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    NEXUS Class

    Each year the NEXUS Class begins in August with an Orientation. Paired with a proven curriculum, participants will hear key leaders speak upon leadership topics and have opportunities to learn about different non-profits in our community. The mentor-protege relationship is the key component of the NEXUS program, these relationships will grow throughout the NEXUS experience.

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    NEXUS in Motion

    This year the popular NEXUS event, NEXUS IN MOTION, looked a little different due to Covid-19 and social distancing. Instead of participants rotating from table to table, the speakers rotated through important, timely topics at the April session. Topics included “Adaptability & Flexibility as a Leader”, “Mental Health in a COVID Environment” and “Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone”. We had the honor of hearing from three impactful leaders Matt Gandy, Dr. Brent Stenberg, and Cassandra Webster.

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    NEXUS Night Out

    NEXUS NIGHT OUT, an annual appreciation event that connects current participants with NEXUS Alumni.

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    NEXUS is Making a Difference in Memphis

    Each NEXUS Class volunteers with three different non-profits in Memphis. Members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 volunteered at the Mid-South Food Bank. NEXUS participants packed 300 boxes of food for families in rural Mississippi.

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    Monthly Sessions

    Each Month NEXUS hosts Local Key Leaders to Speak to Mentors and Proteges about Leadership Topics NEXUS believes each leader must master

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    Graduation in the Garden

    NEXUS hosted Graduation in the Garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden to celebrate the NEXUS Class of 2020 and Class of 2021!  NEXUS has now trained over 1000 leaders motivated to lead our city. 

Nexus Experience

The need to encourage and equip the next generation of community leaders in Memphis is obvious to those who know our city best. To meet this demand, our young leaders need a place where they can learn proven leadership skills in a mutually challenging environment from top-flight coaches and mentors. Such a place is called NEXUS: A Proven Experience in Leadership.

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Nexus Connect

Web marketing refers to a broad category of advertising that takes many different forms, but generally involves any marketing activity conducted online. Marketers have shifted their efforts online because it tends to be significantly less expensive.

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Nexus Engage

An ongoing goal is to keep members of the NEXUS Network engage within the NEXUS Program and our city. NEXUS Alumni and current participants are key leaders within the community who want to continue to have a pulse of the needs of our city, the Memphis leadership community, and young emerging leaders of the next generation.

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NEXUS on COVID-19

The health and safety for members of the NEXUS Network is the utmost importance to NEXUS. With news of the COVID-19 pandemic escalating and with regards to the CDC’s recent recommendations, NEXUS has rescheduled current events or reshaped how events may look. Members of the NEXUS Class of 2020 will be notified with upcoming communications. We look forward to finishing the Class of 2020 out strong together!

As recruitment season approaches, we look forward to recruiting young, emerging talent as NEXUS protégé participants; and pairing them with proven leaders from NEXUS mentors. If you have any questions, please feel free to call NEXUS at 901-531-6171 or email heather@nexusleaders.org.

Thank you for your understanding as we work together!

Announcements

  • Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2021

    NEXUS successfully provided an engaging and meaningful NEXUS experience this year within a pandemic. The Class of 2021 recently graduate at the NEXUS Graduation in the Garden at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. Special thanks to the mentor and protégé participants for trusting NEXUS; Board members and volunteers for their leadership; and our corporate partners for continuing to fuel our mission! NEXUS has now trained over 1000 leaders equipped and motivated... Read More
  • MENTORS APPLY for the NEXUS Class of 2022

    We are excited to plan for the Class of 2022 Mentors and Proteges!! Safety for NEXUS participants is our priority! As we plan, we are being intentional and are committed to bringing the NEXUS Class experience back to its fullest. NEXUS continues to search for experienced, proven leaders to duplicate. Mentor applications for the Class of 2022 are currently being accepted. Applications will be contacted later in the summer with... Read More
  • NEXUS IN MOTION Event

    The NEXUS Class of 2021 hosted the annual NEXUS IN MOTION event on April 8 at Second Presbyterian Church. strong> NEXUS IN MOTION looked a little different this year due to COVID-19 with speakers rotating through important, timely topics rather than participants rotating from table to table. A special thanks to this year’s speakers Matt Gandy, Assistant System Chief Pilot for FedEx – “Adaptability and Flexibility as a Leader” Brent... Read More
  • Committed NEXUS Board of Directors

    The NEXUS Board of Directors recently hosted their annual Board Retreat. The leaders of NEXUS are more committed than ever. With COVID-19 changing the way NEXUS has looked this past year; Board members discussed and planned for upcoming NEXUS classes. Read More
  • Learning About LinkedIN

    NEXUS recently hosted a Workshop focused on “All Things LinkedIn”. This workshop included how to build your personal brand, networking tips, and we heard how corporations utilize LinkedIn for recruiting. We are that Gracie Leathers, Senior Executive Assistant at Mahaffey USA; Tracie Montgomery, Division Lead, Talent Partner, Talent Acquisition and Talent Advancement, US Electrification Business ABB, Inc; and Kerra Saine, Business Talent Partner, US Supply Chain and Procurement for Smith... Read More
  • NEXUS Class of 2021 Welcomes Bobby White

    Bobby White, Chief Public Policy Officer at the Greater Memphis Chamber spoke at the NEXUS Class of 2021 March 4 session. Mr. White shared about how to plan for the unplanned as we have all experienced this past year. He shared on the topic of “Planning as a Leader”. Read More
  • NEXUS volunteers with Advance Memphis

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 volunteered at the Advance Memphis warehouse. Volunteers helped paint, organize, and clean the warehouse to help maximize their daily operations. Read More
  • Susan Stephenson Impacts NEXUS Class of 2021

    Susan Stephenson, co-Founder, co-Chairman and President of Independent Bank spoke at the NEXUS February Session. Susan spoke in-person and via live-stream on the topic of “Communicating as a Leader” and impacted members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 with her message. It was an honor to have Susan back as a NEXUS Speaker. Read More
  • NEXUS Alum and AutoZone Leader Preston Frazer Spoke in January

    NEXUS Alumni Preston Frazer, Sr. Vice President, Store Operations, Customer Satisfaction at AutoZone share with the NEXUS Class of 2021 at the January Virtual Session. Preston spoke on being a leader and making ethical and wise decisions. He shared the principles that drive him as a leader and challenged everyone to, “Figure out where your passions line up with a need to make an impact.” Read More
  • Cindy Brewer Shared at the December Session

    “An effective leader responds to change and has a direct impact on the team and business.” – Cindy Brewer Cindy Brewer, Co-Founder and Principal of Leo Events spoke at the NEXUS Class of 2021 December Session via Zoom on December 3. Cindy spoke on the timely topic of “Leading Through Change”. Being in the event industry, Cindy shared several examples how she has led through change this past year. She... Read More

Upcoming Events

May 1, 2021 - July 26, 2021
MENTORS Apply for NEXUS Class of 2022

As we plan for the Class of 2022, safety for NEXUS participants is our priority.  The NEXUS Board and Program Committee are

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August 21, 2021 - August 21, 2021
Orientation for the NEXUS Class of 2022

The NEXUS Class of 2022 will kick-off their NEXUS Experience with a full day, in-person Orientation event.  This event is a

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Nexus Voice

  • Encouraging the development of new, capable and principled leaders for our city is critical for Memphis to thrive and be all that it can be. NEXUS has given me the opportunity to share some of my experiences while at the same time become encouraged myself about the potential class of rising leaders in the community. Developing a relationship with my protégé has been a privilege and a joy.

    Barbara Prescott

    Mentor / Vice President, Consultant & Licensed Professional Counselor / Allie Prescott & Partners

  • In NEXUS I have found a glimpse into the future of Memphis, with people of diverse backgrounds combining their collective wisdom and talents for the betterment of the community. My mentor provided me with his unique point of view which prompted me to look at issues outside of parameters based solely on my past experiences.

    Jeb Fields

    Protege / Vice President / Commercial Advisors, LLC

  • I’ve had the opportunity to participate in NEXUS as both a protege and a mentor, and both experiences have challenged me personally and professionally. The sessions are timely and applicable, and the personal interaction provides a type of “support group” that is often missing within the traditional business community.

    Sally Pace

    Mentor and Past Protege / Senior Vice President of Marketing, FTN Financial

  • I was a protege in the very first year NEXUS was introduced. Not only did I meet a great mentor but I was exposed to the community. I have built a network for which I am always indebted to NEXUS.

    Sridhar Sunkara

    Past Protege / Director Information Systems / Center City Commission

  • I felt like I got a renewed passion for our city. So many of the speakers really celebrated the great benefits Memphis has to offer as well as our unique culture and resources. Additionally, I got a chance to network with several different professionals in various careers, which was a great opportunity for me. As a teacher, I usually only network with others in education.

    Karen Brickey

    NEXUS Protégé and Teacher, The Soulsville Charter School

  • NEXUS exposed me to a diverse group of individuals with a common goal of improving themselves and Memphis. It provided a great network for future fellowship and leadership opportunities, and the protégé-mentor relationship brought many wonderful learning experiences.

    John Phillips V

    NEXUS Protégé, Chief Investment Officer, Red Door Wealth Management

  • Jan Mitchell, NEXUS Protégé

    Jan Mitchell

  • NEXUS Protege/Mentor-Jill & Hayley

    Mentor-Jill & Hayley

  • NEXUS protege Amy Strickland talks about her experience in the class of 2019.

    Amy Strickland

  • Bethany McRae, NEXUS protege talks about her experience.

    Bethany McRae

  • Miska Bibbs

    Miska Bibbs

  • Kem Wilson

    Kem Wilson

  • Sandy Willson

    Sandy Willson

  • Jeb Fields

    Jeb Fields