Leadership Mississippi 2020 Sessions
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Leadership Mississippi Honors Class of 2019
MEC's Leadership Mississippi program was proud to recently honor our 53 graduates from the Class of 2019.
The Class of 2019 celebrated their completion of the program at a graduation ceremony held at the Westin Jackson on December 6, 2019. Participants completed five sessions in locations across Mississippi, including Jackson, Meridian, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Cleveland, and Tupelo.
Leadership Mississippi is the second oldest statewide leadership program in the nation and is conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation. Since its inception in 1974, Leadership Mississippi has graduated more than 1,500 alumni active in Mississippi business and politics. Mississippi’s top business executives have participated in Leadership Mississippi as a way to expand their networks.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
LEADERSHIP MISSISSIPPI CLASS OF 2019
Michelle Accardi, NBCT
Joseph R. Beattie
Sandra R. Bitten
Sondia J. Christian
Kabah S. Ealy, Esq.
Felicity Ross Edwards
Bailey Robertson Fair
Gary W. Hodum
Adre' Charee Jordan
Angela Rose Juzang
James S. Kaigler, Jr.
Dr. Micca A. Knox
John Martin Lassiter, Sr.
Kirk J. Lewis
Leo E. Manuel
Dr. Tina Denise McDyess
Grant S. Montgomery
J. Russell Morrison
Derek D. Polk
Allilia L. Price
Dr. Temika Michael Simmons
Erin W. Smith, LMSW
Shelley Cresswell Walker
Leadership Mississippi Explores Culture & Industry of Tupelo During Final Session
Leadership Mississippi's Class of 2019 held their final session in Tupelo on November 7-8.
The session featured insightful tours of the Toyota Blue Springs facility and Blue Delta Jeans, a bespoke jean manufacturer located near Tupelo.
The class also toured Tupelo with Judd Wilson, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce at the Community Development Foundation, and got to participate in an enriching session on Talent Retention with Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Augustus Collins, CEO of Minact, Inc.
Leadership Mississippi Gets a Taste of the Mississippi Delta During Cleveland Session
The Class of 2019 got a taste of the Mississippi Delta during the Cleveland Session on August 22-23.
The session featured a stay at the brand-new Cotton House, lunch at the historic Senator's Place, a tour of Dockery Farms and McCarty Pottery, and a great alumni reception at Delta State.
The class heard from excellent speakers like Frank Howell, President/CEO of Delta Council and Rolando Herts, Director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning; Executive Director, Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.
The final session of 2019 will be held in Tupelo on November 7-8.
Ingalls Shipbuilding, Naval Construction Battalion Center Tours Highlight
Leadership Mississippi's Gulf Coast Session
Leadership Mississippi visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14.
This session featured exciting tours of Ingalls Shipbuilding (Mississippi's largest employer) and the Naval Construction Battalion Center. The class also experienced a leadership development session with Dr. Samuel Jones, and got a taste of the Gulf Coast at Mary Mahoney's.
The next session for the Class of 2019 will be held in Cleveland.
Leadership Mississippi Holds Second Session in Meridian
Leadership Mississippi recently held its second session of 2019 in Meridian.
During the Meridian session, the class toured downtown Meridian, learning all about its history and development projects. They also enjoyed a leadership development session with Dr. Samuel Jones, and an insightful look into Mississippi's "Brain Drain" with representatives from the William Winter Institute.
The next session for the Class of 2019 will be held on June 13-14 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Leadership Mississippi Holds First Session of 2019
Leadership Mississippi recently held its first session for the Class of 2019 in Jackson.
The session served as an orientation for the group, and also focused on state government. The class was treated to a tour of the State Capitol and heard from United States District Judge Carlton Reeves, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Maxwell II, and MEC CEO Scott Waller. They also participated in a personality profile assessment and a congressional insight activity, as well as a leadership development session with Dr. Samuel Jones.
The next session for the Class of 2019 will be held on March 28-29 in Meridian.
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