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"You Can Wish For Success, or You Can Make It Happen!"

-Kathleen Hawkins

A Message From Your Host

“Thrive in the 615” features successful businesses and new businesses debuting around town. The Executive Discussion is a conversation taking place to help strengthen businesses in our community and create an environment for growth in our region. Learn from Leaders, discover what’s coming to your community, and be inspired and motivated. This monthly podcast is powered by Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Kathleen Hawkins.


About Kathleen Hawkins

Kathleen Hawkins is an accomplished business consultant, public speaker, and nine times published author. She has built 2 million dollar companies in her lifetime and currently is the President and CEO of the Hendersonville Area Chamber - the largest Chamber in Sumner County. She is often referred as a Business Advocate, Community Builder, and Change Leader.

She is a recent graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee, a committee member of the Hendersonville Horizons Steering Committee and a past Board member of the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her essays have been published in numerous lifestyle, business and photography journals.  In addition, she is a three-time first place winner of AN-NE Award for Marketing Excellence and a winner of the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction award.

Hawkins is a foster parent and adoptive mother of three. She and her husband Jeff were awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Coalition for Children. She served as a committee member of The Governor's Faith Based Initiative Work Group for Child Advocacy and was accepted as a member of the Compassion Florida Roundtable for the Governor's Volunteer Florida Foundation. 

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