Message from NEXUS Board Chair

May 17, 2018 Uncategorized

May 2018

This year NEXUS is celebrating 15 years! I am proud to say I have been involved in NEXUS most of those years as a Mentor, volunteer, Program Committee member, and Board member. The NEXUS experience is so unique and I learn something each time I am around members of the NEXUS Network. As a program, we have evolved, engaged, encouraged, equipped, and educated over 850 principle-center leader graduates.

As we move forward, the Board wants to continue to enhance and engage individuals and the Memphis community through mentoring and connecting. To that end, NEXUS is excited to announce a new program called NEXUS CONNECT. NEXUS CONNECT will focus on the importance of connecting individuals, continued mentoring, and coaching relationships outside of the existing NEXUS program. NEXUS CONNECT is designed to foster relationships over the various stages of an individual’s professional career. James Armfield, who has served NEXUS in different areas including as a Board member and facilitator, will lead the efforts of NEXUS CONNECT.

A highlight this past year was announcing the Memphis Mentoring Awards presented by NEXUS. Each year, at our annual Leadership Luncheon we recognize leaders across the city who devote their time to mentoring. This year, the recipients included: Memphis Athletic Ministries, Bena Cates, Willie Baldwin, and Caroline Kuebler, who was the recipient of the Sandy Willson Outstanding NEXUS Mentoring Award. Congratulations!

NEXUS appreciates the ongoing support and efforts of so many who make this program successful each year. We give a heartfelt thanks to the committed partners who share our vision of building a stronger Memphis through the duplication of principle-centered leaders: AutoZone, Baptist Memorial Health Care, eBiz Solutions, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, International Paper Foundation, Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation, and The Marston Group.

NEXUS continues to positively impact individuals and our community and we are so excited about what the future holds for the program, our city, and members of the NEXUS Network.

On behalf of the NEXUS Board of Directors, congratulations to the Mentors and Protégés of the graduating NEXUS Class of 2018!

Sincerely,

Bathsheba Sams
NEXUS Board Chair


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Announcements

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  • Mike Allen Shares on NEXUS Podcast – Episode 5

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Upcoming Events

April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
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April 4, 2024 - April 4, 2024
NEXUS IN MOTION + MAYOR PAUL YOUNG in April

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

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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