Sophomore Youth Leadership Opportunity

SYLO 2024 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 1, 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 2024 programming will include a 60-minute "Google Meet" with one of these off-campus mentors.


Sample Schedule (Based on 2023)

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 mentors:
  • Samantha Johnson, Youth Encouragement Services
  • Brian Brockman, Nissan USA
  • Dr. Edwin Conley (MBA '04), Ascension Medical Group
  • William Hastings, Hastings Architecture
  • Jamie Redmond, Vanderbilt Football
  • Rachel Wachtel, Novonordisk
  • Margaret Renkl, Author
  • Arun Anandaiah (MBA '97), Formerly with National Basketball Association in India
  • Katilyn Domingo, Operation Stand Down Tennessee
  • Brandon Hill, Nashville Soccer Club
  • Maria De Varenne, Finn Partners
  • Dr. Alex Jahangir, Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Robert McRae, The Aegis Group
  • Scott Tygard, West Nashville Sports League
  • John Powell (MBA '13), HCA Healthcare
  • Ted Morrissey (MBA '95), Metro Nashville Airport Authority
  • Tayo Atanda, Amazon
  • Chuck Beard, Metro Arts Commission
  • Jon Eisen (MBA '08), Pathway Lending
  • Judge Joe Binkley (MBA '62), Fifth Circuit Court of Nashville-Davidson County
  • Linda Edell Howard, Novick Law PLLC
  • John Ozier (MBA '98), Reservoir Media
  • Katie Williams, UBS Financial Services
  • Michele Wojciechowski, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education
  • James Quick, James Q. Quick
  • Dr. Rose Payne, Heritage Medical Group
  • Chris Alford, Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services
  • Carl Grote (MBA '08), Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
  • Dr. Seth Scholer, Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Melanie Ober, Room in the Inn
  • Weston Cowden (MBA '07), Santosha Yoga and Westchase Partners, LLC

Montgomery Bell Academy

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