On February 02, 2019 Mr. JB Smiley, Jr. began his journey with Leadership Memphis. Notably, the illustrious organization is the premier community leadership organization in the city. Founded in 1979, the organization has graduated more than 3,377 community leaders and continues to be a ground-breaking innovator with new programs and action initiatives that drive educational achievement, diversity and inclusivity and collective impact.
The rigorous program discussed various topics from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) to Memphis’ Brand. When asked about the impact Leadership Memphis has had on him personally, Mr. Smiley stated “It gave me a more intimate understanding of the City from a historical perspective, challenged me to dig deeper when discussing the city’s challenges and helped mold me into a better community servant.”
Smiley graduated from the Leadership Memphis’ Fast Track Program on April 13, 2019.