Emerging Leaders gather for holidays, year-end party

Emerging Leaders gather for holidays, year-end party
Amanda Bishop with Laura Phillips Edgecombe, Monica Hernandez, Diana Donovan, Lauren Braddock-Alcorn, Ashley Pratt and Gracie Simendinger

It was an evening of gratitude, compliments, networking, and a positive spirit of the season that embraced leaders of the JAX Chamber as they gathered with mentors and mentees of several graduating classes of JAX Chamber’s Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship, Dec. 4. The annual, black-tie, holiday party is a highly anticipated event that celebrates the annual accomplishments of the collaborative, while thanking the influential leaders that took time to educate and inspire during the course of the year.

The program was created to set the stage for tomorrow’s leaders, so they can better lay the foundation for a bright future as they represent the next generation to inherit the Bold City. Each graduating class is made up of difference makers from both ends of the political spectrum, various employment sectors, and is intentionally diverse. The Fellowship’s principles have been clear about its goals to broaden a base of leaders and ensuring the fabric of the community is well represented.

This year, Board Chair Tyler Matthews passed the torch to Ashley Pratt during the reception on the grounds of the River City Railway as patrons danced the night away, enjoyed cocktails, and mingled with great company.

The Fellowship also made the announcement of a new scholarship for nonprofit members to join the Fellowship, endowed by the late Betsy Lovett, a model philanthropist who passed in October of 2021. Lovett taught and the importance of giving back to the community, to causes near and dear to the heart, she will forever be a fixture within the Hightower Fellowship program for generations to come.

Antonio Edwards, Monica Albertie, Nelson Greene and Brittani Greene
Antonio Edwards, Monica Albertie, Nelson Greene and Brittani Greene
Chris Warren and Obi Umunna
Chris Warren and Obi Umunna
Belkis Plata with James Shepard
Belkis Plata with James Shepard
Michael and Erika Weitz
Michael and Erika Weitz
Mike Hightower shakes hands with Tyler Mathews, Immediate Past Chair of the Hightower Fellowship, as Tyler’s wife, Ashford Mathews, looks on.
Mike Hightower shakes hands with Tyler Mathews, Immediate Past Chair of the Hightower Fellowship, as Tyler’s wife, Ashford Mathews, looks on.
Chris Warren with Lauren Nixon
Chris Warren with Lauren Nixon
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