2023 Leadership Awards Luncheon


Leadership Memphis is proud to host the 2023 Leadership Awards Luncheon! The luncheon will take place on March 3, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Renasant Convention Center. A special thank you to our sponsors Regional One Health and TVA!

Each year, we honor community leaders and businesses who exemplify the true meaning of collective impact through our Kate Gooch Leader of the YearDistinguished Alumni of the Year, and Community Champion of the Year awards.

Leadership Memphis also recognizes 10 individuals as Change Makers selected from a list of nominated individuals who are rare and unique forces of positive change.

These dynamic individuals come from various backgrounds and organizations but share a common passion for bettering the world around them. Each Change Maker’s work has enhanced the community, uplifted other people, and made Memphis a better place. Leadership Memphis considers Change Makers a rare species. While they are mere individuals, they nevertheless changed the lives of others through their actions. Each has impacted our community in a very big and very positive way. Their work has helped enhance the quality of life and livelihoods of others and made Memphis a better place in the process.

To inquire about being a Table Sponsor, please contact Michelle Dooner at mdooner@leadershipmemphis.org


2022 Award Winners:

The 2022 Kate Gooch Leader of the Year was Doug McGowen, Chief Operating Officer, of The City of Memphis

The 2022 Distinguished Alumni of the Year was Valerie Morris Bearup, President, and CEO, of Morris Marketing Group

The 2022 Community Champions were The City of Memphis and Collage Dance Collective.

2022 Change Makers:

  • Dr. Reginald Boyce, Senior Pastor, Riverside Missionary Baptist Church
  • Briggette S. Green, President/Managing Member, TopCat Masonry Contractors LLC
  • Edith Kelly-Green, Founder and Member, KGR Group
  • Heidi Kuhn, Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk, Shelby County, Tennessee
  • Dr. Jon McCullers, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, COO, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center
  • Dr. Denise Mustiful-Martin, Founder and Owner, Periodontal Specialists of Memphis
  • Michael Scruggs, Powerlines Site Coordinator (Whitehaven), Agape Child and Family Services
  • Dr. Stacy L. Spencer, Senior Pastor, New Direction Christian Church
  • Rhonda Lambert Treadwell, Executive Director, Dress for Success Memphis
  • Dr. Bobby White, Founder and CEO, Frayser Community Schools



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