Celebrating 40 Years of Preparing and Mobilizing Leaders

Leadership Memphis is turning 40 and we couldn’t have done it without the 3,377 individuals who have participated in a Leadership Memphis program and are now alumni. We couldn’t have done it without the dozens of companies and hundreds of alumni who financially support the organization each year. We couldn’t have done it without the individuals who give generously of their time to be presenters and panelists, those who have been a member of the Leadership Memphis staff, and certainly not without the many people who have served on the Leadership Memphis board over these 40 years. Join us as we celebrate 40 years of rich history impacting change in Memphis and look ahead to the next 40 years and beyond.


May 21, 2019 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Hilton Memphis

Honoring the original founding board members of Leadership Memphis. This event will also include a presentation of the inaugural 40 Change Makers and feature special guest Richard Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Logistics

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. Individual tickets are $250 each.


Calvin Anderson Retired; Chief of Staff & SVP BlueCross BlueShield
Ekundayo Bandele Founder/CEO Hattiloo
Ron Belz President/CEO Belz Enterprises Inc.
Kathy Buckman Gibson President/CEO KBG Technologies
Trey Carter President Olympic Career Training Institute
Staley Cates Vice-Chairman Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.
Darrell Cobbins President & Principal Broker Universal Commercial
Adam Cruthirds Student Rhodes College
Fred Davis Founder Fred L. Davis Insurance Agency
Meka Egwuekwe Co-Founder & Executive Director CodeCrew
Marlon Foster Founder & Executive Director KnowledgeQuest
Art Gilliam CEO WLOK-AM 1340
Rabbi Micah Greenstein Senior Rabbi Temple Israel
Carolyn Hardy President & CEO Chism Hardy Investments LLC
Whitney Hardy Founder & Executive Director YoungArtsPatrons
Michael Hooks Jr. Owner & CEO AllWorld Project Management
Pitt Hyde III Founder Hyde Family Foundation
Dr. Stan Hyland Professor University of Memphis
Victoria Jones Founder The CLTV
Fred Jones Jr. Founder Southern Heritage Classic
Mary McDaniel Retired; President/Owner FedEx; MHM Consultants, LLC
Charles McVean Chairman & CEO McVean Trading & Investments
Dr. Scott Morris Founder & CEO Church Health
Rev. Dr. Keith Norman Pastor; Vice President of Government Affairs First Baptist Church-Broad; Baptist Memorial Healthcare
Deanie Parker Retired; President & CEO Soulsville Foundation
David Porter CEO Made in Memphis Entertainment
Stephen Reynolds Retired; President Emeritus Baptist Memorial Healthcare
Beverly Robertson President & CEO Greater Memphis Chamber
Dr. Kenneth Robinson President/CEO United Way of the Mid-South
Gayle Rose Founder & CEO EVS Corporation
Gary Shorb Executive Director The Urban Child Institute
Fred Smith Founder, Chairman & CEO FedEx
Susan Stephenson Co-Founder & President Independent Bank
Henry Turley Founder & CEO Henry Turley Company
Anita Vaughn Retired; CEO/Administrator Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women
Jose Velazquez Owner The James Lee House
Yancy Villa – Calvo Independent Artist
Rev. Sonia Walker Associate Pastor First Congregational Church
Spence L. Wilson Chairman Kemmons Wilson Companies
Lauren Wilson Young Founder & Owner Sweet Lala’s Bakery

40th Anniversary Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Founder Sponsor


Hyde Family Foundation

Prodigi Arts

Best Class Ever Sponsor 

AAR Corp

Baptist Memorial Health Care

Belz Enterprises



Morris Marketing Group

Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority

Regional One Health

Community Sponsor

Allworld Project Management


BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee


Butler Snow


Chism Hardy Enterprises

Drexel Chemical

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc./Graceland

First Tennessee Foundation

Gayle Rose


Independent Bank

KBG Technologies

KRM Enterprises

Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance LLC

McVean Trading & Investments

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Monogram Foods

NIKE, Inc.

Shelby County Board of Commissioners

Shelby County Government


SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

Temple Israel

Tower Ventures

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Table Sponsor

ALCO Management

Belinda Anderson/Ritche Bowden

brg3s architects


Christ Community Health Services


Greater Memphis Chamber

Huey’s Restaurants


Memphis Library Foundation

Memphis Tourism

Olympic Career Training Institute

Orion Federal Credit Union

Regions Bank

Saint Francis Healthcare


The Commercial Appeal

The J.M. Smucker Company


Turner Construction

University of Memphis

Urban Child Institute


Vernon & Barbara Stafford Jr.

To purchase table sponsorships, contact David Williams, President and CEO, at 901-628-6156 or dwilliams@leadershipmemphis.org

Event Co-Chairs

Shannon Brown, SVP of AGFS/Chief Diversity Officer, FedEx Express
Julie Ellis, Senior Council, Butler Snow

Host Committee

Belinda Anderson
Ritchie Bowden
Reggie Crenshaw
Scott Fountain
Carolyn Hardy
Janas Jackson
Terry Lynch
Valerie Morris
Reginald Porter Jr.
Beverly Robertson
Jack Sammons
Karl Schledwitz
Leigh Shockey
Brian Stephens
Percie Strong-Jenkins
Richard Smith
Rick Wagers
Kami Wigginton
David Williams