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U.S. News Names Ogletree Deakins “Law Firm of the Year”

11/02/12

U.S. News Names Ogletree Deakins “Law Firm of the Year”

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., one of the nation’s largest labor and employment law firms representing management, has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in both the Litigation – Labor & Employment and the Employment Law – Management categories in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” list. This prestigious honor is only given to one law firm in each nationally ranked practice area, and this is the second consecutive time that the firm has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Litigation – Labor & Employment category. In Memphis, Ogletree Deakins earned “First-Tier” rankings in three categories: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law...

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Leadership Academy Changes Name to New Memphis Institute

10/19/12

Leadership Academy Changes Name to New Memphis Institute

The Leadership Academy announced its name change today to the New Memphis Institute effective immediately.   While there is a change in the name and branding, the mission and programming remain the same. The tagline, “Talent for Transformation,” speaks to the purposeful impacts the organization is making and will continue to make. “We have built a solid reputation as the talent engine for our city. New Memphis Institute better communicates the impact we’ve made, and continue to make on Memphis, and the transformation we see taking place each and every day through our dedicated participants and alumni,” said President and CEO Nancy Coffee in a press release.   With statistics including more than 700 Memphis executives as...

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Fred Smith Says Big Changes for FedEx

10/15/12

Fred Smith Says Big Changes for FedEx

"It's been said many times that the only certainty in life is change. That's been true in my life and the life of FedEx. No matter what's happening in our industry now, it won't be the same 10 years from now." So said FedEx founder Fred Smith in May in a speech to the Wings Club in New York City titled "Air Cargo: Back to the Future" that played off the 1985 movie with Michael J. Fox as time traveler Marty McFly. Someone thought enough of the speech to put it in a hardcover book distributed at the 2012 Investors and Lenders Meeting in Memphis in October. Only 16 pages, including pictures and charts, it gives as concise a history of the forces that drove the growth of FedEx (and therefore Memphis indirectly) as you will find. The Big Change...

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Rapper Rick Ross Opens Second Restaurant in Memphis

10/09/12

Rapper Rick Ross Opens Second Restaurant in Memphis

Maybach Music Group CEO and platinum recording artist Rick Ross is heating up Memphis with the opening of his latest Wingstop, located at 4697 Poplar Ave, just in time for Memphis Madness, the University of Memphis basketball kickoff event, Friday, Oct. 12 at the FedEx Forum. Ross, who rapped about his love for Wingstop and Lemon-Pepper flavored wings on his hit album Teflon Don, has a multi-unit, multi-state deal with Wingstop that includes his restaurant in Hickory Hill (7706 Winchester Road) and one in his hometown of Miami, Florida. “We’ve totally hit the spot here in Memphis,” said Ross. “I like being able to share my favorite wings and empowering the community with jobs at the same time.” As the Official Wings of the Memphis Tigers,...

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Christian Brothers University Recognizes Lasallian Faculty and Fellows

09/18/12

Christian Brothers University Recognizes Lasallian Faculty and Fellows

Christian Brothers University (CBU) honors select faculty and students for demonstrating Lasallian characteristics. Melody Nabors, CBU’s Registrar, was honored with the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at their annual convocation in August. This award — the highest award presented to one CBU faculty member annually — honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies in the twenty-first century the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle, who lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Recipients of the award must have the following four qualifications: be a Lasallian educator for at least five years; be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education; exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist...

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Are You In? Memphis Area Legal Services' New Fundraising Campaign

09/13/12

Are You In? Memphis Area Legal Services' New Fundraising Campaign

Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) is launching its “We’re All In” campaign targeting legal professionals with a goal of increasing private donations and decreasing the organization’s government dependence.   MALS helps more than 12,000 people annually, but with government funding down by 18 percent this year and trending toward even more significant decreases, the organization’s budget could come down over $500,000 by 2014. That translates to turning away 8,400 people in need of legal services, and MALS already has to turn away 66 percent of applicants because of lack of funding.   MALS was founded by a group of 30 lawyers in 1968 in conjunction with the Neighborhood Legal Service Project with the goal of supplying honest legal...

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Dr. Maya Angelou Speaks at HeartLight Fundraiser in Memphis this Saturday

08/23/12

Dr. Maya Angelou Speaks at HeartLight Fundraiser in Memphis this Saturday

Agape Child & Family Services welcomes Dr. Maya Angelou to Memphis as the keynote speaker for their annual HeartLight fundraiser this Saturday, August 25th.   Angelou, an iconic poet, filmmaker, author, playwright, and civil rights activist, will speak on bridging the gap between community responsibility and the passion Agape shares for helping families in need.   Angelou has persevered through adversity and pioneered new ways of thinking throughout her many years in the public eye. She has authored over 30 bestselling titles, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and her screenplay for Georgia, Georgia earned her a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1972. Angelou was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000, the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal in...

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ALSAC COO Dies in Car Accident

08/20/12

ALSAC COO Dies in Car Accident

David L. McKee, longtime Chief Operating Officer for ALSAC, the fundraising counterpart to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, died Friday evening (August 17th) after a car accident in Memphis.   McKee began at ALSAC in 1977 and has held several positions during his 35 years, including interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Executive Vice President. He was influential in numerous fundraising projects including starting the St. Jude County Cares radio program. In 2011 McKee received the Lifetime Achievement award from Fundraising Success magazine, as well as leading ALSAC to its current status as the second-largest health care charity in the U.S.   “He was a dear friend and mentor to me and many others who worked...

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University of Memphis Names Dr. Tom Nenon Interim Provost

08/17/12

University of Memphis Names Dr. Tom Nenon Interim Provost

Dr. Tom Nenon, a native Memphian, is announced to start September 1st as the new interim provost for University of Memphis. Nenon will be replacing Dr. Ralph Faudree who decided to step down after his 11-year term in favor of full-time teaching after a year-long sabbatical. “He is an excellent choice because he has a broad knowledge of the University and our operations, strength and respect among his faculty peers, is dedicated and has a strong work ethic,” says Shirley Raines, University of Memphis president. Nenon has been a part of the U of M family for 27 years in multiple capacities including: professor of  philosophy, administrator, assistant vice provost for academic affairs, vice provost for undergraduate programs, director of Marcus W. Orr...

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Foundation Part of Initiative to Help Women Prosper

08/08/12

Foundation Part of Initiative to Help Women Prosper

The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) is helping launch an initiative called A Partnership for Women's Prosperity with help from a $3.4 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. Other participating organizations include the Washington Area Women's Foundation, the New York Women's Foundation, the Women's Fund of Mississippi, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, and the Women's Funding Network. All six organizations are using the grant money to support job training, employment, access to education, and leadership development for economically vulnerable women. WFGM's two-year, $400,000  piece of the grant is expected to help 430 local women. The money will be distributed in grants to local nonprofit orgs.

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