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Building Connections for Downtown’s Tomorrow


The Emerging Leaders Network identifies and cultivates a diverse group of promising future leaders and downtown advocates. The program, which began in 2022, allows the Nashville Downtown Partnership to nurture our growing downtown community through education and fellowship, raise awareness of issues and topics that impact the region's economic engine and the city's most vibrant neighborhood, and encourage civic participation. 



Program participation is offered as a benefit of NDP's membership program and offered to qualifying employees of dues-paying member companies. Participants are accepted annually for FREE participation in this one-year program. The selection criteria considers the following:

  • Employment at a downtown company that is an active Corporate Member with the Nashville Downtown Partnership (requirement)
  • Leader in one's field or in the community (early or mid-career status)
  • Affinity for civic participation/community relations
  • Interest in and commitment to downtown matters including economic development, neighborhood vibrancy, public-private partnerships, urban planning
  • A member of a minority group at large or within one's field (gender, race, ethnicity, ability, etc.)

  *Limit of 2 program participants per qualifying company each year

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2023. For inquiries of interest contact Jeanette Barker at 





The Emerging Leaders Network meets every other month for a total of 6 programs throughout 2023. Each event consists of a light reception/happy hour, time for visiting and networking, and an educational presentation. 

  • February 1, 2023
  • April 5, 2023
  • June 7, 2023
  • August 2, 2023
  • October 4, 2023
  • December 6, 2023     

2022 CLASS

The inaugural class of 2022 featured participants from the following companies:

  • AllianceBernstein
  • Amazon
  • Asurion 
  • Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon
  • Bridgestone Americas
  • Broadway Entertainment Venues
  • CA South Development
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • FirstBank
  • Freeman Webb Companies
  • Fresh Capital
  • Giarratana, LLC
  • Gresham Smith
  • GSRM Law
  • Hall Strategies
  • Holladay Ventures
  • Jigsaw
  • Live Nation
  • Lowry Group, LLC
  • MarketStreet Enterprises
  • MP&F Strategic Communications
  • The MLC
  • Nashville Predators & Bridgestone Arena
  • Nashville SoundsNational Museum of African American Music
  • Pillars Development
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Regions Bank
  • Renaissance Nashville Hotel
  • Robin Realty 
  • Tennessee Titans

Please contact Jeanette Barker at for questions or inquiries.