Suit makes the difference with FedEx new hire

On Tuesday, July 25, we were contacted by our partners at The Gifted and The Crossover Experience to see if we could help one of their young men, Roderick Burnett, in securing a suit for his job interview at FedEx the next day. Through the help of Anthony Flynn (The Gifted), Brandy Winton (Crossover Experience), one of her selfless board members, and our unbelievable partners at New York Suit Exchange, we were able to get Roderick a brand new suit, shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes for his interview the next day. 

Roderick had prepared for his interview, but the suit he wore gave him confidence when he walked through those doors. And the FedEx team took note: they said that out of 10 candidates, he was the only one that showed up with a suit on...they knew instantly he was the guy for the role. That's how a suit builds credibility!

We are thrilled to hear that FedEx officially hired Roderick to work in their IT department; one of about 100 jobs they need to fill by the end of September.

Thank you, Anthony and Brandy, for the opportunity to come alongside you to serve Roderick. Congratulations to FedEx, for a great hire. And WELL DONE, Roderick, for working so hard to provide for yourself and your family.

Roderick Burnett

Roderick Burnett

Recipient Kyron Martin throws out first pitch for MSP!

The August 10 Redbirds game against the Omaha Storm Chasers was a first for many of us. It was the first time for Memphis Suit Project to be featured as the Lipscomb & Pitts Nonprofit of the Game. It was also the first baseball game that Kyron Martin, a junior at Hamilton High School and a student recipient from Memphis Athletic Ministries, ever attended a baseball game.

And to keep with the trend of "firsts," Kyron was given the honor to throw out the first pitch of the game!

Kyron and 20 of his peers recently received a brand new suit, shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes from Memphis Suit Project. Through MAM’s Career Readiness Program, Kyron is learning what it takes to be successful in the workplace and says that the suit the received from Memphis Suit Project gives him confidence and credibility as he interviews for employment. Memphis Suit Project is proud of Kyron and his efforts to improve his life through education and employment and is thrilled that he represented the organization so well!

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MSP on The River

This week our Executive Director, Meghan Heimke, had the honor of talking to Mandy Morgan of WRVR 104.5 "The River" about Memphis Suit Project. She had the opportunity to brag on our recipients, explain our mission, honor our donors and encourage listeners to join our mission. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share our mission with the community through our colleagues and friends in the media. 

If you are interested in learning how to get involved with Memphis Suit Project, contact us today! 

How to sound like a confident professional

by Kyra Kudick via Memphis Business Journal

You might look the part, and your message might be exactly on point, but if you don’t sound like a confident professional, your message will be misunderstood or ignored.

Before you speak to a group, think about how you sound to others.  GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES)

Before you speak to a group, think about how you sound to others. 


So, the next time you are preparing for a presentation, or maybe just headed out of town on vacation and setting up your out-of-office message, take the time to listen to a recording of your own voice and consider it from the perspective of how others hear you.

Meet Us On The (Redbirds) Ballfield


We are thrilled to be honored as the Lipscomb & Pitts "Non Profit of the Game" for the Redbirds game vs the Omaha Storm Chaserson Thursday, August 10. For every ticket we sell through our link, $4 goes directly back to MSP! On top of that, one of our Memphis Athletic Ministries recipients will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and MSP will be promoted throughout the game!

NOTE: The online link will close 24 hours before the game. All MSP Group tickets will need to be purchased before that point. 

Close out the summer by giving back at the ballfield!

10 Rules to Look Good in a Suit

Photo by ThinkStock

Photo by ThinkStock

Men's fashion experts help you look even better by showing you how to put it all together.

1. Dry-Clean Your Suit Within 48 Hours of the Big Spill
"That's true of any garment, " says Steve Boorstein, author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping and Caring for Clothing. "Otherwise, stains can set. " You need to dry-clean your suit only two or three times a year, which also means it will last longer. "Inspect it for stains, " says Boorstein. "If you've got a stain on your lap or wrinkles in the crotch, have your pants cleaned. The jacket can wait. "

2. Button the Jacket Up Tight
It'll keep the jacket secure, straight, and unwrinkled on the hanger. "The only other time to button them all, " says Men's Health fashion director Brian Boye, "is when you're wearing a one-button suit. " If your jacket has more than one button, always leave the bottom one undone. What you do with the rest is entirely your call.

3. Head for the Shoe-Shine Guy After the First Drop of Rain
It's the opposite of your car-wash mentality: When the rain comes, the polish will fight off the moisture, protect your shoes, and make you look better than the other amphibians out there. If there's not a cloud in sight, have a shine whenever you arrive early for an out-of-office business meeting. "It's an ego balm and time killer wrapped into one, " says Gordon Thompson, executive vice president and creative director of Cole Haan. "And it takes only 15 minutes. " If you have shoes made of exotic materials, like crocodile, be sure to work moisture into the skin at least once a month.

The Highest Paying Jobs in America Based On LinkedIn Salary Data

Our recipients are often young men preparing to attend college or preparing to enter the workforce for the first time. With that in mind, we wanted to share this article from LinkedIn, which lists the highest paying jobs in the US right now. Men, if you are unsure of what field you want to go into, this list may inspire you!

via LinkedIn

The diagnosis is in: healthcare careers top the list of jobs with the highest base salary in the U.S., according to LinkedIn Salary.

It’s 2017. You may be thinking about making a career move or getting that salary bump you’ve always wanted. Well, you’re not alone. 90% of professionals around the world are open to new job opportunities.

To help you figure out your next career move, we’ve put together this list of the highest paying jobs in the U.S. according to LinkedIn Salary. The diagnosis? Heart and foot doctors round out the list, along with other healthcare, tech, and legal jobs.

If another eight years of school isn’t on your bucket list, don’t worry. These jobs point to growing industries in the broader U.S. economy, meaning you don’t necessarily have to be a doctor or engineer to get paid well. While the healthcare industry is growing faster than nearly every other industry, technology skills are the most in-demand among employers, and legal occupations are needed across every industry.

WIN & Manhood University Recipients Dressed to Impress at the MBK Job Fair

Don't they look incredible?!? We are so grateful to Mike Conley Jr.Grizz CommunityWorkforce Investment Network and Mayor Jim Strickland for helping 135 young men in Memphis look and feel their best at the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Job Fair on June 22. 

We were proud to #SuitUp Michael for the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Job Fair on Thursday. We are even more proud of the J-O-B he got! 

Special thanks to The New York Suit Exchange.Com for making sure these guys were dressed to impress!

Methodist-backed group tries to close Memphis' unemployment, skills gaps

via Memphis Business Journal

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Turner Construction are looking for the under-skilled and the unemployed to help them build the $280 million Methodist University Hospital expansion.

"That $200 million project is just coming out of the ground, and we'll need a workforce," said Patrick Johnston, a senior project manager with Turner Construction's Memphis office. "There’s a high demand for workforce, and the skilled-labor workforce is just not there. From what we’ve seen, the trajectory is getting further apart."

A subcontractor speaks to a group of job seekers at a previously held job fair as part of… more

A subcontractor speaks to a group of job seekers at a previously held job fair as part of… more

With more cranes on Memphis' horizon, Turner and Methodist are both part of the Minority Workforce Equity Program (MWEP), a grassroots council that is working to turn Memphis' unemployed into its working class.

In 2015, Turner was working with Methodist to meet minority participation goals on a new parking garage for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital when Methodist realized it could do more.

"Methodist surveyed [contractors] to see if they could share information about where their workers live, and Bartlett and Hernando [Mississippi] were big ones," said Richard Kelley, vice president of corporate facilities management for Methodist Le Bonheur and a member of the MWEP council. "Very little came from inside the 240 loop."

In an effort to fuel the construction workforce pipeline — while simultaneously closing Memphis' unemployment and business equity gap — Methodist and Turner created a program that would intentionally hire minorities from the four Memphis zip codes with the highest unemployment and train those workers on site.

The Apple Store at Saddle Creek Joins Our Mission

As part of our program, our recipients are asked to write a short essay or shoot a brief video (iPhone is ok) answering the question:

How will this suit help me in bettering my life and community?

To help them in this effort, our recipients are treated to a private workshop at the Apple Store at Saddle Creek to learn how to shoot and edit their Reflection video. Take a moment to watch just one example of a recipient that learned how to shoot and edit his video today and sent it to us with his sincere gratitude.

Our community partners are absolutely amazing and we are grateful to Apple for investing in our youth!

Here are just a few photos from our awesome morning together! 

Support MSP when you shop at Kroger!

For every dollar you spend on groceries*, Kroger will make a donation to Memphis Suit Project.

Kroger is committed to giving back to the Memphis community! Memphis Suit Project is now a beneficiary of the Kroger Community Rewards program! 

Kroger Plus card member can select for Memphis Suit Project to be their Community Rewards beneficiary of choice. Once enrolled online, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Enrolling is easy, and we've made it even easier with the instructions below.

*Some purchases are not eligible for rewards.


  1. You must be a Kroger Plus card member
  2. Activate Community Rewards on your online Kroger account
  3. Select Memphis Suit Project (ID: 20747)
  4. Click confirm and start shopping!


​3 ways presentation speaking is like music

The next time you’re preparing for a presentation, you might want to turn on a little… more GETTY IMAGES (MARTIN BARRAUD)

The next time you’re preparing for a presentation, you might want to turn on a little… more


Anett Grant via Memphis Business Journal

When you’re preparing for a presentation and you’re looking for some extra inspiration, what do you do?

Maybe you read a book about leadership presence. Perhaps you watch a TED Talk or two. But have you ever tried listening to music?

Yes, you actually can learn a lot about good speaking by listening to good music. Here, Grant explains three reasons why speaking is like music.

Mike Conley, Jr., Memphis Grizzlies and the City of Memphis Invest in Our City's Men

This weekend, we had the privilege of meeting and fitting men across the City of Memphis who are participating in Mayor Strickland's Manhood University program. It's a five week soft skills training program that aims to prepare men ages 16-29 for employment. The men will have the opportunity to put those skills to use at the upcoming My Brother's Keeper Job Fair on June 22.

Thanks to our favorite Memphis Grizzlies player and hometown hero, Mike Conley Jr., the graduates of Mayor Strickland's Manhood University will look the part at the MBK Job Fair in their BRAND NEW suits, shirts, ties, belts, socks and shoes from New York Suit Exchange

We are grateful to partner with Mayor Strickland, Workforce Investment Network, and the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation to give these men confidence and credibility as the pursue employment in the #901!

Kroger hosts national hiring event

via Memphis Business Journal

The grocery giant (NYSE: KR) will hold open interviews in its stores nationwide 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Interested candidates should apply on Kroger’s jobs website and then visit a store at any time during the interview window on Saturday with no appointment necessary.

Kroger expects to add 10,000 permanent positions in its supermarket division in 2017. The company added more than 12,000 associates through similar hiring events in 2016 while creating 86,000 new jobs over the last eight years.

Suit Gifting: Introducing the Men (and Women) of Memphis Athletic Ministries

On Wednesday, May 10, we gifted 14 youth from Memphis Athletic Ministries' Career Readiness Program. The 2017 Class, made up of 7 young men and 7 young women were dressed to impress at the Gifting Event. Mentors, peers, donors and community partners excitedly cheered them on in support of their futures and promise. 

We are thrilled to partner with organizations like MAM, who work with young men to teach job-readiness skills and soft skills to ensure they are successful in the workplace. Special thanks to Coach Kyle Bennison and Coach Jonathan Torres for making this such a special time for these students. Thank you to Paaton Karel Photography for the photos.

Finally, thank you to our donor partners, for recognizing the importance of a good first impression and for helping these students make theirs. 


Local nonprofit wants to place low-income youth in IT jobs

Jeff Tollefson, Genesys Works Chief Strategic Growth Officer  COURTESY OF PICASA

Jeff Tollefson, Genesys Works Chief Strategic Growth Officer 


Mark Sturgis, executive director of Seeding Success, is hoping to help cure a supply and demand imbalance in the Bluff City.

"Memphis has a huge demand for entry level IT professionals and, on the opposite side, we have a huge pool of high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school for one reason or another," Sturgis said.

Sturgis, whose nonprofit works with schools, businesses and other organizations on cradle-to-career success, recently applied for a $50,000 grant to bring a workforce development program focused on IT needs to Memphis.

Founded in 2002, Genesys Works is a nonprofit that trains and employs disadvantaged high school students to work in the IT departments of major corporations. The organization is currently working in Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

This spring, Genesys Works announced it was actively seeking new partner cities and had four $50,000 planning grants to expand the program; Sturgis applied.

Unlike most high school internships which last a few weeks over the summer, Genesys Works trains and places low-income high school students with a company for the duration of their senior year.