July 15-17, 2019
2019 Habitat for Humanity Tennessee State Conference
Nathan Mandsager
Nathan MandsagerAssociate Executive Director, Schenectady Works, City Mission
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Registration opens in June 2019. Check back!

New Vision Baptist Church

1750 N. Thompson Lane

Murfreesboro, TN 37129



DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton – Murfreesboro

1850 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

(Map it here)

Phone: (615) 895-5555

Make your hotel reservations now by clicking here or call (615) 396-1013 and use code: HHS.

This year’s award dinner will take place on Tuesday in the air-conditioned The Grove. Plan to be there!

Habitat Tennessee awards individuals and groups which significantly impacted the lives of local residents and communities and are making tremendous strides in supporting Habitat for Humanity’s quest to end poverty housing.

Featured Speaker

Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

Monday, July 15th – 9:30am to 4:00pm

Speaker: Nathan Mandsager, Associate Executive Director, Schenectady Works, City Mission 

Bridges Out of Poverty workshop provides both the social service provider and the community member key lessons in dealing with individuals from poverty. Topics include increasing awareness of the differences in economic cultures and how those differences affect opportunities for success. This workshop is based on the book Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, a collaboration between Ruby K. Payne, Phillip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith. This workshop is designed for audiences of employers, community organizations, law enforcement, counselors, health care and social service providers.


About the speaker: Nathan Mandsager was born in Iowa and lived all over the country before settling in Schenectady, New York, where he has lived for the past 20 years. Nathan launched Schenectady Works, a division of the City Mission of Schenectady, in 2013, and currently serves as associate executive director. Through innovative initiatives that have led to dynamic, community-wide partnerships among agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, and community leaders, he seeks to remove barriers, build resources, and support the community in the journey from instability to thriving stability and growth. Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife, Pam and their two kids, Zak (17) and Grayce (almost 13).

Registration Opens June 2019

2019’s Conference Highlights

Habitation Service

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Speaker: Beau Noblitt, Owner, Chick-fil-A

About the speaker: When Beau Noblitt was in college, he was on a track that would enable him to get into medical school to one day become a pediatrician. Then, he met Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, and the course of his life was forever changed When Truett spoke of Chick-fil-A, he explained, “We’re in the people business … We got out of the chicken business a long time ago. We simply use chicken as an avenue to reach people.’” The minute he heard that, Beau felt inspired about a possible career opportunity where he could do exactly what he had wanted to do all along — own his own business and serve children. Beau, who currently owns two Chick-fil-As, began his career with the organization when he was a sophomore. He realized early on that he could indeed enjoy a challenging career there while impacting the lives of others; those with whom he works, as well as those on the other side of the counter. Beau has learned a great deal in his journey with Chick-fil-A over the years, but the biggest lesson he’s learned is that in order to fulfill one’s God-given calling, in any career, one must always treat others with honor, dignity and respect — in all situations. The second thing he’s learned is that if you give your absolute best each day you will certainly make an impact where God has placed you. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Kate for 14 years. They have three children; Landon (8), Georgia (5), and Lincoln (2).

EEBA to Present Construction Track:

Houses That Work

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 16 & 17, 2019

The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) is one of the oldest and most respected residential building education organizations in the USA.

Their history of providing insight, collaboration and education to builders and designers seeking to construct resource efficient, durable, healthy homes spans over 30 years.

Fundraising Track

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Speaker: Bill Stanczykiewicz, Director of The Fund Raising School and Senior Lecturer for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Back by popular demand, Bill will lead us in 3 workshops.

About the speaker: Fundraising expert Bill Stanczykiewicz serves as director of The Fund Raising School and as a senior lecturer in philanthropic studies for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Bill developed nationally-recognized expertise in nonprofit leadership and management, including fundraising, while serving for 17 years as President & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. Under Bill’s leadership, IYI’s fundraising increased significantly while becoming highly diversified, and IYI’s impact and success were cited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and by the Indiana Achievement Award. Bill’s professional career started as a radio sportscaster, and he was honored as the “Indiana Sportscaster of the Year.” His media skills continue to be utilized in his current leadership duties, including appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America and ESPN as well as through numerous newspaper op-eds and radio and television interviews across Indiana. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in public administration (with a concentration in nonprofit management) from George Mason University and a post-graduate credential in executive leadership from Vanderbilt University.

Senior Trust Training

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 

Speakers: Habitat Memphis Team

Three workshops on Wednesday, will be dedicated to our statewide senior trust/aging in place grant program. This is for all 17 affiliates participating in this grant. The three workshops will include 1) administration, 2) construction, and 3) Best Practices/round-table.

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