As a native Memphian, when I came back home from college, I was looking for a program that would help me plug back into Memphis. Over the last year, Nexus has given me that opportunity. NEXUS is a great program which allows young professionals, who are passionate about this city, to learn from current leaders the skills needed to guide Memphis to a bright and promising future. Jack Steffner, Associate, Newmark Grubb Memphis, NEXUS Protege, Class of 2015

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I really enjoyed the NEXUS expierence and hope to stay involved as an alum, as well as continue the relationship with my mentor. It’s exciting to see and hear so many of us that are passionate about making positive changes in our city and community. Richard Collins, Client Services Advisor, Metropolitan Bank & NEXUS Class of 2015

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NEXUS has facilitated and exemplified one of the best things about living in this city, which is the willingness of the community to help each other grow personally and professionally. It never ceases to amaze me how open and welcoming the leaders in the community are towards the emerging professionals. My time with all of you reinforced my devotion to this city and I will always be very grateful to the organization, the speakers, and of course my Mentor.

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NEXUS has been an outstanding experience for me. It has allowed me to meet other ambitious, sophisticated, thriving young pros in the Memphis area. This opportunity with nexus has placed me in front of respected, firmly established, business men and women from various industries on a monthly basis. I've met CEO, VP's, and Senior Pastors, to name a few. I must say, had it not been for NEXUS it would have been really hard for me to get face-time with these people on a consistent basis.

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NEXUS Comprises Next Generation of Millennium Leaders – It’s been an awesome experience! Being new to Memphis, NEXUS opened my eyes to the great opportunities that this great city possesses. Having the chance to learn from key leaders throughout the Greater Memphis Area has given me hope that I too, can make a difference in the lives of individuals that live here. Dexter McKinney, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2016 & System Community Outreach Specialist at BAPTIST MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE

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“I didn’t exactly know what to expect from the NEXUS experience, but having been through it, It has been an experience of a lifetime. The speakers were fantastic, but more importantly, it was an honor to get to speak into the life of a younger person going through the journey of balancing work, marriage, and all that life throws at you. It’s a great way to give back to the next generation of leaders here in Memphis.”

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Video Testimonials

NEXUS Protege/Mentor-Jill & Hayley
Mentor-Jill & Hayley
NEXUS protege Amy Strickland talks about her experience in the class of 2019.
Amy Strickland
Bethany McRae, NEXUS protege talks about her experience.
Bethany McRae
Sandy Willson
Sandy Willson


  • 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

March 7, 2024 - March 7, 2024
Jason Little to Speak in March

Jason Little, President and CEO for Baptist Memorial Health Care will be the NEXUS Class of 2024 March speaker.  Jason will

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