Leadership Mississippi Coffee & Conversations

Watch Leadership Mississippi’s Coffee and Conversation Virtual Event, ”Celebrating MEC’s STAR Students and Teachers”


Watch the Leadership Mississippi program's Coffee and Conversations Virtual Event, "Celebrating MEC's STAR Students and Teachers," from Thursday, May 21!
This conversation featured Mississippi's Top 3 ALL-STAR Award Winners:


  • Top ALL-STAR Scholar - John C. Kees of St. Andrew's Episcopal School
  • First Runner-Up - Riwad Arnob Iftekhar of Madison-Ridgeland Academy
  • Second Runner-Up - Nathan F. Keen of Tupelo High School

Joining them were:

  • Katy Pacelli (Class of 2015), Director - Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Vickie Powell, Senior Vice President - Mississippi Economic Council
  • Scott Waller, President & CEO - Mississippi Economic Council

MEC Chief Operating Officer Cathy Northington facilitated the conversation.

Special Thanks to Our April Coffee & Conversations Event Sponsors

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Previous Coffee & Conversations Events:

Tuesday, March 31 - "Leadership During a Crisis Through the Lens of a Retired Military Veteran"

  • Maj. Gen. (Retired) Augustus Collins (c/o 2012), CEO of MINACT, Inc.

Click Here to Watch the Stream

Thursday, April 9 - "COVID-19 and The Impact on Teachers, Parents and K-12 Students"

  • Dr. Jason Dean, Chair of the State Board of Education and Former Education Policy Advisor to Governor Haley Barbour
  • Dr. Barbara Logan Smith, Class of 2015, Executive Director at Teach for America: Greater Delta, Mississippi & Arkansas
  • James Williams, Class of 2015, National Facilitator for the Center on Education and the Economy.

Click Here to Watch the Stream

Tuesday, April 14 - "Protecting Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

  • Attorney General Lynn Fitch, Class of 1995-1996.

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Tuesday, April 21 - "COVID-19: The Evolution of Healthcare"

  • Dr. Tearsanee Davis, Class of 2017, Director of Clinical and Advanced Practice Operations for the Center of Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Phyllis Johnson, Class of 1997-1998, Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing
  • Guy Giesecke, Class of 2013, CEO of Children's of Mississippi, which is the pediatric care arm of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC)

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Friday, April 24 - "Managing Emergency Operations"

  • Colonel (Retired) Greg Michel, Class of 2013, Executive Director, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

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