New Memphis Embark Application

Embark is a 3-month engagement that empowers high performing twenty-somethings (2-7 years into their careers) to grow as leaders and to build relationships as they prepare to make a difference in Memphis. Over seven sessions, Embark prepares young leaders to push forward in their careers while shaping the city's future for the better.

Building relationships is foundational to the New Memphis leadership program experience, and we know from our past year of virtual classes that this is best done when people are meeting together in-person, where spontaneous interactions happen and trusting friendships can be forged. Because of this, our staff has worked hard to bring our programs (each class with no more than 35 people) safely back to in-person experiences. If you have questions please email
  • New Memphis' COVID protocols are based on guidance from the CDC for masking for community levels of COVID. While Shelby County is experiencing low community levels of COVID, wearing masks at New Memphis programs and events is optional but recommended.
  • New Memphis always follows any venue-specific rules when program participants are visiting off-site locations and will alert attendees in advance of those rules.

I. Applicant Information

II. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

III. Headshot

IV. Tell Us More
In the text boxes below please provide your responses to the following questions. We recommend typing & saving your responses in another program and cutting & pasting them into the space below.

V. References
Please identify two individuals who know you well (professionally or personally) and can speak to your caliber as an applicant.
VI. Administrative Fee
The true cost of the Embark experience is over $2,500 per participant. However, New Memphis receives generous support from corporations, foundations and individuals to significantly offset that cost, safeguarding a level playing field.

Embark participants pay an administrative fee of $450 for the entire three month experience to help ensure a top quality experience. You can pay this fee personally, or your employer can pay on your behalf.

We do not want this fee to prevent qualified applicants from participating. As such, this fee can be paid over time, and a range of payment options are available. 
VII. Commitment to 100% Participation
Full participation of each member of the cohort is crucial to the Embark experience. As such, attendance is not optional, but mandatory. Please carefully consider the schedule below if you indicated participation in the next class (Spring 2023). Contact Bridget D. Sisney ( with any questions you have about sessions.
Click here to view the Fall 2023 schedule.