It takes successful employees to build successful companies. How successful yours becomes is up to you. Spark: Lipscomb's Idea Center prepares executives for new levels of leadership that will have far-reaching and successful effects within their organizations, the community and their careers. We're here to help you meet your management and executive development needs more efficiently and effectively.

Open Enrollment Programs

Spark is a leadership resource for individuals who want to invest in their own learning. We offer an array of professional programs to take you to the next level in your professional skills and leadership development. Our open enrollment professional programs come in a variety of forms and can be a way for individuals to customize a ‘leadership curriculum’ for themselves. We also partner with business, nonprofit, and public sector executives to identify ways to invest in the on-going development of their people. We truly believe that “leaders never stop learning” and we want to partner with you in making that a reality. Below are open-enrollment programs at Spark:

Professional Development Programs

Our downtown location will be  offering a variety of one-day and multiple day professional development programs for 2018 in areas such as communication, management and leadership, technology and analytics, and conflict management.


CEO Connect

A selective six-month executive leadership program for emerging business leaders taught by 18 of Nashville’s top CEOs. Our cohort is nominated by an executive and is admitted into the program after an application process. The curriculum is built around nine executive leadership themes: strategic decision making, navigating change and challenge, self-awareness and courage, becoming an authentic leader, cultivating high-performance teams, global and cultural competence, building a culture of integrity, driving vision and purpose, and ensuring accountability. We select a small cohort each year who has access to the knowledge and experience of a diverse group of CEOs, as well as an opportunity to network with peers across companies and industries. The program includes an opening one-day retreat and dinner with CEOs and a closing dinner.

We will be taking nominations for the 2018 cohort in March.

For more information on this program: http://www.lipscomb.edu/news/archive/detail/101/31630

Or, download our brochure from 2017: CEO Connect PDF

The 2017 CEO Connect Schedule can be downloaded here.

CEO Connect launched in late August 2017 in our new downtown location. 

Driving Sales Performance

Taught by experienced executives and sales experts, this program is focused on practical management approaches and sales skills that can be immediately applied to improve your team’s performance. From planning and forecasting to negotiating and presenting, you'll focus on eight key sales managerial competencies where today's highest performers distinguish themselves.

DSP was created for sales representatives seeking a rigorous process to improve individual performance and sales managers who want to upgrade their skills and knowledge of the latest trends and best practices of leading sales teams and processes.


New to Nashville

A downtown lunch series for professionals seeking to learn more about Nashville history, trends, and current issues that are shaping the future of this city. Lipscomb is bringing expert historians, leaders, and authorities to downtown to discuss critical issues like the future of transportation and current challenges in health care.

Offered on a monthly basis starting in the fall of 2017, each program will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and offer a nice lunch, provocative topics, and engaging dialogue. The fall 2017 lineup included:

David Ewing, Nashville Historian on “Historical Leaders Who Have Shaped Downtown Nashville”

Tom Cigarran, Chairman of the Nashville Predators; Ron Samuels, Vice Chairman of Pinnacle Bank; and Ralph Schulz, CEO Chamber of Commerce on “Saving the Predators: From the Brink to the Stanley Cup”

Steve Bland, CEO of MTA and John Schroer, TDOT Commissioner on “The Future of Transportation in Nashville”

Lewis Lavine, Senior Strategist of The Ingram Group; Kristen Keely-Dinger, President and CEO of Healing Trust; and Pete Bird, President and CEO of the Frist Foundation - “The Rich History of Philanthropy in Nashville”

The new 2018 schedule for New to Nashville will be posted soon. Registration for the New to Nashville program can be found at: http://www.lipscomb.edu/newtonashville


Customized Leadership Institutes

While Spark is available to take any company meeting to its next level, it is also a facility that will give you a very tailored, very company-specific learning experience.

This is where our connection to Lipscomb University benefits you. Lipscomb offers a very deep well from which you can draw knowledge in very specific areas. Consider half-day, one-day or a customized leadership institute in specific areas that will grow your company best.

Learning never stops in growing companies, yet the speed in which learning gaps develop today is extraordinary and costly. While Spark encourages the execution of your own growth strategies in the facility, you might say, we also practice what we preach by offering an exceptional range of leadership development opportunities.

This is a resource that aligns the expertise, network, and resources of Lipscomb University with your company’s strategic plan. Focused. Challenging. Tailored. Enjoyable. Based on achieving sustainable and measureable results. Leadership Institutes are designed based on the learning outcomes desired by the company as well as data evidence to assure applicable learning is presented and learning goals have been achieved.

And while these tailored programs will access the strong resources of Lipscomb University, these offerings will also include leading speakers and presenters from well outside Middle Tennessee, giving companies and their employees a closer look at national and international best practices. Past speakers have included best-selling authors and nationally recognized experts in leadership, organizational thought, ingenuity, knowledge gap issues, civic leadership, culture change and more.

Online Resources

As a leadership resource for Downtown Nashville and Cool Springs, Spark wants to make on-going learning more accessible and connect you with the latest research and thought about leadership issues in a variety of contexts. We focus on knowledge that you can apply to your workplace right away, that can give you a helpful framework or point of view to face your everyday challenges.