Opening Kickoff


Tennessee Aquarium

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  • Arrival begins at 5:00 PM
SkillsUSA Tennessee's Opening Kickoff starts the excitement-driven State Leadership and Skills Conference. Bringing together the best Champions in Tennessee, Opening Kickoff begins at 5:30 PM at the Tennessee Aquarium.


Kayleen McCabe's passion for the trades was put to the test on Rescue Renovation, the DIY Network series she hosted for five seasons. Today, this licensed contractor, sought-after speaker, and the 2009 winner of DIY's Stud Finder competition funnels her know-how and innovative spirit toward a more pressing need than outdated wall paneling: Vocational advocacy and awareness.

Her non-profit, The McCabe Foundation, tightens America's skills gap by encouraging young men and women alike to consider careers in our nation's most undervalued, unfilled, sector: The trades. A familiar face at industry events and in schools across the nation, Kayleen partners exclusively with respected partners including SkillsUSA.

When she's not knocking down stereotypes or walls, Kayleen caters to a wide array of clients on custom projects ranging from pergolas and decks to furniture and custom storage.

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