I Am New Memphis: Chutney Young

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Full Name: Chutney Deshay Young

Describe your philosophy in five words: Just be your effortless self!

Tell us a bit about yourself. I am a southern Belle from that one-of-a-kind town: Osceola, AR. I earned my Bachelors of Science Degree in Community Health Education from the University of Central Arkansas. After college, I moved to Atlanta, where I worked in the health & beauty industry. I relocated to Memphis two and a half years ago to be closer to my parents. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for Birthright Memphis, a pregnancy support center for underprivileged women, and I’m an active member of Young Women Philanthropists, an initiative of the Women’s Foundation.  

What’s your job title? Welcome Coordinator.

OK, but what do you actually do? I identify newcomers and organize fun, free events to help them discover our city. If you know someone who is new to Memphis, send them my way!

What musical instrument are you? An acoustic guitar. I am entrancing and calming, bold yet controlled.

Are you a “hat person?” I thoroughly enjoy wearing hats. I have about 20 in my closet now!

What’s on your bedside table? Pepper spray, my Bible, a note pad, a picture that reads “The Dream Is Free, The Hustle Is Sold Separately,” and an empty diamond picture frame.

What’s in your fridge? Apples, wine, broccoli, leftover stuffed mushrooms, eggs, lemons, and a water pitcher.

What do you hope to accomplish in life? I hope to be an influencer. I strive to be truthful with and accountable to my family, ministry, profession, and community.

What have you learned since joining New Memphis? I’ve learned that my colleagues are as genuine to work with as they are to serve/volunteer with. Of course we treat volunteers with the utmost respect…but these days, it’s rare to give that same level of respect to someone you work with.

Is the work we do important? The work we do is vitally important to Memphis and the nation.  We cultivate individual talents and gifts; then we connect those individuals with opportunities. The result is a growing cohort of affluent young professionals who are literally changing the world.

How can Memphis become a thought leader and a market leader in the 21st century?  Our deep roots in music should be leveraged worldwide. By maximizing that rich heritage, we can lead the world in music engineering, etc.  We need to innovate with the resources we have.