Spotlight on Spring 2022 Graduates

Spotlight on Spring 2022 Graduates

Mallory Yoder – Nashville Class 78
Lead Manager, Business Engagement Strategies
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

I loved the opportunity to meet new people in different industries through the YLC program. I also enjoyed learning more about the nonprofit organizations that are helping make a difference in the communities we call home! 

YLC taught me the important leadership role board members serve for nonprofit organizations – and more importantly how board members can lead with passion and servant hearts to selflessly support organizations and communities. The program is so engaging and inspiring, and everything I learned through YLC can also be applied in your professional capacity.

Jackson Zeitlin – Belmont-Massey / Nashville Class 78
Affiliate Broker
Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty

Through the YLC program, I gained a foundational knowledge of how I can apply my skills and expertise to organizations in a way that will truly benefit them and support their mission. I now feel that I can provide professional value and leadership support beyond the basics of volunteering

I also really enjoyed interacting with such a broad spectrum of young professionals who were interested in giving back to the Nashville nonprofit community. As a community that affords us so many opportunities, it was a great reminder that there are plenty of people that desire to go the extra mile for the causes they care about. Everything I learned in the YLC program has value that extends into other facets of my life.

Brittainy Hall – Nashville Class 78
Senior Consultant
Kotter Inc.

There were many aspects of the YLC program that I enjoyed, but the one thing that stood out the most was the opportunity to engage and learn from a diverse group of thought leaders. Every week I left feeling inspired and more knowledgeable than I did before I started the session. There aren’t many leadership development programs where you have the opportunity to learn from such a unique group of subject matter experts and community leaders.

I also gained a new level of confidence and a growing network of support through YLC. I started the program knowing virtually nothing about what it meant or what it took to be an impactful nonprofit board member. Over the years, I have continuously searched for a way to give back to the community that also helped me develop professionally, and YLC helped me achieve that goal. The wisdom, knowledge, and relationships that I have been able to cultivate during my YLC journey have been unmatched. I am super grateful that I took my dear friend’s advice and applied. This experience, I believe, has changed the trajectory of my career and life for the better. 

Joseph Underwood Nashville Class 78
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
Tractor Supply Company

The time spent learning and hearing from the other participants of the cohort was easily the most enjoyable part of the program. Listening to the ideas that they have and understanding their backgrounds on how they came to think or feel that way gave me new perspectives on a variety of topics. I would encourage anyone going through the program to come in with an open mind and the desire to learn not just from the great teachers, but also from your fellow cohort members.

I think the investment in training for the program is indispensable. Our cohort was able to learn from industry and non-profit leaders with years of experience. The ability to hear from them and leverage their experience as well as collaborate with my classmates about their own experiences gave me a wealth of knowledge about the nonprofit space and the responsibility that their board members carry. I would recommend this program to anyone who is wanting to not only learn and develop but more importantly wanting to give back to their communities now and moving forward. You are able to build relationships with the other members of the cohort, spend time learning from so many industry titans, and make a difference in the community you live in. The commitment of time and resources will pay off exponentially.

YLC/Junior League of Nashville Class 2019 Graduates on May 14

YLC/Junior League of Nashville Class 2019 Graduates on May 14

YLC is excited to announce the graduates of YLC/Junior League Class 2019! In the 15th year of a successful partnership between YLC and Junior League of Nashville, this year’s class of 30 participants met weekly starting March 5 for training sessions to learn crucial skills needed for today’s nonprofit leadership roles. Congratulations and good luck to the following graduates with their one-year board internships and future volunteer leadership opportunities: Brittany Adams (Dollar General Corporation); Taryn Anderson (TKA Consulting, LLC); Carmen April-Washington, DPM (The Foot and Ankle Healthcare Center); Lauren Braun (RBC Wealth Management); Angela Ciklin, MD (Obstetrician-Gynecologist); Renee Dias (Vanderbilt University Medical Center); Catherine Grace (community volunteer); Ellie Grove (Community Brands); Keiana Hastings (Ramsey Solutions); Niki Heller, CPA (Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.—An Aristocrat Company); Meagan Howard (Vanderbilt University Medical Center); Tanisha Kizer (First South Financial Credit Union); Megan Koontz (National Multiple Sclerosis Society); Rachel Lemons (ONE Tennessee); Elaine Naughton (Bass, Berry & Sims PLC); Melissa Poole (HORNE LLP); Brianna Powell (Bass, Berry & Sims); Katherine Redding (Office of Tennessee Attorney General); Lindsey Sexton (Second Circuit Court, Davidson County); Jessie Slate, CPA (PwC); Kimberly Speciale (HCA Healthcare); Morgan Stewart (Digital Reasoning); Samantha Kerwin Tate (The Scheduling Institute); Rachel Thomasson (Junior League of Nashville); Melanie Tomlyn (Cherokee Equity Corporation); Ericha Turner (The Daniel Group); Brooke Walker (Vanderbilt University Medical Center); Margaret Claire Walker (BKD); Tanya Washington (University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service); and Megan Williams (Cordell and Cordell).

See the photos from the opening session at JLN HQ on 3/5/19 here.

YLC’s Tanisha Kizer is JL’s Member Monday profile

YLC’s Tanisha Kizer is JL’s Member Monday profile

We were thrilled to see current YLC/Junior League Class 2019 member, Tanisha Kizer, profiled in today’s Junior League of Nashville‘s Member Monday. Originally from Memphis, TN, Tanisha Kizer relocated to Nashville in 2017. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Branch Operations for First South Financial Credit Union. She extends her field of work in conjunction with several middle and high schools in Nashville to facilitate financial wellness classes every month. Tanisha started her journey with Junior League transferring from the The Junior League of Memphis chapter as a new provisional, and took every volunteer and training opportunity she could. She is currently a First Year Active working on the SHOP SAVE SUPPORT committee where she helps with recruiting businesses to support JLN partner organizations by offering the shopping rewards card. Tanisha loves exploring her new city by attending concerts, eating at every new restaurant possible and taking her pup, Princess Leia, for walks on the Nashville Greenways. Tanisha will be graduating from the YLC program on May 14. #myjln #membermonday