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Youth Leadership Summit

My annual Palazzo Youth Leadership Summit is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to both meet and hear from Mississippians who have reached the pinnacle of their careers. Each year, students hear from local Mississippians who are there to share challenges and successes they experienced while they pursued their goals. During the summit, students will also have the opportunity to attend an exclusive college fair and speak with representatives from universities and colleges located in Mississippi. 

This year's Youth Leadership Summit will be held on March 23, 2022, at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Harrison County Campus in the new iMPAC Center.  Our speakers will be Dr. Mary Graham, President of MGCCC, Mr. Stacey Pickering, Executive Director of Mississippi Veteran Affairs, and Miss Mississippi 2021, Holly Brand.  Contact your high school counselor to sign up! 

Dr. Mary Graham            Mr. Stacey Pickering                       Holly Brand, Miss MS

Check out speakers from previous years below:

-Dr. Samuel Jones, Motivational Speaker
-Mary Margaret Hyer, Miss Mississippi 2019
-Lindsay Adkisson Mitchell, MS Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce

-Dr. Kelly Lucas, Director of the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center
-Dr. Chris Frigo, Owner of Frigo Orthodontics
-Asya Branch, Miss Mississippi 2018


-Leslie Henderson, Owner, Lazy Magnolia
-Glen McCullough, Jr., Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority
-Becky Pruett-Denham – Assistant District Attorney, Forrest / Perry Counties


-Sgt. Major Ronald Green, 18th Sgt. Major of the US Marine Corps
-Katie Dixon, Master Chef Contestant
-Laura Lee Lewis, Miss Mississippi 2016


Chief Keith Davis, Mississippi DMR Patrol
-Hannah Roberts, Miss Mississippi 2015
-Governor Phil Bryant, State of Mississippi


-Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, State of Mississippi
-Leslie Henderson, Owner, Lazy Magnolia
-Capt. Stephen Bowen, NASA Astronaut
-Marshall Ramsey, Author, Cartoonist


-Randy “Bubba” Pierce, Mississippi Supreme Court
-Fred Haise, NASA Astronaut
-Hannah Roberts, Miss University of Southern Mississippi
-Sarah Thomas, First female NFL Referee


-Governor Phil Bryant, State of Mississippi
-Deuce McAllister, Former NFL Player
-Gary Grubbs, Actor
-Jeff Hammond, Athletic Director USM