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YP Empowerment Conference 2014

Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP)

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

YP Empowerment Conference 2014

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Carlos Clanton (Norfolk Education Foundation)

      YP Empowerment Weekend: Uniting To Lead

Friday, August 22, 2014 | Crescent Club


The Change Agent Network


One of the greatest challenges for young professionals to be promoted in their respective careers is because they’re not involved. Hear from emerging leaders and learn how they make a difference in the community.


Moderator: Jamal Whitlow (Social & Cultural Events Chair)


 Panelists: Brandi Richard (NULYP President)

                 Tim Nicholson (Bigfish, LLC)

                 John Carroll (City Leadership)

                 Tomeka Hart (Teach For America)            

Saturday, August 23, 2014 

EMPOWERMENT BREAKFAST: 8:00am-9:15am | Hilton Memphis 

Special Remarks: Mayor Wharton, Mayor Luttrell

Keynote Speaker: Brandi Richard, National Urban League Young Professional President


WORKSHOPS: 9:30am-10:30am 


Stand Your Ground: Freedom of Self-Protection 

The law's effect on crime rates is disputed between supporters and critics of the law. Let’s talk about it.

Moderator: George Monger (The Consortium MMT)

Panelists: Brandi Richard (NULYP President)

                 Nicole Grida (Liberty Mutual)

                 Ryan Carson (The Redwing Group)

                 William Barnes (NULYP Advocacy Chair)

Redefining Philanthropy

While each generation of philanthropists is shaped by the distinct societal forces of its time, today's 20- and 30-somethings have come of age in an era of unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Find out how you can make an impact now.

Moderator: TJ Jefferson (Fresh Touch Publicity, LLC)

Panelists: DeVonte Payton (Give 365)

                 Burton Bridges (St. Jude)

                 Katie Maxwell (Cowork Memphis)

                 Carlos Clanton (Norfolk Education Foundation)  

Work Life Balance – Does It Exist?

Companies realize how important the work-life balance is to the productivity and creativity of their employees.

Moderator: Lauren Squires (Reporter at Action News 5 (WMC-TV)

Panelists: Ciji Tatum (Red Bull)

                 Daniel Weickenand (Orion Credit Union)

                 Douglas Scarboro (City of Memphis)

                 Shannon Little (Huey’s)


 WORKSHOPS: 10:45am-11:45am


Enhance Your Career Through Volunteering  

People think the only way to land a full-time position is through traditional means. If you're looking for ways to boost your resume or find a job, consider volunteering. Volunteering can sometimes lead to permanent, salaried employment.


Moderator: Jeremy Park (Lipscomb Pitts)


Panelists:  Brandi Richard (NULYP President)

                 Sarah Petschonek (Volunteer Odyssey)

                 Carlos Clanton (Norfolk Education Foundation)

                 Charis Goff (YWCA National Capital Area)


Building Sustainable Cities

Sustainable? This is the question we must ask of ourselves, our consultants and our governmental officials. Are we creating buildings, neighborhoods, towns, and cities that can stand the test of time? Will they be economically, environmentally, and social sustainable?

Moderator: Paul Young (Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning & Development)

Panelists: JT Malasari (MLGW)

                Barbara Prescott (PeopleFirst)

                Kerri Campbell (Mayor’s Innovation Team)

                Joe Webb (Common Table Health Alliance)


Stand Out in the Crowd

A career plan helps you determine your skills and interests, what career best suits your talents, and what skills and training you need for your chosen career. It makes you aware of your strength and weaknesses and the skills and knowledge that are required to achieve your goals in future.

Moderator: J. Austin Baker (HRO Parters

Panelists: Adrian Davis (Davis, Inc.)

                Cedric Brooks (FedEx)

                Angela Copeland (Copeland Coaching)

                Latosha Dexter (Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, PLC)



LUNCH PLENARY SESSION: Uniting To Lead, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Examples of misunderstanding and inequality are everywhere in Memphis and there is a need for a new generation of leaders and change agents. Racial identity creates a shared experience that opens up dialogue about common frustrations and aspirations from which, collective leadership action often emerges.

Moderator: Monique McClain (Masterminds)

Panelists: Kevin Woods (New Horizons)

                Elizabeth Lemmonds (Forge)

                Petya Kirilova-Grady (Lokion)

                Andre Gibson (Heifer International) 

BUSINESS EXPO: 1:00pm-5:00pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 1:15pm-2:15pm

Personal Branding: Putting Your Authentic Brand Into Action

How can working professionals benefit from crafting their personal brand? Learn how to stand out in the crowd and be authentic in your personal and professionals endeavors.  

  • Joe Randolph (Vanguard)

  • Erika Cain (Erika Cain & Co.)


Ideation to Implementation

What good are new ideas if they are not put to use? Have you been wanting to start a business, but not sure how? The purpose of innovation is to solve problems that plague our society. Learn definitive processes to validate your idea to help the world and build a sustainable business. 

  • Al Pickett (Start Co.)

  • Eric Matthews (Start Co.) 


Getting Ahead Before Graduation: Strategic Networking in College (College Student Session)

It's never too early to start networking. And if you want a job when you complete your diploma, you've got to know people in the industry in which you want to work. Come learn key strategies to build relationships before you graduate. Also discussing the importance of internships and volunteering.  

  • Justin Lawhead (University of Memphis)

  • Kira Van Niel (The Boeing Company)

  • Damon Rawls (Damon Rawls Coaching and Consulting, LLC)

  • Jemar Ward (NYC Human Resources Administration


Revolution of Urban Education

Over the years, Memphis has been at the forefront of breakthroughs in music, business, health care, and civil rights. Today, Memphis is to continue its tradition of innovation—this time in the realm of urban education reform.

Local Politics, How I Fit In

This is for you if you’re young, professional and wondering how you can have an impact through politics.

Behind the Grind

Do you have what it takes to be your own boss? Are you currently a want-to-preneur looking to be a full time entrepreneur? 


 Q & A with Andre Fowlkes (Start Co.) and Elizabeth Cawein (Signal Flow)


MIXOLOGY: 9:00pm-2:00am | Opera Memphis 

Mixology is the fusion of art music and exotic beverages. The event will include several local disk jockeys exploring Pop, Hip-Hop and R&B music. There will be decadent pastries and lavish food provided by local small catering companies. The unique concept about Mixology is the various bartenders from different local bars and restaurants around the city mixing up exclusive drinks.


Contact Empowerment Conference Chair LaKeisha Harrison at ype@mulyp.org for more conference information, vendor space, or sponsorship opportunities. 









Have questions about YP Empowerment Conference 2014? Contact Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP)

When & Where

Hilton Memphis
939 Ridge Lake Blvd
Memphis, TN 38120

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

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