Leadership Memphis FastTrack Spring 2019 Class Graduates Were Driven to Define Legacy

April 30, 2019

Class Reflects a Diverse Collection of Emerging Leaders That Used History as a Foundation for Making an Impact in the Community

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 30, 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 Spring FastTrack Class. The diverse group is comprised of approximately 40 emerging leaders who were motivated to dig deep into Memphis history in order to expand their capacity for building a greater community.

“We challenged this year’s class with something different, called ‘Legacy Projects’,” said Kaci Murley, Leadership Memphis Director of Programs. “Participants spent much of the year reflecting on what it means to ‘define legacy,’ asking ‘who writes history,’ and thinking about the impact they will have beyond the Leadership Memphis experience. The results of their efforts were impressive and clearly demonstrate how passionate this group is to think outside of their normal scope. They have a greater appreciation for diversity in culture, background, economics, community, and industry and I can’t wait to see how they capitalize on their experience to impact our community.”

For the Legacy Projects, the FastTrack participants were encouraged to research and explore a person, place, event, or organization that had a significant impact on Memphis’s history over that last 200 years, but perhaps is a story many people are unaware of or is not told enough. Some examples of the presentations included Memphis Massacre; Robert Church & Beale Street Beginnings; Dr. Carnita Atwater’s New Chicago Museum inside the New Chicago Community Development Corporation; The Best District in a Pinch; History of Memphis Street Names; and St. Jude’s Impact on Memphis Religious Community.

2019 FastTrack Spring Class:

First Name
Last Name
Title
Company/Organization
Amanda
Abney
Accounting, Payroll & Benefits
BRIDGES USA
Cindricka
Arrington
Engineering Program Manager
Medtronic
Gortria
Banks
Finance Administrator
General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office
DeWayne
Breckenridge
Senior Estimator
Anderson Contractors Inc.
Eric
Brown
Program Manager
Friends of the Earth
Lucia
Clinkscales
 Consultant
Think Inspire Marketing
Camille
Davis
Administrative Specialist
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Robert
Davis, II
Principal at Ida B. Wells Academy, K-8
Shelby County Schools
Ana
Duran
Senior Product Owner
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Jerri
Green
Director of Community Engagement
Community Legal Center
Suzanne
Gregoire
Senior Manager
Memphis Public Libraries
Pamela
Griffin-Egwuekwe
Program Manager
Code Crew
Kiera
Harvey
Mortgage Advisor
Pinnacle Bank
Erin
Johnson
Code School Program Director
Code Crew
Wynett
Jones
Program Director, Books from Birth
Porter-Leath
Justin
Keeton
Director of Organizational Effectiveness
Methodist Le Bonheur Health
Lesli
Lee
Program Manager
Hilton
Derion
Lipford
Digital Product Analyst
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Tori
Mason
Program Management Advisor
FedEx Services
Kristine
Nelson
Of Counsel (Attorney)
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Heather
Nordtvedt
Marketing Manager
Saddle Creek
Jenikka
Oglesby
Sr. HR Business Strategist & Consultant
Shelby County Schools
Erika
Parrish
Assistant Principal
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools
Will
Patterson
Attorney
Wiseman Bray, PLLC
Tamarques
Porter
Information Technology Specialist/Network Engineer
U.S. Department of Treasury
James
Rogers
Contracts Manager
Shelby County Government, Health Division
Scovia
Rushing
 Public Relations Specialist
Lemuel
Russell
Senior Pastor
Testament of Hope Community Baptist Church
Samantha
Sandoval
Sr. Administrative Assistant
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Kelly
Sealey
Manager, Professional Education
Axogen
JB
Smiley Jr.
Managing Attorney
Smiley & Associates, PLLC
Charles
Snyder
Director, Health Disparities Education & Community Engagement
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Courtney
Taylor
Talent Management Consultant
F&H Solutions Group
Brad
Teplicky
Account Manager
Trane Commercial Systems & Services
Kristin
Watkins
Assistant General Manager
Aramark/Rhodes College
John
Wheeler
Community Resource Coordinator
Leadership Memphis

 

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Official FastTrack 2019

Members of the Leadership Memphis FastTrack Spring 2019 Graduating Class

Since 1979, Leadership Memphis has continually developed new ways to connect and create more effective community leaders. Among the more that 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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