Leadership Memphis’s mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. The FastTrack Program is designed for emerging leaders with high potential who are eager to make a difference in the Greater Memphis Area. Over a nine-week period, participants are introduced to challenging concepts, game-changing tools, and a network of opportunities to create positive change, personally and in the community.

FastTrack builds on participants’ existing leadership skills and expands their knowledge of community programs, policies, and existing change-makers. Participants gain a stronger understanding of how to increase their impact in various sectors via experiential learning and exposure to high-profile community leaders.

Commitment & Expectations

FastTrack Program is comprised of several components that are intentionally built to complement and enhance the participant experience.

From September to December 2019, the FastTrack Program leads participants through weekly learning sessions, provides increased exposure to high-profile and effective leaders and organizations, and offers expanded connectivity to the challenges facing Memphis today and opportunities for the Memphis of tomorrow.

Overall commitment is approximately 40 hours:

  • Class Session Hours
  • Learning Journey Hours
  • Service Journey Hours

Session topics include learning and service activities related to issues such as education, transit, arts and culture, urban revitalization, unconscious bias, emotional intelligence, Memphis history, and more. While participants are expected to attend all sessions, attendance at the following is required for graduation:

  • Learning & Service Journey Hours
  • Beginning-of-Semester Opening Advance Event
  • At least 7 of the 9 Class Days
  • End-of-Semester Opening Advance & Graduation Celebration

Ideal FastTrack Program participants are:

  1. Early to mid-level, cross-sector professionals passionate to expand community leadership skills;
  2. Professionals new to the Greater Memphis Area wishing to become more knowledgeable and connected in the community; and
  3. Executives searching for a “fast track” experience to deepen their understanding of some of Memphis’s greatest historical and current assets and challenges.

Tuition for the FastTrack Program is $1,500 plus a $35 online application fee. Tuition covers all program materials, meals, and cost of activities. Limited scholarships are available.

Application/Nomination Process

The FastTrack Program challenges young professionals and up-and-coming leaders to think more broadly – perhaps outside of their normal scope –
and to work through complex issues related to culture, economics, community, and more.

Applications and nominations should be made on-line at application-form.

Leadership Memphis will contact nominees regarding acceptance, next steps, and additional paperwork.

Tuition and fee payments can be paid online, over the phone, or by check mailed to Leadership Memphis.

What Participants Say

“Leadership Memphis FastTrack has taught me that I can make a difference. It has taught me that ignorance is not bliss and the more you know, the better person you will be. It has taught me that it is easy to sit around and complain about the problems; however, it is totally different to figure out solutions and make them happen. It has taught me that we are a very diverse community and that learning more about that diversity only brings us all closer. Leadership Memphis FastTrack has made me a better person, a more well-rounded person.”

Calendar of Events – Fall Class of 2019

Unless otherwise specified, all Class Days will take place on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Exact locations and Class Day agendas will be shared prior to each session.

Opening Advance: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Class #1: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Class #2: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Class #3: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Class #4: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Multicultural Breakfast, November 1, 2019
Class #5: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Class #6: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Class #7: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Class #8: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Class #9: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Closing Advance & Graduation Celebration: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Alumni Holiday Party, December 16, 2019