cathy award 2017

Northington Named 2017 Young, Gifted
& Empowered Leader of the Year

Leadership Mississippi's very own Cathy Northington, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer & Director of Programs, Leadership & Diversity at the Mississippi Economic Council, was recently named the 2017 Young, Gifted & Empowered Leader of the Year!

She was honored at the 2017 Young, Gifted & Empowered Awards on Saturday, March 4 at Jackson Preparatory School.

Congratulations Cathy!

More about the award:

There's a conclave of young professionals who are committed to moving Mississippi forward. They are raising their families in the Magnolia State, building businesses and serving in their communities. Their commitment is not only changing the landscape of Mississippi, but how the world views Mississippi.

Young, Gifted & Empowered honors individuals who are champions for and in the arts, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education, innovation and leadership. The honorees are between the age 25-45 and have demonstrated a noteworthy commitment to excellence and community service; a high level of character, leadership, and innovation through professional and personal growth.

Your Annual Contribution Will Help
Leadership Mississippi Thrive in 2017

Do You remember your Leadership Mississippi experience?

It is different for every single class going back to the very first in 1974, when Mississippi became the second state in the nation to launch a statewide Leadership program. The program has changed with the changing needs of Mississippi. In recent years, our classes began traveling the state, which provides a very valuable perspective to those in leadership roles in our communities. The program has grown in strength and stature. This year we had over 100 applications for only half as many slots.

Leadership Mississippi has become distinguished for many reasons – and the most important reason is your own personal involvement which has helped both sustain and make the program stronger. It is because of leaders like you that the program has the recognition it has gained over the last 40+ years. So just by participating, you have made a meaningful difference!

Ongoing Financial Support from Alumni Helps Build the Program

One way you can consider helping even more is by supporting the continued growth of Leadership Mississippi through an annual financial contribution. Your ongoing financial support will assure Leadership Mississippi’s ability to continue to offer quality programming – and to build new initiatives. In recent years we have invited alumni to attend our Leadership Mississippi events as we travel the state to provide ongoing engagement. We are now looking for ways to further engage the alumni in programmatic opportunities. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us turn ideas into reality. It’s for this reason I hope you will consider making a contribution at one of the levels suggested or whatever you can afford. It will be put to wise use and greatly appreciated.

Click Here to Make a Contribution to Leadership Mississippi

Volunteer Involvement Makes a Meaningful Difference

In addition to ongoing financial support, we also count on our alumni to help in planning our programming and hosting our classes in communities across Mississippi. Whether or not you contribute financially, there is always a need for volunteer involvement. Whether you can contribute financially or not, I hope you will take the opportunity to volunteer and attend one of our many alumni events throughout the year.

Over the years, Leadership Mississippi and our graduate leaders have gotten behind many important efforts, working to improve early childhood and K-12 education, to promote volunteerism, to support our troops with calling cards when war was declared in Iraq and to focus on expanding career-readiness among high school students, just to name a few.

What’s more, our graduates have gone on to become Mayors, state and federal Judges, State Legislators as well as State Treasurer, Secretary of State and Governor – and over 1,000 leaders like you are making a real difference in the future of Mississippi, in your companies and in your communities.

It is an honor and privilege having the opportunity to serve as director of MEC’s Leadership Mississippi program and to get to know our alumni from across Mississippi. MEC makes a significant financial commitment to the program every year, which along with registrations and sponsorships keeps the program going. Your alumni financial contribution will help us continue to grow our efforts and improve the program, and explore new ways for engaging our graduates.

Thank you for considering and best wishes for a great holiday season and a prosperous New Year.


Cathy Northington, IOM
Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Director, Programs, Leadership & Diversity
Mississippi Economic Council

Jason Patterson Awarded Bob W. Pittman
Leadership Mississippi Media Scholarship

Jason PattersonCongratulations to Jason Patterson, editor and publisher of The Yazoo Herald, for being awarded the Bob W. Pittman Leadership Mississippi Media Scholarship for the Class of 2017!

This scholarship grants one member of the media the opportunity to travel the state with the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2017 on a full scholarship.

This scholarship is ONLY available to members of the media.

Congratulations, Jason!

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Leadership Mississippi Holds First Session of 2017

Session Focuses on State Government

The Leadership Mississippi Class of 2017 got off to an exciting start on February 2-3, 2017, as they held the first session of 2017 in Jackson. The session focused on state government and featured state leaders who provided insight on the functions and challenges of serving in that capacity. They also participated in a congressional insight activity focused on the experience of serving as a legislator.

The class heard from cartoonist and author Marshall Ramsey, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James D. Maxwell II (Class of 07-08), and from Leadership Mississippi alumni serving as state legislators.

The next session for the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2017 will be held at Camp Shelby on March 30-31, 2017.

Leadership Mississippi Announces 2017 Session Dates & Locations

The Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program has recently announced the session dates and locations for the 2017 calendar year. The Class of 2017 will visit five locations throughout Mississippi, culminating with graduation on December 1, 2017.

Congratulations to the host cities for Leadership Mississippi 2017!

  • Jackson - February 2nd-3rd
  • Camp Shelby - March 30th -31st
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast - June 15th -16th
  • Brookhaven - August 24th -25th
  • Greenville - November 9th - 10th
  • Graduation - December 1st

Each year, Leadership Mississippi travels across the state, visiting locations in every region of Mississippi and learning about the culture, history, and economic impact of every corner of our beautiful Magnolia State.

Whether its visiting Mississippi’s state capital of Jackson, diving deep into the Mississippi Gulf Coast, strategizing about the military impact in our state at Camp Shelby, learning about the rich culture of the Mississippi Delta in Greenville, or taking time to relax in beautiful Brookhaven, the Class of 2017 has an exciting year ahead!

We hope to see you at one of our six Leadership Mississippi sessions in 2017!