Reflection Video: Makennon Doran

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Watch Makennon as he explains how he is prepared to enter the workforce by entering the military after graduation, then serve in federal law enforcment. Makennon is a past recipient from University of Memphis PAWS program. Let's all cheer on Makennon as he graduates and starts a great career!

The Four “What Not To Do’s” When Seeking a Job on LinkedIn

by Joe Mullings via LinkedIn

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There are lots of great “What To Do” pieces that are written about securing your next job. However, a “What Not To Do” is clearly needed in the world of job searching.

High School Seniors and Juniors: Jumpstart your career path to law enforcement with The Blue Path!

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The Memphis Police Department is looking for high school juniors and seniors with an interest in police work to join the Blue Path program! This program gives high school students the opportunity to earn an Associate's Degree from college and become a police officer for the Memphis Police Department.

Reflection Video: Landarius Griffin

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Watch Landarius Griffin as he explains how he is preparing himself for a career and as a role model. Yarterius is a past recipient from Holly Springs High School. Landarius has a quote at the end of his video that you don't want to miss!

How to sound like a confident professional

by Kyra Kudick via Memphis Business Journal

 Image Courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES)

Image Courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES)

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.

Already Exceeding Expectations: Explore Bike Share on a Roll

by Toni Lepeska via Memphis Daily News

 Image Courtesy of Memphis News/Houston Cofield

Image Courtesy of Memphis News/Houston Cofield

Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit organization, recently released its first month of statistics since rolling out the 60-station, 600-bicycle transportation system. Nearly 3,000 residents and visitors had taken 6,423 rides. The estimated carbon offset, or reduction in carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions, totaled 26,078 pounds.Officials said the system exceeded expectations the first month. They hope Memphis is on a pathway to improve health and community connectivity through affordable transportation.

The GQ Guide to Suits

by The GQ Editors via GQ

 Image Courtesy of Thomas Whiteside

Image Courtesy of Thomas Whiteside

Every man should own a great suit. Zero exceptions. And while a great suit will make you feel (and look) sharp, world-wise, and sophisticated, a bad one will make you look like a hack or some man-child who still gets dressed by his mommy. So it helps to know a thing or two about buying, wearing, and caring for the one you choose.

Reflection Video: Yarterius Griffin

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Watch Yatterius Griffin as he explains how receiving a new suit will help him in his professional career! Yarterius is a past recipient from the Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI). Can’t wait to see this young man achieve his career dreams!

'Turn the interview process on its head': A Facebook director shares 3 questions to ask in every job interview

by Abby Jackson and Arielle Berger via Business Insider 

 Image courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

Image courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

Job interviews can often feel like interrogations, with hiring managers drilling applicants on their work experience and best professional qualities. But successful candidates typically know that the best interviews are conversations rather than a one-sided questioning. Jeff Reynar, director of engineering and New York site lead at Facebook, visited Business Insider and provided some advice on how to take the reins from the interviewer. 

First Impressions Count: The Business Value Of Dressing For SuccessI

by David K. Williams via Forbes

 Image courtesy of iStock

Image courtesy of iStock

Think about how you feel when you prepare for work in the morning. Would you mind if your partner or boss were to stop over without warning for coffee? Hopefully your answer is yes. This same lesson should also apply to your career. If you assume that showering and putting on last week’s crumpled up oxford is the maximum effort you need to exert, you are wrong.

What holds you back most is...you

by Clifford Jones via Memphis Business Journal

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Image courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (JOHNNY VALLEY)

What’s the solution to getting out of your own way? First, you have to accept the fact you don’t know what you don’t know. Then, you have to decide if you’re willing to get out of your own way and get help; the right help, someone who has been more than once where you want to go. 

Promote respect, reduce risk through workplace civility training

by Ed Zalewski via The Business Journals

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Image courtesy of Getty Images (CHAGIN)

Workplace civility training is not new. In recent years, employers have implemented such training in response to concerns about bullying and other conflict in the workplace. Even the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recommended that employers provide general civility training to help prevent harassment.

MSP Loves Chick Fil A Midsouth

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Our partners at Chick-fil-A Midsouth are a huge part of Memphis Suit Project's Suiting Events! At the end of each cycle with our reciepient organization, friends, family, mentors and coaches all gather to see our students show off their new professional attire. After the "fashion show" and charge to the students, everyone gets to eat the #1 voted best fast food chain, Chick-fil-A! We appreciate our local partners and love to keep up with their local events via social media.

Reflection Video: Kyron Martin

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Watch Kyron as he explains how receiving a new suit will help him in his professional career! Kyron is a past recipient from Memphis Athletic Ministries. In his video, Kyron explains his future plans and thanks Mike Conley for his generous contribution to get the students at @MAM suited for their futures. We can't wait to see how he succeeds! 

Welcome Preston Butts, Jr to the MSP Board

Memphis Suit Project is thrilled to welcome Preston Butts, Jr. to its board. Preston's passion for the Memphis community, business acumen and expertise in strategy, development and fundraising makes him an incredible asset to the MSP board. 

"As an emerging non-profit seeing significant results of our work, we recognize our need to grow and expand our internal structure, including our board," said MSP's executive director Meghan Heimke. "I am thrilled for the energy, ideas and commitment that Preston has already shown and look forward to working closely with him to serve men and women in Memphis that need confidence and credibility as they seek employment."

Please join us in welcoming Preston to our team!

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Preston Butts Jr.

 Preston Butts, Jr.

Preston Butts, Jr.

Preston Butts Jr., the founder and CEO of MEM10 Consulting, is a native Memphian with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Lyon College.  An entrepreneur at heart, he has been involved in various ventures and continues to seek fresh new opportunities.

Preston has a passion for helping others reach their highest potential professionally as well as personally. He has worked with numerous organizations along with professional athletes, coaches and front office personnel. Through business and philanthropic efforts, he has been able to leverage his platform and influence in the business community to help businesses of all sizes grow and structure mutually beneficial partnerships to generate long term success. By using skills he has acquired over the past ten years, Preston has been able to change the direction, mindset, and focus of multiple businesses ranging from those in infancy to those well established.

Aside from his business acumen, Preston is committed to giving back to the community.  He serves as a mentor to young adults and is always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Currently, Preston also sits on the board of Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) and supports various causes and charities throughout the city.

Preston resides in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife Jacqueline and their two children.  He is on the leadership team at Highpoint Church and serves as the Executive Director of Development and is part owner of the restaurant BOGARD.  In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Forget Schmoozing, Here’s How To Get Influential People’s Attention

by Selana Soo via Fast Company

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Image Courtesy of Rawpixel

You probably know that powerful people receive dozens, if not hundreds, of unsolicited requests every day. And at networking events or speaking engagements, the most influential folks in the room usually have to fight back a scrum of people hoping to get a word in or hand off a business card. To get on their radar, you have to do more than cold email and hope for the best, or push your way to the front of the line at industry mixers. If you want to meet them–and break through and build a lasting connection–the best strategy is to make them come to you.

Kingsbury High grows health and entrepreneurship with city’s first student-led farmers market

by Cole Bradley via High Ground News

It’s 8 a.m. on a balmy Monday in July, but the team arriving at Kingsbury High School doesn’t need coffee to help waking up. They’ve got plenty of youth and passion to fuel them. These students are budding gardeners and entrepreneurs who are working this summer to launch Shelby County Schools' first farmers market organized and run by the students themselves. The coalition of organizers and educators advising the students hopes they learn what it takes to run a business and how they can begin addressing some of the greatest challenges in the Graham Heights community. 

Reflection Video: Montavious Dean

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Watch Montavious Dean as he explains how receiving a new suit will help him in his professional career! Montavious is a past recipient from Memphis Athletic Minsistries. Montavious was so fun to get to know and is very driven. Watch out world, here he comes! 

17 Simple Things These Successful Executives Do Every Day No Matter What

by Christina DesMarais via Inc.

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Whether they're for your physical condition, emotional outlook, or level of productivity, the things you repeatedly do every day define your quality of life. Here are the daily habits several executives credit for the success they have achieved.