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2015 Young Memphis: Noah Glenn, City Leadership

The following is a feature from the previous issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine. Click 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.

Noah Glenn loves to make music and so, of course, he was drawn to Memphis. But it was the food that first captured his heart. “There’s a lot of great food here,” the 29-year-old said. “I’ve always been impressed by the number of local, unique restaurants…. Memphis has so many places that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.”

Glenn, who plays drums at his church and occasionally for recording sessions, grew up in North Little Rock. He studied recording technology at the University of Memphis and, with his wife-to-be, stayed to make it permanent after graduation. “We saw Memphis as a great spot that was still close to home,” he said. At City Leadership, which runs the millennial-recruitment tool, Choose901, Glenn works with nonprofits to provide creative services like web design and videos that will add value to the organization’s mission. While he can’t be an expert on all causes, he can help organizations that are accomplish great things in the city. “It is very fulfilling to be a part of so many worthy causes,” he said, “… to know I had a small part in helping them be successful.”

Story by: Toni Lepeska
Photo by: Troy Glasgow

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