Community Outreach Award presented to MILE
For release: September 28, 2012
The Memphis Institute of Leadership Education (MILE) Program, has received a Community
Outreach Award by the Society for Information (SIM) Memphis chapter for outstanding
service to the community by helping university students develop into business leaders.
MILE is a structured, six-month mentoring program that works to prepare students to
become future leaders in Memphis and the Mid-South through additional leadership development
programs and mentoring.
The award was accepted by Dr. Robert Taylor, associate professor with the Department
of Management, and director of MILE, at a recent Memphis Strategies Series hosted
by SIM. The accompanying check for $5,000 will be used “as a kick start to some serious
fundraising efforts for the MILE program this year,” Taylor said, adding that other
avenues might include “sponsoring a lecture series, paying for guest speakers and
for everyday expenses.”
In 20ll, the MILE program was pledged $100,000 for an endowment from Jim Baker, owner
of Owen Brennan’s restaurant, and named for his son, FCBE alumnus J. Austin Baker
III (BBA ’04), who is co-founder and president of the executive advisory board.