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Mar 21, 2016

Tyvi Small is the Director of Diversity & Community Relations, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn Tyvi's Summary Bio: My guest on today's episode is Tyvi Small, the Director of Diversity & Community Relations at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  His advice in this session, will help you with building diverse connections, overcoming fears, developing relationships and he also shares the importance of blooming where you are planted and mentoring & sponsoring others in our community. Tyvi graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Education He's currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Prior to his time in Knoxville, he was the Education Coordinator and Assistant to the Mayor for the City of West Palm Beach, FL Tyvi is also very involved in his community: He serves on the board of directors of the Knoxville Area Urban League and Leadership Knoxville He's an active member and board member of the Knoxville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He's also a board member of the Development Corporation of Knox County   In this episode, we discussed: 03:30 -  What Tyvi does within his role at the University 09:15 -  His advice on getting a board of directors, mentors and sponsors 11:15 -  An example of how his sponsor, Phyllis Nichols, helped his growth by connecting him with others of influence 19:40 -  Tyvi's fear of public speaking and how he overcame it 21:00 -  Lessons he learned from Susan Packard, Co-Founder of HGTV at the Women in Business Summit 28:50 -  The two people he'd most like to have dinner with, alive or from the history books 33:00 -  How the decision to attend college turned into a defining moment on his journey 34:45 -  Dr. Samuel Wright's influence on us both attending the University of South Florida 35:25 -  Some of the things Tyvi does to keep from getting stuck in comfort zones 36:45 -  Setting, writing and looking at your goals and getting accountability partners to realize your goals 39:20 -  Fundamental lessons to lead his team 46:20 -  Why it's important to volunteer & give back 47:00 -  Blooming where you're planted [47:00] Links and resources mentioned: Tyvi Small - University of Tennessee page Tyvi's Fav Books: The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea Leadership Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn