 24

9 A.M – 10 A.M.

Pastries and Coffee + Welcome by Greg Jones

Location: Fisher Center Grand Foyer

10 A.M. – 10:50 A.M.

Unleashing Creativity and Innovation to Help Regions Thrive

Location: Fisher Center Performing Arts Hall

President Greg Jones hosts a discussion with leading voices in the social innovation sphere.

Discussion participants include Kim Tan: Co-Founder of Transformational Business Network & Alice Rhee: Chief Communications and Partnerships Officer of the Skoll Foundation.

2:30 P.M. – 3 P.M.

Connection + Coffee

Location: Fisher Center Grand Foyer

3 P.M. – 4:15 P.M.

Helping Regions Thrive: Through Creativity and Storytelling

Location: Fisher Center Performing Arts Hall

An imaginative conversation around creativity and storytelling featuring Rick Rekedal: Former Chief Creative for DreamWorks Animation & CEO of StoryCrate, and Alice Rhee: Chief Communications and Partnerships Officer for Skoll Foundation, and Tom Douglas, Hall of Fame Songwriter.

Tuesday, october 25

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Pastries and Coffee

Location: Fisher Center Grand Foyer

A time to gather and connect.

9:30 A.M. – 11 A.M.

Helping Regions Thrive: The Importance of Leadership and Friendship

Location: Fisher Center Performing Arts Hall

A discussion with influential leaders on the topics of leadership, the role of character in your career and calling, an entrepreneurial mindset and the importance of community and friendship.

Speakers include: Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Interim Dean of the Frist College of Medicine Dr. Anderson Spickard, Coach Rick Byrd and Vince Gill.


11:45 A.M. – 2 p.M.

Helping Regions Thrive: Taking Action Luncheons


Impact Investing: Measuring the ‘S” in ESG

Location: Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley Ballroom

Featuring: Kim Tan and Edward Bryan

Sponsored by Alliance Bernstein and The Beasley Center for Free Enterprise


Health Disparities: A Collective Approach to Hypertension in Nashville

Location: South Ballroom

Sponsored by Belmont Data Collaborative

* All are welcome and lunch will be provided


Wednesday, october 26

A Day To Dream

8:30 A.M. – 10 A.M.

BASIC + Lumos + Pillar Projects Showcase + Breakfast

Location: Fisher Center Grand Foyer

Come celebrate your colleagues’ work, join an interest session and have breakfast, hosted by Greg and Susan Jones.

10 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

Unleashing the Power of Creativity and Innovation to Help Regions Thrive

Location: Fisher Center Performing Arts Hall

A recap of the Hope Summit hosted by Greg Jones.

11:30 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

A Day to Dream – Fall Festival

Location: Belmont Campus

Do you love fall? Pumpkins will abound along with music, food, rides, inflatables, games, costumes and all the things we love about the season. You won’t want to miss it.

12 P.M. – 5 P.M.

Next Level Women’s Conference

Location: Janet Ayers Conference Center

Presented by the Jack C. Massey College of Business, the Next Level Conference was developed in response to the rising need to explore, discuss, and support women in business and leadership roles. This 5-hour conference, open to all Middle Tennessee business executives and greater Belmont community will feature keynote speaker Sheri Salata and two 1-hour long workshop sessions, covering a wide range of relevant leadership topics.

CLICK HERE to register

3:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Community Trick-Or-Treating

Location: Belmont Campus

Details to come.


7 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Writers Round

Location: Fisher Center Performing Arts Hall

Join us for a night of songs and stories as we hear from some of Music City’s most creative songwriters–Allen Shamblin, Emily Falvey (Belmont ’18), Cameron Bedell (Belmont ’12) and Luke Laird. 

These songwriters have written for many artists including Carrie Underwood, Carly Pearce, Jimmie Allen, Tiera Kennedy, Steve Moakler, Boys Like Girls, Ingrid Michaelson, Keith Urban and more.

Some of their top hits include Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Space Cowboy,” and Walker Hayes’ “What if We Did.” 


Tickets are free, but required. Click here to reserve your ticket.