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Professionalism First!

Professionalism First! is a free, non-credit professional development program that aims to provide business students with the personal and interpersonal skills they need to succeed in today’s dynamic business world. The program was designed and is delivered by the Fogelman College of Business & Economics in conjunction with its strategic partner, First Tennessee Bank.

Professionalism First! promotes life-long career readiness by providing a high-quality professional development program that teaches business students how to improve their professional presence and image. This industry-led program comprises five one-hour modules: Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking, Career Strategy & Office Etiquette, and Emotional Intelligence. Volunteer professionals from First Tennessee Bank assist in delivery of the program, which is open to junior and senior business majors who are in good academic standing.

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate from First Tennessee Bank denoting completion of all five modules. The modules are taught at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Fridays during the fall and spring semesters.

For more information on how to enroll and participate, contact Kathy Tuberville at or Cayla Cook at You can also call 901-678-4740.

Professionalism First! is one of seven Fogelman Promise Initiatives through which students can earn the certificate of completion for Fogelman’s Professional Development Program.

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