Losing isn’t the opposite of winning — it's part of winning

Harvey Mackay via Memphis Business Journal

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Your goal should be to improve in areas where you have weaknesses and seek challenges that will stretch you and help you grow. A good competitor will help you point out your mistakes and weaknesses, so pay attention.

Delta Streets Academy wins funding

T. Mac surrounded by eighth-graders at Delta Streets Academy in Greenwood, Miss.(Chuck Cook/Genesis)

T. Mac surrounded by eighth-graders at Delta Streets Academy in Greenwood, Miss.(Chuck Cook/Genesis)


Voting in July and August was the closest ever, but a late surge made Delta Streets Academy (DSA) in Greenwood, Miss., the overall winner in 2017 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion. By earning the most votes, DSA receives a grand prize of $15,000!

Congratulations T.Mac and the men of DSA- we are thrilled for you!!



Williams-Sonoma hiring for 2,000 seasonal jobs in Memphis

Williams-Sonoma is considering a major industrial lease in far northeastern metro Atlanta  MARK ELIAS

Williams-Sonoma is considering a major industrial lease in far northeastern metro Atlanta 


by Jacob Steimer at Memphis Business Journal

Williams-Sonoma Inc. is hoping to hire 2,000 Memphians for seasonal work at its three local distribution centers, the company announced Tuesday.

The open positions run from September to the end of December for three shifts of work, seven days a week, according to a news release.

Hiring events, which include on-the-spot interviews and drug testing, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7755 Polk Lane in Olive Branch.

Suit Gifting: Introducing the Seniors of Memphis Catholic High School

This suit will not only progress me a servant leader but also as a young black male who wants to show off his potential. I personally consider my family members as part of my community and try my best to make them and everyone who looks up to me proud. As a senior in high school, it is my job to set the example to everyone younger than me and show them how they should conduct themselves. Children and many adults are visual learners, and look at appearance first, which plays into the favor of having a suit to motivate them. As previously stated, if I get a job by wearing the suit gifted to me then I am already contributing to my community by becoming a well-rounded citizen.
— Tommy Coleman, Senior

On Tuesday, August 22, Memphis Suit Project had the honor of gifting suits and business attire to the 38 seniors at Memphis Catholic High School. We dressed the men from head-to-toe in brand new suits and the women looked beautiful in their clothes from our partners at Dress For Success

Surrounded by their peers, families, teachers and mentors, the recipients shared how these suits made them feel more confident as they complete their work-study program and move into the workforce. 

"After we did this project I actually went in to put in job applications," said senior Carria Smith. "And I have an interview in two weeks!"

The seniors at Memphis Catholic are working hard to improve their lives, and now are relieved of the worry of “What to wear?”

"Each of these young people- looking professional, sharp and ready to take on the world- encourage and inspire me," said Meghan Heimke, executive director of Memphis Suit Project. "I know that their futures are full of promise. Dreams waiting to be fulfilled. We want them to go in confidence knowing that we are rooting for them every step of the way."

Watch out world….here they come!

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.