Leadership Middle Tennessee, a regional leadership institute, was founded in 1999 as a result of the Regional Partnerships initiative of Partnership 2000. The initiative was founded in 1994 in direct response to the "lack of a regional agenda" as identified in the Partnership 2000 agenda.
Leadership Middle Tennessee serves a 10-county area: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson.
The mission of Leadership Middle Tennessee is to broaden the regional perspective of diverse and proven community leaders. Through networking, collaboration, and strategic thinking, we are committed to developing regional leaders who can contribute to long-term solutions that sustain and balance the quality of life and economic growth for our collective unique communities.
Structure and Administration
Leadership Middle Tennessee, Inc. was established as a non-profit entity in the State of Tennessee and operates under the governance of a Board of Directors. Jack Turner is chairman of the board. There are currently 38 directors and four ex-officio directors. The board will include at least one representative for each of the 10 counties. Supporting organizations are chambers of commerce and local leadership programs.
Appropriate bylaws have been adopted to reflect procedures for appointments to the Board of Directors and the operation and management of the entity. Susan Turner Taylor is executive director and runs the program on a day-to-day basis. She is responsible to the executive committee, consisting of the chairman of the board of directors, the secretary/treasurer, and the four ex-officio board members. The ex-officio members shall include: the holder of the Jennings and Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairman for Regional Partnerships, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of International Business, and the Dean of the College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University
The administrative support and operational location is at Middle Tennessee State University, in the College of Business.
The Program & Curriculum
The program for Leadership Middle Tennessee will be run annually. The format for the classes consists of ten sessions. All sessions will include an overnight stay. This format may be varied as deemed desirable by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors reviews the curriculum for each year's class to reflect current regional issues at that time. The content for each class will include keynote/motivational speakers, informational speakers, demonstrations/site visits, a participant project and pre and post session work assignments. Potential session themes include: workforce, education, diversity, regional assets, healthcare, economic development, high-tech communications, human services, environment, transportation, and quality of life concerns.
Participants in the program will be active community, business or government leaders who have demonstrated a high level of community commitment. Many delegates will have already participated in a local leadership program.
Applications for participation will be made to the Board of Directors, who will select the participants for each class. In selecting participants, the Board will be mindful of the prestige of participating in the program, the demographics of the region and the representation of the ten counties.
Leadership Middle Tennessee graduates are encouraged to become involved in the Alumni Organization.
Funding for Leadership Middle Tennessee comes from alumni support and public and private donations. Leadership Middle Tennessee is a 501(c)3 organization, and contributions are tax deductible.