I have truly enjoyed my NEXUS experience, and I feel like I have gained a better understanding of myself, my career, and my community. I was actively seeking ways to become more engaged in the Memphis community, and through NEXUS, I’ve been able to gain an even deeper appreciation for the place I call home and the leaders working to make Memphis a better place. I’m glad to have made new connections with other like-minding emerging leaders in Memphis, and I’m especially grateful for the mentoring opportunities. I was paired with a wonderful mentor who has been a sounding board for me as I navigate my career path, and I know she is someone I can continue to turn to for advice in all aspects of life.
Kate Van Namen, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2016 & Attorney, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

Kate Van Namen, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2016 -

NEXUS Comprises Next Generation of Millennium Leaders – It’s been an awesome experience! Being new to Memphis, NEXUS opened my eyes to the great opportunities that this great city possesses. Having the chance to learn from key leaders throughout the Greater Memphis Area has given me hope that I too, can make a difference in the lives of individuals that live here.
Dexter McKinney, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2016 & System Community Outreach Specialist at BAPTIST MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE

Dexter McKinney, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2016 -

NEXUS has been an outstanding experience for me. It has allowed me to meet other ambitious, sophisticated, thriving young pros in the Memphis area. This opportunity with nexus has placed me in front of respected, firmly established, business men and women from various industries on a monthly basis. I’ve met CEO, VP’s, and Senior Pastors, to name a few. I must say, had it not been for NEXUS it would have been really hard for me to get face-time with these people on a consistent basis. I gleaned so much wisdom from the speakers and also the mentors, which has immediately helped me professionally. I am thankful for NEXUS and would love to be a mentor in the future.
Jacari Lewis, NEXUS Protege, Class of 2016, Financial Analyst, International Paper

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Past NEXUS Protégé & Mentor Ignacio Vincentelli of International Paper shares about why he volunteers with NEXUS as a current Board member and what the NEXUS program means to him.

Ignacio Vincentelli, NEXUS Board Member -

NEXUS Alumni Jan Mitchell participated in NEXUS as a protégé. Jan speaks about her NEXUS experience

Jan Mitchell, NEXUS Protégé -

ServiceMaster employee Josh Simpson, NEXUS Protégé talks about how the NEXUS program has benefited him this past year.

Josh Simpson, NEXUS Protégé -

NEXUS has facilitated and exemplified one of the best things about living in this city, which is the willingness of the community to help each other grow personally and professionally. It never ceases to amaze me how open and welcoming the leaders in the community are towards the emerging professionals. My time with all of you reinforced my devotion to this city and I will always be very grateful to the organization, the speakers, and of course my Mentor.
Pedro Velasquez-Rodriguez, NEXUS Protege, Class of 2016 & Operations Director, Darsalud Management, LLC

Pedro Velasquez-Rodriguez, NEXUS Protege, Class of 2016 -

I really enjoyed the NEXUS expierence and hope to stay involved as an alum, as well as continue the relationship with my mentor. It’s exciting to see and hear so many of us that are passionate about making positive changes in our city and community.
Richard Collins, Client Services Advisor, Metropolitan Bank & NEXUS Class of 2015

Richard Collins, NEXUS Class of 2015 -

As a new Memphian and young professional, I gained significant value from Nexus in that it introduced me to a mentor who has understood my ultimate goal of being a leader since day one and who has selflessly invested tremendous effort and time in working with me to help me achieve that goal. I gained additional value from the fact that the program has attracted extraordinary, highly influential individuals, who are examples of leadership in this community, to speak to the group and share how their experiences and philosophies have led to impactful careers and lives. And through connecting us with opportunities to participate in community service projects, Nexus facilitated what I hope will be a lifelong habit of rolling up my sleeves and giving back to Memphis.
William D. Ivey, Portfolio Manager-Commercial Banking, Metropolitan Bank, NEXUS Protege, Class of 2015

William Ivey, NEXUS Class of 2015 -

One of the reasons I love Memphis so very much is because it is a city of
connectedness, a city filled with people who are eager to foster personal and
professional growth and development in others. My NEXUS experience has been
incredibly instrumental in my personal and professional growth and has enriched my
passion for Memphis. Words simply cannot accurately portray the dividends that you
will receive from being a NEXUS Mentor or Protégé.
Olivia Buffington, Director of Admission, St. George’s Independent Schoo, NEXUS Protege, Class of 2015

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