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A new initiative reflects partnership to equip Black leaders

Crafted to “empower emerging Black leaders,” the Realtist® Institute of Leadership has made its Memphis debut.

Billed as “transformative 12-week intensive training,” the Realtist® Institute of Leadership reflects a partnership between the Young Realtist Division (YRD) and the Memphis Urban League (MUL).

Young Realtist Division (YRD), established in 1997, is an affiliate of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. The Memphis Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League.

The Realtist® Institute of Leadership program will begin in February and run through April. It’s open to young emerging leaders in any industry and who possess “a passion for leadership and community impact.”

Applications are being accepted through January 15th. Scholarships to offset costs are available to qualifying applicants.

“Through this series of workshops, we hope to build a legacy of transformation and equity in leadership,” said YRD National President Rasheedah Jones.

“This is a unique convergence of practical knowledge and theoretical exploration designed to answer the profound questions of ‘why’ and ‘how’ in leadership, specifically tailored for Black professionals.”

Participants will engage in two-hour weekly virtual sessions that will be enhanced with pre-work and self-study and crafted to allow them to “delve deeply into the nuances of leadership.”

The program will feature a host of facilitators and guest speakers, who will address the challenges and successes they face through a blend of shared narratives, lived experiences, and academic analysis.

Wayne Gillard, head of workforce and economic development for Memphis Urban League, said Mayor-Elect Paul Young is scheduled to address the inaugural class.

“Having Mayor Young as our keynote speaker underscores the importance and impact of this program in our community,” said Gillard. “Like Mayor(-elect) Young, those who join The Realtist® Institute of Leadership have a strong desire to have a positive impact on the community.”

(For more information about the program and application process, contact Rasheedah M. Jones at rasheedahmjones@gmail.com or 901-335-5098.)


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