YPAC Announces 2013-2014 Protégé Chattanooga Class

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Protégé Chattanooga, an annual team-based mentor program for emerging leaders, announced its second class of protégés and mentors. As the first program of its kind in the area, Protégé Chattanooga connects young professionals in early- to mid-career with accomplished leaders for nine months of professionals development.

Designed to help participants achieve their potential as Chattanooga’s future leaders, the opportunity is offered in partnership between the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga (YPAC) and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Through Protégé Chattanooga, the Chamber aims to invest in the future leaders of Chattanooga by helping them develop mentor-based relationships with talented individuals in our community,” said Rob Bradham, vice president of public strategies for the Chattanooga Chamber. “Having just graduated our inaugural class, we couldn’t be happier with the success of the program, and we look forward to seeing how it develops this year with another outstanding group of dedicated mentors and students.”

This year, participants will have the option to select their eighth and final mentor. Meetings will be held twice a month, beginning with an orientation in August and ending with a graduation ceremony in April 2014.

“YPAC is committed to creating opportunities that allow young professionals to connect with one another and grow into the future leaders of our city,” said Cara Hicks, past president of YPAC. “We are proud to provide our area’s emerging leaders this unique opportunity to develop relationships with accomplished leaders in Chattanooga in an environment conducive to professional and personal development.”

Protégé Chattanooga 2013-2014 participants include:

·         Tia Capps, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

·         Tyler Forrest, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

·         Alishea Hixson, First Things First

·         Erica Jolly, TVA

·         Jeff Murphy, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

·         Leif Ramsey, SVAD Productions

·         Matthew Richman, Debo's Diners

·         Tiffanie Robinson, River City Company

Protégé Chattanooga 2013-2014 mentors include:

·         Stephen Culp, Co-Founder and CEO of Delegator and PriceWater, Founder and Chairman of Smart Furniture, and General Partner of Chattanooga Renaissance Fund

·         Tom Griscom, former executive editor of Chattanooga Times Free Press and former White House Communications Director

·         Michael Lebovitz, executive vice president of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

·         MaryStewart Lewis, regional director of AT&T

·         Ladell McCullough, partner of Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC

·         Bernie Miller, pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church

·         Kim White, president and CEO of River City Company

For more information, please visit www.ypchattanooga.org


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