What is the time commitment for NEXUS?

Approximately four to five hours each month from August to May.

That monthly commitment includes:

  • An interactive teaching session with dinner provided from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., one Thursday night a month from September – May.
  • A one-on-one informal meeting, usually over coffee or a meal, arranged at the convenience of both the mentor and protégé. The purpose of this time is to pursue leadership mentoring goals agreed upon by the two.
  • Assigned reading that includes leadership books, various timely articles, YouTube videos, etc.
  • To participate in one of the three Service Projects agreed and organized by the current class.
  • An annual retreat a Saturday in August, 8;30am-4:30pm that kicks-off the NEXUS.
  • Tuition fee for both the Mentor & Protege.

How are mentors recruited for NEXUS?

  • Mentors are recruited each spring by invitation.
  • The NEXUS Board approves a list of mentors. The committee compiles the list from its knowledge of area leaders and from recommendations made by current NEXUS mentors and protégés as well as alumni.
  • The selection criterion, set by the NEXUS Board, includes that potential mentors be proven leaders within their professional and community careers that NEXUS would like to see “duplicated” within the next generation for the betterment of our community.

“As a mentor, I don’t know of many things more worthwhile and powerful than the opportunity to make a meaningful ‘investment’ in someone’s life… an investment of time and the occasion in which to share one’s life experiences with the hope it may benefit that person. It is awfully exciting to see the growth and development of young leaders. To be able to instill confidence in them and see their potential come to life is very rewarding.”

Kem Wilson, Mentor Principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies

How are proteges recruited for NEXUS?

  • NEXUS Alumni, current NEXUS participants and NEXUS Board members nominate potential protégé for participation in the program.
  • NEXUS also partners and recruits through other professional and leadership organizations within Memphis.
  • A mentor may recruit his or her protégé from a pre-existing relationship.

How are proteges and mentors paired for the program?

There is a NEXUS Matching Committee that reviews the detailed mentor and protege applications in search for their “ideal mentor” and “ideal protégé”. They also use personal insight and relationships, to pair mentors and protégés together in complementary relationships. Over the first few months of the program we ask those paired mentors and protégés to let us know how the relationship is working and if the match is not complementary of one another we then find recruit other mentors and protégés.

“NEXUS really challenges you to think strategically about what you’d like to accomplish in your personal life and career. Having a mentor’s counsel along that journey is invaluable.”

Angie Craig VP, US Investor and Media Relations, Smith and Nephew, Inc.

What is the cost to participate?

  • The program tuition is $500 for both mentors and protégés and covers the costs of the  retreat, curriculum materials, monthly dinners and closing banquet. Corporate sponsors, private donations and grants subsidize NEXUS’ expenses so that the program may be offered at a reasonable cost to individual participants.
  • All participants, both mentors and protégés, must pay tuition.
  • Area companies and organizations offer tuition reimbursement for their employees and members.
  • Tuition scholarships are available to both mentors and protégés made possible by the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation.

When is tuition due and are scholarships available for mentors and proteges?

  • Tuition in full or a confirmed payment plan is due in August before the fall term begins.
  • Tuition scholarships are available for both mentors and protégés through the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation.
  • Although scholarships are available, every participant is required to make at least a $100 personal or corporate financial commitment. Prior experience proves that participants’ sense of investment, ownership and accountability are essential to the program’s success. NEXUS does not disqualify participants for financial reasons.
  • A committee reviews scholarship and grant requests.

How do I contact NEXUS for more information?

Contacting us is easy! Please contact us through our Contact Page.


"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 m...
Kierra Warren, NEXUS Protégé, 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 ...
Joey Bland, NEXUS Mentor, 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 ...
Kanesha Hines, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018 -
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