Leadership Memphis Announces 40th Anniversary Executive Program Class Graduation and Resulting Concepts

May 29, 2019

Class reflects a diverse group of experienced leaders who were challenged to develop innovative concepts to positively impact Memphis and are ready to make a difference in the community.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 29, 2019 – Leadership Memphis, whose mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community, is proud to announce the graduation of its 2019 Executive Program Class. The diverse group of seventy-eight experienced executive leaders from across the Mid-South were challenged to develop an innovative social enterprise that could benefit a specific community or the City of Memphis at-large, whether it was a new product, a business or non-profit, a new service, or an idea.

“In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Leadership Memphis, we wanted to challenge this year’s class with something that would really make them put their knowledge and skills to the test for the benefit of the greater community,” said Kaci Murley, Leadership Memphis Director of Programs. “The 40th Anniversary class’s culminating project was a Memphis version of ‘Shark Tank.’ Each group of participants ‘pitched’ their ideas to a set of ‘sharks,’ local Memphis experts who have a vested interest in making our city thrive,  similar to the TV show.”

The 2019 Executive Class rose to the challenge, coming up with several exciting concepts to directly and positively impact Memphis. Examples of projects from the Class of 2019 include:

  • An app for community members to report blighted properties and bid on beautification projects
  • A public, private partnership designed to create the city’s first sports medicine & community outreach facility
  • A resident-driven Community Development Corporation (CDC) to empower community members to revitalize historically underinvested neighborhoods
  • An online platform to connect Leadership Memphis Alumni with students wishing to better navigate the college-going process

One group is already discussing how to move forward with their idea, now that their experience with Leadership Memphis has concluded.

“Shark Tank reinforced the importance of devoting time for members of the executive class to share their problems and challenges and unleash all of the intellectual capital, professional networks and desire to improve Memphis on the challenges,” said one participant. “At our age and level of experience, I believe the room is less interested in the theoretical problems and ready to discuss and take immediate action on an issue that would yield real tangible results.”

2019 Executive Program Class:

First Name
Last Name
Title
Company
George
Abbott
Director of External Affairs
Memphis River Parks Partnership
Imad
Abdullah
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
Regional One Health
Teresa
Barnhill
Senior Director, Marketing Strategy
ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Nikia
Bell
Vice President, Operations
Regional One Health
Floyd
Benson
Vice President of Operations
Memphis in May International Festival, Inc.
Terry
Blue
Vice President, Operations
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Shirley
Bondon
Public Policy Analyst /Strategic Planning & Engagement Specialist
Regina Ann
Campbell
Chief Program Officer
Epicenter
Christopher
Capel
Director of Collective Impact & Continuous Quality Improvement
Communities in Schools of Memphis
Nicole
Cody
HR Director, Global Manufacturing
International Paper
Jan
Coleman
Member – Board of Trustees
Memphis Museums, Inc.
Michelle
Couch
Senior Vice President
Patriot Bank
Rita
Cowans
Vice President, Internal Audit
FedEx
Holli
Cox
Manager, Tactical Planning & Engineering
FedEx Services
Joanna
Crangle
Market President & Publisher
Memphis Business Journal
Jill
Crocker
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities – Memphis
Catherine
Cushinberry
Vice President / Executive Director
City Year Memphis
Andy
Davis
Business Manager
Turner Construction
Michael
Deutsch
Managing Director
United Capital Financial Advisors, LLC
Mike
Donoghue
Senior Vice President, Global Marketing
Smith & Nephew
Cristina
Duncan
Senior Vice President – Administrative Director of Nursing
OR Nurses Nationwide / Travel Nurses, Inc.
Shirley
Ford
Chief Financial Officer
City of Memphis
Mary
Freeman
Director of Government Relations
Baptist Memorial Health Care
Jason
Gillum
President / CEO
Millennium Search
Kristie
Giompoletti-Shamoun
Director of Agency Sales
WMC-TV (NBC)
Denise Nichole
Greer
Human Resources Manager
Cummins
Jamie
Griffin
Agency Manager
Memphis Public Library
Tracy
Hall
President
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Jason
Handel
Global Sales Director
International Paper
Jarvis
Harris
 Director, Information Systems & Operations
 United Way of the Mid-South
Tanya
Hart
Senior Vice President, Total Rewards
First Tennessee Bank / First Horizons
John
Hartney
Staff Vice President & Assistant Treasurer
FedEx Corporation
Michael
Hooks, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Allworld Project Management
Charles
Jabbour
Director of Finance
Memphis Management Group, LLC
Lin
Johnson III
Chief Financial Officer
Shelby County Schools
Eddie
Jones Jr.
County Commissioner
Shelby County Board of Commissioners
Monica
Jordan
Program Director, Office of Schools
Shelby County Schools
Romeo
Khazen
Director of Player Development & Asian Marketing
Caesars Entertainment
James
Kirkwood
Executive Director
Memphis Christian Pastors Network
Justin
Lawhead
Dean of Students
University of Memphis
JT
Malasri
Owner
Malasri Engineering, PLLC
Lane
McKinney
Senior Director – Financial & Data Operations
ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Natalie
McKinney
Executive Director
Whole Child Strategies, Inc.
David
Mills
Director, Health Sciences, Government Relations & Advocacy
University of Tennessee
Melisa
Moore
Member
Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC
Robbin Christi
Mouton
Sr. Manager, Operations Excellence
The Hershey Company
Larkin
Myers
Vice President
Tioga Environmental Consultants Inc.
Jennifer
Oswalt
President
Downtown Memphis Commission
Boris
Penchion
President
Carter O’Neal Logistics
Natalia
Powers
Chief Communications Officer
Shelby County Schools
Victoria
Ragland
Senior Vice President
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Brian
Raiteri
Senior Vice President / Consumer Banking Manager
Regions Bank
Gary
Rosenfeld
Chief Executive Officer
Memphis Area Transit Authority
Al
Ross
Director of Enlisted Distribution Division
U.S. Navy / Navy Personnel Command
Mark
Russell
Executive Editor
The Commercial Appeal
Shawn Karol
Sandy
Chief Revenue Officer
The Selling Agency
Kathleen
Seerup
Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital / Methodist Le Bonheur Health Care
Rosario
Selabe
Site Director
Las Americas Youth Development Center
Knox
Shelton
Executive Director
Literacy Mid-South
Amy
Simpson
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
TruGreen
Alexandra
Sinkular
Partner
Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC
Lori
Spicer Robertson
Chief Communications & Engagement Officer
United Way of the Mid-South
Candace
Steele Flippin
Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer
First Horizon National Corporation
Frank
Stuppy
Senior Vice President
Independent Bank
Sandra
Summers
 Youth Liaison
 Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action & Hope
Mark
Thompson
Partner
V2 Media
Victor
Torres
President
Huntington Properties, LLC.
Ted
Townsend
Chief Economic Development & Government Relations Officer
University of Memphis
Sasidhar
Vadapalli
Engineering Program Manager
Medtronic
Karen
Waites
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Sedgwick
Marvin
White
Manager, FedEx.com Planning & Innovation
FedEx
Jacquline
Wicks-Callahan
Administrative Director, Security Department
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Andrea
Wiley
Director of Account Management
DCA – Doug Carpenter & Associates
Rosalyn
Willis
President
City of Memphis & Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency
Renée
Wilson-Simmons
Executive Director
ACE Awareness Foundation
Mark
Yates
Chief Vision Officer
Black Business Association of Memphis
Tim
Yeoward
Senior Director, Infrastructure & Support
ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Paul
Young
Director, Office of Housing & Community Development
City of Memphis

PHOTOS: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5hj4393ozg830p5/AABFO3zhr0CO-twqeCTBlTmDa?dl=0

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Members of the Leadership Memphis 2019 Executive Program Graduating Class.

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Class members David Mills and Ted Townsend discuss this year’s projects.

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Class members Shirley Bondon and Kathleen Seerup review their classmates’ Impact Statements.

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Executive Program members participate in one group’s project activity.

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Members of the Orange Mound community group present their project.

Since 1979, Leadership Memphis has continually developed new ways to connect and create more effective community leaders. Among the more than 3,300 program alumni are mayors, City Council members, County Commissioners, City of Memphis executives, Shelby County executives, Federal Government executives, executives of civic and community organizations, public and private corporation executives, clergy representing over a dozen denominations, school or school system faculty and administrators, health care executives, professionals (doctors, attorneys, and accountants), and small business owners. Over 50% of Leadership Memphis’ alumni are Black or African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or another minority background.

For more information, visit the Leadership Memphis website at https://leadershipmemphis.org/.

Leadership Memphis can be found online at:

https://www.leadershipmemphis.org

https://www.facebook.com/LeadershipMemphis/

https://twitter.com/LeadershipMphs

https://www.linkedin.com/company/leadership-memphis/

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. Founded in 1979 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, the organization has trained and graduated more than 3,300 leaders from its programs.


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