The Invest - 2021-2022 Publication

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in Community in the Future in Leadership Memphis


Dear Leadership Memphis Alumni, Friends, and Supporters,

Leadership Memphis is about connecting leaders to leaders, leaders to information, and leaders to the community. Based on what we heard from a number of our alumni, we are connecting the dots between members of our classes, our program goals, and desired program outcomes.

For the past 42 years, Leadership Memphis has focused on engaging the best leaders in the Mid-South and empowering them to move Memphis forward. There’s no doubt about it, you were part of “The Best Class Ever,” but that is because you understand that a city is only as strong as its leaders.

Leadership Memphis has three program goals: — Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion — Increase individual and collective impact — Promote civic engagement that makes a difference

Leaders cannot lead alone. We must invest in our community to create the changes we want to see. We must invest in the future by recruiting the next generation of leaders to our cause. We must invest in Leadership Memphis to continue making a difference.

Leadership Memphis has four desired program outcomes: — CIVIC UNDERSTANDING. Learning the history, critical issues, and current assets of our community and considering implications for the future. — BUILD RELATIONSHIPS. Creating opportunities to connect across a continuum of leaders, within each class and our 3,900+ alumni network. — COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP. Enhancing skills, knowledge, and personal awareness to build networks and effect positive community change. — CIVIC READINESS. Fostering individual attitudes, knowledge and behaviors that spark informed and sustained activity in the civic realm. Leadership Memphis believes that by advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, we empower leaders to address issues of racial, social, and economic justice. What people are learning through Leadership Memphis today adheres to the same vision Leadership Memphis has been working towards for more than four decades.

Year in and year out, people ask us, “What does Leadership Memphis do?” Our mission statement says, “we prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community.” Those words don’t fully encompass Leadership Memphis’ impact on our city. Simply put, Leadership Memphis inspires leaders to step up to the plate. Our alumni take Leadership Memphis’ vision and put it to work making Memphis better. Your community impact is felt through establishing business opportunities for diverse innovators, creating new events to boost nonprofit efforts, and committing resources toward helping those that need it most. Leadership Memphis impacts Memphis through our alumni – and your impact is much more than a mission statement. We spoke with our board members to ask them their thoughts about Leadership Memphis, the difference it’s made in them, and how they have used what they learned to make our community better. We believe their thoughts make a great argument for investing in Leadership Memphis and have included some of them here. Would you make a commitment this year to: Invest in Community Invest in the Future Invest in Leadership Memphis Shirley Ford (EP2019) Board Chair Leadership Memphis

Vernon Stafford, Jr. (EP2015) Vice-Chair Leadership Memphis



“Leadership Memphis made me aware of the need to invest time, volunteer, and commit to work outside of my work. . . It’s very easy to get caught up in your own work and Leadership Memphis lets you get a glimpse of how you can affect other people and the community.” - Marlinee Iverson (EP2017)

County Attorney, Shelby County Government

“You participate in something like Leadership Memphis because you’re committed to the city, committed to the region, and committed to fostering positive change. In the absence of Leadership Memphis, I’m not sure what other body serves that purpose.” - Dr. Albert Mosley (EP2020)

Sr. VP, Chief Mission Integration Officer Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare

“Growing up here in Memphis, you think you’ve been there, done that, seen it all. There’s so much more to this city when you peel back the layers and that’s what you do in Leadership Memphis. You meet people from all walks of life within these layers. That’s appealing and that’s growth right there.” - Carol Johnson (EP2015)

President Spaces Group

“You can’t lead alone. You can never lead alone. Leaders need leaders and coming to Leadership Memphis you will partner with leaders and get to know leaders that will help you move forward. That’s our main pitch, leaders helping leaders to serve the city.” - James Kirkwood (EP2019)

Pastor, Executive Director Memphis Christian Pastor’s Network


Tarrus Crew

Director, R&D Product Support, Orthopedics

Director of Talent Development Senior Director

Smith & Nephew

Monogram Foods

Brandee Davis

Williams Brack

Director of WIOA VP, Community Development Programs Workforce Mid-South, Inc. Manager Regions Bank

Jessica Dawn Harrison Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

School Leader (Principal) KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools

Manager, Customer & Community Engagement

Chief Officer of Spiritual Health

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Regional One Health

Agape Child & Family Services

Laura Fortenberry

Alex Hensley

Corbin Carpenter

Manager, Global Citizenship

PLLC, Owner & Managing Member


Special Assistant of Policy/ Intergov Affairs

Carpenter Law

Davin Dejuan Clemons Deputy Administrator of the Office of Professional Standards Shelby County Division of Corrections

Arlenia Cole Media Affairs Manager City of Memphis

Keena Friday-Gilbert Director of DEI & Belonging Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee

Michael Fulton

Blake Geabhart

James Coleman

Vice President

General Counsel

Trustmark National Bank

Driven Racing Oil. LLC

Shelby County Government

Shawna Herring Cummins

Davina Holmes

Tiffany Graham

Research Hospital

Chief Administrative Officer AllWorld Project Management

April Joy Hubbard Founder - Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Coleman

Vice President, Gift Planning

Executive Director Teach for America Memphis

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Pink With A Purpose NonProfit Corp

Abbey Cowens

Richard Harris

Rob Hughes

Executive Director

Sr. Vice President, Financial

Vice President of Development

MOST - Memphis Opportunity Advisory Scholarship Trust Pinnacle Bank

Rae Isbell Account Manager - Service Trane Technologies

Prescilla Johnson


Assistant County Attorney Shelby County Government

International Paper

Lynn Page

Executive Director

VP of Program Strategy & Development

First 8 Memphis

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Nicole Thomas

Medical Practice Administrator Brad Parsons Christ Community Health CEO Services

Baptist Memorial HospitalMemphis

Lillian Johnson Supervisor, Communications & Public Relations MLGW

Demar Lamont Roberts Vice President & Chief Growth Officer

Founder Nicallyss Creative Group

Shirley Thompson Executive Director One Voice Speak Foundation Inc.

Mary Wu Tullis

First Choice Sales & Marketing Group Inc.


Project Executive

Brett Roler


Vice President of Planning and Development

Nicole Washington

Patrick Johnston

Lisa Manning Principal

Brent Hooks

Bridgett Stiggler

Dr. Kandace Thomas

Project Manager

Authority, Director of Director, Enterprise Events Government Affairs and Business Diversity Development ALSAC St. Jude Children’s Memphis Shelby County Airport

Dana Migliaccio

Director of Talent Acquisition, Associate General Counsel, Global Cellulose Fibers Induction & Development Shelby County Schools

Daniel Henley

Solutions Architect

Brian Ingram

Kelly Henderson

Lori Evans

Kenneth Burnett


Cross-Cultural Leadership Consulting Group, LLC

Daphne McDonald CEO/Director of Therapy Services Speaking Life Healthcare

Baker Donelson

Senior Vice President for Human Resources

Downtown Memphis Commission Regional One Health

Ileanette Rosado-Wilson Family and Community Engagement Shelby County Schools

Blake Sims Owner

Matt Williams General Manager Moondance Grill

Michael Winter Vice President, Principal

GEICO Memphis

Fleming Architects

Brian Mellone

Ebonye Stewart

Dallas Alan Wolfe

Executive Vice President and Director for Corporate Development and Strategy

Director of Colleague Resources Lieutenant & the Chief, Public Sedgwick Information Officer

First Horizon

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office



“It’s important for you to share your talent and you be the face of your organization in this powerful networking engine for leadership within Memphis. This is an opportunity for authentic, constructive, friendly, and sometimes challenging relationships with people in our community.” - Dr. Paul Haught (EP2020)

“Because the class is so diverse in terms of expertise and where people work and the kinds of professional expertise they have, it makes it possible for you to reach out and get anything you need.” - Kimmie McNeil Vaulx (EP1999)

Director, Corporate Communications Baptist Memorial Healthcare

“Leadership Memphis really let me realize that Memphis has a lot of good things going on. So many nonprofits, so many church activities, and so many companies that I never realized do so much for various organizations and I think it exposes you to that. [Leadership Memphis] makes you more proud of the 901, you’re a better Memphian, and it lets you know that it’s your role as a corporate citizen to be more involved in your community.” - Dan Weddle (EP2017)

President/CEO Protech Services Group Inc.

Vice President for Academics Christian Brothers University

“Leadership Memphis helped me realize how much I still don’t know about my city. . . We walk past these markers every day and rarely stop to read them. It’s that feeling of continuing to learn.” - Kandace Stewart (EP2020)

Director of Business Operations and External Affairs Memphis Grizzlies




LEADERSHIP MEMPHIS EVENTS Throughout 2021-2022 - Alumni Networking Events November 5, 2021 - LM Virtual Multicultural Breakfast December 13, 2021 - Alumni Holiday Party March 11, 2022 - Leadership Awards Luncheon

Exclusive Event Invitations Recognition Opportunities

Many alumni have shared with us that they don’t give for the benefits, they give for Leadership Memphis. We are grateful for that mindset and want to continue providing value for our amazing sponsors!

**Commensurate with Sponsorship Level

Your tax-exempt sponsorship not only allows Leadership Memphis to continue developing the civic-minded leaders of tomorrow, but also includes certain donor benefits. Each donor will be acknowledged in Leadership Memphis’ newsletters, e-newsletters, website, and social media. With the ongoing pandemic, Leadership Memphis is planning as if all signature events will be virtual. Alumni sponsors/donors will receive special invitations to Leadership Memphis’ events and activities.

Step Up Leader





Virtual Multicultural Breakfast

You and 5 Guests

You and 3 Guests

You and a Guest

Leadership Awards Luncheon

You and 5 Guests

You and 3 Guests

You and a Guest

LM Graduation Reception

LM Alumni Networking Events

LM Alumni Holiday Party

Recognition on LM/ VM Event Collateral Materials**

Acknowledgement at all LM Executive and FastTrack classes

Recognition on LM Office Donor Wall**

Recognition in LM/ VM Social Media Channels**

Recognition on Leadership Memphis and Volunteer Memphis Website**

Recognition in LM Newsletters and E-newsletters**

Sponsorship Opportunities


Leadership Memphis’ tuition covers half our operating expenses, but the other half comes from corporate and annual sponsors. We rely on, and are incredibly grateful for, our annual sponsors that generously invest in Leadership Memphis.

Power Leader

Ambassador Connector

**Commensurate with Sponsorship Level

Innovator $100$249


GIVE TODAY Power Leader

Step Up Leader





$1,000 - $2,499

$500 - $999

$250 - $499

$100 - $249


Single Gift This is a one-time gift that will be paid immediately upon entry of your credit card or direct debit.

Pledge Select “Bill Me Later” when selecting payment option and we will send you an invoice for your donation.

Recurring Gift These gifts will be scheduled based off of your recurring yearly, quarterly, or monthly preference.

Pledge can be paid by check, phone, donor advised fund, or credit card prior to June 31, 2022.


Mail a Check or Money Order Leadership Memphis 240 Madison Ave. Suite 601 Memphis, TN 38103

Phone Call 901-278-0016

For other methods such as matching gifts, planned giving, or to give through your donor advised fund contact: Mario Hogue, Director of Development and Engagement