More than 300 young adults from across Tennessee, including Chris and Cindy Rogers from Linden, met in Nashville on Feb. 21 and 22 for the 2020 Young Leaders Conference. The Rogers were sponsored by Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative to attend the annual conference that brings together rural Tennesseans to learn about cooperatives and discuss issues facing their communities.
Keynote speaker Temple Grandin, author, inventor and consultant to the livestock industry, shared her experiences living with Autism. Grandin was the subject of 2010’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning semi-biographical film “Temple Grandin.”
“Robots and computers will not replace plumbers, electricians, mechanics and welders,” said Grandin. “There are different types of thinkers, and we need to encourage those with Autism and attention-deficit disorders to find their own ways to be independent and successful.”
Other presentations at the conference covered a variety of subjects aimed at educating leaders about cooperatives, building leadership skills and exploring topics important to rural Tennesseans.
“We were proud to have the Rogers representing MLEC at this year’s conference,” said MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “We are investing in the future of the communities we serve, and that is not limited to infrastructure. Each year the Young Leaders Conference brings together talented young leaders from across Tennessee to learn and share ideas. We are excited to see the impact this will have on our communities in the years to come.”
The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives is a statewide organization supported by Tennessee’s 60 member cooperatives, including 29 farmer cooperatives and 23 electric cooperatives.