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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


2024 DATES:

After a successful two-year pilot of the program, the Emerging Leaders Network is on hold as we work to incorporate it into other organizational initiatives. To request an update when the program is relaunching, contact Jeanette Barker at  



The inaugural classes featured participants from the following companies: 


Amazon, Inc.

Asurion LLC

Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon

Bridgestone Americas

Broadway Entertainment

CA South Development


Colliers International

Fifth Third Bank

Freeman Webb Companies

Fresh Capital


Giarratana, LLC

Gresham Smith

Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, PLLC

Hall Strategies

HASTINGS Architecture

Holladay Ventures




Live Nation

MarketStreet Enterprises


Moxy Nashville Downtown

MP&F Strategic Communications

Nashville Children's Theatre

Nashville Predators & Bridgestone Arena

Nashville Sounds

Nashville Tour Company

National Museum of African American Music

Pillars Development

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Polsinelli PC

Regions Bank

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Robin Realty Co., LLC

Stones River Group

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Tennessee Titans


Please contact Jeanette Barker at for questions or inquiries.