Test Protege Application

    Thank you for your interest in participating in the NEXUS Class of 2023. NEXUS Proteges are emerging leaders that are looking for personal development, professional development, and opportunities to serve our community. As part of the application process we are asking you to answer the protégé questionnaire no later than JUNE 10. The questionnaire will be key in matching you to your ideal mentor. It is important to the process to answer the questions as thoroughly as possible as well as be fully committed to the expectations outlined in the questionnaire. You will be contacted via email later this summer.

    As we plan for the Class of 2023, safety for NEXUS participants is our priority. We will take all precautions to provide a safe in-person meeting environment. The NEXUS Board and Program Committee are being intentional and are committed to bringing the NEXUS Class experience back to its fullest. We are dedicated to providing an environment for our participants to develop personally and professional with an interactive and engaging experience.

    Protege Questionnaire


    To the best of your ability, can you commit yourself to the following expectations to ensure your leadership development in the upcoming NEXUS Class of 2023.

    The Mentor/Protégé Relationship is the key component to the program. Commit to accountability, confidentially, mutual respect, and attendance at the 1-1 meetings.

    To attend an in-person Orientation on August 20, 2022; 8:30am-2:00pm

    To fulfill the $650 Tuition Fee

    To complete the assigned curriculum. (including books, articles, Podcasts, TED Talks, etc.)

    To complete one Service Project organized and agreed upon by the NEXUS Class. (3-4 hour commitment)

    To attend in-person at least seven of the nine Thursday evening speaker sessions; 5:30-8pm.

    Dinner sessions begin with dinner at 5:30pm and ends promptly at 8pm.

    The session dates are as follows:

    • September 8, 2022

    • October 6, 2022

    • November 3, 2022

    • December 1, 2022

    • January 5, 2023

    • February 2, 2023

    • March 2, 2023

    • April 13, 2023- NEXUS IN MOTION

    • May 4, 2023-GRADUATION

    Yes, I am committed to fulfil the above requirements and my schedule allows for my availably of the above requirements.Not at this time

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    November 2, 2023 - November 2, 2023
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    October 5, 2023 - October 5, 2023
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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