Young Leaders Council

Leadership Luncheon

Young Leaders Council is excited to host the 2021 Leadership Luncheon fundraising event on Tuesday, November 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Leadership Luncheon will be conducted virtually through the iBreakthrough platform, welcoming hundreds of YLC alumni, corporate partners, and nonprofit colleagues to gather and hear unique perspectives from successful business and philanthropic leaders. YLC is proud to welcome keynote speakers Henry Hicks (President & CEO of the National Museum of African American Music) and Hal Cato (CEO of Thistle Farms) for a thought provoking conversation on legacy and leadership.

The Leadership Luncheon is YLC’s annual fundraising event and a time to celebrate all that we have accomplished together over the past 35 years. Your support is greatly appreciated and ensures YLC’s ability to continue to train the next generation of nonprofit board leaders for many years to come. For more information, please contact Kim James at

November 9, 2021
11:30a – 1:00p

Previous Young Leaders of The Year Award Recipients

2021, Maria Amado
2020, Allison Reed
2019, Charlane Oliver
2018, Ron Snitker
2017, Justin Crosslin
2016, Tim Bewley
2015, Jordan Waldron
2014, Dan Hogan
2013, Jill Robinson
2012, Santi Tefel
2011, Brian Taylor
2010, James Crumlin, Jr
2009, Jonathan Cole
2008, David Weil
2007, Melissa Wyatt

2006, Erika Sumner
2005, Paula Roberts
2004, Elizabeth Gerken
2003, Bob Lawhon
2002, Susan Chapman
2001, Patty St. Clair
2000, Derek Young
1999, Debra Asay
1998, Jim Phillips
1997, Marcus Stamps
1996, Robinson Regen
1995, Mitch Petross
1994, Eric Rhinehardt

Thanks to our sponsors!

Lee Company
Sarah Rochford Benfield
Kim and Ramsey James
Joshua Livingston

2021 Sponsorship Guide

Interested in partnering with YLC through sponsorship?  Download our latest Sponsorship Guide for a detailed outline of the unique ways that you can engage with our students, alumni, and community partners while supporting our efforts to train tomorrow’s nonprofit leaders!

Please reach out to Kim James, YLC Executive Director, at for more information.

YLC hosts five cohorts each year, three in the spring and two in the fall. Classes are conducted over the course of 11 weeks and address topics that have been deemed crucial in today's nonprofit leadership environment.

Spring Cohorts:

  • Nashville Spring
  • Junior League of Nashville
  • Belmont University – Jack C. Massey College of Business

Fall Cohorts:

  • Nashville Fall
  • Williamson County

The training is followed by the completion of a one-year internship with a nonprofit community organization. During the internship, the YLC participant will serve as a non-voting member of the organization’s working board.

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