Validation Workshop

GAME Change Validation Workshop

GAME Change Summit & Workshop #2
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Summit: Thursday, March 7, 2024

Marriott Knoxville Downtown
525 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

We have a few spots left for registration. Please contact Jacqui Greene, Senior Project Manager, at if you would like to see if a spot is still available.


(Room Block Rate Cutoff Date: February 23)


We are excited to announce the release of Part I “The ‘What’ of the GAME Change Initiative” of our GAME Change Summit video series, which will be a collection of videos created from the August’s Summit and Workshop. Watch the video that further explains GAME Change’s “what” created and produced by Middle Tech (@middletech). Part II is now available and explains “The ‘Why’ of the GAME Change Initiative. Watch Part II here.

NSF Engines GAME Change Summit #2
March 6, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET
Marriott Knoxville Downtown

*Details Subject to Change

Making Manufacturing an Inspiring/Engaging Story with Ashleigh Walters

    • Abstract: Words matter. This region has the opportunity to change the manufacturing culture paradigm.
    • Through interactive exercise we will together build a framework for how this region can change how its various communities and stakeholders think about manufacturing.
    • Bio: Ashleigh Walters and her family relocated to the Rust Belt town of Erie, Pennsylvania, in an attempt to revive her husband’s family’s 54-year-old business. She used the problem-solving skills she obtained while earning her BS in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and was able to change the company culture by using a coach approach leadership style. Ashleigh regularly shares her story with fellow leaders and encourages them to “make things better” by continuously improving processes. Ashleigh is the President of Onex, Inc and a Leadership Consultant at the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. She is the author of Leading with Grit and Grace.
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