Class of 2021

MENTORS
Mike Allen / Memphis Botanic Garden / Executive Director
Teresa Blanton
Reggie Davis / Beyond the Classroom – Seeding Success / Director
Rebecca Dupuy / International Paper / Manager-Global Sourcing
Cami Fields / FedEx / Manager- Strategic Marketing & Analysis
Stephan French / Retired
Bently Goodwin / MidSouth CEO / Director
Jeanice Hayslett / International Paper / Business Intelligence (BI) Development Manager
Cindy Klatt / Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group, LLC / Chief Operations Officer
Nate Maloney / International Paper / IT Manager eCommerce and CRM
Aimee Massey / Revolution Partners / Director of Strategy and Business Development
Erinn Monette / International Paper / Customer Service Manager – Containerboard
Erin Nelson / University of Memphis / Assistant Professor of Public & Nonprofit Management; Associate Director, UM Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Edward Newby / Edward Newby Coaching / Life Coach/Owner
Amy O’Bannon / Pinnacle Financial Partners / SVP & Financial Advisor
Larry Papasan / MLGW & Smith & Nephew / Retired President
Don Riley / Discipling Men, Inc. / Executive Director & Founder
Jerry Roberts / LSI Graphics / VP Electric Signs
Mary Sexton / Consultant
Amy Simpson / International Paper / Senior Manager Communications
Ignacio Vincentelli / International Paper / Senior Counsel
Matt Weathersby / Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors / Principal
Kem Wilson / Kemmons Wilson Companies / Principal

PROTEGES
Lauren Brown / ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / Sr. Liaison – Direct Marketing
Mario Cole / Nickson General Contractors / Assistant Project Manager
Omar Colmenares / International Paper / Account Executive
Ashley de Kok / HRO Partners / SR HR Generalist & Project Consultant
Emily Edwards / Pfizer / Financial Project Manager
Kellen Farmer / AutoZone / Sr. Product Manager-Mobile Apps
Luke Franklin / UCL Financial Group, LLC / Financial Advisor
Ryanne Griffin / FedEx Services / Senior Account Executive
Alex Hugo / Faropoint / Asset Manager
John Bowman Kelley / Memphis Botanic Garden / Arborist/Educator
Alexis Lynn / DialSource / Solution Engineer
Nora Murray / New Memphis / Community Engagement Manager
Eric Monroe / Raymond James / Fee Based Senior Associate
Bryan Moultrie / Briggs Equipment / Regional Sales Manager
Monique Perry / ALSAC/St. Jude / Advisor for Integrated Strategy & Solutions
Kevin Redd / Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation / Administrative Fellow
Domonique Rivers / RISE Program / Coordinator
Addison Roberts / V. Alexander / Import Operations
Austin Smith / Circle T Ag Properties / Vice President
Matt Toombs / First Horizon Bank / Vice President Portfolio Manager
Lauren Trowbridge / Southern College of Optometry / Director of Development
Ally Velderman / Service Over Self, Inc. / Director of Camps and Programs

Announcements

  • Tammy LoCascio Delivered a Great Message to the Class of 2024

    Tammy LoCascio, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President for First Horizon Bank spoke at the February session to the NEXUS Class of 2024. Tammy shared the importance of communicating as a leader and how to be an effective communicator. Tammy said, “You cannot be a great leader if you are not a great communicator.” To request an audio of this presentation contact NEXUS. Read More
  • NEXUS Featured in River City Lifestyle

    NEXUS is featured in the February issue of River City Lifestyle. As we celebrate 20 years of NEXUS, the article captures the true meaning of NEXUS and honors our mission as we strengthen Memphis one leader at a time. River City Lifestyle is a local publication that is a hub for uplifting local stories, businesses and experiences. To read the article CLICK HERE. Read More
  • New NEXUS Podcast Release with Guest Caroline Kuebler

    New Release – “The NEXUS Intersection” – A NEXUS Podcast Check out the latest episode of “The NEXUS Intersection” with Caroline Kuebler, Director of Development for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis & NEXUS Alumni. Co-hosts Ephie Johnson and Heather Hunt. JUMP IN to this podcast with Caroline as she shares about being a “Value Based Giver”. Caroline uses her expertise everyday with donors on how to build a giving... Read More
  • Elizabeth Rouse First Speaker in 2024

    “Questions should inspire others.” – Elizabeth Rouse Elizabeth Rouse, President & CEO for ARTSmemphis spoke at the first session of 2024.  The Class of 2024 had the opportunity to hear Elizabeth on January 4 share on the topic of “Asking the Right Questions”.  Elizabeth feels that questions can do many things – It shows you care, is a great way to communicate, empowers us, provides personal growth, inspires us, shows others... Read More
  • Sridhar Sunkara Shares On Newest Podcast Episode

    NEW RELEASE – NEXUS Alumni and Board member Sridhar Sunkara shares on the newest episode of the NEXUS podcast “The NEXUS Intersection” with co-hosts Ephie Johnson and Heather Hunt. Sridhar is CEO of eBiz Solutions and works among global leaders in technology. He shares on the topic of “Technology & Leadership” including the benefits and challenges leaders are faced with today regarding technology. And why it’s so important to be... Read More
  • Ericka DeBruce Shared in December

    Ericka DeBruce, Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital spoke at the December Session to the NEXUS Class of 2024. Ericka spoke on the important topic “Intentionally Being a Diverse and Inclusive Leader”. Read More
  • The NEXUS Intersection Podcast with co-Founder Sandy Willson

    New Release – “The NEXUS Intersection” – A NEXUS Podcast Co-founder of NEXUS Sandy Willson sat down with Heather Hunt and Ephie Johnson to talk about the vision he had for NEXUS and 20 years later why mentoring matters. Listen to the newest episode of “The NEXUS Intersection” titled “The NEXUS Vision & Why Mentoring”. Sandy shares about why NEXUS was founded and the purpose we continue to fulfill for... Read More
  • November Session with Memphis Grizzlies Jason Wexler

    The NEXUS Class of 2024 hosted Jason Wexler, President for the Memphis Grizzlies at the November Session. Jason shared on the topic of “Motivating as a Leader” and how he personally is motivated and how he motivates his team. Read More
  • Mike Allen Shares on NEXUS Podcast – Episode 5

    In the newest episode of the NEXUS podcast, “The NEXUS Intersection” co-hosts Ephie Johnson and Heather Hunt have a conversation with Mike Allen, Executive Director of the Memphis Botanic Garden and NEXUS Mentor. Mike shares the things he has learned through his three different acts as a corporate employee, entrepreneur, and a non-profit leader – all end with the same theme “Mike Gives Back”. To listen click HERE. Read More
  • Tom Cleves Returned to NEXUS

    Tom Cleves, SVP – Corporate Affairs for Sylvamo returned to NEXUS in October. Tom shared the importance of “Focusing as a Leader” with the Class of 2024. He challenged everyone to ask themselves “What’s the one most important thing today?”. Figure out what matters and give it your undivided attention. To request the speaker’s audio email heather@nexusleaders.org. Read More

Upcoming Events

April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
Recruitment Efforts for the Class of 2025 Begin in April

We will host an Informational Recruitment Reception on Thursday, April 25 at 5:30pm for interested Protégé and Mentor

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April 4, 2024 - April 4, 2024
NEXUS IN MOTION + MAYOR PAUL YOUNG in April

NEXUS IN MOTION is a class favorite and a networking event for NEXUS Alumni & current participants.  The event format

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November 15, 2023 - May 15, 2023
Celebrating 20 Years – Funding Campaign

I am thrilled to share that NEXUS is celebrating an incredible milestone - 20 years!  This remarkable journey has been made

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Partners

Testimonials

  • Daniel Pouget, VP – Commercial Banker, Simmons Bank & NEXUS Class of 2023 Protégé

  • Cameron Mann, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Methodist Le Bonheur & NEXUS Class of 2023 Mentor

  • YJ Lee, Marketing Advisor, Connect Healthcare & NEXUS Class of 2023 Protégé

  • Faedra Carter, Manufacturing Excellence Consultant, International Paper & NEXUS Class of 2023 Mentor

  • Travis Moody, CEO, Forward Memphis & NEXUS Class of 2023 Mentor

  • Will Adair, Construction Project Manager, CrestCore & NEXUS Class of 2023 Protégé

  • Andrew Mok, Category Manager, AutoZone & NEXUS Class of 2023 Protégé

  • Amy Beth Dudley, Dir. of Donor Services, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis & NEXUS Board member

    “Mentoring relationships are crucial for both personal and professional growth. Through NEXUS, I have had the honor of both having a mentor and serving as one. A mentor walking alongside you to rejoice in successes and coach you through difficult situations makes all the difference. Serving on the board of NEXUS allows me to provide that connection and opportunity for others in our community.” Amy Beth Dudley, Dir. of Donor Services, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis & NEXUS Board member
  • Mason Massey, Assistant Marketing Manager, AutoZone, NEXUS Class of 2022 Protégé

    “This is a unique opportunity to engage with both, peers and mentors, on current issues facing Memphis and beyond that is difficult to replicate. The relationship with my Mentor is something that I value greatly and will extend beyond the dates of the NEXUS program. It is difficult to put the relationship into words, as it is more of a friendship with someone who has much more life experience and accolades, but it has grown organically without feeling forced and I am very grateful for that.”
  • Jeanette O’Bryant, Development Director, Collage Dance Collective, NEXUS Class of 2022 Mentor

    “This is one of the many great and satisfying programs that Memphis has to further develop and strengthen relationships and support in our community and our careers. I appreciate NEXUS so much for the opportunity and the wonderfully crafted sessions and speakers who graced us often with invaluable knowledge, testimonials and stories that seemed to fit me each month of my personal journey. Jeanette O’Bryant, Development Director, Collage Dance Collective, NEXUS Class of 2022 Mentor