LEAD Program


Fall 2021 Cohort Information 

LEAD (Leaders Evolving And Developing) is looking for LEADers for its Fall 2021 cohort! This program, sponsored by the Junior League of Memphis, is open to men and women who serve our city within the non-profit arena. 

Over the course of eight virtual classes, participants will acquire skills ranging from personal branding, time management, and professional development.  Upon completion of the LEAD program, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills that will empower them as leaders within their organizations.

LEAD Fall 2021 Cohort will be held virtually via GoToMeeting.
Classes will be held each Tuesday evening from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
The non-refundable participant fee is $100 and covers all course materials.

Registration Deadline: October 8

Click here to access the application and pay the non-refundable participant fee.
For more information, contact LEAD Chair, Dee Lovette.


Date Class Topic
Oct 12 1 Introduction/Nonprofit Leadership & Communication
Oct 19 2 Teamwork
Oct 26 3 Time Management
Nov 2 4 Fundraising
Nov 9 5 Delegation/Social Media
Nov 16 6 Personal Branding
Nov 30 7 Networking & Goal Setting/Reflection
TBD Graduation


Read what past participants are saying about LEAD….

Leaders Evolving And Developing” unequivocally describes my experience as a participant in LEAD 2018 fall cohort.  Each tailored session supported my development in understanding my leadership style and how to develop my greatest talents so that I am successful in every aspect of my life.  I was afforded the opportunity to engage with local leaders and business owners who were eager to share their best strategies on how to negotiate my worth, build an effective board, as well as how to navigate through the non-profit and for-profit worlds.  The relationships established continue to be influential in my growth as a great leader.  LEAD has inspired me to not only cultivate the leader inside me, but to also create pathways for other women who strive to positively impact the city of Memphis.”

Toria Brown, 2018 Fall Cohort

Member, Junior League of Memphis & Instructional Support Advisor | Shelby County Schools


“LEAD teaches and challenges you to become a better leader – both professionally and personally. Throughout the course, I learned more about personal branding, fundraising, time management and delegation. But the standout takeaway from LEAD was networking and learning from some of Memphis’ finest professionals. I recommend the LEAD program to anyone thinking about going into management, just beginning a career in management or even to those wanting to further their professional development. Because after all, you can lead from any seat.”

 –Lauren Gordon, 2019 Spring Cohort

Supervisor, Donor Communications | Direct Marketing, ALSAC | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


“The JLM LEAD program was just what I needed, when I needed it. I was at a place in my career where I consistently doubted myself and my abilities. The LEAD program afforded me the opportunity to network with other professionals, learning from them, but also instilling a new confidence in myself. Each session built upon the last, bringing the cohort closer together in dialogue that served to inspire and uplift us all. I entered this program simply looking for an opportunity to grow professionally; I left the program a graduate student in The University of Memphis Social Work program.”


 –Herbert Dickens, Spring 2019 Cohort

Resource Specialist | Communities in Schools – Memphis