Sophomore Youth Leadership Opportunity

SYLO 2023 is here!

The MBA Sophomore Youth Leadership Opportunity (SYLO) is a program designed to provide MBA Sophomores with an interactive leadership opportunity involving some of Nashville's most prominent business and civic leaders.
This year selected MBA Sophomores will spend Friday, March 3, engaged in on-campus activities focused on introducing students to life in the world beyond MBA, honing skills central to success in professional and personal endeavors, role playing real world scenarios of community involvement and learning more about specific professions.  The day will be filled with fun and new experiences led by experts in a variety of fields.  
As part of the SYLO experience, students will be paired with some of Nashville’s top civic and business leaders in a variety of fields: business (sports, sales, manufacturing, logistics, entertainment, etc.), law, non-profit community endeavors, education, government, medicine, and the arts.  The special 2023 programming will include a 60-minute "Google Meet" with one of these off-campus mentors.

SYLO 2023 Schedule

8:00 am Breakfast in the Burkholder Cafe
8:30 am Opening Session - Rashad Rayford, aka Rashad tha Poet
9:00 am Breakout 1 
9:30 am Breakout 2
10:00 am Snack Break
10:30 am Breakout 3
11:00 am Breakout 4
11:30 am Break
11:45 pm Lunch - Stop and Solve 
1:00 pm Mentor Meetings via Google Meet
2:00 pm Board Meetings 
  • Dr. Kelby Garner, MNPS
  • Susannah Shumate, Monroe Harding Children's Home
  • Anderson Williams (MBA '95), Shore Capital Partners
3:00 pm Thank You Notes 
3:15 pm End of the Day

Breakout Rotations 
  • Resumes and Interviews with Abby McGee and Katie Perry, CAT Financial Recruiting
  • How To Make the Most of Your Last 2 Years on the Hill with Rob Harvey (MBA '18), Associate, Healthcare Transaction Advisory at Berkeley Research Group
  • Communications - How To Talk to Busy Folks with Holly Conner Boyer, Bliss Communications
  • Wellness with Crystal Holmes, Be Well in School

2023 Mentor Pairings

Following are the 2023 SYLO mentor pairings:
  • Thompson Adams with Samantha Johnson, Youth Encouragement Services
  • Brady Bauer with Brian Brockman, Nissan USA
  • Aiden Becker with Dr. Edwin Conley (MBA '04), Ascension Medical Group
  • Hite Brown with William Hastings, Hastings Architecture
  • Rush Buntin with Jamie Redmond, Vanderbilt Football
  • Emmett Casteel with Rachel Wachtel, Novonordisk
  • Ryan Chapman with Margaret Renkl, Author
  • Sayan Dalai with Arun Anandaiah (MBA '97), Formerly with National Basketball Association in India
  • Jake Dorfman with Katilyn Domingo, Operation Stand Down Tennessee
  • Jack Elrod with Brandon Hill, Nashville Soccer Club
  • John Farringer with Maria De Varenne, Finn Partners
  • Elias Franks with Dr. Alex Jahangir, Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Colin Hande with Robert McRae, The Aegis Group
  • John Howard with Scott Tygard, West Nashville Sports League
  • Duncan Jackson with John Powell (MBA '13), HCA Healthcare
  • Henry Keefer with Ted Morrissey (MBA '95), Metro Nashville Airport Authority
  • Nicolas Leonard with Tayo Atanda, Amazon
  • Nicholas Lucas with Chuck Beard, Metro Arts Commission
  • George Ma with Jon Eisen (MBA '08), Pathway Lending
  • Kavneer Majhail with Judge Joe Binkley (MBA '62), Fifth Circuit Court of Nashville-Davidson County
  • Leeds Nahmias with Linda Edell Howard, Novick Law PLLC
  • Walker Pierce with John Ozier (MBA '98), Reservoir Media
  • Lyon Playfair with Katie Williams, UBS Financial Services
  • Hudson Ross with Michele Wojciechowski, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education
  • Aziz Sahibnazarova with James Quick, James Q. Quick
  • Will Schneider with Dr. Rose Payne, Heritage Medical Group
  • Jack Smithwick with Chris Alford, Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services
  • Jack Stanley  with Carl Grote (MBA '08), Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
  • Eli Stark with Dr. Seth Scholer, Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Claiborne Tompkins with Melanie Ober, Room in the Inn
  • Daniel Torre with Weston Cowden (MBA '07), Santosha Yoga and Westchase Partners, LLC

Montgomery Bell Academy

4001 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 298-5514