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2015 Young Memphis: Carlissa Shaw, Horne & Wells

The following is a feature from the previous issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineClick here to view the full issue.

Young professionals see a future in Memphis – their future. They believe in what Memphis is and what it is becoming. They want to be a part of what others are doing and to offer their talents, energies and dreams to make the city an even better place to live. They talk of loving Memphis, and the ways this city draws them are as diverse as Memphis’ population. Perhaps, in a word, they picked Memphis because of opportunity. Career opportunities. Opportunities to play and relax. Opportunities to connect with family and peers. Opportunities to make a difference.

And making a difference is key, as this generation prioritizes following their passions and leaving the world a better place. Memphis offers plenty of ways to connect with their peers and create transformational change in their community. There’s SoundCheck, the Young Professionals Council of the Greater Memphis Chamber, which connects these YPs with experienced business leaders and involves them in critical issues facing Memphis. There’s also leadership programs like Embark by New Memphis Institute and the FastTrack Program by Leadership Memphis. And that’s only the beginning.

The 10 featured work as entrepreneurs, professionals, nonprofit employees and creative types. But their jobs aren’t the only way they put their mark on the city. They put energy into causes like homelessness, education and civil rights. While sometimes their jobs and what’s dear to their hearts overlap, volunteerism is strong among these young professionals. They look outside of themselves and reach out to help others. While they are making lives for themselves, they are making life better for others. Memphis is in good hands with these young leaders on deck.

So many of her friends left Memphis for college, but after arriving at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Carlissa Shaw realized she would be planting herself in her native soil. “As soon as I left, I knew I had to come back,” she said. “There was work for me to do here.” The University of Memphis law school graduate found a place to make a direct impact - in the courtroom as an attorney at Horne & Wells. She is also a volunteer at Memphis Legal Services and offers free legal advice to the public as host of Q&A show, “Let’s Talk Law,” on 1340 WLOK.

Still in touch with her roots, the 27-year-old founded a nonprofit with a high school friend that puts books in barbershops for boys to read and she began a mentoring program at her church, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said. “I just want to see Memphis be great and in order for Memphis to be great, it has to be healthy, emotionally, mentally, physically. You have to invest in people to make it happen.”

Photo by: Troy Glasgow
Story by: Toni Lepeska

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