How 71 local executives are working together for a brighter future in Memphis

What’s happening: The community leadership development organization Leadership Memphis has announced their Executive Program Class of 2023. It’s a diverse group of 71 local executives that will spend the next nine months working together and within the community to better learn about the challenges facing Memphis today.

What it is: The Executive Program Class at Leadership Memphis immerses area executives in a program that features monthly learning sessions and a 40-hour service program where they’ll work on public service projects in various Memphis neighborhoods. They’ll be introduced to a network of Memphis changemakers along the way, laying the groundwork for future partnerships that could lead to real world solutions for any number of issues that face Memphis.

Who’s involved: This year’s cohort has enrolled executives from an array of industries and sectors, including business, nonprofit, government, education, healthcare, faith, and neighborhood leaders and professionals. It’s a wide-ranging group of 71 local leaders, including the likes of Stephanie Alexander, Executive Director of the Memphis Area Minority Contractors Association; Wendy Harris, Information Technology Director for the City of Memphis; Bacarra Sanderson Mauldin, Chief of Staff at Memphis Area Transit Authority; Dr. Robert Shorty, Global Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Nike; and plenty more.

Why it’s important: “We believe the best way for the executives to engage with the community is to become proficient with our LEAD Model. LEAD is an acronym that stands for Learn, Engage, Activate, and Deliver. Leadership Memphis participants LEARN the community and the curriculum, ENGAGE with like-minded people, ACTIVATE impact teams and networks, and DELIVER outcomes for the good of the whole community,” says Reggie Crenshaw, President and CEO of Leadership Memphis and Volunteer Memphis. “The Executive Program offers class participants the opportunity to experience firsthand the difficulties many within our community face and allows them the opportunity to enact positive change.”

Visit Leadership Memphis online to learn more about this and their many other leadership, academic, and volunteer programs.
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