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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 community across the state of Mississippi.

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

- John Lennon

All of us know and understand that these COVID-19 times have been unpredictable and challenging. We are surviving tornado devastation and an unprecedented health crisis, among other things. Strong leaders like yourself, equipped with diligence, resilience and hope, keep our spirits lifted and families safe.   Together, we will continue to flatten the curve.

Leadership Mississippi asks that you continue your acts of outreach and compassion for the state by continuing to give your annual contributions. 
In giving to Leadership Mississippi, you are giving back to the state. 
You can give  by  clicking here ! (When prompted to login, your username is the email in which you received this newsletter. If you have forgotten your password, select "click here for login information" to create a new one.)
Your financial gift of $100, with an optional, additional anniversary gift of $45, 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.  (The Circle of 45 will be announced in the June edition of The Leadership Letter.)

We need you.  You help us build a better, safer Mississippi. You are essential!
National Volunteer Appreciation Week

MEC Thanks Our Volunteers for All You Do

April 19-25th was National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

Click here to hear from MEC President & CEO, Scott Waller and 
Click here  (password: atmos) to hear from David Gates, C'2008, MEC Past Chair and Board Member and their gratitude for your continued service.
Leadership Mississippi Announces Website Re-design

Leadership Mississippi's website has undergone a layout re-design. 
You can now explore all the program has to offer with the click of a button.

Be sure to check out the alumni page re-design by  clicking here.

While there, take a second and submit your leadership story. Feel free to give us thought pieces on leadership during this COVID-19 pandemic and what you believe the "new normal" should look like. Also, on the website, take a look at the variety of great videos from George Schloegel, of the inaugural Class of 1974-1975, and other alumni. 

This re-design and its offerings are part of our continued celebration of the 
45th Anniversary   of Leadership Mississippi!
You're Invited: Virtual Class Reunion!

Speaking of Celebrations!

Summertime is near!
What better way to celebrate than with a virtual class reunion?!

Leadership Mississippi would like to invite you and your class to host your very own class reunion.  This is the time to reconnect in one virtual space with your classmates, bond over fond memories during your time in Leadership Mississippi, update each other on life's happenings and most importantly,  gloat about why your class is better than the rest!

If you are interested in participating in a class reunion this summer, 
email Cathy by Friday, May 15th at cnorthington@msmec.com.

Let's celebrate your class by bringing you together again!
Virtual "Coffee and Conversations": A Huge Success!

Over the past five weeks, Leadership Mississippi held the virtual Coffee and Conversations series, an alumni-engagement event.

We would like to extend an enormous "Thank You" to our special guests for joining us on this platform and offering your expertise. You have helped your fellow alumni, and the state at-large, become more informed and better equipped with knowledge on how to navigate this challenging COVID-19 health crisis.

Special Thanks to our Virtual Coffee and Conversations Sponsors

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Mississippi Army National Guard
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Mississippi Board of Nursing

Tell us your thoughts on the series by completing  this survey!
It takes as little as 3-5 minutes. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

Session Recap

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
"Leadership During A Crisis: Through the Lens of a Retired Military Veteran" 

with Maj. General (Retired) Augustus Collins, Class of 2012, CEO of Minact, Inc. and Leadership Mississippi Past Chair

Thursday, April 9, 2020  

"COVID-19 and The Impact on Teachers, Parents and K-12 Students" 

with Dr. Jason Dean, Chair of the State Board of Education and Former Education Policy Advisor to Governor Haley Barbour,  Dr. Barbara Logan Smith, Class of 2015,  Executive Director at Teach for America: Greater Delta, Mississippi & Arkansas and Dr.  James Williams, Class of 2015, National Facilitator for the Center on Education and the Economy 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

"Protecting Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

with Attorney General Lynn Fitch, Class of 1995-1996

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

"COVID-19: The Evolution of Healthcare"

with Dr. Tearsanee Davis, Class of 2017, Director of Clinical and Advanced Practice Operations for the Center of Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, 
Guy Giesecke, Class of 2013, CEO of Children's Hospital of Mississippi, 
 and Phyllis Johnson, Class of 1997-1998, Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing

Friday, April 24, 2020

"Managing Emergency Operations"

with Colonel (Retired) Greg Michel, Class of 2013, Executive Director, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Again, many thanks to everyone who supported the virtual Coffee and Conversations series. You can expect to receive more information on premier alumni engagement events in the near future. 

Stay tuned!

Tim Adler - May 14
Leigh Barber  - May 5
Paul Barnes  - May 8
Nathaniel Beach  - May 9
Paul Bertucci  - May 7
Heather Brown  - May 20
Jerome Brown May 29
Taylor Coombs  - May 23
Julia Crockett  - May 28
Chad Daniels  - May 7
Roman Galey  - May 24
Sharon Garrison  - May 3
John Greenlee - May 25
Charles Greer - May 25
Steven Griffin  - May 25
John Hendrix  - May 31
William Hodges - May 2
Delaurence Johnson  - May 17
Timothy Letzring  - May 17
Honorable James Maxwell, II - May 4
James McArthur -  May 19
Beth McDaniel - May 10
Cynthia Minton  - May 1
Shan Montgomery - May 14
Tonya Moore  - May 27
James Osbirn  - May 23
Micah Poole  - May 10
Ashley Rea - May 11
Dr. Jan Reid-Bunch - May 4
Dr. Lynne Richardson - May 7
Dr. Kirk Schulz  - May 11
Kirk Sims - May 5
Michael Sims - May 25
Aaron SiskMay 8
Adam Stone  - May 3
Joan Strayham - May 19
Jenny Tate  - May 2
Clifton Thach - May 20
Kami Wert - May 2

and all other alumni celebrating May  birthdays!

If you have any news you would like to share or see featured in next month's newsletter, let us know! Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter @LeadershipMS. 
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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.

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