Fellows is the premiere community-wide leadership development experience for mid-career leaders in Memphis. With a history that spans over 15 years, Fellows is designed for high-performing professionals who are already excelling in their careers and positively impacting our community, but who are seeking to amplify that power through access to new connections, skills and experiences.


"No place is quite like Memphis. Going through the New Memphis Fellows program got me back to my roots of serving my community. You can truly make a difference here, and you can impact someone’s life."

-Amy Manning

"I always have to give New Memphis credit for the role it played in my career. I would probably still be waiting to make a move if I hadn’t seen people out there doing things that they were passionate about."

-Kandace Stewart, Memphis Grizzlies

"Getting involved with the New Memphis Fellows program opened my eyes to other walks of life, challenges, and opportunities. It changed my thought process by being around an eclectic group of people. Sharing ideas and meeting like-minded individuals you might not have met otherwise shaped me greatly."

-Mickell Lowery

"My Fellows experience was truly transformative. I expected it to be informative and give me a new network, but it helped me imagine Memphis in a new way. I knew the city had a rhythm, but Fellows helped me see the larger symphony at play. "

-Sherica Hymes

"The program helped me to become a better leader because it gives you the tools and skills to become a better leader. It also exposed me to other areas [of Memphis] I wouldn't have seen otherwise. "

-Wang-Ying Glasgow

"I loved my Fellows experience. To meet people who I hadn’t known, and I continue to see and work with is amazing. I don’t have to know all the answers in my job, but I have to be able to call upon people who know how to get something done. Watching all these people and seeing what they’re doing - I love knowing smart people and I’ve been able to listen and learn from them. I always encourage our employees to do it because it grounds you in Memphis. And if you’re not from here, you learn a lot about how authentic Memphis is. "

-Sara Burnett

"Each time I have contemplated leaving Memphis, some form of New Memphis programming has reinvigorated my passion and zeal for the city."

-Prizcilla Everhart

"Memphis is the place to be. There is a real opportunity to get involved and lift up the community."

-Sridhar Sunkara

"The Fellows Program really impacted my marriage because of the Myers-Briggs personality test. I learned about my own personality and, out of curiosity, I asked my wife to take it. Funny enough, we realized that we are complete opposites in every category. So, we were able to figure out how to communicate with each other better."

-Worth Jones

"I loved the balance of community and corporate in the Fellows program. It gave me the tools I needed to help me both in my community and my job. "

-Julie Acosta

"The Fellows is definitely one of those career changing experiences that really breaks you out of your comfort zone, making you more aware of the leadership opportunities in your job and also in your community."

-JT Malasri

"My Fellows experience was a revealing opportunity to become more self-aware, develop my skill set, and become the best version of myself."

-Renee Wills Bailey

"Sometimes you get to a point where you want to tackle something new and different in your career. New Memphis can help."

-Paul Young

Send Us Your Leaders

Know a mid-career professional with leadership potential and a passion for transforming the community? Nominate that person for Fellows. Sound like yourself? Apply today.

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Why Fellows?

The benefits of being a Fellow are many for both participants and employers. Graduates are more likely to collaborate effectively, possess the capacity to manage a diverse team, and be highly engaged employees.

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Q: What are the Fellows requirements?

A: All Fellows must submit an application and receive acceptance into the Program, then make a commitment to attend all scheduled sessions. Fellows come to us from all industry segments, including public and non-profit organizations. We are looking for applicants with diverse perspectives, leadership potential, and a passion to better themselves and their community.

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Hear About the Program from Grads

Curious what the New Memphis Fellows program is all about? In this short video, graduates explain the experience and how it pushed them to excel in their careers and positively impact our community.

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Curriculum Information

We strive to ensure the makeup of our programs represents the diversity of our city and our classes are kept intentionally small (25-30) to encourage self-exploration and team building. The program curriculum divides its time between personal leadership development and community action.

Our next Fellows cohort will begin in April and the sessions will primarily be in the morning. You can view the upcoming calendar here.

If you have any questions about the Fellows curriculum or its application process, please contact kaylon@newmemphis.org.

For questions regarding programmatic plans in response to COVID-19, please visit the "about" section of the New Memphis website.

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