MEMPHIS, Tenn., February 28, 2022 – Leadership Memphis announced its Kate Gooch Leader of the Year, Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Community Champion, and their 2022 Change Makers today. These honorees will be recognized during the March 11 virtual Leadership Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to anyone who RSVPs on the Leadership Memphis website at https://leadershipmemphis.org/events/leadership-awards-luncheon-2022/.
“Leadership Memphis is honored to be able to recognize some of the leaders that have made a tremendous difference in our city. Our award winners, along with this year’s Change Makers, exemplify our organization’s mission of making a lasting, positive impact on Memphis for the good of all communities,” said Reggie Crenshaw, President and CEO of Leadership Memphis.
Leadership Awards Recipients
- Kate Gooch Leader of the Year
- Doug McGowen, Chief Operations Officer, City of Memphis
- Distinguished Alumni of the Year
- Valerie Morris Bearup, President and CEO, Morris Marketing Group
- Community Champion
- City of Memphis
- Collage Dance Collective
2022 Change Makers
- Dr. Reginald Boyce, Senior Pastor, Riverside Missionary Baptist Church
- Briggette S. Green, President/Managing Member, TopCat Masonry Contractors LLC
- Edith Kelly-Green, Founder and Member, KGR Group
- Heidi Kuhn, Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk, Shelby County, Tennessee
- Dr. Jon McCullers, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, COO, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center
- Dr. Denise Mustiful-Martin, Founder and Owner, Periodontal Specialists of Memphis
- Michael Scruggs, Powerlines Site Coordinator (Whitehaven), Agape Child and Family Services
- Dr. Stacy L. Spencer, Senior Pastor, New Direction Christian Church
- Rhonda Lambert Treadwell, Executive Director, Dress for Success Memphis
- Dr. Bobby White, Founder and CEO, Frayser Community Schools
Leadership Memphis considers Change Makers to be rare and unique forces of positive change. These dynamic individuals come from various backgrounds and organizations but share a common passion for bettering the world around them. Each Change Maker’s work has enhanced the community, uplifted other people, and made Memphis a better place. This year’s Change Makers were part of a large pool of nominees submitted by the public, reviewed by a panel of judges, and 10 were selected to be 2022 honorees.
In addition to the awards, Johnny Taylor, CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), will be the Keynote Speaker of the 2022 Leadership Awards Luncheon. As CEO of SHRM, Taylor oversees an organization with 300,000 members across 165 countries and is charged with being a global leader on the future of employment, leadership, and workplace culture. Taylor will be speaking about resetting with your workplace team and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Leadership Awards Luncheon will honor some of the Mid-South’s most impactful leaders during a virtual ceremony Friday, March 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. Those interested just need to RSVP on the Leadership Memphis website at leadershipmemphis.org.
Leadership Memphis announced Doug McGowen, Chief Operations Officer, City of Memphis as their 2022 Kate Gooch Leader of the Year.
Leadership Memphis announced Valerie Morris Bearup, President and CEO, Morris Marketing Group as their 2022 Distinguished Alumni of the Year.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will accept the Leadership Memphis 2022 Community Champion award on behalf of the City of Memphis.
Marcellus Harper, Executive Director of Collage Dance Collective, will accept the Leadership Memphis 2022 Community Champion award on behalf of Collage Dance Collective.
Leadership Memphis announced Johnny Taylor, CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, will be the Keynote Speaker for their 2022 Leadership Awards Luncheon.
About Leadership Memphis:
Leadership Memphis is a non-profit, community leadership development organization. Its mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. Originally founded in 1979 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, Leadership Memphis has graduated more than 3,900 leaders from its programs. For more information, please visit LeadershipMemphis.org.
About Volunteer Memphis:
Volunteer Memphis builds capacity for effective volunteering and connecting people with opportunities to serve throughout Memphis and Shelby County. The organization helps individuals, families, corporate teams, and community groups strengthen Memphis and the Mid-South through service at more than 300 nonprofit organizations and schools. Our volunteers are at work every day of the year, tutoring and mentoring children, helping individuals and families make pathways out of poverty, improving our Memphis and Shelby County environment, and more. Volunteer Memphis is an affiliate of the Hands-On Network, an association of 250 volunteer service organizations across 16 countries and an action Initiative of Leadership Memphis. For more information, please visit VolunteerMemphis.org.