The Third Annual Empowerment Conference hosted by Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) will feature a weekend of networking and professional development. During the conference held from Aug. 21 to Aug. 23, hundreds of young professionals will hone their leadership skills, hold discussions with distinguished speakers and explore issues in the urban community.

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The conference is designed to:

  • Provide ways to engage and educate young professionals on how they can become involved in their civic activities that enhance and improve the communities in Memphis;
  • Celebrate and continue to grow the voices of young professionals in Memphis;
  • Further the goal of connecting young professionals through networking to achieve business, career and personal goals.

“By coming together, we can achieve solidarity and collaborate on issues concerning our communities,” said MULYP president Cynthia Daniels. “The conference is designed to provide ways to engage and educate young professionals on how they can become involved in their civic activities that enhance and improve the communities in Memphis.”

The theme for this year’s conference is “Social Entrepreneurship and Cultural Change.” As MULYP celebrates 12 years of empowering communities and changing lives, the Empowerment Conference is designed to offer leadership development opportunities for young professionals in the Memphis community.


The weekend kicks off with a welcome reception Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel on 939 Ridge Lake Blvd where students, young professionals, executives and entrepreneurs from throughout the Tri-State area will have the opportunity to meet and network. Saturday attendees will return to Hilton for the Empowerment Breakfast sponsored by First Tennessee from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. where Mayor Wharton and Mayor Luttrell will give special remarks and a guest speaker will give the keynote address.

Empowering seminars and workshops coupled with enlightening speakers will enhance the conference experience. Workshops will be available for attendance from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and will include a range of panelists from corporate, small business, nonprofit and public sectors. The Empowerment Luncheon Plenary Session sponsored by New Memphis Institute will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Breakout sessions will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. immediately following the luncheon. For detailed information about the workshops and sessions, visit

During the expo from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to attend a business showcase that will include approximately 20 different vendors from Memphis. They are also invited to attend the Hiring Lounge, which will allow young professionals to take advantage of meeting human resources personnel from 15 companies in Memphis.

This experience will include on the spot interviews, resume critiques, professional headshots and negotiating tips.

Conference attendees are also invited to continue the networking experience and mix it with a touch of pleasure with “Mixology” at the Bradford on 10 N. Second St. from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Mixology is the fusion of art, music and exotic beverages and will include several local disk jockeys exploring pop, hip-hop and R&B music. There will be decadent pastries and lavish food provided by local small catering companies. The unique concept about Mixology is the various bartenders from different local bars and restaurants around the city mixing up exclusive drinks.

The MULYP Empowerment Conference will culminate with the Farewell Brunch that will be held at Hilton Hotel at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for conference and expo attendees.

Conference sponsors include First Tennessee, New Memphis Institute, hro partners, Orion Federal Credit Union, Methodist Healthcare, University of Memphis and The Neely Agency.

“We truly appreciate each and every sponsor as well as our vendors,” said Daniels. “We could not make as big of an impact on the community without them.”

Early Bird Registration for the conference is $50 and ends July 5. Regular registration is $65. Registration includes the welcome reception, empowerment breakfast, luncheon plenary session, workshops, breakout sessions and mixology.

For additional information about the MULYP Empowerment Conference, please call 901-272-2491 or you may visit the website at You may also connect with MULYP on Instagram and Facebook via @MemphisULYP. If you would like to schedule an interview for a feature or require photos, please email Sheri Neely at

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About Memphis Urban League Young Professionals

Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) is a multicultural leadership organization designed to support the objectives of the National Urban League, Memphis Urban League, and National Urban League Young Professionals by promoting the development of young professionals ages 21-40 in the Memphis area and to serve locally through social and community action in financial literacy and empowerment; youth mentoring and development; civic engagement and advocacy; personal and professional development; and health literacy and advocacy. MULYP works to empower our members by encouraging them to achieve balance in their professional lives and to work together to strengthen our communities. As one of the city’s largest networks of young leaders, we are recognized throughout the community for our members’ accomplishments in government, business and corporate leadership. Being a part of MULYP can not only serve as a great networking tool, but also an opportunity to grow and develop as professionals and most importantly – give back to our community through service and active involvement.