NEXUS Leadership Experience

Join us on February 18 2015 for the annual NEXUS Leadership Luncheon at Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar Avenue, Memphis to celebrate those making a difference in Memphis by mentoring. We are excited to announce Barrett Jones, NFL player for the St. Louis Rams and  former standout football player for the University of Alabama as the keynote speaker.  This event celebrates Mentoring and those making a difference in Memphis by mentoring. The luncheon will begin at 12 noon. Tickets are $30, purchase tickets HERE.

In addition to hearing Barrett Jones, this special event is in recognition of National Mentoring Month, and awarding the Memphis Mentoring Awards to an organization, company and individuals who share our passion for Mentoring.  The award categories include:  Mentoring Organization/Non Profit, Mentoring Industry/Company, Outstanding Male Mentor, Outstanding Female Mentor, and Outstanding NEXUS Mentor. 

If you know of a person/organization/company that is making a difference through mentoring, Make your Nomination NOW and complete a Nomination Form HERE by February 2. NEXUS Alumni will vote for the recipients of the awards.


NEXUS:  A Proven Experience in Leadership

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 now available in Memphis. It is called NEXUS: A Proven Experience in Leadership.

Founded in 2003, NEXUS is a vehicle for the development and improvement of leadership skills, as well as a means for participants to make valuable connections with leaders in the Memphis community. Relationship is the key component of the NEXUS experience. NEXUS is unique in that it seeks to duplicate the experienced leader and develop the young, emerging leader through mentorship and relationship.


Announcing the NEXUS Class of 2015 Session Speakers &Dates:

NEXUS is excited to announce the session schedule for the NEXUS Class of 2015, we have invited dynamic Memphis leaders that will speak each month on leadership topics that we believe every leader must master!  Alumni are invited to attend the monthly sessions.  Please contact NEXUS at or 901.454.0034 if you have any questions. 

August 23, 2014                       
Opening Retreat                                            
Ed Garrison, Director of Leadership, International Paper

Sandy Willson, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church

For the Kingdom Camp, Memphis, Tennessee

September 4, 2014                  
James Armfield, Managing Director, Firethorn Pictures & Mainstay Entertainment                                     

Larry Jensen, President & CEO, Commercial Advisors, LLC

October 2, 2014                      
Dr. Todd Richardson, Associate Professor, University of Memphis / Co-Leader, Crosstown Development Project                                                             

November 6, 2014                                                                                                                                                William C. Rhodes, III, Chairman, President & CEO, AutoZone

December 4, 2014                   
Jason M. Little, President & CEO, Baptist Memorial Health Care

January 8, 2015                       
Rose Jackson Flenorl, Manager, Social Responsibility, FedEx Global Citizenship

February 5, 2015                      
Duncan F. Williams, President, Duncan-Williams, Inc.             

March 5, 2015                         
Eric Mathews, Founder & CEO, Start Co.                                              
Douglas G. Scarboro, Chief Learning Officer, City of Memphis                      

April 9, 2015                            
Nancy Hughes Coe, Senior Vice President & Financial Advisor, Dominion Partners             

May 7, 2015                            
Rufus Smith, Senior Pastor, Hope Church

All sessions take place at Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tenn.; 5:30-8pm.





"NEXUS has provided me a meaningful distraction from the urgent, high pressure routine of the normal workweek.  It’s a meaningful distraction because it’s an opportunity to step outside of yourself, to focus on sharpening your skills, network, etc., but do so in an environment where you have a real opportunity to make an impact through the mentoring relationship.  While mentoring is an important activity regardless of the venue, NEXUS is unique because the program maintains a sharp focus on building strong mentors – providing the skills, content, etc. – while at the same time fostering similar skills among the protégés.  The result is a mutually beneficial relationship and an effective leadership program."   


Shad D. Williams - NEXUS Mentor and President and CEO, sergemd
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