NEXUS Resource List

NEXUS continues to provide a proven curriculum paired with leadership topics each year.  The resources below have been used in the past or are recommendations from NEXUS leaders.



Title:                                                                                       Author(s):

How Great Leaders Get Great Results                            Baldoni, John

Asking to Win Booklet                                                         Biehl, Bobb

The Effective Board Member                                             Biehl, Bobb

Dream Energy                                                                      Biehl, Bobb

Masterplanning                                                                    Biehl, Bobb

Mentoring                                                                              Biehl, Bobb

30 Days to Confident Leadership                                     Biehl, Bobb

Team Profile Workbook                                                      Biehl, Bobb

The On My Own Handbook                                               Biehl, Bobb

Why You Do What You Do                                                 Biehl, Bobb

Balanced Life and Leadership                                           Birla, Madan

The One Minute Entrepreneur                                          Blanchard, Ken & Hutson, Don

Now, Discover Your Strengths                                          Buckingham, Marcus & Clifton, Donald

Go Put Your Strengths to Work                                         Buckingham, Marcus & Clifton, Donald

The 1 Hour Plan for Growth                                               Calhoun, Joe

Good to Great                                                                       Collins, Jim

Good to Great in the Social Sectors                                 Collins, Jim

Great By Choice                                                                  Collins, Jim & Hansen, Morton

Listen Up Leader!                                                                 Cottrell, David

Everyday Greatness                                                            Covey, Stephen & Reader’s Digest

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People                          Covey, Stephen

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness           Covey, Stephen

Principle-Centered Leadership                                         Covey, S.R

The Mentor Leader                                                              Dungy, Tony

ShortTrack CEO                                                                   Edmundson, Ken & Sagar, Jim & Setchell, Nick

The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make                              Finzel, Kans

True North                                                                             George, Bill

Outliers                                                                                  Gladwell, Malcolm

Tipping Point                                                                        Gladwell, Malcolm

Same Kind of Different As Me                                           Hall, Ron & Moore, Denver

Expect to Win                                                                       Harris, Carla

Winning Teams, Winning Cultures                                   Hart, Sean

Leadership without Easy Answers                                    Heifetz, Ronald A.

As Iron Sharpens Iron                                                         Hendricks, Howard & Hendricks, Williams

The Servant                                                                          Hunter, James

Selling Value                                                                         Hutson, Don

The One Minute Mentor                                                      Hutson, Don
Living Forward                                                                      Hyatt, Michael

The Elements of Mentoring                                                Johnson, Brad W. & Ridley, Charles, R.

How Good People Make Tough Choices                        Kidder, Rushworth

Rich Dad, Poor Dad                                                            Kiyosaki, Robert T. with Lechter, Sharon L.

The ONE Thing                                                                    Keller, Gary & Papasan, Jay

The Leadership Factor                                                        Kotter, J.P.

Leading Change                                                                  Kotter, John P.

Imagine-How Creativity Works                                          Lehrer, John

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team                                      Lencioni, Patrick

The Power of Full Engagement                                        Loehr, Jim & Schwartz, Tony

A Resilient Life                                                                     MacDonald, Gordon

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question:  Practicing Personal Accountability in Work and in Life                                                                                                            Miller, John

Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior                       Marcinko. R

The Rogue Warrior’s Strategy for Success                     Marcinko. R

Shackleton’s Way:  Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer

Morrell, Margot, Capparell, Stephanie & Shackleton, Alexandra

Mentoring 101                                                                      Maxwell, John

Deep Work                                                                            Newport, Cal

Taking People With You                                                     Novak, David

The Pursuit of WOW!,                                                          Peters, T.

Lincoln or Leadership                                                         Phillips, D. T.

Strengths Based Leadership                                             Rath, Tom & Barry Conchie

StrengthsFinders 2.0                                                           Rath, Tom

Positioning:  The Battle for Your Mind                             Ries, Al

Horse Sense: How to Pull Ahead on the Business Track         Ries, Al & Trout, J.

Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun                               Roberts, W.

The Good Mentor                                                                 Rowley, James B.

Driven to Deliver-Nine Life Principles                              Smith, Harry

Leadership above the Line                                                 Sumner, Sharon

Never Order BBQ in Maine                                                 Tanner, Ken

This I Believe                                                                        Terkel, Studs, Allison, Jay & Gediman, Dan



13 Behaviors of a High Trust Leader Summary, Covey

The Cutts Group:  Lead From the Front, Leading Through Change

Change Capable Leadership by Bendixen, Campbell, Criswell, & Smith, Center for Creative Leadership

How to Develop your Emotional Intelligence for Better Communication by Eddie Baller, Early to Rise
Fast Company
Magazine, March 2006 10th Anniversary Issue

Security: Power to the People

Forbes: Developing Leadership Influence in Your Industry and With Your Team by Jenn Lofgren

Forbes:  How to Prevent Poor Ethical Decision Making

Forbes:  Expand Your Influence with 10 Timeless Leadership Lessons

Forbes:  Leading Change Management in the Modern Workplace by H.V. MacArthur

Harlem, poem by Langston Hughes

Harvard Business Review:  A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making

Harvard Business Review:  A New Approach to Funding Social Enterprises

Harvard Business Review:  A Story About Motivation” by Peter Bregman

Harvard Business Review: “A Way to Plan If You’re Bad at Planning” by Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Harvard Business Review:  Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

Harvard Business Review:  Becoming the Boss

Harvard Business Review:  Building Your Company’s Vision

Harvard Business Review:  A Culture of Candor

Harvard Business Review:  How to Be an Inspiring Leader” by Eric Garton

Harvard Business Review:  How Will You Measure Your Life?

Harvard Business Review:  Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream

Harvard Business Review:  Leading Change, Why Transformation Efforts Fail

Harvard Business Review:  Managers and Leaders, Are They Different?

Harvard Business Review:  Radical Change, The Quite Way” by Debra Meyerson

Harvard Business Review:  Regret and Disappointment-Their Ethical Role

Harvard Business Review:  Seven Transformations of Leadership

Harvard Business ReviewSuccess that Lasts

Harvard Business ReviewThe Focused Leader

Harvard Business Review Blog Network:  The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

Harvard Business Review Blog Network:  Train Your Brian To Focus

Harvard Business Review:  Where Will We Find Tomorrow’s Leaders

Harvard Business Review:  Why Good Managers Make Bad Ethical Choices

Harvard Business Review: Why Leaders Lose Their Way

Harvard Business Review:  Why Transformation Efforts Fail

Harvard Business Review:  Why Mentoring Matters in a Hypercompetitive World?

Harvard Business School:  HBS Faculty on 2010’s Biggest Business Developments

Leadership Skill #2: Finding and Sharing Your Dream by Steve Tappin

Memphis Magazine, April 2008

            “Martin Luther King:  The Man, The Mountaintop”

Psychology Today:  Wired for Success-How to fulfill your Potential

Eye to Eye-How to Manage Generational Difference in the Workplace

U.S. World & New Report:  The Matter with Mainstream

“Think Big, Dream Bigger:  6 Lessons from Elon Musk to Change the World”




“10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation” by Celeste Headlee

“Develop a Plan, Make the Impossible Possible” by Amara Leggett, TEDx

“The Most Inspiring Speech:  The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life” by Rick Rigsby, Goalcast

“The Surprising Trust About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink, YouTube

“How I Built This with Guy Raz, Southwest Airlines:  Herb Kelleher” Podcast

“How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race” by Jay Smooth,TedX

“How Legendary Leaders Speak” by Robin Sharma

“How to Find and Do Work You Love” by Scott Dinsmore, TED Talk

“How to Live Before You Die”, by Steve Jobs, TED Talk

“How to Speak so That People Will Want Listen”, by Julian Treasure, TED Talk

“How Great Leaders Inspire Action”, by Stewart Sinek

“Our Buggy Moral Code” by Dan Ariely, TED Talk

“The Dilemma of Discovery” Crosstown, TED Talk

“The Spring – The Charity Water Story” by Scott Harrison, YouTube

“What it takes to be a Great Leader” by Roselinde TorresTED Talk

“Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Dream” by Bob Goff PODCAST- Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller


  • First Speaker Session for the Class of 2024

    The first speaker session for the NEXUS Class of 2024 took place on September 7 with Sylvia Martinez. Sylvia is the newly announced CEO for Girls, Inc. Sylvia shared about her journey as a leader and the things she has learned along the way focused on the leadership topic of “Planning”. Read More
  • NEXUS Podcast – Episode Three Released

    A NEXUS Podcast – THE NEXUS INTERSECTION The third episode of the NEXUS Podcast with co-hosts Ephie Ballard Johnson and Heather Hunt. A conversation with NEXUS Alumni and Program Committee volunteer William Franklin. William shares the tough conversations he had with himself and mentors as he “Transition Careers” from a safe, corporate position to being employee number four with a startup company. William is currently the Vice President for Path... Read More
  • NEW Podcast Release

    “The NEXUS Intersection” – A NEXUS Podcast The NEXUS podcast provides a diverse approach to leadership with interviews from NEXUS Alumni and key leaders in our city about timely topics, leadership journeys, and the backbone of any good leader – their mentors. Check out the second episode with co-hosts Ephie Ballard Johnson and Heather Hunt and the meaningful conversation with NEXUS Alumni Cami Fields. Cami is Manager of Strategic Marketing... Read More
  • NEXUS Launches Podcast “The NEXUS Intersection”

    This podcast will provide a diverse approach to leadership with interviews from NEXUS Alumni and key leaders in our city about timely topics, leadership journeys, and the backbone of any good leader – their mentors. We created this podcast titled “The NEXUS Intersection”, to provide our listeners with a diverse approach to leadership by interviewing NEXUS alumni and other key leaders in our community. In each episode, our co-hosts Ephie... Read More
  • Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2023!

    Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2023!! NEXUS successfully provided an engaging and meaningful NEXUS experience this year. NEXUS recently celebrated the Class of 2023 with NEXUS Graduation. This special event was hosted at the office of Kemmons Wilson Companies with Kayla Rodriguez Graff as the keynote speaker. On behalf of the NEXUS Board of Directors, it was a privilege to honor Kem Wilson, jr. and announce the Kem Wilson... Read More
  • NEXUS Night Out was a Success

    The annual NEXUS Night Out was a success bringing the current class participants and NEXUS Alumni together to connect. Special thanks to NEXUS ALumni Norma and Kem Wilson for hosting this event. To learn more about how to re-engage as a NEXUS Alum contact Read More

    NEXUS IN MOTION took place on Thursday, April 13 with Alumni returning and serving as a table leaders along with a keynote message. The event provide valuable face time and personal interaction among members of the NEXUS Network. Dr. Russ Wigginton, President of the National Civil Rights Museum was the keynote speaker on the topic of “Dreaming as a Leader.” Special Thanks to the TABLE LEADERS Including Their TOPICS LYNN... Read More
  • NEXUS + Streets Ministries

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2023 recently volunteered at the Graham location of Streets Ministries. Each year, NEXUS selects non-profits to learn more about and volunteer with. Streets Ministries is impacting the youth in our city daily. Read More
  • NEXUS Welcomes the Class of 2024

    The Class of 2024 began their NEXUS experience in August with Orientation. The successful event provided an opportunity for Mentors and Proteges to connect with fellow class participants, learn about individual strengths, and participate in training. The impact of the Mentor/Protégé relationship and the interactive, teaching lessons from key Memphis leaders paired with a proven curriculum continues to make NEXUS unique. The Orientation provided the foundation for a successful year... Read More
  • NEXUS Class of 2023 Meet & Greet

    NEXUS Class of 2023 Mentors and Proteges had the opportunity to meet fellow class members and NEXUS Board of Directors prior to the class orientation. Special thanks to Perkins-Everitt Lighting & Controls for hosting. Read More

Upcoming Events

December 7, 2023 - December 7, 2023
NEXUS December Speaker Will Be Ericka DeBruce

Ericka DeBruce, Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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November 2, 2023 - November 2, 2023
Jason Wexler Will Speak on Nov. 2

The NEXUS Class of 2024 2ill host Jason Wexler, President for the Memphis Grizzlies to speak on the leadership topic

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October 5, 2023 - October 5, 2023
Tom Cleves Returns to NEXUS on 10.5.23

Tom Cleves, SVP – Corporate Affairs for Slyvamo will return to NEXUS and speak to the Class of 2024 on the topic of

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  • 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