NEXUS Leadership Experience


PROTEGE Recruitment for the Class of 2017 is currently closed.  Applications have been accepted, we are currently recruiting applicants "ideal mentors".    

NEXUS Mentors are experienced leaders within their profession or/and community and whose character, commitment, and competence we would like to see “duplicated” in Memphis.  MENTOR applications will be accepted until JULY 10.

With each protégé, our goal remains to encourage and equip the next generation of community leaders through mentor coaching and teaching.  We seek to find protégés their self described “ideal mentor” in a manner that matches their request regardless of religious and racial lines.  This information is based on the protégés completed online application. 

Contact NEXUS at or 901-531-6171 if you have any technical difficulties or have any questions.

Click here for Mentor application


Announcing the NEXUS Class of 2017 Session Speakers & Dates:

August 20, 2016 / MENTORING & ASKING / Opening Retreat at For the Kingdom Camp

September 8, 2016 / MEMPHIS / James Armfield, CEO, Firethorn Pictures & Larry Jensen, President & CEO, Commercial Advisors, LLC

October 6, 2016 / LEADING THROUGH CHANGE / Rob Carter, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, FedEx Corporation

November 3, 2016 / PLANNING / Jim Strickland, Mayor, City of Memphis

December 1, 2016 / MOTIVATING TO THE MAX / Don Hutson, Author, Speaker, & CEO,Don Hutson Sales Growth Specialist

January 5, 2017 / COMMUNICATING / Carolyn Hardy, President & CEO, Chism Hardy Investments, LLC.

February 2, 2017 / ETHICAL DECISION MAKING / Ephie Ballard-Johnson, President & CEO, Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.

March 2, 2017 / FOCUSING / PANEL with Entrepreneurial Leaders

April 6, 2017 / DREAMING / Todd Richardson, Associate Professor, University of Memphis & Co-Leader, Crosstown Development Project & McLean Wilson, Principal, Kemmons Wilson, Inc. & Co-Leader, Crosstown Development Project

May 4, 2017 / BUILDING / Class of 2017 Graduation / Reggie Davis, Executive Director / Streets Ministries Inc.


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.



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"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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