Invited Keynote - Crissy Haslam
First lady of tennessee
Born in Houston, Texas, Crissy Haslam moved with her family to Memphis, Tennessee when she was eight years old. She attended St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis and continued on to Emory University for college. Crissy graduated from Emory in 1980 with a double major in Finance and Marketing in the College of Business.
Crissy married Bill Haslam and moved to Knoxville in 1981. While working as the assistant director of admissions for UT-Knoxville, she received a Master of Science degree in Education in the program of College Student Personnel.
Since 2011, First Lady Crissy Haslam’s priorities have focused on encouraging parent engagement in education and reading proficiency for children. She has delivered this message through various initiatives, including First Ladies for Healthy Babies, Back to School Neighborhood Knocks, and the First Lady’s READ20 Book Club. She frequently travels the state with the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation in support of Tennessee’s Imagination Library, as well as lending her voice to the Tennessee Department of Education’s Read to Be Ready literacy campaign.
Launched in 2014, First Lady Crissy Haslam created the READ20 Book Patrol, a partnership with police and sheriffs offices across the state to provide books to children in low income communities and to encourage reading and support for local law enforcement.
She has served on numerous civic and community boards, and currently serves as chair of the Tennessee Executive Residence Foundation. This Foundation recently completed a renovation of the Tennessee Residence landscaping, garden and grounds with a focus on Tennessee native plants and agriculture.
Crissy and Bill have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren.