Executive Class 2018

The Executive Program brings together 80 “seasoned professionals” – leaders in their companies, or fields – who are interested in deepening their understanding of Memphis and their place as a change agent in the city.  We divide these 80 class members among eight communities in the city, to immerse them in a particular place to make the gains in IQ, EQ and network come to life.  Each group will not only learn more about the specific community (though service-learning at a high school in each neighborhood), but Executives will learn about their community at large when the whole class comes together.   

The program will, overall, drill through the many layers of Memphis’ very special “ecosystem”.  We know how much value there is in getting to know a neighborhood, and the micro-communities therein, and continuing to drill down to a more distinct level by spending time in a local high school – and then even further by getting to know the students in that school.  By understanding, and immersing in, the multiple layers which make up our city, Executives will be able to deepen their impact as community leaders, through the simple acts of opening up, listening, being present and reaching out to understand. 

Through a series of monthly Class Days, Learning Journeys/Doing Journeys, and participation in our SUCCESS High Schools program, we will achieve three program goals. The program goals are to:

·        Advance diversity and inclusivity;

·        Increase individual and collective impact; and

·        Promote civic engagement that makes a /difference.

Each program day will focus on one of three Core Competencies of community leadership.  There are specific learning objectives for each day, a set of guiding questions (to spark discussion), and a list of related “hot button” issues which will come into the conversation.  The Core Competencies are:

·        Framing / Re-framing Ideas – a group or community recognizing and defining its opportunities and issues in a way that results in effective action.

·        Mobilizing Resources – developing and maintaining relationships that allow individuals to work together and share resources, despite their differences.

·        Building & Using Social Capital – engaging a critical mass of people, resources and interests in taking action to achieve a specific outcome or set of outcomes.

To take a look of photos of their opening retreat click here.

Executive Class 2018

First NameLast NameTitleCompany
RustyAdairGlobal Director, Labor and Employee RelationsInternational Paper
CynthiaAllenSystem Community Involvement ManagerBaptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
JakeAllenDeputy Chief of StaffShelby County Schools
WilliamAndersonSenior Vice President, Manager of Professional & Private BankingIndependent Bank
DonnaArmstardSupervising Attorney - Juvenile Defender UnitShelby County Public Defender
ForrestArtzVice President of Finance & Administration / Chief Financial OfficerMemphis - Shelby County Airport Authority
LawrenceBlackwellDirector of Education and ProgramsHattiloo Theatre
ScottyBooneHead of Portfolio AccountingSoutheastern Asset Management
RhonnieBrewerChief Visionary OfficerSocially Twisted
ShunjiBrown-WoodsDirector of Professional AffairsSmith & Nephew
JamilicaBurkeDirector of Collaborative ActionSeeding Success
BryanBurnettVice President of MarketingOR Nurses Nationwide
KarenCamperRepresentativeTennessee House of Representatives
JanaCardonaExecutive DirectorBusiness Network International Mid-South
KimCherryExecutive Vice President of Corporate CommunicationsFirst Tennessee Bank
FalittaCovingtonDistrict Sales ManagerCoca-Cola
JamesCronePerformance Solutions Group Direct SalesTrane
SusanDaviesAssociate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs & Enrollment ServicesUniversity of Tennessee Health Science Center
GregorioDiazExecutive DirectorLas Americas
AsiaDiggs MeadorGeneral Counsel, Vice President of Compliance & Human ResourcesMeritan, Inc.
WendellDonelson IICEODonelson's Catering, Inc.
DianeDukeExecutive DirectorFriends for Life
MekaEgwuekweExecutive DirectorCodeCrew
SusanElliottVice President of ProgrammingMemphis in May International Festival
BradEmersonDirector of Business OperationsU.S. Navy
ChristopherEzellVice President of Academic AffairsSouthwest Tennessee Community College
TimFlackSenior Attorney, Memphis CHiLDLe Bonheur Children's Hospital
ShaneFlynnManager, IT & SystemsKrone North America
MichelleFracchiaSenior Vice President and Financial AdvisorPinnacle Bank
PatriciaGlaspieSenior Director of SalesFirst Choice Sales & Marketing Group
SamuelGoffVice President - Mortgage Independent Bank
WillGrahamPresidentGlobal Quality Solutions International, LLC
LauryceGraves-McIverAssistant Director, Strategic PartnershipsMemphis Public Library
MichaelGrayDirector of OperationsTotal Management Group
AlanGumbelDirector of Grants and Special InitiativesGMACWorkforce
RafelHartVice-President of Teacher ExcellencePorter Leath
AlisaHaushalterDirectorShelby County Health Department
Charlotte AnneHendersonCPA, Senior Tax ManagerReynolds, Bone & Griesbeck, PLC
DonHollomanChief Financial Officer / Chief Operating OfficerMemphis Health Center, Inc.
W. JamesJacobChair, Department of Leadership; Professor of Higher Education LeadershipUniversity of Memphis
LennardJamesPublisherMemphis Lifestyle Magazine
DeborahJonesManager, Learning Technology and Performance ManagementFedEx
HughJonesSenior Vice President; Chief Strategy & Development OfficerMethodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
MatthewJonesSenior Quality ManagerThe Hershey Company
MichaelJungPresidentThe Commercial Appeal 
CarolineKueblerDirector of DevelopmentCommunity Foundation of Greater Memphis
AmyLaheySenior Director, Information Security OfficerALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
AdeleLandersWealth AdvisorSunTrust
VelverLeeFounder / InstructorGrown Women Swim
TravisLeMonteSenior Vice President / Area Wealth ExecutiveRegions Bank
ShawnLynchLegal AdvisorShelby County Assessor
TonyaLyonsCEO / OwnerNew Image Family Dentistry
RebeccaMatlock HutchinsonSoulsville, USA Site DirectorLeMoyne-Owen College CDC
JimMcCulloughSenior Vice PresidentSunTrust Bank
MichaelMcGheePresidentMDM Investments of Memphis LLC
NadiaMitchemExecutive Director, Volunteer EngagementALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
KennethMoodySpecial Assistant to the Mayor for Community AffairsCity of Memphis
MariaMunoz-BlancoDirector of Parks & NeighborhoodsCity of Memphis
RandyOdomPresident/CEOMemphis Athletic Ministries
ChristyPrewittSenior Director, Strategic PartnershipsALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
ErinRaccahChief CounselInternational Paper
DarrellRayVice President for Student AffairsUniversity of Memphis
KeithRayburnGeneral ManagerJordan Aluminum Co
ArthurRicheyAssociateButler Snow
TorreyRivesLogistics ManagerThe Hershey Company
LisaSchaferSenior Vice President & Chief Nursing OfficerRegional One Health
MarySextonVice President of Resource DevelopmentUnited Way Mid South
HaydenSimonsSenior Director, Revenue Cycle ManagementAccredo Health
AndreanaSmithDirector of the Healthcare Advisory Team and Patient ServicesChurch Health Centers
TonyeSmith-McBrideInstructional Leadership DirectorShelby County Schools
EricSmrtDirector of DistributionMedtronic
MichaelSutherlandIT ManagerGeorgia-Pacific
HeatherTetletonSenior Vice President, Consumer Credit Risk DirectorFirst Tennessee Bank
EdwinThorpeMedical Director, Blue CareBlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
LisaWardHR Manager - Sales & ServiceCummins, Inc.
DaShenaWattsSupervisor of Contracts ManagementMemphis Light Gas and Water Division
LaurieWhitneySenior Project ManagerSedgwick
ChrisWintonVice President, Human ResourcesFedEx
RosalindWithersFounderWithers Collection Museum & Gallery
JosephWurzburgVice President, Mergers & AcquisitionsMonogram Foods
RodneyYoungSenior IP DirectorMedtronic

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