Executive Class 2021

If you want to change the world, start with your city.

There’s a lot of truth in that.  Our efforts to make a difference are more likely to have an impact if we focus our energy and passion on our local communities rather than at a state or national level. Making a lasting difference requires strong community leadership.

That’s where Leadership Memphis comes in.  We prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community.

The Leadership Memphis Executive Program brings together the brightest and most experienced leaders, decision-makers, influencers and connectors in the greater Memphis community, with the goals of learning more about our great city, celebrating our community’s assets and digging deeper into complex issues and challenges facing the Greater Memphis area.

Over a nine-month period, participants in the Executive Program are immersed in an intensive experience aimed at building on existing personal and professional leadership skills, developing relationships and networks that drive and accelerate positive change, and delivering an ever-expanding pool of knowledgeable community leaders who are increasingly capable of taking the Memphis-metro area to the next level and then some.

Amazing things happen along the way — the attributes for a great community leader are the same attributes that are needed for leaders in successful organizations. There is no doubt that the Executive Program is a unique form of professional development experienced through our community-based intensive program.

Participants learn a lot about themselves as leaders and facilitators of change, role models for teamwork and collaboration, and champions for disruptive innovation and critical thinking.  They are challenged to stretch themselves and apply newly learned or refreshed skills out of their “comfort zone” — in circumstances and with people that are new to them.  Those learnings can translate to more effective leadership in sponsoring organizations.

We are now taking applications for the 2021 Executive Program which will begin in August 2020 and run through April 2021.

Ideal Executive Program participants are individuals seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the Memphis community with a focus on how to more effectively work together and leverage assets. Participants graduate better equipped to serve as agents of change for the good of the whole community.

Tuition for the Executive Program is $4,995 plus $35 application fee and covers all program materials, meals, and cost of activities. Limited scholarships are available.

Application/Nomination Process

The Executive Program consists of executive level professionals committed to the curriculum requirements and expectations of the organization. Participants are determined by using a selective nomination process. Nominations are typically made by upper-level corporate and community leaders and Leadership Memphis alumni. Self-nominations are encouraged. Selections are made and the cohort is announced in July.

What Participants Say

“Overall, I really enjoyed the program and it helped me gain an even greater appreciation for Memphis.  I really enjoyed the opening advance…. Having an opportunity to actually walk the city and learn about so many wonderful places and agencies that I might have only had a passing familiarity with was wonderful.”

“This has been a great experience!  It has made me a better leader and I am in love with Memphis!”

“The networking value alone is an important reason to participate in Leadership Memphis. However, having the opportunity to positively effect change in our communities by impacting the lives of Memphians is the ultimate selling point of the program.”

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To accept your nomination for the Executive Class of 2021, click here to complete and submit the online application!


Executive Class 2021 Schedule 

(All events and classes will meet virtually until further notice)

Welcome Reception – August 5, 2020 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Opening Advance: MEMPHIS 321 (Optional Overnight Stay)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 7:00am to 8:00pm

Thursday, August 27, 2020 – 7:00am to 9:00pm

Friday, August 28, 2020 – 7:00am to 5:00pm

Class #1 – Friday, September 18, 2020 – 8:00am to 3:00pm

Class #2 – Friday, October 23, 2020 – 8:00am to 3:00pm

Class #3 – Friday, November 13, 2020 – 8:00am to 3:00pm

Class #4 – Friday, December 11, 2020 – 8:00am to 3:00pm

Class #5 – Friday, January 15, 2021 – 8:00am to 3:00pm

Class #6 – Friday, February 19, 2021 – 8:00am to 3:00pm

Class #7 – Friday, March 5, 2021 – 8:00am to 3:00pm

Class #8 – Friday, April 9, 2021 – 8:00am to 3:00pm

Graduation Celebration – Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Current Executive Class 2020 Roster

(Participated August 2019 – May 2020)

Name Company Job Title
Kimberly Alexander Baptist Memorial Health Care Pulbic Relations Manager
Phyllis Aluko Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender Shelby County Public Defender
Janice Avery-Walthall Memphis-Shelby County International Airport Authority Director of Human Resources
Scot Bearup Juvenile Court of Memphis & Shelby County Senior Attorney
Vinay Bhal Smith & Nephew Clinical Strategy Lead
Kerri Blair Behind the Scenes Administrative Director
Morgan Bohannon Cumulus Media Memphis Vice President & Market Manager
Jeff Borgsmiller Turner Construction Preconstruction Manager
Candi Burton City of Memphis Comptroller
Alissa Campbell Shaw International Paper Senior Manager Community Engagement & Executive Director, IP Foundation
David Casteel United States Navy Branch Head for Officer Performance and Separations
Mark Creech Tennessee Valley Authority Executive Director, Memphis
Hayley Daniel ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Senior Director of Direct Marketing
Patrick Elam FedEx Vice President of US Operations, Southeast Region
Jennifer Ervin Shelby County Schools General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer
Eric Eurich FocalPoint Business Coaching Owner/Business Coach
Michael Gabel FedEx Logistics Managing Director of International Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Brandon Gentry Medtronic Senior Distribution Manager
Angela Green On Location Memphis, Inc. Executive Director
Robert Griffin Memphis in May Vice President of Marketing
Will Griffith Accredo Specialty Pharmacy Director of Pharmacy Operations
Ruby Hancock KPMG LLP Audit Managing Director
Chas Harris Sodexo Director of Business Development
Tim Harris Memphis Empowerment Initative Chief Executive Officer
Mark Hart Stanley Security Solutions Vice President of Sales & Operations, South Central Region
Paul Haught Christian Brothers University Vice President of Academics & Student Life
Kandi Hill-Clarke University of Memphis Dean of the College of Education
Markita Jack First Tennessee / First Horizon SVP, Talent Acquisition & Employee Relations
Carol Jackson Families Matter, Inc. Executive Director
Tiffany Jackson BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Provider Incentive & Engagement Manager
Greg Jackson International Paper Senior Manager of Data Center Operations, Information Technology
Will Jackson, III Christ Community Health Services, Inc. Chief Information Officer
Angela Johnson Mid-South Food Bank Director of Donor Relations
Jennifer Jones Youth Villages Chief Marketing Officer
Will Jones Germantown Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor
William “Bill” Kim Regional One Health Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Hardin Kimmel Medtronic Senior Director of Compliance
Marlon King Fayette County Public Superintendent of Schools
Nicole Lacey Memphis Area Transit Authority Chief Communications Officer
Velver Lee Grown Women Swim Owner & Head Instructor
Rosie McGaughy Hershey’s Senior Human Resources Manager
Brad Miller Pinnacle Financial Partners Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor
Dann Miller The Commercial Appeal Senior Consumer Experience Director
Kimberly Moore Regions Bank Assistant Vice President & Community Relations Officer
Albert Mosley Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Senior Vice President & Chief Mission Integration Officer
Karen Muntean United States Navy Officer Career Director for Human Resources Specialty
Tomo Oblak Sundial Investment Co, LLC Chief Operating Officer
Abusheri Ohwofasa Memphis Grizzlies Vice President, Community Engagement & Executive Director, Grizzlies Foundation
Richard Paessler Telarray President & Chief Compliance Officer
Mike Palazzolo City of Germantown Mayor
Sunya Payne Shelby County Schools Director of Family & Community Engagement
Steve Peay Boyle Insurance Agency, Inc. Senior Vice President
Will Perry Butler Snow LLP Partner
Oksana Piven Essence Fragrances Inc / Best Real Estate Company Business Owner / Real Estate Agent
Adrian Pomi FedEx Services Director of Corporate Communications
Tracy Prewitt Memphis Symphony Orchestra Director of Finance
William “Bill” Rawls City of Brownsville Mayor
Jennie Robbins Church Health Center Chief Financial Officer
Chandell Ryan City of Memphis Deputy Chief Operations Officer
Zayid Saleem Memphis Police Department Senior Assistant City Attorney
Amy Schaftlein United Housing, Inc. Executive Director
Sue Schnitzer Memphis Public Libraries Assistant Director, Outreach and Special Projects
Jay Scott Sedgwick Senior Vice President, Pricing & Program Design
Lee Eric Smith Abundant Earth Global CDC Co-Director
Megan Smith Shelby County Government Chief Administrative Attorney
Kandace Stewart Memphis Grizzlies Director of Business Operations and External Affairs
Gia Stokes United Way of the Mid-South Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Traci Strickland Triumph Bank Senior Vice President – Marketing
Lauralan Terrill-Grisoni Smith & Nephew Vice President of Global Medical Education Orthopaedics
Karen Treas Moore Tech Vice President of Career Services & Industry Relations
Terry Trim Tops Bar-B-Q President
Sherry Turner Rhodes College Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Troy Watson Servicemaster Facilities Maintenance President & CEO
Jim West Memphis Light Gas & Water Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
Jeree Wheat Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck PLC Senior Audit Manager
Richard Williamson Bryce Corporation Vice President, Human Resources
Andre Woods Bancorp South Community Development Lender
Cedrick Wooten Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk’s Office Chief Administrative Officer
Anthony Young Epicenter Memphis Capital Executive in Residence