New Memphis Embark Application

New Memphis Embark Application

Embark is a 4-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 eight evening sessions, Embark prepares young leaders to push forward in their careers while shaping the city for a better future.

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 30 people) safely back to in-person experiences. If you have questions please email
  • We require all New Memphis program participants, staff and facilitators to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before the first day of class.
  • We require all participants to stay home if they are unwell (and alert your program lead, like you would for any absence) and to notify their program lead of any exposure to or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Masks are currently required for indoor program classes and events (aside from specific times when participants are eating or drinking). Masks will be required until January 1, at which time the New Memphis staff will reevaluate based on health officials’ recommendations.
  • While masks will be required indoors, masks are strongly encouraged for outdoor program events and gatherings.
  • 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. Essays
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 $2,000 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. 

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. Unquestionably, the value of the experience far exceeds the fee.
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 each of the schedules below and indicate which set of dates you would prefer. (Note: There may be slight variations in these dates, due to changes in facilitation.) Contact Calinda Dickerson ( with any questions you have about sessions.
Spring 2022 Cohort meets on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 9pm
Click here to view the schedules.