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Leadership Middle Tennessee helps leaders and their organizations to become more effective by helping them broaden their perspective and impact in the region. Our program takes established leaders from diverse backgrounds on an inclusive journey through Middle Tennessee to uncover what makes this area so incredible and how leaders can use their strengths to make it even better for all.

Interested in Joining LMT’s Class of ’25? Click here to find your county’s recruitment event!

Event Spotlight

Join us on April 18, 2024, for IGNITE – a dazzling celebration by Leadership Middle Tennessee. This isn’t just an event; it’s a homage to our region’s diverse charm. Be part of a night where leadership’s rhythm vibrates, connections deepen, and our community’s future brightens. Your presence is not just valued; it’s pivotal in weaving the rich tapestry of our collective journey. Come, be the change, and light up the path for a radiant tomorrow!

Alumni Spotlight

Nina Kumar, Class of 2013

A native of Middle Tennessee, she’s a healthcare attorney with Ardent Health Services and former partner at Nelson Mullins. A Vanderbilt Law graduate with a M.A. from Saint Andrews, she’s engaged in community through the Junior League of Nashville and leadership programs. Passionate about healthcare access, she believes in leadership through authenticity and community impact.

County Spotlight

Rutherford County

Located southeast of Nashville, Rutherford County, with 330,000+ residents, leads Tennessee’s growth. Exceptional quality of life, affordability, and business appeal attract families and companies. History and charm lure tourists. Cities include Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, and Eagleville. Home to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), educating 20,000+ students, Rutherford County is a key Greater Nashville workforce source. K-12 programs prioritize STEM and career readiness. Leadership Middle Tennessee (LMT) explores global markets’ local impact. Nissan’s US-largest plant offers valuable insights. Past visits tackled healthcare, higher ed, and industry leadership.

Experience our southern hospitality and progressive business climate. We welcome future LMT classes.

Donor Spotlight

THANKS to our donors – fiscal year (July ’23-June ’24)

Participants in Leadership Middle Tennessee share a unique experience of discovery, connection and finding new ways to contribute in their communities.


The LMT program takes leaders on a journey through the ten-county region, with tours and discussions with local leaders and alumni, helping participants understand the unique attributes and contributions of each county.   The program also provides an informal platform for self-discovery as leaders learn more about themselves and each other as leaders.


LMT classmates form life-long friendships and connections that help them and their companies to more effectively navigate the local and regional landscape.   Alumni continue stay in touch through social and educational events and special projects, sustaining regional understanding and cooperation.


Each LMT class and nearly 600 people in our alumni network make up a powerful cadre of community and business leaders who can help mobilize any community service effort, whether it is the current year’s class service project or a rollout of multi-county efforts like the Buddy Bench. 

Jessica Dauphin, Class of 2022

Name: Jessica Dauphin LMT Class: 2022 County: Davidson Employment: President & CEO, Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee ""Getting to know other leaders, what they do, and what makes them tick will definitely translate into great collaborations in the future." ...

Gail Young, Class of 2022

Name: Gail Young LMT Class: 2022 County: Montgomery Employment: Director of Learning & Development-Forterea Credit Union "It has been refreshing to connect with leaders from across the region who are willing to help each other achieve common goals” About:  I...

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