2017-2018 Year Review

May 17, 2018 Uncategorized

A YEAR IN REVIEW

As I reflect over the past year, I am confident in saying I have the best job ever! I have the opportunity to meet so many leaders, both young and experienced, in different areas of our community, including business, non-profit, entrepreneurship, education, and religion. In addition to working with the dynamic mentors and proteges in this year’s class, the dedicated NEXUS volunteers, and members of the NEXUS Network, I enjoy learning about our non-profit and corporate partners. Memphis the heart and soul of so many leaders working together to make our city the best.

Many motivating leaders with a heart for our city spoke this year including Rob Carter, EVP & CIO for FedEx Corporation; Mauricio Calvo, Director for Latino Memphis; Jason Wexler, President of Business Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and most recently Emily Greer, Chief Administrative Officer at ALSAC / St. Jude and many others.
Each year, the current NEXUS class selects three non-profits to learn about and volunteer with; this year those partners were Advance Memphis, Communities in Schools, and STREETS Ministries.
We want to continue to celebrate our alumni and keep them connected through special events including the NEXUS Night Out event that took place in the fall. Special thanks to Norma and Kem Wilson for hosting this fun event at their home. The Leadership Luncheon always brings members of the community to the NEXUS Network while honoring those that impact through mentoring. A new event that kicked off 2018 was NEXUS IN MOTION, a Saturday morning session that provided networking opportunities with career components and an insightful message from Sharon Ryan, Senior VP & General Counsel for International Paper. NEXUS IN MOTION offered directed networking for the Class of 2018 and NEXUS Alumni, led by NEXUS Alumni who are experts in their fields. Round table discussions on selected topics provided valuable face time and personal interaction among members of the NEXUS Network. A special thanks to International Paper for hosting the first NEXUS IN MOTION event.

I look forward to what the next 15 years has in store for NEXUS and future leaders. As we begin recruitment for the NEXUS Class of 2019, I am excited about the young leaders that I have met that want more opportunities, education, connectedness, collaboration, and kindness.

In appreciation,

Heather Hunt
Director
NEXUS Leaders, Inc.


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Announcements

  • Recruitment Begins for NEXUS Class of 2020

    Recruitment for the NEXUS Class of 2020 is currently taking place. Applications will be accepted now through June 1. Interested protege and mentor candidates please complete an application at www.nexusleaders.org. As we recruit, we will continue to search for experienced, proven leaders to duplicate and young, emerging leaders to develop through mentor-ship, relationship and interactive teaching.
    All participants are considered and approved by the NEXUS Board of Directors. Applicants will be contacted later this summer with additional information and please save the date for our Opening Retreat on August 24.
    Contact NEXUS at heather@nexusleaders.org or 901.531-6171 if you have any technical difficulties or have any questions.

  • NEXUS Shares About Mentoring

    NEXUS Board Chairman and NEXUS Mentor Bathsheba Sams and NEXUS Protege, Class of 2017 Brooke Jones recently participated on a panel facilitated by Heather Hunt, NEXUS Director on Mentoring and the Mentor/Protege Relationship at the Junior League of Memphis Women’s Summit.

  • NEXUS Featured in the Commercial Appeal’s Giving Back Column

    Special thanks to cityCurrent for featuring NEXUS in the Commercial Appeal’s Giving Back Column. To read more CLICK HERE.

  • NEXUS IN MOTION

    The NEXUS IN MOTION event offered members of the NEXUS Network the opportunity to network, take-aways from table discussions, and to be inspired by a leader like Terri Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum. Ms. Freeman spoke on of the topic of “Leading Through Change”.

  • NEXUS Volunteers in Memphis

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2019 partnered with New Memphis and volunteered at Promise Academy-Hollywood and KIPP Memphis Academy Elementary.

Upcoming Events

May 2, 2019 - May 2, 2019
NEXUS Class of 2019 Graduation with Bill Rhodes as Keynote Speaker

Bill Rhodes, President and CEO of AutoZone will speak at the NEXUS Class of 2019 Graduation and Closing Session on May 2.

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Testimonials

  • Kierra Warren, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    "NEXUS has been an awesome experience for me due to the fact that I was perfectly matched with my mentor. It is evident that the matching process was intentional because of how much I've been able to learn from and relate to my mentor. This has been true for my professional development, as well as my personal development. I don't believe that I would have 'stumbled' across a mentor this relevant to my development on my own, so I am greatly appreciative of NEXUS for the opportunity."
  • Joey Bland, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018

    “Given family, running my own business, and having several volunteer focuses, I was not looking for opportunities of involvement. After being asked to be a NEXUS mentor I weighed the ramifications and felt like it was a worthwhile investment. Venturing into the NEXUS experience for the first time was not only an excellent investment of my time, but also highly beneficial personally. The progressive content of NEXUS was stimulating and challenged me to grow.
  • Kanesha Hines, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    “The NEXUS program has helped me by exposing me to new leaders in the Memphis community, business world, and in my generation. The lessons that I've learned over the past nine months I'll carry with me for the rest of my life and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities that NEXUS has provided me.” Kanesha Hines, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Medtronic
  • Hunter Acosta, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    "NEXUS has provided what Larry Jensen described as "Access and Impact" to business leaders and peers that I would not have connected with otherwise. Not only that, but it has allowed for true friendships to form and continue outside of the NEXUS monthly meetings." Hunter Acosta, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018, District Manager, ADP
  • Elizabeth Wilcox, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    “In the time I was going through a job change and bank merger, I was simultaneously and luckily enrolled in the NEXUS program. My mentor has been with me every step of the way through that process. She lifted me up and has encouraged me as my career has taken a huge leap forward. I am lucky to have been introduced to her through the NEXUS program in this season of my life!” Elizabeth Wilcox, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018, Medical & Professional Banking Portfolio, Triumph Bank
  • Cooper Smith, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    “NEXUS has opened my eyes as to how many different things are being done in the city of Memphis to make a positive change. It has changed my perspective on the city and given me the opportunity to get in front of the men and women who run the various organizations that are making a difference. During NEXUS, I was surrounded by individuals who had a desire to improve themselves both personally and professionally. I thoroughly enjoyed everything from my mentor to the service project.
  • Andre’ Wilkes, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018

    “The NEXUS Program has elevated my level of thinking as it relates to leadership. This program not only helped me in my career but it has been a tremendous boost to my personal life. Each session brought on a new prospective of what a great leader should look like in our community. I am so thankful to have participated in NEXUS this year.” Andre’ Wilkes, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018, Associate Managing Director, Renasant Bank
  • Keith Okello, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    “My NEXUS experience has been very fulfilling. Through NEXUS I have been able to connect and learn from leaders in the community who have participated in the speaker series. I have also been able to learn about many organizations that are doing great work in the Memphis area and I look forward to doing my part in making a difference. In my mentor, I have gained a friend who has been able to share so much wisdom around faith, family, fatherhood, leadership, and navigating my career.
  • Jeff Sample, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018

    “Relational, participative, informative, engaging, inspiring! This summary of my NEXUS experience reflects NEXUS’ mission to duplicate and multiply an emerging generation of transformative leaders in the Memphis community. NEXUS has enlarged my vision of Memphis, broadened my network of friends and associates, and deepened my commitment to influence positively our community.
  • Lesley Patel, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018

    “NEXUS is a unique leadership experience because it provides meaningful one-on-one interaction and development between protégé and mentor, and there is an opportunity to truly develop a lasting relationship that can carry past the year-long experience. The relationship I’ve built with my protégé is what has meant the most to me.” Lesley Patel, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018, Director, Marketing Operations, ALSAC/St. Jude