5th Annual Bringing out the Leaders - Meet the Panelist
About Caleb Park
Caleb Park is an associate at Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors. He works with the Tenant Rep team, providing strategic advisory services in land, office, and industrial real estate in Memphis and around the World.
As a native Memphian, Caleb loves to share his passion for his hometown and for civic service by serving as the Chairman of SoundCheck: the 250 member, young professional Council of Greater Memphis Chamber. In this role, he works to provide young professionals with access to top business leaders, opportunities to stay in-the-know, and the ability to participate in initiatives that move the City of Memphis forward. In addition to this, Caleb served as the Vice Chair of Mayor Luttrell's Young Professional Council, and is a founding member of the Alumni board for the New Memphis Institutes Embark Program. Caleb is also a founding member of the Greater Memphis Chambers Clean by the 2019 Young Professional Council.
A Dean's List and HOPE Scholarship recipient, Caleb attended the University of Memphis and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration.
Caleb loves the Great Outdoors and is as an active member of Ducks Unlimited. He is a lifelong member of First Evangelical Church where he serves as the Contemporary Music Director. He and his AMAZING wife, Morgan, recently had the first child - A handsome son named Griffin.
About Donald W. Comer
Donald W. Comer is Staff Vice President Operations Analysis, FedEx Corporation. In this role, Comer’s charter is to solve complex business problems, exploit credible options for innovation and drive operational change that supports near-term and strategic business goals
Before his current role, Comer was Director, Digital Access Marketing with responsibility for a portfolio of technology solutions that provides global customer access to FedEx transportation services impacting nearly $28 billion in revenue.
Over his career, he has assumed increasing levels of responsibility in varying business disciplines including finance, marketing, project management, strategic planning, and leadership.
Comer holds a bachelor degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in accounting and an MBA from the University of Memphis’ Executive MBA program.
He is a recipient of the FedEx Five Star Award, awarded each year to the top two percent of employees and the Ambassador’s Club a FedEx award given to a select number of staff for high performance and outstanding contributions to furthering business objectives.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Stillman College and LeMoyne-Owen College. He is a life member of the National Black MBA Association. He was named to the National Black MBA Magazine’s Top 50 Under 50 Executives; is a recipient of the National Black MBA Association’s Chairman’s Award, the organizations signature award presented in recognition of demonstrated visionary leadership and service to the organization and larger community. He currently serves as chairman of the organization’s national board of directors. He is also a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. where he has been named Memphis Alumni Chapter Kappa Man of the Year.
About Kayla Rodriquez-Graff
Kayla Rodriguez Graff is an entrepreneur with a career spanning the retail, tech, and biotech industries. After spending 6 years at Target Corporation in Minnesota, earning her MBA at Hult International Business School and completing a certification as a front end web developer in San Francisco, Kayla was chomping at the bit to leverage her diverse experience in the startup world.
In March 2015, Kaylarelocated to Memphis and co-founded SweetBio which has raised over $2 million to bring its product that leverages Manuka honey through FDA clearance and to commercialization. MBA by design, web developer by heart, entrepreneur by spirit, Kayla lives by her mission to “challenge the norm by aspiring to inspire others”.
Kayla also serves on several boards including Shelby County Mayor Luttrell's Young Professional Board, American Cancer Society Young Professional Board, GeekedMemphis Advisory Board, Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce SoundCheck Young Professionals board and formerly Mayor Strickland Transitional team. In her spare time, she supports the New Memphis Institute, STS mentoring for college students, and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs.
About Andrea Duncan
Andrea Duncan is a first generation college graduate from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Her professional career began with General Electric on the Technical Leadership Program whereby she rotated through 4 different assignments in operations during a 2 year period to achieve accelerated knowledge and growth in the organization. Following various roles with GE, Andrea decided to pursue an opportunity with Carrier Corporation, a United Technologies Company. Over the past 15 years, she has grown from managing a department in a small facility to managing the largest facility in the UTC portfolio which is responsible for over 1800 employees and the production of over 1.3 million residential air conditioners annually. Andrea values education and talent development through mentorship and coaching. She believes that these things along with a strong work ethic are instrumental in having a successful career.
Outside of work, Andrea’s commitment to education and developing leaders is evidenced through her membership on the board of directors for Partners in Education. The goal of this organization is to partner industry with the school system to ensure that students are adequately prepared to be successful in the workplace. She is also on the board of directors for the Collierville Chamber of Commerce and has recently been asked to sit on the board for the United Way, Mid-South.
Andrea is a dedicated wife of 11 years and mother of 10 year old twin boys and a sweet 7 year old girl. She enjoys traveling with her family and creating lasting memories with them. Andrea has also come to appreciate the importance of “girl time” and the balance that it provides so that she can bring her best self to her work and her family.
About Elizabeth Lemmonds
Elizabeth is Director of Talent and Curriculum at Epicenter, championing entrepreneurship by developing the village of support needed to successfully launch new businesses. To this role she brings personal experience with entrepreneurship as well as professional experience in academic, corporate, small business and nonprofit sectors. Prior to founding Broad Avenue maker space Forge LLC, Elizabeth served as Chief Brand Officer for Start Co., a nonprofit dedicated to empowering high growth potential startup companies. During her tenure she worked to reduce barriers to entrepreneurship by launching the Upstart initiative for women-led companies. Elizabeth has also worked with New Memphis Institute, the Orpheum Theatre, International Paper and the University of Memphis, as well as leading a grassroots arts nonprofit and being a founding partner in a boutique creative services firm.
Passionate about empowering people, and empowering Memphis, Elizabeth has participated in panels and committees including the Phillip Rix Entrepreneurship Master Class, Lapel Project, Modern Day Women’s Conference, Leadership Memphis and the Mid-South Minority Business Council. She currently serves on the board of STS Enterprise and is a mentor for LITE (Let's Innovate Through Education) Memphis. She is a graduate of New Memphis Institute's Leadership Development Intensive Program, has been a recipient of the Loretta McNary Show’s Kindle Award and named to the Memphis Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.