Franklin school to host ‘diversity in entrepreneurship’ panel with chef Maneet Chauhan


As part of its entrepreneurial leadership program, Battle Ground Academy is hosting a virtual symposium on “Diversity in Entrepreneurship” on Thursday.

The panel will include celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan and other local entrepreneurs.

The event will be hosted on Zoom from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Moderator Courtenay Rogers will lead a group of diverse Middle Tennessee entrepreneurial leaders including Chauhan, founding partner of Morph Hospitality Group; Eller Mallchok, managing director of JumpStart Foundry; Bill McCleskey, founder of Mitech; and Khrys Hatch, capital formation manager for Launch Tennessee.

Panelists will address the issues minorities often face in the entrepreneurship field and different approaches towards overcoming them.

“We’ve gathered an all-star panel for this symposium,” said BGA Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership Hallie Heiter.

“While I think anyone interested in entrepreneurship will find this fascinating, the talk will allow our students to see that entrepreneurs don’t fit into one mold.

“I want our students to come away understandingthat anyone can have, pursue and win with an idea about which they are passionate.”

Registration is available at

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