• A mentor-driven program, whereby the mentors commit to participate in the monthly sessions, to be trained in leadership alongside their protégé and to meet with their protégé once per month informally outside of the monthly sessions, arranged at the convenience of both.
  • Protégé recruitment takes place through the NEXUS Network-alumni and current participants.
  • Attend the opening retreat which focuses on “Your Leadership Strengths.” The opening retreat is said to be a highlight of the program and gives participants an opportunity to meet and connect.
  • Nine monthly interactive teaching sessions led by local key-leaders.  Both mentors and protégés are required to attend at least seven of the nine monthly sessions.
  • Service Projects which offer participants an opportunity to make a difference and learn more about non-profits in Memphis.
  • A reasonable cost, subsidized by corporate sponsors and private donations. The program fee is $500 for mentors and protégés, and includes an opening retreat, curriculum materials and monthly dinner sessions. Scholarships are available through the Kemmons Wilson Foundation Scholarship Fund.
  • A proven curriculum, which usually includes several books, timely articles, and assessments.  The speakers teach on leadership topics NEXUS thinks every leader must master including: Asking, Building, Communicating, Dreaming, Ethical Decision Making, Focusing, Funding, Growing, Leading Through Change, Mentoring, Motivating and Planning.
  • NEXUS Class of 2019 Speaker Sessions
    August 25, 2018 / OPENING RETREAT / MENTORING / For the Kingdom Camp
    September 6, 2018 / James Armfield / Director / NEXUS CONNECT & Larry Jensen / President & CEO / Commercial Advisors, LLC / MEMPHIS
    October 4, 2018 / Tom Cleves / Vice President / Global Citizenship / International Paper / FOCUSING
    November 1, 2018 / Dr. Marjorie Hass / President / Rhodes College / PLANNING
    December 6, 2018 / Shannon Brown / SVP / Chief HR & Diversity Officer / FedEx Express / BUILDING
    January 3, 2019 / Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein / Senior Rabbi / Temple Israel / ETHICAL DECISION MAKING
    February 2, 2019 / NEXUS IN MOTION / Terri Lee Freeman / President / National Civil Rights Museum / LEADING THROUGH CHANGE
    March 7, 2019 / Richard Shadyac / CEO / ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / FOCUSING
    April 4, 2019 / Joanna Crangle / Market President & Publisher / Memphis Business Journal / COMMUNICATING
    May 2, 2019 / GRADUATION / Bill Rhodes / President & CEO / AutoZone / MOTIVATING


The newest NEXUS program, CONNECT. The purpose of CONNECT is to engage NEXUS alumni and other individuals in the importance of mentoring and connecting outside of the existing NEXUS program. CONNECT is designed to foster mentoring and coaching connections over the various stages of an individual’s professional career, as those relationships could last a lifetime. CONNECT will also support these relationships by providing the necessary training and connectivity to NEXUS mentors and protégés, NEXUS alumni, and the mentoring relationships that develop outside of NEXUS. To learn more about CONNECT contact James Armfield, Director of NEXUS CONNECT at or 901-461-6260.


"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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