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WHAT IS LEADERSHIP MISSISSIPPI?

Leadership Mississippi is an annual program of the Mississippi Economic Council conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation. Participants, selected by a committee of MEC’s Leadership Mississippi Alumni, work together in a training program that combines individual study, group sessions, and project experience in using leadership skills. Leadership Mississippi is endowed through a generous contribution by the late J.C. and Annie Redd. J.C. Redd was Chairman of the Mississippi Economic Council in 1973-74 when the program began.

Leadership Mississippi is the second oldest statewide leadership program in the nation. Since its inception in 1974, Leadership Mississippi has graduated more than 1,300 alumni active in Mississippi business and politics.  Mississippi's top business executives, community leaders, and elected officials have participated in Leadership Mississippi as a way to expand their networks and possibilities for future success.

MISSION STATEMENT

Leadership Mississippi's goal is to develop and maintain a network of Mississippians committed to strengthening our state's quality of life. Leadership Mississippi's objectives are to identify Mississippians who have demonstrated leadership potential through job-related and community activities, to train participants by sharpening their leadership skills and to motivate participants by increasing awareness of community and state challenges, involving participants in problem-solving activities on issues of current interest, and providing a network of leaders across the state who are actively involved in improving Mississippi's quality of life.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Leadership Mississippi welcomes applicants who are corporate level leaders, executives, emerging leaders, community leaders and new-to-Mississippi leaders who are interested in learning more about Mississippi and the issues that impact our state.  Our goal is to develop and maintain a network of Mississippians committed to improving the quality of life in our state.  Ideal candidates are those who are passionate not only about their communities but about Mississippi and its success.  Even if you have participated in your local leadership program, Leadership Mississippi offers an opportunity for you to expand your knowledge of how local and state issues impact community development.

Participation in Leadership Mississippi is determined by a competitive application process with the number of applicants far exceeding the number of available openings. A selection committee will carefully review all Leadership Mississippi applications. The committee is particularly interested in the extent to which the applicant has been involved in his/her community and in the applicant's interest in continuing and/or expanding involvement at home and on a broader scale.

Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated history of:

  • Reliability.
  • Positions with a company or an organization which show a progression toward leadership or management.
  • Significant achievement or accomplishments in career or community service.
  • Status or position with company or organization.
  • Work experience or other experience indicative of involvement in one or more areas of business, community, civic or government service.
  • Additional consideration will be given to senior level leaders of organizations and graduates of local-based leadership programs.

Leadership Mississippi seeks to have class diversity among all ethnic groups, ages, genders, professions, backgrounds and geographic areas of the state.

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Thirty-seven standout Mississippians have been selected for MEC’s Leadership Mississippi Class of 2022. Leadership Mississippi is an annual program of the Mississippi Economic Council conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation. Participants, selected by a committee of MEC’s Leadership Mississippi Alumni, work together in a training program that combines individual study, group sessions, and project experience in using leadership skills. Leadership Mississippi is started by a generous contribution by the late J.C. and Annie Redd. J.C. Redd was Chairman of the Mississippi Economic Council from 1973-74 when the program began.

Leadership Mississippi is the second-oldest statewide leadership program in the nation. Since its inception in 1974, Leadership Mississippi has graduated more than 1,300 alumni active in Mississippi business and politics. Mississippi's top business executives, community leaders, and elected officials have participated in Leadership Mississippi as a way to expand their networks and possibilities for future success. The program’s purpose is to identify and work with Mississippi leaders in strengthening our state. Leadership Mississippi empowers participants with information to make a strong impact in our state.
The 2022 Leadership Mississippi sessions began in Jackson in late April. When the class graduates in December 2022, they will have visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Olive Branch, and Camp Shelby.

The Leadership Mississippi Class of 2022 participants are:

Danielle Ashley
Jones County Board of Supervisors

Wayne Black, PE
Garver, LLC

Amy Bogue
Dutch Health Services

Aaron Brooks
Mississippi University for Women

Adam Carlson
PriorityOne Bank

Chance Carter
Community Bank

Mikhail Collins
Delta State University

Frank Dawson
Mississippi Power

Carley Dear, EdD
University of MS Medical Center

Vickie Dupree
Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce

Daniel Elliott
BancorpSouth\Cadence

Jennifer Ersin
Bradley

Chelsey Everett
Area Development Partnership

Robert Farr III, AIA
Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects/Engineers

Grace Fisher
Mississippi Department of Corrections

Jenifer Freridge
William Carey University

David Grayson
CareMed EMS

Maxine Greenleaf
Alcorn State University

Scott Hambleton
Molina Healthcare

Shelly W. Janous
East & Leake Consulting

Laura Johns
The Business Growers

Roy Johns
Goodwill Industries of Mississippi, Inc.

Richard Kostal
Continental Tires the Americas, LLC

Dr. Monica Lewis
Jackson State University

April Martin
Huntington Ingalls Industries

Ruthie Massey
Mississippi Museum of Art

Dr. Melissa McCoy
Tougaloo College

Roy Moss
Atmos Energy

Bentley Nolan
Nolan Brothers Motor Sales

Sarah Ozbun
Delta Lodging Group

Kelvin Pulley
The Pulley Law Firm, LLC

Jamie Rasberry
Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Donald Shepley
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

Dr. Megan Smith
Delta State University

David Stewart
Adams and Reese LLP

Christopher Stump
Mississippi National Guard

Danny Yates
Raytheon Intelligence & Space

Leadership Mississippi will begin accepting application on Monday, October 10, 2022. The 2023 Leadership class will begin on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. Should you have any questions, please contact cnorthington@msmec.com.
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Congrats Daniel Elliott and Roy Johns! Leadership MS is fabulous.

Congratulations to the new Leadership MS class! Have a wonderful year!

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Congratulations!!! Jenifer Doby Freridge - way to go!!

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Senior leadership of the Mississippi National Guard attended the U.S. Army War College graduation at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania for these fine officers. A two-year commitment to this Masters Level program. Congratulations to our Mississippi National Guard graduates Lt. Col. Thomas Howell, Col. James Hankins, Col. Ashley Mills, Lt. Col. Annie Merle Lee.

Also congratulations to our fellow Mississippi service members graduating, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Vaughn Threatt of Meridian and U.S. Army Reserve Col. Barbara Ousby of Madison.

📸From left: Col. Bobby Ginn, Lt. Col. Anthony Howell, Col. James Hankins, Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, Lt. Col. Annie Merle Lee, Col. Ashley Mills, Lt. Col. Vaughn Threatt, and Col. Barbara Ousby.
#ShoulderToShoulder #MSnationalguard #MSNG #usarmywarcollege #ng #msthriving #armystrong
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