Up Close and Personal with News Legend Tom Brokaw

Pam and Tom Brokaw.jpg But after a while, we did talk, and I commented that he seems as busy in retirement as he was when he was on the air full time. He said he has to stay busy. Not only is that his work ethic, it’s one way of coping with serious illness...

Making the Walk to School Safer

walkthiswaysquare.JPG A few years ago, the area around Treadwell had one of the highest rates of pedestrian injuries. FedEx, a 15 year sponsor of Safe Kids, worked with experts from the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center and set out to examine crosswalks, street corners and signs (or lack of them) in the Treadwell School neighborhood to see what could be done to make the biggest impact. FedEx engineers observed traffic and pedestrian patterns and made...

Urban League College Fair Opens Minds and Opportunities

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“Fantastic.” That’s how college junior Courtlyn Patrick of Palm Beach, Florida describes the Project Ready College Fair, part of the National Urban League’s national convention held recently in Cincinnati, Ohio. “You get a chance to get exposed to schools you might never have a chance to know about otherwise,” says Patrick, who’s using the fair as part of her research on potential grad schools. “It really opens my mind.”

Common Ground - creating safe places to discuss change

common-ground-logo.jpg Few can argue that news events during the summer of 2013 are clear evidence that we have more than enough race and gender based issues to debate and dispute in this country. The problems are not new, and they won’t be solved overnight. But it is heartening to know that there are those who are working to make positive changes. Small steps, but steps in the right direction nonetheless.

That’s why it was encouraging and inspiring to be in attendance at the 5th Anniversary celebration of Common Ground Memphis. Attended by about 100 people, young, old, Black, White, Latino, Asian, East Indian – it was as diverse a group as you can get.

Founded by local Memphis newspaper columnist Wendi Thomas, Common Ground was established to create a safe place for people to come together...

Dress for Success wins big at Memphis event

man and woman, DFS event.jpg.jpeg In conjunction with the FedEx 40th Anniversary month of service, dozens of Memphis-based FedEx team members recently participated in a one-day Dress for Success Suit Challenge. Collection sites were set up at the World Headquarters and at the World Tech Center. To add an element of fun, it was promoted as a friendly competition between teams sponsored by two FedEx executives: “Team Laurie” and "Team Dottie". Both Laurie Tucker and Dottie Berry were very happy to serve as honorary team captains.