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Leadership Concentration with the New Memphis Institute Fellows Program

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Launched in 2004, the New Memphis Fellows program is a 12-month engagement that gives high-potential leaders the tools, experiences and connections needed to become community change agents. The heart of the Fellows is the Community Action Project where teams of Fellows invest their highly skilled volunteerism to help a local non-profit expand its capacity. The program offers a network that puts your passion for Memphis to work in meaningful ways throughout the city, and deepens your connection to the city. 

 The Fellows program empowers participants to: 

  • Expand their self-knowledge, allowing Fellows to leverage their personal assets for greater effectiveness in the workplace and community 
  • Partner with experienced leaders in their community endeavors 
  • Gain access to behind-the-scenes community knowledge 
  • Hone specific leadership skills, including communication, building inclusion, and fundraising 
  • Acquire insights into how things really work in government, non-profits and the media 
  • Connect deeply with a diverse peer group who share a commitment to community 
CBU MBA students who graduate from the Fellows program are eligible to receive graduate credit which can be converted from their experience into the Leadership concentration to satisfy the electives for their MBA. For more information, please contact Didi Crandall at or Jazmyne Tribble at

Leadership Programs with Leadership Memphis

Leadership Memphis’s mission is to build a great Memphis by building great leaders.  Since 1979, Leadership Memphis has developed new ways to connect and create more effective community leaders.  Leadership Memphis continues to serve as a civic tool for forging new and meaningful relationships between unique blends of people from different sectors of the city.  Without involvement in the Leadership Memphis Executive and/or FastTrack programs, there are individuals who would never have had an opportunity to learn so much about the community, other people and themselves.    

  • The Leadership Memphis Executive program enables the city's existing leaders learn more about the Memphis community through interactive events, conversations, and seminars, which help to encourage participants to take positive action to improve the city of Memphis.  The Executive program consists of an intensive three-day, two-night retreat (called Memphis 3-2-1), followed by nine class days, September through April, plus twenty additional community service hours.  CBU MBA students who complete the Leadership Memphis Executive program are eligible to receive 6 graduate credit hours which can be converted from their experience to satisfy two elective courses within the CMBA program.  
  • The Leadership Memphis FastTrack program is for emerging leaders who are determined to learn and take action to build a better Memphis.  The program requires 40 classroom hours over the course of a semester.  FastTrack builds on each participant’s personal leadership skills and expands their Community IQ.  Participants gain a stronger understanding of how to elevate Memphis through an increased understanding of both self and community, through experiential learning and through exposure to high-profile community leaders.  CBU MBA students who complete the Leadership Memphis FastTrack program are eligible to receive 3 graduate credit hours which can be converted from their experience to satisfy an elective within the CMBA program.  
  • For more information, please contact Latoria “Tori” Taylor at or Jazmyne Tribble at  

Non-Profit Management Concentration with Momentum Nonprofit Partners

Momentum offers training and professional development opportunities across seven cores areas of nonprofit management. Momentum workshops are designed to provide practical tools that can be readily implemented while creating opportunities for peer learning and collaboration. Momentum workshops help participants build the confidence and capability to be effective nonprofit leaders. 

CBU MBA students who have completed 100 workshop hours with Momentum Nonprofit Partners are eligible for 9 graduate credit hours which can be converted from their experience into the Non-Profit Management concentration, to satisfy the electives for their MBA. For current workshop listings, visit For more information, contact John Bazzanella at or Jazmyne Tribble at