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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 past spring 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

    We look forward to bringing NEXUS NIGHT OUT in the spring of 2022. This annual appreciation event that connects current participants with NEXUS Alumni.

  • NEXUS Volunteers at the MidSouth Food Bank

    NEXUS Volunteers

    Each year, the NEXUS Class volunteers in the community. Members of the NEXUS Class of 2022 volunteered at the Mid-South Food Bank. The NEXUS volunteers helped prepare more than 6,500 pounds of food for distribution to those in need.

  • Bill Seely Inspired at NEXUS

    Monthly Sessions

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

  • Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2021 2

    Graduation in the Garden

    NEXUS has now graduated 1000 leaders equipt and movitaved to lead our city! In May, we celebrated the NEXUS Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 with Graduation in the Garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Special thanks to Memphis Botanic Garden.

  • NEXUS Class of 2022 Set to Start

    NEXUS Class of 2022

    Make a year-end donation to support the ongoing efforts of NEXUS.    NEXUS has trained over 1000 graduates motivated to lead and the NEXUS Network continues to grow.  Your tax-deduction donation will directly impact the NEXUS program and the future leaders we train!

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

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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. NEXUS continues to monitor the environment and follows all meeting guidelines provided by the Shelby County Health Department. Please feel free to call NEXUS at 901-531-6171 or email heather@nexusleaders.org for any questions or more information.

Thank you for your understanding as we work together!

Announcements

  • Mid-South’s Food Bank Cathy Pope Shared in January

    Due to the surge of Covid cases with the Omicron variant, the January NEXUS Session took place via zoom. After participants shared their 2022 motto, Cathy Pope, President and CEO of the Mid-South Food Bank Cathy spoke on the topic of “Communicating as a Leader”.    The health and safety of the members of the NEXUS Network’s is priority; we will adhere to recommendations made by the Shelby County Health Department. ... Read More
  • International Paper’s Tom Plath Joined NEXUS in a Conversation

    The NEXUS Class of 2022 is having a conversation with Tom Plath, Senior Vice President-Human Resources and Global Citizenship for International Paper visited NEXUS in December and had a conversation around “Visioning and Leadership”. Read More
  • NEXUS Volunteers at the MidSouth Food Bank

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2022 volunteered at the Mid-South Food Bank. The NEXUS volunteers helped prepare more than 6,500 pounds of food for distribution to those in need. Read More
  • Bill Seely Inspired at NEXUS

    Bill Seely, President and CEO of Varsity Spirit spoke to the NEXUS Class of 2022 at the November session on the topic of “Leading Through Change”. Bill shared his journey and the things he has learned along the way. He was intentional, humble, and honest with his message. Read More
  • Lauren Ready Speaks at NEXUS

    “You can be a leader no matter your title or position in a company.” -Lauren Ready The NEXUS Class of 2022 learned from Lauren Ready, Owner & Principal Storyteller of Forever Ready Productions at the October session. Lauren shared from her personal experiences about leading and building. Read More
  • NEXUS Learns About All Things Memphis

    James Armfield did an excellent job providing a better understanding of our city at the September NEXUS Session. You must know our city to lead our city. Memphis has many moments that matter for each of us. The Class of 2022 listened to a presentation about the history of Memphis and the positive attributes of our city. Participants were motivated about Memphis and challenged to lead within our city. Read More
  • New NEXUS Class – Class of 2022

    The Class of 2022 began their NEXUS experience on August 21 with an in-person NEXUS Orientation event. The successful event provided an opportunity for Mentors and Proteges to come together in a safe meeting environment. The Class of 2022 connected with fellow class participants, learned about individual strengths, and participated in mentor training. The impact of the Mentor/Protégé relationship and the interactive, teaching lessons from key Memphis leaders paired with... Read More
  • 1000 NEXUS Leaders

    NEXUS has now trained over 1000 principle-centered leaders equipped to lead our city. In May, the NEXUS Class of 2021 graduated; NEXUS was successful in providing an engaging and meaningful experience amidst a pandemic. 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

Upcoming Events

February 4, 2021 - February 4, 2021
FedEx’s Tracee Walls to Speak in February

Tracee Walls, Managing Director, Human Resources - Equity, Inclusion & Engagment for FedEx Ground is speaking to the

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January 27, 2022 - January 27, 2022
NEXUS to host Enneagram Workshop on January 27

Members of the NEXUS Network join us for this exceptional learning opportunity!  Enneagram Workshop on Thursday, January

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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