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Leadership Mississippi Heads to the Mississippi Gulf Coast June 14-15

Leadership Mississippi invites you to support our program and join with other alumni to help welcome the Class of 2018 to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on June 14-15!

Three Great Ways to Support Leadership Mississippi

1 - Attend the Leadership Mississippi Alumni Reception on June 14

All Leadership Mississippi alumni are invited to attend the Alumni Reception on Thursday, June 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.!

The reception will be held at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, located at 115 1st Street Biloxi, MS 39530.

This is an exciting opportunity to network with the current Leadership Mississippi Class on the Gulf Coast!

You can RSVP by contacting Cathy Northington at 601-540-4480 and or Will Caves at 601-624-0572 and

Please RSVP by Monday, June 11.

2 - Sponsoring the Leadership Mississippi Gulf Coast Session

If you can't attend the Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumni Reception in person or would like to offer additional support, sponsorship opportunities are available for this exciting event!

Click Here to View Sponsorship Levels for This Great Event

Special Thanks to Our Mississippi Gulf Coast Sponsors

  • Boomtown Casino
  • F.E.B. Distributing
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Mississippi Power
  • Yates Construction

and Finally......

3 - Through Your Annual Contribution

Our great Leadership Mississippi sessions would not be possible without the fantastic support from our incredible base of alumni.

Through your $100 annual contribution, you can help ensure that Leadership Mississippi can continue to give the best experience possible to our participants. Your financial support will aid in Leadership Mississippi's ability to continue to offer quality programming and to build new initiatives for future participants. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us turn ideas into reality.

Click Here to Make Your Leadership Mississippi Annual Contribution

Special Thanks to Our Alumni Contributors

  • Mike Armour (Class of 2011) - Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Michael Bellipanni (Class of 2015) - Northcentral Electric Power Association
  • Jerome Brown (Class of 2014) - The First Bank
  • Augustus L. Collins (Class of 2012) - MINACT Incorporated 
  • Martha Cooke (Class of 2016) - MISSCO
  • George P. Cossar, III (Class of 2007)- Entergy Mississippi, Inc.
  • Richard P. Cowart (Class of 1974-1975) - Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
  • Christopher W. Espy, Esq. (Class of 2008) - Morgan and Morgan
  • Lee Aaron Green (Class of 2017) - Ingalls Shipbuilding 
  • Jamie Higdon (Class of 2013) - TempStaff, Inc.
  • Jamie V. Holder (Class of 2009) - Hol-Mac Corporation
  • John Holston (Class of 2011) - Coast Electric Power Association 
  • Lawrence C. Howell, Jr. (Class of 1985-1986) - Pontotoc Electric Power Association
  • Edmond Hughes (Class of 2012) - Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • William O. Jacobs (Class of 1987-1988)
  • Eddie Kelly (Class of 2014) - Mississippi Power
  • William LaForge (Class of 1974-1975) - Delta State University
  • Lewis F. Mallory, Jr. (Class of 1974-1975) - Cadence Bank, N.A.
  • Justice James D. Maxwell, II (Class of 2007) - Mississippi Supreme Court
  • Tonya Moore (Class of 2015) - The University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Charles L. Morris (Class of 1987-1988) - Morris Petroleum, Inc.
  • Barbara Ousby (Class of 2007) - C & B Enterprise, Inc.
  • Doug Robertson (Class of 2014) - Cadence Bank, N.A.
  • William Scaggs (Class of 2007) - Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
  • George Schloegel (Class of 1974-1975) - Retired
  • Mark A. Smith (Class of 2004-2005) - The CPI Group, LLC
  • Amanda Tollison (Class of 2008) - Butler Snow LLP
  • Frederick Varnado (Class of 2007) - The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Amy Walker (Class of 2017) - Ergon, Inc.
  • Anthony Webb (Class of 2011) - Community Bancshares of Mississippi, Inc.
  • Lewis Whitfield (Class of 1974-1975) - CREATE Foundation
  • Michelle Whittle (Class of 2015) - Atmos Energy
  • Ashley N. Wicks (Class of 2017) - Butler Snow LLP
  • Anthony L. Wilson (Class of 2000-2001) - Mississippi Power

We hope you will take the opportunity to be involved with this exciting session!

Class of 2018 Holds Second Session in Oxford March 29-30

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The Leadership Mississippi Class of 2018 recently held their second session in Oxford on March 29-30. The session served gave a great insight into the city of Oxford and its surrounding community, and the economic impact it has on Mississippi.

Special Thanks to Our Oxford Sponsors:

  • The University of Mississippi
  • Visit Oxford
  • George Cossar (Class of 2007)
  • Justice James Maxwell (Class of 2007)
  • Amanda Tollison (Class of 2008)

Leadership Mississippi Holds First Session of 2018

Class of 2018 is the Largest in Program History

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The Leadership Mississippi Class of 2018 got off to an exciting start on February 1-2 during the first session of 2018 in Jackson. The session served as an orientation for the upcoming year and featured state government leaders who provided insight on the functions and challenges of serving in that capacity.

The class heard from cartoonist and author Marshall Ramsey, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James D. Maxwell II (Class of 07-08), MEC President & CEO Scott Waller, Maj. Gen. (Retired) Augustus L. Collins, Leadership Mississippi Chair, and other distinguished leaders

The next session for the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2017 will be held in Oxford on March 29-30, 2018.

Special Thanks to Our Opening Session Sponsors:

  • Ergon
  • Samuel L. Jones - Life Changing Presentations
  • Sid Davis - Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator
  • Southern Mississippi Planning & Development District
  • The Leadership Mississippi Class of 2016
  • Toyota 

Leadership Mississippi Class of 2017
Graduates at Old Capitol Inn

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MEC's Leadership Mississippi program is proud to announce the 50 graduates of the Class of 2017.

The Class of 2017 celebrated their completion of the program at a graduation ceremony held earlier today at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. Participants completed five sessions in locations across Mississippi: Jackson, Camp Shelby, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Brookhaven, and Greenville.

Leadership Mississippi is the second oldest statewide leadership program in the nation and is conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation. Since its inception in 1974, Leadership Mississippi has graduated more than 1,300 alumni active in Mississippi business and politics. Mississippi’s top business executives have participated in Leadership Mississippi as a way to expand their networks. Many elected leaders, including a former governor, are graduates and recognize the value of the Leadership Mississippi experience.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Frankie Adair
Thania Averett
Heather F. Bennett
Jerry Bennett
Vernell Bennett, Ed.D.
Christa Rouse Bishop
Caron Blanton, APR
Steven Blaylock
Kent Bloodworth
Kevin Burgess
Greg Burks
Laketter Cannon
Chris Champion
John Coughlin
Tearsanee Davis
Navketan Desai
Cindy Duvall
Lee Ann Foreman
Judy Forester
Rodney Francis
Felicia Gavin
Jacqueline Gibson, Ed.D.
Lee A. Green
Terrell Grindle
Alex Harvey
Greg Hodges
Benjie Houston
Elissa Johnson
Blaine LaFontaine
Clayton Legear
Jenny Levens
Emily Scheuer Lowe
Lashaundra McCarty
Jamie McKenzie
Charlie Moomaw
W. Abram Orlansky
Jason Patterson
Amanda Rebecca Price
Amy Reed
Chanda Latara Roby, Esq.
Kantera Ruff
Sandy Sanford
LaMarcus Smith
Jason Snider
Matthew A. Taylor
Brett Thompson-May, J.D.
Amy L. Walker
Hunter Walters
Ashley Wicks
Allyson L. Winter