NASHVILLE (June 15) – Leadership Tennessee today announced its 45 Signature Program Class IX members, leaders from rural and urban communities across Tennessee who will spend the next year engaging in collaborative, non-partisan dialogue on issues of statewide importance.
Entering its ninth class year, Leadership Tennessee selects a new class of leaders annually to take part in statewide study while visiting different areas of Tennessee, learning best practices and analyzing important issues faced by Tennesseans.
Class IX represents each Grand Division, with members from counties as diverse as Blount to Weakley to Shelby to Davidson. See below for the extended list of Class IX members.
Among those chosen to serve includes Melinda Goode, executive director, Northwest Tennessee Development District and Human Resource Agency, representing Weakley County.
The anonymous selection committee, chaired this year by Class VII members Christy Gillenwater, President/CEO, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Mike Keeney, Lewis, Thomason, built the class from more than 300 nominations and 100 applications.
“Each year we are amazed by the caliber of leaders applying for the Signature Program,” said Keeney.
Gillenwater added, “Our goal is to fill the class with a diversity of professional roles and geographic locations. Class IX is truly representative of the state of Tennessee, and we look forward to participating in critical conversations with them as they learn more about the state.”
Since 2013 Leadership Tennessee has developed a network of nearly 450 members, including its Signature Program and Leadership Tennessee NEXT program for emerging leaders, which announced its fifth cohort last week.
The ninth cohort of Leadership Tennessee’s Signature Program will meet for the first time in August under the leadership of newly-announced president and CEO Alfred Degrafinreid II.
Leadership Tennessee fosters collaborative, non-partisan dialogue on issues of statewide importance by crossing geographic and professional boundaries and connecting a diverse network of problem solvers and engaged citizens.