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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.

First Leadership Mississippi Coffee and Conversation Event Draws Alumni to State Capitol

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Leadership Mississippi had great time at our recent "Coffee and Conversation" event at the Mississippi State Capitol! Dozens visited our booth on February 26, and were treated to delicious Cups coffee and sweets.

The next Leadership Mississippi alumni event will be a social hour at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson!

Leadership Mississippi Social Hour
April 30, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Rooftop at Old Capitol Inn, 226 N. State St., Jackson, MS
(5% of proceeds will be donated to Leadership Mississippi.)

We hope to see you there!

Leadership Mississippi Holds First Session of 2020 on February 6-7

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The Leadership Mississippi Class of 2020 held its first session on February 6-7 at the Hilton Jackson.

The class underwent their program orientation and participated in a leadership development session with Chris Smith - CEO & Executive Coach of Experimental Development Group, LLC. On Friday, the class was guided through a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Session with Dr. Nika White - President & CEO of Nika White Consulting, LLC.

Special thanks to our session sponsor Butler Snow LLP!

 

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Leadership Mississippi Announces Class of 2020

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Forty-eight standout Mississippians have been selected for the 2020 Class of MEC’s 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.

Those selected into the program include:

Leadership Mississippi 2020 Sessions

Jackson
February 6-7

Southaven
March 26-27

Mississippi Gulf Coast
June 11-12

Clarksdale
August 20-21

Hattiesburg
November 5-6

Graduation
December 4
(Location TBD)

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
Amanda Cobb
Jessica Crosby
Elise Deano
Jonny Donaldson
Brandon Dunn
Kabah S. Ealy, Esq.
Felicity Ross Edwards
Bailey Robertson Fair
Jay Fisher
Gary W. Hodum
Christee Holbrook
Brandon Hubbard
Cedrick Hurd
Ed Johnson

Adre' Charee Jordan
Angela Rose Juzang
James S. Kaigler, Jr.
Dr. Micca A. Knox
Jessica Lane
Mary LaRosa
John Martin Lassiter, Sr.
Kirk J. Lewis
Leo E. Manuel
Torie Marion
Brad Mayhew
Debra Mays-Jackson
Dr. Tina Denise McDyess
Pam Moeller
Chris Monsour
Grant S. Montgomery
Luke Montgomery
Heath Morgigno

J. Russell Morrison
Cherisha Moss
Joi Owens
Derek D. Polk
Allilia L. Price
Ungalia Ratcliff
Amanda Shook
Dr. Temika Michael Simmons
Erin W. Smith, LMSW
Austin Stewart
Taylor Stringer
Katie Townsend
Carla Underwood
Shelley Cresswell Walker
Tonia Ware
Andrew Warmath
Matthew Wilson

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