The Leadership Letter is a monthly newsletter dedicated to announcing current events related to MEC's Leadership Mississippi Program. It is a special publication that highlights alumni and their outstanding work and achievements in the business economy across the state of Mississippi.
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!
The Giving Tuesday Challenge
Giving Tuesday marked a day of global generosity for many people to give back to their community. In light of this, Leadership Mississippi is extending the opportunity for you to participate in a Giving Tuesday Challenge all-month-long!

Each day is your chance to donate, with a special prompt to consider.
TODAY: Give $20 if you are celebrating a reunion year!

Congratulations to the Class of 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015!

We hope this will be a fun and exciting challenge for all of our alumni.
Click Here to participate.

In addition to the Giving Challenge, we ask that you also fulfill your $100 annual contribution. By paying your annual contribution, you will remain active in Leadership Mississippi, be the first to receive information and updates related to new programming and initiatives for the upcoming year and have the gratification of giving back to the program of which you are proud.
Click Here to submit your annual contribution.

Your financial gifts will help us continue to expand this program to better reach prospective participants - and to build more opportunities for you, our alumni, to engage and network and serve the community.

Thank you for your contributions. We appreciate you!
Leadership Mississippi Uniting Leaders
Last month, Cathy Northington and Courtnie Mack visited the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. After meeting some of the campus leaders and sitting with President Nora Miller, LM Class of '08, it was clear to us the dedication, passion and excitement they all shared for UNITY.

Through sponsorship of MUW's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, the campus presented UNITY, “an interactive public art project” created in 2016 by Nancy Belmont. It was important to President Miller and the Council to create and encourage engagement and give representation to every member of their campus community.
Leadership Mississippi would like to continue this effort in presenting to you: Leadership Mississippi Uniting Leaders. Leadership Mississippi is made up of a diverse group of alumni, more than 1,500, from across the state. Now, more than ever, we must embrace and showcase the differences that bring us together.

To participate in this unifying effort, click here. It will take 10 minutes or less to complete the form. We invite you to be as honest and transparent as possible. Rest assured, your responses will be recorded but remain anonymous.

Be sure to stay tuned to future Leadership Mississippi correspondence as we will creatively present the final results in the near future.
Leadership Mississippi Class of 2020
On Thursday, November 19th, the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2020 (21) ended this class year in Hattiesburg, MS!

This virtual session brought together our current cohort of fellows and invited guests and alumni to discuss the business climate, evident military presence and signature cuisine only found in the Hub City.

On the call was Callison Richardson, Director of Community Development at Area Development Partnership, Jim Coll, Chief Communication Officer at The University of Southern Mississippi, Robert St. John, Owner of New South Restaurant Group and Founder of Extra Table and Leadership Mississippi Class of '96, Dr. Bryan Batson, President of Hattiesburg Clinic, Rick Taylor, Executive Director of Hattiesburg Convention Commission and Seth Paridon, Deputy Director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.

The Leadership Mississippi Class of 2020 will continue their time with us in 2021, as part of the extension due to the current pandemic. We are exciting to host this dynamic group for yet another year and need our alumni support to keep moving forward. Let us know how you want to participate and engage with the current fellows as we anticipate the new year.

Email Courtnie Mack at with any ideas.
Daily Dose of Mississippi News On the Horizon
Remember when we mentioned bringing to you a daily dose of news much like The Skimm and Morning Joe? Good's on the horizon!

At the start of next year, Leadership Mississippi will bring to you a daily morning feature, full of fun and informal yet accurate commentary on current events, social happenings, politics, culture and the arts, weather and food from across the state.

We have great things in store and welcome your input on features from you city you would like to see!

Email Courtnie Mack at with your neighborhood news.
Frankie Adair - December 1
Elisha Bailey - December 31
Ann Barnes - December 8
Michael Bellipanni - December 12
Arnel Bolden - December 24
Kirby Boteler - December 7
Barbara Bowman - December 26
Scott Brown - December 19
Kevin Burgess - December 21
Ken Bush - December 23
Melissa Cook - December 24
George Cossar, III - December 8
Brandon Dardeau - December 3
Rev. Tasha Dillon - December 9
Christen Duhe - December 8
Lee Ann Foreman - December 19
Jeff Franklin - December 14
Lynn Frisby - December 10
Dr. Mary Graham - December 15
Kristyn Gunter - December 30
Phillip Hampton - December 30
Aaron Hill - December 20
Chris Hinton - December 14
Kourtney Hollingsworth - December 11
Susan Hunt - December 7
Julie Jordan - December 15
Deborah Lea - December 10
John McCarty, III - December 15
Donald Meeler - December 24
Matthew Miller - December 26
Patrice Mims - December 16
Nathan Moore - December 4
Stephanie Patton - December 15
Rachel Pierce - December 6
Paige Roberts - December 12
Jamie Rogers - December 12
William Scaggs - December 6
Derrick Simmons - December 12
Errick Simmons - December 12
Joseph Swaykos - December 22
Verlanda Tate - December 8
Todd Terrell - December 9
Amanda Villeret - December 23
Anthony Warren - December 29
Cindy Webb - December 17
Kenny Williamson - December 16
Eric Wolfman - December 25
Dr. Judy Woods - December 9
Dr. Jonathan Woodward - December 28

all other alumni celebrating December birthdays!

If you have any news you would like to share or see featured in next month's newsletter, let us know!
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Our Mission
To build a strong diverse network of leaders from every corner of the state balanced with a broad variety of leadership abilities and career accomplishments creating a core of individuals committed to Mississippi's future.