FranklinIs Connected



Franklin is a community known for its opportunities. As we reflect back on 2016, we want to take hold of a new opportunity – an opportunity to engage all of Franklin’s citizens. Franklin Tomorrow invites the community to join us for our Jan. 9 FrankTalks lecture in a discussion focused on how we interact and engage with each other in our community. The program will be held at the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN, starting with a coffee social at 9 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30 a.m.

Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry will kick off our first FrankTalks of 2017 to cover this ever-expanding topic. Connecting the university to the Nashville community and beyond is a hallmark of L. Randolph Lowry’s presidency at Lipscomb University. He views the city of Nashville as the university’s campus and the world as its classroom. Since his arrival on campus as the university’s 17th president in September 2005, Lowry has led the Lipscomb community through a period of tremendous growth. In addition to his reputation for education innovation, Lowry is also one of the nation’s leading experts in the dispute resolution field.

For more than 20 years, Lowry has been one of the nation’s leaders in the dispute resolution field and is one of the county’s most sought-after speakers on those subjects. After establishing an innovative program at Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Ore. he founded the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. The Straus Institute has been named the No. 1 graduate program of its kind for eight consecutive years, achieving the No. 1 rankling in 11 of the last 16 years by U.S. News & World Report. In 2004, he formalized his longstanding consulting and training practice into the firm now called Strategic Resolutions Group, LLC.

About FrankTalks

FrankTalks is held monthly on the second Monday of the month and is presented in partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations. The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 100 people so RSVPs are being accepted at

A 10-question survey on civility and community dialogue is being conducted in advance of the Jan. 9 event and can be taken as part of the registration process or separately at