Leadership Articles

Jess Averhart

Jess Averhart

Jes realized her true passion for leadership development and women’s empowerment while leading partner engagement at the American Underground, a Google for Startups Tech Hub (aka, the “Startup Capital of the South” by CNBC). During her tenure, she had the unique...

Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter is Segment President, Group and Military Business at Humana, where he is responsible for driving the growth and profitability of Humana’s Employer Group products including medical, specialty and wellness offerings. In addition, Chris is responsible for...

Monica Wharton

Monica Wharton

Monica Wharton is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. In this role, she oversees human resources, information technology, corporate risk, compliance and legal services. Monica is a member of the 10-person...

Amy Crate

Amy Crate

Amy Crate has been building and marketing brands for three decades. She began her career in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi, BBDO, and DDB Worldwide. Later she served in senior marketing, communication, and advisory roles for Carolina Herrera, Mikimoto, Rag &...

Rufus Smith

Rufus Smith

Rev. Rufus Smith, IV is the Senior Pastor of Hope Church (EPC) in Memphis. He joined Hope’s Staff in September 2010, and became senior pastor in 2013. The church is “believer-centered but very unchurched friendly”. Over the past 9 years, Hope has transitioned from a...

Fred Burns

Fred Burns

Fred Burns is an iOS software developer, computer engineer and founder of RuniT and PhrameBooth. He has developed mobile applications that have garnered more than 100,000 downloads and achieved Top Five rankings in Apple’s App Store for clients that include public...

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Mark Allen is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and is responsible for directing the international and domestic legal, security and government affairs for FedEx Corporation and its subsidiaries, which includes ensuring that global business...

Candace Steele Flippin

Candace Steele Flippin

Candace Steele Flippin is executive vice president and chief communications officer at First Horizon National Corporation, the parent company of First Tennessee, Capital Bank, FTB Advisors and FTN Financial. She joined the company in January 2018 as a member of the...

Gary Shorb

Gary Shorb

Gary Shorb has served as Executive Director of The Urban Child Institute since February, 2017. He retired earlier this year from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare where he served as CEO for 15 years. Gary joined Methodist in 1990 as executive vice president. Before his...

Elizabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose

Elizabeth is a co-founder and partner of Caiola & Rose LLC. She serves as national counsel for franchisors, commercial landlords and digital service providers in bankruptcy proceedings in their roles as secured creditor, unsecured creditor, parties to adversary...

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