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Leadership Memphis Announces 12th Annual Multicultural Breakfast Friday, November 1

The annual community-wide event features a panel of five distinguished guests to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in the news media as well as networking opportunities

MEMPHIS, Tenn., September 25, 2019 – Leadership Memphis will host the 12th Annual Multicultural Breakfast event Friday, November 1, 2019, at Holiday Inn, University of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue. Presented by FedEx and International Paper, the Multicultural Breakfast is open to the public. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table of 10 and can be purchased here: https://leadershipmemphis.org/events.

The theme of this year’s breakfast is “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Behind the Headlines” and will engage a moderated panel of local and regional media to explore why it is important for the news we read, watch, and hear to be diverse, equitable and inclusive. Guests will have the opportunity to learn what people think about the news today and hear how national and local decision-makers are stepping up efforts to ensure the news and those presenting it represent the community they serve. Registration, networking and breakfast buffet begins at 7:00 a.m., with the program starting at 8:00 a.m. and concluding at 9:30 a.m.

“The theme of this year’s event is intentionally thought-provoking, and our expert panel will provide insightful context,” said David Williams, Leadership Memphis President/CEO. “There is plenty of talk about diversity in employment, but how many of us have considered the impact of having diversity and inclusivity, not only in the people who deliver the news, but in the context of the news itself? We are going to take a deep dive into how news people and media outlets are holding themselves accountable for providing diverse, equitable and inclusive news. We will also examine the impact of ensuring that news is inclusive and accessible to all members of our society and the impact it can, and should, have on our businesses and our community.”


Otis Sanford
Otis Sanford, Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economic and Managerial Journalism, University of Memphis









Mark Russell
Mark Russell, Executive Editor, The Commercial Appeal
James Overstreet, Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Memphian
Ruby Bailey, Executive Editor, Columbia Missourian at University of Missouri-Columbia
Lisa Lovell, News Director, Local 24 News, WATN-TV (ABC Affiliate
Jonathan Mitchell, Vice President and General Manager, WMC Action News







Since 1979, Leadership Memphis has continually developed new ways to prepare and mobilize effective community leaders. Leadership Memphis develops community change agents, connects them with others who have a passion for serving, and empowers them with information and opportunities to make a difference.

Seats for Corporate Sponsors and Alumni Sponsors at the $250 level and above are included in those sponsorships but do require an RSVP. Please email Jared Bulluck, Senior Director of Operations, at jbulluck@leadershipmemphis.org to receive your promo code.

For more information on the event or seats for corporate and alumni sponsors, contact Jared Bulluck at jbulluck@leadershipmemphis.org.


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