Jen Andrews

CEO
Shelby Farms Park + Conservancy

Jen Andrews

Jen is responsible for management of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and for design and implementation of more than $70 million master plan for capital projects at Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline.
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Justin Baker, MD

Chief of Quality of Life and Palliative Care
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Justin Baker, MD

Justin works with patients who are facing the very real possibility of death.
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Ekundayo Bandele

Founder
Hattiloo Theatre

Ekundayo Bandele

Ekundayo founded Hattiloo Theatre, a Black repertory theatre, in Memphis, TN.
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Cinthya Bolanos & Kynnedy Tuggle

Students
Rhodes College

Cinthya Bolanos & Kynnedy Tuggle

Cinthya & Kynnedy are passionate about making Memphis a better place to live.
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Dr. Mario Brown

Manager for Leader Assessment & Development
First Horizon National Corporation

Dr. Mario Brown

Mario is a native Memphian who currently works for First Horizon National Corporation as the Manager for Leader Assessment & Development.
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Josh Campbell

Storyteller
Spillit Memphis

Josh Campbell

Josh is a professional storyteller that specializes in personal narratives.
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Ned Canty

General Director

Opera Memphis

Ned Canty

Ned Canty is the General Director at Opera Memphis and has over 20 years of experience as an opera stage director.
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Suzanne Carlson

Transportation and Mobility Project Manager
Innovate Memphis

Suzanne Carlson

Suzanne promotes and improves transit, walking, bicycling and shared use mobility across Memphis.
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Sarah Carpenter

Co-founder and Executive Director
Memphis Lift

Sarah Carpenter

Sarah works to raise awareness of the ways many Memphis school students are underserved.
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Robert Carter

Executive Vice President
FedEx Information Services

Robert Carter

Robert is responsible for setting the technology direction of the FedEx applications, infrastructure, networks and data centers that provide around the clock and around the globe support for FedEx product offerings.
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Elizabeth Cawein

Director
Music Export Memphis

Elizabeth Cawein

Elizabeth is a publicist, strategist and music advocate.
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Briahna Chambers

Instructor
Tech901

Briahna Chambers

Briahna works with Tech901 to address the IT industry's talent shortage and diversity deficit within Memphis.
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Katrina Coleman

Co-creator and Producer
"You Look Like" web series

Katrina Coleman

Katrina works to make Memphis better one inappropriate joke at a time.
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Elena Delavega, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Work
University of Memphis

Elena Delavega, PhD

Elena's most recent project involves measuring attributions of poverty.
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Tosha Downey

Director of Advocacy
Teacher Town Memphis

Tosha Downey

Tosha Downey is Director of Advocacy for Teacher Town Memphis, a partner organization in the city’s effort to transform chronically underperforming schools.
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Hardy Farrow

Executive Director
LITE Memphis

Hardy Farrow

Hardy works with LITE Memphis to equip minority students with 21st-century skills to create wealth.
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Brit Fitzpatrick

Founder
MentorMe

Brit Fitzpatrick

Brit's work makes it easier for organizations to start, manage and grow mentoring programs.
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Gabriel Fotsing

Founder & CEO
The College Initiative

Gabriel Fotsing

Gabriel is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organization and plays a lead role in its development and partnership relationship management activities.
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Demetria Frank

Associate Professor
University of Memphis School of Law

Demetria Frank

Demetria’s research focuses on prisoner rights and bias in the criminal justice system.
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Terri Freeman

President
National Civil Rights Museum

Terri Freeman

Terri is responsible for providing strategic leadership in furthering the NCRM's mission as an educational and cultural institution.
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Dr. Kathleen Gallagher

Professor
University of North Carolina

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher

Dr. Gallagher has worked with young children and families for 15 years, teaching and administering programs in early intervention, preschool and kindergarten settings.
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Ron Garrison

CEO
Memphis Area Transit Authority

Ron Garrison

As Chief Executive Officer of Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), Ron Garrison manages one of the largest transit operators in the state of Tennessee.
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Cliff Goldmacher

Songwriter
Makor label artists across all genres

Cliff Goldmacher

Cliff's songwriting collaborators include Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists Keb’ Mo’, Ke$ha, Lisa Loeb, Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, and Chris Barron (Lead singer of the Spin Doctors).
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Logan Guleff

Celebrity Chef

Logan Guleff

Logan is a rising star in the culinary world.
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Drew Holcomb

Musician

Drew Holcomb

Drew has traveled all across the land with a catalog of vibrant, honest songs that explore the full range of American roots music.
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Jason Jackson

Lead Design Architect
brg3s architects

Jason Jackson

Jason Jackson, AIA is an internationally recognized architect focusing on innovation and artistic repurposing in and of the built environment.
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Lieutenant Colonel Jon S. Jackson

Lieutenant Colonel
Office of the Chief Defense Counsel

Lieutenant Colonel Jon S. Jackson

Lieutenant Colonel Jackson is the Deputy Chief Defense Counsel for all assigned Army personnel and lead military defense counsel for Majid Khan.
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Dr. Loretta Jackson-Hayes

Professor
Rhodes College

Dr. Loretta Jackson-Hayes

Dr. Jackson-Hayes' scholarly work includes research on regulation of genes involved in lipid metabolism and genes required for fungal cell wall synthesis and maintenance during development.
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Ephie Johnson

President and CEO
Neighborhood Christian Centers

Ephie Johnson

Ephie has spearheaded the creation of the Early Childhood Brain Development program, Operation Smart Child, in partnership with The Urban Childhood Institute, and organized the First Ladies for Healthy Babies Network with the support of Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam.
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Kyler & Kody McCormick

Founders

The Outbound Life

Kyler & Kody McCormick

As young entrepreneurs, Kyler and Kody McCormick founded the adventure filmmaking brand, "The Outbound Life".
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Boo Mitchell

Owner
Royal Studios

Boo Mitchell

Boo is a GRAMMY winning engineer, producer, composer, award-winning movie producer and studio owner.
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Dr. Scott Morris

Founder and CEO

Church Health Center

Dr. Scott Morris

Dr. Morris opened Church Health Center in 1987 to provide primary health care to the low-income uninsured working people of Memphis.
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Philip Mudd

Counterterrorism Analyst

Philip Mudd

Philip Mudd spent 25 years in the federal government working on national security issues, especially counterterrorism, at the CIA, FBI and the White House.
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Olliette Murry-Drobot

Executive Director
The Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County

Olliette Murry-Drobot

Olliette Murry-Drobot serves as the Executive Director for The Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County.
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Kimbal Musk

Entrepreneur

Kimbal Musk

Kimbal's personal mission is to get communities rapidly thriving by improving every part of the food culture.
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Emily Neff

Executive Director
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Emily Neff

Emily Ballew Neff is Executive Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
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John Newman

Assistant Professor
University of Memphis

John Newman

John is an expert on competition and innovation policy in technology markets.
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Terence Patterson

President and CEO
Downtown Memphis Commission

Terence Patterson

Terence Patterson is a native Memphian who currently serves as President and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission.
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Marco Pavé

Musician

Marco Pavé

Marco sits at the intersection of hip-hop, arts communities, technology, and local activism, harnessing the power of music to transform his city.
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Dr. Sarah Petschonek

Founder and CEO
Volunteer Odyssey

Dr. Sarah Petschonek

Dr. Petschonek consults with local non-profits on how to improve their volunteer experience and teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Business in the MBA program at Christian Brothers University.
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Dr. Todd Richardson

Co-Leader
Crosstown Concourse

Dr. Todd Richardson

Dr. Richardson has helped lead the effort to transform the historic, 1.5 million-square-foot Sears Crosstown building into a vertical urban village anchored in arts, education and healthcare.
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Tami Sawyer

Director of Diversity & Cultural Competence
Teach For America Memphis

Tami Sawyer

Tami Sawyer is a leader in the realms of social justice and entrepreneurship.
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Ryan Sellers

Language Educator
Memphis University School

Ryan Sellers

Ryan Sellers is a Latin teacher at Memphis University School.
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Derwin Sisnett

Co-Founder and CEO
Gestalt Community Schools

Derwin Sisnett

Derwin's GCS is redeveloping 43 acres of blighted property in the Hickory Hill community, transforming it into a mixed-use development anchored by its founding school, Power Center Academy.
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Leslie Lynn Smith

President and CEO
EPIcenter

Leslie Lynn Smith

Leslie Lynn Smith, a nationally recognized entrepreneurial and business development leader, joined EPIcenter as its first president in 2015.
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Katie Smythe

Founder, CEO and Artistic Director
New Ballet Ensemble

Katie Smythe

Katie founded New Ballet Ensemble in 2003 to build an arts bridge across racial and economic barriers.
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Dorchelle Spence

Vice President
Riverfront Development Corporation

Dorchelle Spence

Dorchelle provides strategic direction and oversight of all riverfront initiatives.
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Dr. Stacy L. Spencer

Senior Pastor
New Direction Christian Church

Dr. Stacy L. Spencer

Dr. Spencer leads one of the country’s premier congregations with more than 9,000 members in four Memphis campuses.
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Josh Spickler

Executive Director
Just City

Josh Spickler

Josh and Just City pursue smarter criminal justice policies for Memphis and Tennessee.
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Melissa Anderson Sweazy

Melissa is an award-winning screenwriter, film and music video director, essayist, photographer and mother.
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Gregory Thompson

Director of Research and Strategy
Clayborn Reborn

Gregory Thompson

Gregory is active in national conversations surrounding race and equity in America.
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Darius Wallace

Actor, Author, Filmmaker

Darius Wallace

Phil Darius Wallace is a Memphis-based actor and writer who has always loved hearing and telling stories.
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David Waters

Religion Reporter and Columnist
Commercial Appeal

David Waters

David Waters is a religion reporter and columnist for the Commercial Appeal.
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Jason Wexler

President of Business Operations
Memphis Grizzlies

Jason Wexler

Jason has primary leadership responsibility for all aspects of the Grizzlies' business, including ticket sales and service, partnership marketing, arena operations, marketing communications and broadcast, community engagement and general operations.
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Joseph Wooten

Musician
Steve Miller Band

Joseph Wooten

Joseph is a keyboard player, singer, songwriter, author and philanthropist.
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Joshua Yates

Cultural Sociologist
University of Virginia

Joshua Yates

Joshua's work focuses on the changing paradigms of civic life in 21st century urban contexts.
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Dr. Anne Zachry

Assistant Professor and Chair
Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Dr. Anne Zachry

Dr. Anne Zachry is an assistant professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
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