Protégé Chattanooga is designed as a team-based mentoring program that is geared towards promising young professionals who are early in their careers. It provides an opportunity for ambitious young professionals to come together and learn from local executives and each other.
The nine-month program begins with an orientation in September and ends with a graduation in May.
The mentorship program consists of:
- A group of 16 protégés and one Mentor per session
- Protégés from diverse professional backgrounds, with strong preference given to YPAC members
- Mentors who are established business or civic leaders
Each month, protégés will meet as a group with one mentor for one to two hours, preferably at the mentor’s place of business.
- 100% attendance is expected from protégés. Two missed meetings are allowed without penalty
- Confidentiality is required, in order to facilitate a more open and honest exchange between mentors and protégés
Recognizing that there are many paths to business and civic leadership, the goal of Protégé Chattanooga is to provide the protégés with eight different views of success and leadership – one from each mentor. Over the course of the program, protégés will bond with each other, gain valuable insight from established leaders, and develop a better understanding of their own path to success.
The cost of the program is $450, and partial scholarships are available.
Key dates for 2017 – 2018 Protégé Chattanooga:
• August 1, 2017 – Applications available at ypchattanooga.org
• Aug. 11, 2017 – Applications due
Role of the Mentor:
The mentor should provide open and honest insight based upon his/her experience and values. There are no right or wrong answers, just sharing successes and lessons learned honestly.
The mentor commits to attending the opening reception, the graduate recognition, and their one meeting with the Protégé group. Mentors can expect to receive the outline for their meeting prepared by the protégés the Friday before their meeting.
Amy Donahue, Director of Marketing and Communications, River City Company
Maurice Fider, Communications Assistant, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Chelsea Tackett Garcia, Manager, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough
Kaitlyn Grosch, Coordinator, Process Manager, MediTract
Erin Harrell, Assistant Director, Project Inspire, Public Education Foundation
Katie Jackson, Operations and Programs Coordinator, Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga
Greta Jansen, HR Generalist, ATN Hoelzel LP
John Jolley, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Andrew LaFevor, Teacher, 7th Grade Academy Team Leader, HCDE, Red Bank Middle School
Chelsea Sadler, Executive Assistant/Project Manager, City of Chattanooga, Mayor Berke’s Office
Chris Sislo, Wealth Manager, HHM Wealth Advisors
Kelly Spencer, Communications Coordinator, Pinnacle Financial Partners
George Stanford, Digital Marketing Specialist, Bellhops
Aggie Stephenson, Community Engagement Manager, Tennessee Aquarium
Allyson Witt, Chattanooga Car Share Manager, Green Commuter
Mentors for the 2016-2017 program included:
Todd Womack, Chief of Staff, US Senator Bob Corker
Christie Sell Faires, Judge, Hamilton County General Sessions Court
Edna Varner, Teacher Residency Coach, Public Education Foundation
Tom Griscom, Partner, Q Strategies
Dana Vaughn, Assistant Chief, Chattanooga Police Department
Cameron Doody, Co-founder, Bellhops
Autumn Graves, Head of School, GPS
Larry Buie, Regional Director, Atlanta Gas Light & Chattanooga Gas Company
Lamp Post Group
One to One Personal Physicians Network
Mary Carlie Corbitt
Jamie Ann Phillips
- Tia Capps, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
- Tyler Forrest, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
- Alishea Hixson, First Things First
- Erica Jolly, TVA
- Jeff Murphy, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
- Leif Ramsey, SVAD Productions
- Matthew Richman, Debo’s Diners
- Tiffanie Robinson, River City Company
Protégé Chattanooga 2013-2014 mentors include:
- Stephen Culp, Co-Founder and CEO of Delegator and PriceWater, Founder and Chairman of Smart Furniture, and General partner of Chattanooga Renaissance Fund
- Tom Griscom, former Executive Editor of Chattanooga Times Free Press and former White House Communications Director
- Michael Lebovitz, Executive Vice President of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
- MaryStewart Lewis, Regional Director of AT&T
- Ladell McCullough, Partner of Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC
- Bernie Miller, Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church
- Kim White, President and CEO of River City Company
- Ted Alling, Co-Founder and CEO of Access America Transport;
- Julie Baumgardner, President and Executive Director of First Things First;
- Rose Decosimo, Assurance Principal at Decosimo;
- Harold DePriest, President and CEO of EPB;
- Craig Holley, Chairman, President and CEO of Capital Mark Bank & Trust;
- Michael St. Charles, Shareholder with Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel;
- Michael Walden, President of Walden Security.
Protégé Chattanooga 2012-2013 protégés include:
- Lynn Brown, Suntrust Bank;
- James Chapman, Southeast Tennessee Development District;
- Katie Ann Downs, TVA;
- Shannon Edmondson, Public Education Foundation;
- James Hobbs, Weill & Long, PLLC;
- Zach Hutcherson, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough;
- Emily Job, Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain;
- Danielle Rhones, EPB.