Author/entrepreneur Odell Bizzell visits NE Feb. 18

Northeast State is delighted to welcome noted author, blogger, entrepreneur, and speaker Odell Bizzell to campus on Feb. 18 to share his story of success and passion.

Odell Bizzell
Odell Bizzell

Through his interactive training entitled “Refuse to Lose – 4 ways to Overcome Obstacles & Win the Game of Life,” Bizzell explains how individuals can learn how to “win” in every aspect of life. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium (A202) at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Bizzell’s brand of presentations are often referred to as ‘inspirational comedy’ since he both entertains and enlightens his audience with compelling and comical stories and inspirational anecdotes. His main premise is that life truly is a competition and the reason why most people do not achieve what they want is because they don’t recognize they are even in a battle. Bizzell not only helps his audience see the battle, but his unique presentations help them win.

While in high school Odell started a small candy retail distribution center that earned him over $75,000 while earning an academic scholarship to college. Bizzell has been featured in the USA Today, “Yahoo Finance,” “,” and over 200 media outlets. He’s also the author of four books and is a nationally recognized voice in perseverance training, self-mastery, and leadership. He has presented on the same stages as Super Bowl winning coach Jim Caldwell, Senior Political Advisor for the Obama administration Dave Axelrod, Dave Letterman, & Oprah Winfrey.

His message of purpose, self-mastery, and motivation coupled with his happy-go-lucky attitude makes him just as popular with audiences today as he was in high school. Since taking his story on the road in 2008, he’s reached students at more than 150 college campuses throughout the eastern United States.

Bizzell’s presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. with doors to the Auditorium opening at 10:00 a.m. The event is part of the College’s celebration of Black History Month. For more information contact the College’s Office of Leadership Programs at 423.354.2474.

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