Etta Clark

Etta Clark

The World According to Mimi

Nothing my mother, Lucille (affectionately known as Mimi), experienced as a child growing up during the Great Depression could have prepared her for the complexities and technical wonders of the digital age. Throughout her life, “The World According to Mimi” has been one of constant change and unpredictability. Yet instead of fighting against technology, Mimi embraces it. Her positive attitude toward change begs the question: “What’s in my mother’s DNA that prepared her to be successful in an unknowable future?” And, more broadly, what’s the best way to prepare our children with the skills necessary to be successful in the automated future, when robots guided by artificial intelligence (AI) will do nearly everything better and faster. Should we teach programming in kindergarten? If not, what skills should we be developing?

Think. Again.
Etta Ryan Clark, Vice President, Global Public Affairs and Policy, Eastman

Etta Clark is Vice President of Global Public Affairs and Policy for Eastman. Clark has responsibility for global community affairs, government affairs, and public policy for Eastman. Prior to this position, she was Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. Etta is a native of Rogersville, Tennessee. She holds a B.S. degree in business from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Law.

Clark joined Eastman in 1995 as a senior attorney and has held many positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of Litigation and Director of Talent Management. Prior to joining Eastman, Clark was Counsel at Hercules Incorporated where she acted as lead environmental attorney. She is a member of the Kingsport Bar Association and the American Corporate Counsel Association.

Clark was a graduate of the 1998 Leadership Kingsport Class and was a member of the Leadership Kingsport Council. She previously served as President for the United Way of Greater Kingsport Board of Directors and as Chair of the Sullivan County Community Board for Indian Path Hospital. She was also a past member of the Children’s Advocacy Center Board and the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Board. Clark has served on the East Tennessee State University Pharmacy School Admissions Committee, the Tennessee Business Roundtable Board of Directors, the Wellmont Holston Valley Board of Directors, the Northeast State Foundation Board and was past Chair for the Greater Kingsport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Tennessee Valley Corridor. She is currently serving on the Hall of Fame Management Board of Directors for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Clark was selected as an Honorarium for Women and Industry by the Kingsport Altrusa organization in 2002, and as a YWCA Tribute to Women Award winner for Business and Professional Women in 2010.

Etta and her husband John reside in Kingsport. They have two daughters, Alex and Haley.