On Tuesday, June 21, Young Leaders Council hosted its annual Appreciation Luncheon to celebrate and show gratitude for the local nonprofit community. The Nashville nonprofit community has played a vital role in helping YLC provide valuable training and board internship experiences for program graduates over the years. The Appreciation Luncheon was generously sponsored by AllianceBernstein and provides a unique opportunity for nonprofit leaders to connect and network with colleagues.

CEO of Thistle Farms, Hal Cato (Nashville Class 17) shared his experience as both a YLC alumnus and longstanding leader in the Nashville nonprofit community. Recent program graduates, Jennifer Vandercook (Junior League 2021) and Nikki Walker (Nashville Class 77) also shared remarks highlighting the value of YLC’s partnerships with other nonprofit organizations in providing an immersive and hands-on experience for program participants.

More than 145 program graduates were placed as YLC board interns with local nonprofit organizations in 2021, providing a valuable opportunity to immediately put their newly acquired skills and knowledge to use while making a lasting impact on the organizations they support. YLC is truly grateful for the support shown by the Middle Tennessee nonprofit community and truly thankful for partners like AllianceBernstein that help sustain our efforts to build meaningful connections and advance our mission.