Tennessee World Affairs Council – Board of Directors
Director, International Business, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Lori Odom is the Director of International Business for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity she leads the Chamber’s international business initiatives, promoting the Nashville region globally and facilitating economic growth through inward investment and the expansion of existing regional industries into international markets. She also leads the International Business Council, a cross section of the region’s international business leaders who serve as advisors to the Chamber and as advocates for international businesses operating in or considering investing in Middle Tennessee.
Odom has deep roots in international business and economic development, having served multiple roles within the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. As Director of Global Project Management, Odom focused on recruiting domestic and international businesses to the state. Prior to that, she served as Director of International Investment, where she oversaw operations of the state’s business development offices in China, Europe and Canada.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Lori earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Science in Communications.