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2015 Young Memphis: Brooke Jones, FedEx Express

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.

As a child watching crime shows, Brooke Jones wanted to be a coroner. A little older, she followed the allure of website design and studied computer science at the University of Memphis. Then she landed a job as a student with FedEx Office, and a whole world of options opened to her. She could stay near family and lead a fulfilling career life, all without leaving her native Memphis. “There was no reason to leave. I have opportunities here,” said Jones, 27, who now works with FedEx Express as an engineer, creating global network planning routes for aircraft.

Being a part of Junior League of Memphis has introduced Jones to people, places and causes. She enjoys giving tours to people new to the city and directing them to “the best restaurants. Ask me, because I like to eat,” she said. In the fall, Jones expects to finish graduate studies in commercial aviation at Delta State University. She went back to college to learn more about her company’s work. “As I’ve grown I’ve discovered new neighborhoods and new opportunities,” she said. “The diversity and culture of Memphis has grown, and I think I’ve grown with it.”

Photo by: Troy Glasgow
Story by: Toni Lepeska

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