More than 90 diverse, young professionals participate in YLC’s Spring Nashville, Junior League, and Belmont Massey Cohorts

Young Leaders Council (YLC) is proud to announce the Spring 2021 participants in the Nashville Class 76, Junior League of Nashville, and Belmont University – Massey Graduate School of Business Cohorts.  A combined 92 young professionals from diverse backgrounds are represented in the program this spring, which kicked-off officially in mid-March with a celebratory opening session and inspirational keynote address from YLC alumnus and President/CEO of Young Motivation Group Derek Young.

A full listing of the 2021 spring roster is available below.

YLC’s mission is to train diverse, committed individuals to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit organizations and make a difference in the community by replenishing the Nashville volunteer leadership base.  Each year, YLC hosts five cohorts consisting of a series of eleven interactive training sessions specifically designed to address fundamental board skills and prepare participants to be successful nonprofit board leaders.  Training is facilitated by industry experts and reflect on success indicators deemed crucial for today’s nonprofit leadership. Once training concludes, participants connect with a nonprofit organization where they will complete a yearlong internship as a non-voting member of the board. 

“YLC trains the best and brightest young professionals within our community.  Our students transition from the program with an exceptional amount of skill, knowledge, and confidence – empowered to make an impact for our nonprofit community,” said Kim James, Young Leaders Council executive director.  “By focusing on the leadership goals of participants and needs of our nonprofit partners, the program is fully immersive and strategically designed to ensure student success.”     

Over the past 35 years, more than 2,700 students have participated in the YLC program, providing highly-skilled community servants to support hundreds of nonprofit partners in the Nashville and surrounding area.  Kim James, YLC’s Executive Director says “our program is designed to empower young professionals who are aiming to take their community involvement to the next level.  The unique training and professional engagement offered through YLC ensures that each student is exceptionally prepared to make an impact and help address the need for effective volunteer leaders in the nonprofit boardroom.”

About Young Leaders Council Young Leaders Council was founded in 1985 by the Council of Community Services, the HCA Healthcare Foundation, and the United Way.  More than 175 graduates enter the nonprofit community each year from five YLC classes, including two in Davidson County and three in partnership with the Junior League of Nashville, Williamson, Inc. (Chamber), and Belmont University – Jack C. Massey School of Business.  To learn more about YLC, please visit