Since Leadership Memphis assembled its first class in December, 1978, it has been a powerful force in the life of its city, preparing and unleashing more than 4,000 men and women who are focused on leading Memphis ahead.
It is with this unerring eye to the horizon that Leadership Memphis works daily to equip the community leaders who come through its programs with in-depth knowledge and insights into the forces shaping the city’s future and with the relationships that fuel the collaboration and collective impact that lie at the heart of positive change. In this way, for more than four decades, Leadership Memphis has been intent on making our dreams for Memphis possible by inspiring voyages of self-discovery of engaged leadership in service to their city. Put another way, Leadership Memphis is more than a program. It is in fact a movement inspired to be an accelerant for change through a creativity that brings together knowledge and imagination to unleash new solutions. Along the way, Leadership Memphis is an apologetic cheerleader for Memphis, operating on the belief that you can’t change your city until you change your perception of your city.
Volunteer Memphis was founded originally in 1975 as The Volunteer Center of Memphis by the Junior League of Memphis & the National Council of Jewish Women. In 2000, we became Volunteer Memphis and then merged with HandsOn Memphis and then evolved into Volunteer Mid-South in 2009.