Young Motivation Group, Owner


Few people can help Non-Profit board members produce lasting change like Derek Young (DY).

Over the past 50 years, he has sat in every proverbial seat around the Non-Profit service table.  He started his life as a non-profit service recipient, as the son of a single parent in the largest housing project in St. Louis, Missouri.  As a corporate leader, the Chairman of Dollar General Corporation selected him to start the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility function.  In that role, he reviewed more than 10,000 charitable contribution requests from Non-Profits across the country and oversaw the company’s Literacy Foundation.   He served as a Non-Profit CEO for 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee and a Non-Profit leader as Career Development Manager for INROADS/Nashville.

He has held numerous Non-Profit roles which reflect his love for serving others.  He was the first statewide Board Chairman for March of Dimes—Tennessee, the first 4-time WalkAmerica Chairman for March of Dimes—Nashville, the first Business Coordinator of the Year for INROADS who also worked for the organization, the first Member of the Year for 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee who also served as the organization’s Executive Director, the first Community Engagement Chairman and former Community Leader of the Year for the Nashville Symphony Board of Directors.

He has also served or been recognized as an AKA Community Legend; a Big Brother of the Year; a Boy Scouts diversity consultant and trainer; a member of the original Davidson Group Steering Committee; a Delta Sigma Theta Man of Achievement; a Girl Scouts Strategic Advisor and National Cookie Sales Trainer; a member of the original Community Outreach Committee for the Frist Center; a 1999 Graduate of and facilitator for Leadership Nashville; a board member for Nashville State Community College, a member of the Middle Tennessee Donors Forum; a Board Member and Diversity Volunteer of the Year for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; a United Way Non-profit Campaign Chairman; a People Services Committee Member, Youth Development Task Force Member and diversity trainer for YMCA; and a Young Leaders Council Board Member, Young Leader of the Year and Edgehill Center board member and intern.

Over the past 30 years, he has served as an Advisor, Trainer or Keynote Speaker for more than 100 Non-Profits such as, Boy Scouts, Gigi’s Playhouse, Martha O’Bryan, Oasis Center and STARS.

Currently, he serves as the President and CEO of YMG Enterprises, LLC, a Nashville-based Corporate Culture Consulting firm that helps organizations from every industry create a winning corporate culture through customized culture strategies.  His culture strategies have helped hundreds of thousands of leaders across America move from good performance to great performance to legendary performance.  Since 1987, he has conducted more than 5,000 consulting, training, speaking and coaching programs in the areas of Leadership Development, Performance Management, Diversity & Inclusion, Executive Presence, Sales & Service, and Strategic Planning.  Some of his clients include, AT&T, Bass Pro Shops, Boy Scouts, Catholic Charities, Eli Lilly, Goodyear, Habitat for Humanity, Nissan, Sodexo, the State of Tennessee, Tractor Supply, United Way and Winston Salem State University.

He and his wife Allyson live in Nashville with their four children.  His motto is God first, Others second and Dreams third.