Welcome to The Dean’s List! The Dean’s List will profile up-and-comers in Memphis who are certain to be the next group of leaders in the nonprofit, corporate, government, and faith communities. The Dean’s List is curated by Kevin Dean.
Chaka Conway believes in getting a head start in developing the leadership of tomorrow’s Memphis. Currently serving as a development officer at BRIDGES, a youth development organization that trains young people in grades 6-12 to appreciate diversity and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the community, Chaka is able to watch young Memphians blossom through the Bridge Builders program.
“I love Memphis and am passionate about community transformation,” she says. As a native Memphis, she has an vested interest in ensuring that the future is bright for the city. Chaka is a proud John P. Freeman and Whitehaven High alum who decided to stay in Memphis for college. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Memphis. Now married with two children, Chaka, 38, has been able to work her way up the ladder at BRIDGES, moving from the programmatic side of the organization to the fundraising side, meeting and promoting past and future graduates of the program.
We chose Chaka Conway for the Dean’s List because we believe this homegrown Memphian will continue to build better leaders for our city for years to come.
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Genuine, Compassionate, Approachable
Why do you choose Memphis over another city?
It’s my home. I was born and raised in Memphis. I‘ve briefly lived in other cities but nowhere else feels like home. I think maybe because my support system is here – my family and friends.
Name three people in Memphis who you would consider to be mentors.
- Linda Williams, President/CEO -Rise Foundation, Inc.
- Linda McNeil, Sr. Account Manager – Gaskill Strategies
- Susanne Landau, Grant Writer – BRIDGES
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