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in Community in the Future in Leadership Memphis


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.

Leadership Memphis has three program goals: Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion

Increase individual and collective impact

— Promote civic engagement that makes 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 4,000+ 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.

Dear Leadership Memphis Alumni, Friends, and Supporters,

For the past 44 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.

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.

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.

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Vernon Stafford (EP2015) Board Chair Leadership Memphis Rene Bustamante (EP2009) Vice-Chair Leadership Memphis

“Since I graduated, there are so many accomplishments and impacts that Leadership Memphis has had in the community, most notably since the start of the pandemic. They were immediately able to adjust how they delivered course content to a virtual and hybrid model. They incorporated into their portfolio a commitment to bringing down the positivity rates and increasing COVID-19 vaccine awareness. We understand times may be uncertain, but please know your support will enable Leadership Memphis to continue to be resilient and further its work in the community.”

“I believe the strength of Memphis is its diversity and the strength of Leadership Memphis is the ability to bring our diverse population together to interact in meaningful activity both individually and in group dynamics. My involvement has enabled me to recruit others and to involve alumni in worthwhile causes that benefit our community.”


“Through Leadership Memphis, I’m connected to my city in an incredible way as an alumnus of the Best Class Ever & current Board Member. Being connected to such a diverse group of leaders and benefiting from their experiences has been remarkable! It’s humbling to be part of such an esteemed organization that has continuously made positive contributions to the Memphis community for almost 45 years - truly inspiring!”

- Marvin White


Manager, Business Automation & Quality FedEx Services

“Leadership Memphis helped bring us together in a safe space and helped break down some of these walls before putting us into these conversations about social inequities. Leadership Memphis understands how to build that rapport, build that trust, and then step away and follow where the conversation goes.”

- Joanna Crangle (EP2019)

Memphis Market President Memphis Business Journal


Stephanie Alexander

Executive Director

Memphis Area Minority Contractors Association

Jennifer Bates

Chief Administrative Officer For the Kingdom

Anna Bishop Realtor Crye-Leike Realtors

Dr. Tiffany Boykins Glover

Chief Executive Officer Global Mobile Care

Jason Brock

Vice President, Performance Marketing

ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tamara Brown

Board President Project Management InstituteMemphis

Marilyn Burress Chief Executive Officer Memphis Health Center

Sarah Butts

Director of Sales

Memphis Business Journal

Shone Bynum President & CEO SKB Facilities & Maintenance

John Carmichael

Sr. Manager, Communications International Paper

Rodney Cleek Manager of Budget, Plant and Rates

Memphis Light, Gas and Water

Dwayne Coleman Consumer Banking Manager Regions Bank

Lydia O’Neal Crivens

Director of Interagency Partnerships

Memphis Child Advocacy Center

Jennifer Culotta Chief Revenue Officer Lokion

Sonja Fields Director Georgia-Pacific Cellulose

Annette Figueroa-Green

Chief People Officer

ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital



Floyd General Counsel Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Telisa Franklin President Memphis Juneteenth Will Frazier Owner/Operator Will Frazier & Associates
Gardner Lieutenant Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
Jason Goldstein Executive Vice President & Member Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan

Amanda Maness Hamilton

Vice President of Membership Project Management Institute

Wendy Harris

Information Technology Director

City of Memphis

Teresa Hartnett

Sr. Associate Dean, Finance & Administration

University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Jana Haynes

Chief Financial Officer Monogram Foods

Cheryl Hearn

Deputy City Attorney City of Memphis

Scotty Hendricks

Managing Partner - Memphis New York Life

Angela Hewlett

Manager of Human Performance and People Development Memphis Light, Gas and Water

Dr. Cassandra Howard Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Margaret Jackson

Sr. Quality Assurance Manager

City of Mephis Housing and Community Development

Jerry Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

William R. Moore College of Technology

Jacqueline Jones

Vice President, Chief People Officer

Memphis Light, Gas and Water



Partner Kelly Green Enterprises, LLC

Tito Langston

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Memphis-Shelby County Schools

Samantha Larson Vice President Sedgwick

Wendy Lawhead

Director of Enterprise Data Science and Insights ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Ryan Leister Director, Customer Relations Tennessee Valley Authority

Alyssa Macon-Moore

Major Memphis Police Department

Tatorie Marion

Director of Alumni Relations Christian Brothers University

Jennie Verner Marshall

Government Relations Advisor Butler Snow

Dr. Yolanda Martin

Chief of Human Resources

Memphis-Shelby County Schools

Bacarra Sanderson Mauldin

Chief of Staff Memphis Area Transit Authority

ErikaBlair McGrew

Founder Young Wall Street, Inc.

Colby Midgett

Owner/Operator Premier Flowers

Cdr. Shaletha Moran

NPC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Special Assistant and Navy Human Resources Detailer Navy Personnel Command (NPC)

Tiffani Morrow-Smith Sr. Manager, MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies Foundation

Capt. Michael C. Mosbruger

Commanding Officer

U.S. Navy - Naval Support Activity Mid-South

Sydney Naylor

Director of Staffing VACO

Ken E. Olds

Assistant Vice President/ Mortgage Loan Officer & CoOwner of Muggin Coffeehouse Truist Bank & Muggin Coffeehouse


Linda Parker

Senior Communications


FedEx Global Citizenship

Erin Pattee

Vice President, Regional Services and Planning Le Bonheur Childresn’s Hospital

Dr. Samuel H. Pieh

Chief Operating Officer

Baptist Memorial HospitalMemphis

Laurie Powell

Chief Executive Officer Alliance Healthcare Services

Henry Reaves, Esq. Chief Executive Officer Reaves Law Firm

Jarmila Reed Financial Advisor Pinnacle Financial Partners

Jodi Reynhout

Vice President of Strategy and Operations

The Collective Blueprint

Frank Riley

Director, ITS Data & Analytics

ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Phyllis Grissom Robinson

Executive Director


Ursula L. Roman

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Memphis Goodwill, Inc.

Capt. Anthony F. Scarpino Director, Distribution and Augmentation Division U.S. Navy

Abigail Sheridan

Chief Operating Officer

Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC)

Dr. Robert Shorty

Global Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Nike

Glenn Sigler

Vice President, Financial Planning and Analytics

ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Keith Sisson Managing Director UMRF Ventures, Inc.

Kendrick Steele

Managing Partner

Confidential Business Intermediaries Memphis

Dr. Edward H. Stephens


Golden Gate Cathedral

Manoucheka Thermitus

Chief Operating Officer Regional One Health

Cherry WhiteheadThompson Executive Director

Shelby County Community Services Agency

Lee Whitwell

Chief Litigation Attorney

Shelby County Government

Shellee Williams

Manager, Customer Experience & Market Analysis

Memphis Light, Gas and Water

Brian Wilson Tresurer AOC LLC


“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.”


Director, Corporate Communications

Baptist Memorial Healthcare

“I am proud to align with Leadership Memphis as an alumni and Board Member to support their ongoing commitment to preparing and mobilizing leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. Like Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, Leadership Memphis is committed to creating an environment that values the individual differences and unique contributions of everyone touched by our organizations.”

- Sarah Colley (EP2016)

Sr. Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare


“Leadership Memphis provided me with an opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and leaders in the city. As a group, we were armed with information about the organizations and individuals in our city working to make a positive impact. By the end of the executive classes, we were able to develop a deeper bond with Memphis and each other. Leadership Memphis was an invaluable experience that I highly recommend.”

“In today’s competitive economy, a business’ competitive advantage lies in its ability to manage and succeed in a new environment that resembles a thriving ecosystem rather than the long-standing traditional methodology. Leadership Memphis provides that important element for the “leaders” of Memphis... from the collaboration of the other colleagues, innovative and competent sharing of relevant information... to the life-long partnerships that are created during the process. It is my honor to be a part of this great organization!”

City of Memphis


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.

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 also receive special invitations to Leadership Memphis’ events and activities.

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!

2022-2023 LEADERSHIP
- Alumni Networking Events
- Leadership Memphis Multicultural Breakfast
- Alumni Holiday Party March - Leadership Awards Luncheon April -
Throughout 2022-2023
Leadership Memphis Graduation
**Commensurate with Sponsorship Level Power $2,500$4,999 $250 - $499 2 seats ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ A c k n o wl e d g me n t a t a ll L e a d e r s h ip M e mp h is S ig nat ure E v e nt s ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Exclusive Event Invitations Sponsorship Opportunities SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Community Leader Power Leader Step Up Leader Team Builder Connector $5,000+ $1,000$2,499 $500 - $999 Seating at Multicultural Breakfast 1 table of 8 6 seats 4 seats 2 seats S eatin g a t Leade r s h ip Aw a r d s Lun c heon 1 table of 8 6 seats 4 seats I nvitat io n t o L e a d e rs hip M e mp h is Gradu a t io n R e c ept ion Inv it a t io n to L M Annual Alumni Hol iday P a r t y Invitation to Leadership Memphis alumni Networking Events A cknow led g me n t a t a ll L eade r s h ip Me mp h is E x e cuti v e & Fast Track Cl a s se s Recognition on L eadership Memphis office digital donor d isplay** Recognition on Leadership Memphis/ Volunteer Memphis social media channels ** R ecogni t io n o n L eade r s h ip M e mp h is ne ws lett ers & enewsletters** R ecogni t io n o n L eade r s h ip M e mp h is / Volunteer Memphis Website Recognition Opportunities Innovator $100 - $299 ■ 1 seat 1 seat ■ **Commensurate with Sponsorship Level ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 6 ■ ■ Early Bird Bonus A d missions to Playhouse on the S q uare One Year Subscription to Memphis Magazine 4 2 2 2 2 ■
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