Young Professionals Council

The vision of the Greater Memphis Chamber Young Professionals Council (YPC) is to equip a new generation of Memphis business leaders with the connections and knowledge they need to rise into leadership roles throughout our community for years to come.

YPC’s quality-over-quantity core programming puts young professionals in conversational settings with top local business leaders, educates members on issues at the forefront of our city’s development, and creates connections among ambitious emerging leaders.

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2024 Young Professionals Council Executive Board

 

Board Chair

  • Nicholas D. Thompson, Government Affairs Program Analyst, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

Vice Co-Chairs

  • Jeremy Calhoun, IT Project Manager, International Paper
  • Jameson Murrey, Principal Advisor – Strategic Partnerships, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

Marketing Co-Chairs

  • Anna Lewis, Social and Digital Content Strategist, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Ashley Bulluck, Marketing Specialists, Turner Construction Company

 

Membership Co-Chairs

  • Marcus Brown II, Owner, Complete Computer Services
  • Rafi Chowdhury, Recruiter, MGA Homecare

 

Events Co-Chairs

  • McKenzie Garrett
  • Katie Burnette Black, Sr. Engineer, FedEx

 

Impact Co-Chairs

  • Alexis Morris, Project Manager, Midsouth Development District
  • Tom Folks, Government Consultant, Deloitte & Touche LLP

 

Professional Development Co-Chairs

  • Lionel Davis, II, Account Executive, Johnson Controls
  • Ariel Benton-Wells, Program Manager B-CSBG, Shelby County Community Services Agency

All YPC events except our luncheons and mixers each summer and holiday season are exclusive for YPC members. If you are not a member, contact ypc@memphischamber.com for details or click here to apply.

If you are a member, all invitations for these events are delivered via email and will also be posted in the Chamber YPC Facebook group. Contact ypc@memphischamber.com if you are missing those communications and would like to sign up for an upcoming event.

Intentionally limited to ensure a conversational atmosphere, the Corner Office series brings 20-30 YPC members to the C-suite of a Memphis business to meet successful local leaders and learn more about their rise to the top, including a myriad of industries and companies. Past Corner Office visits have included Jason Wexler, President of Memphis Grizzlies, Rick Shadyac, CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude, Eric Barnes, Executive Editor & Publisher of digital news outlet The Daily Memphian, and Lyman Aldrich, one of the original founders of the Memphis in May International Festival.

Professional Development Workshops
Throughout the year, we create innovative professional development programming and workshops that support ambitious career trajectories for Greater Memphis region’s top influential young professionals.

Impact Series
The Impact Series convenes an intimate group of young professionals to connect the leaders of organizations that are providing the solutions to some of our region’s challenges. Through the discussions we draw parallels of how emerging leaders can support and get involved.

Membership Luncheons
Spring/Fall
Our biannual membership luncheons engage the entire membership with lunch, connections with peers, and a keynote or panel discussion addressing a prominent topic in the Memphis conversation.

Quarterly Membership Mixers
Every quarter, YPC invites all members, guests, and prospective members to join us at a great local venue for food, drinks, and connections with the young professional community.

Extras & Opportunities
In addition to the scheduled events listed here, YPC members are often invited to special events, meetings, press conferences and other unique opportunities throughout the year to provide access to the business community.

YPC Membership Fee: $100 per member annually.

Chairman’s Circle Companies: Up to 10 YPC Memberships complimentary | Click here to see if your employer is a member of the Chairman’s Circle, the Chamber’s highest investment level.

YPC Membership Benefits

· Access to all annual YPC events:

  • o Corner Office Series
  • o Impact Series
  • o Professional Development Workshops
  • o Membership Luncheons
  • o Membership Mixers

 

· Invitations to exclusive meetings or events with the business community

· Opportunity to hold leadership positions on YPC Board and YPC Ambassadors

· Invitation to exclusive YPC Facebook group and LinkedIn group

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Professional Development Workshops

Throughout the year, we create innovative professional development programming and workshops that support ambitious career trajectories for Greater Memphis region’s top influential young professionals.

Impact Series

The Impact Series convenes an intimate group of young professionals to connect the leaders of organizations that are providing the solutions to some of our region’s challenges. Through the discussions we draw parallels of how emerging leaders can support and get involved.

Membership Luncheons

Spring/Fall Our biannual membership luncheons engage the entire membership with lunch, connections with peers, and a keynote or panel discussion addressing a prominent topic in the Memphis conversation.

Quarterly Membership Mixers

Every quarter, YPC invites all members, guests, and prospective members to join us at a great local venue for food, drinks, and connections with the young professional community.

Extras & Opportunities

In addition to the scheduled events listed here, YPC members are often invited to special events, meetings, press conferences and other unique opportunities throughout the year to provide access to the business community.

QUESTIONS?

Contact us at ypc@memphischamber.com