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Faithfully Working Lunches: An Interview with Greg Adams, COO of the State of Tennessee

  • Adele's 1210 McGavock St Nashville, TN 37203 (map)

Do you wonder if you are faithfully working in your sphere of influence? Join us for teaching, tools, and stories about practicing work faithfully as we host dialogues with professionals from various industries.  

  • Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Location: Adele's (1210 McGavock Street, Nashville, TN 37203)

  • Food: Full-course lunch

Greg Adams has earned the respect of many, first as a long time executive at IBM in posts around the globe and more recently as the Chief Operating Officer for the State of Tennessee.  Throughout his career he has extensively pondered what “working faithfully” looks like. Join us as NIFW Executive Director Missy Wallace interviews Greg about his various positions and the opportunities and tensions he has experienced as a “faithfully working” leader.

About the Lunches
We use a practical theological framework to identify the inherent goodness of work, its outcomes, and the deeper questions it asks of us. The gatherings provide glimpses into common struggles and philosophical differences, and seek to foster the hope that emerges when we come to expect more from God within our work. Let’s work on faithfully working at work.

Greg Adams

Greg Adams serves as Chief Operating Officer for the State of Tennessee.  He joined the governor’s senior team in July of 2013 after working for IBM for 36 years.

Adams was a member of the company’s senior leadership team, most recently as a managing director in the financial services sector.  Throughout his time at IBM, he held positions in sales, marketing, operations, reengineering & quality, and general management.

Early in his career he spent two years in Knoxville as branch manager of IBM’s East Tennessee operations and then moved to Nashville where he was regional manager of the Mid-South region.  After that he served as managing director of operations and board member for IBM Japan in Tokyo.

In 1994 he moved to New York where he held a variety of senior executive positions related to IBM transformation initiatives.  His 11 years in New York included roles from general manager of process industries for IBM North America to vice president of small and medium businesses for Canada, United States and Latin America.  He moved to Atlanta in 2005.

In the governor’s ongoing effort to make Tennessee the best managed state in the nation, Adam’s role is to work with state departments to ensure they’re operating in the most efficient way possible.