Two Memphians Earn Spots in Forbes 2017 30 Under 30 in Education

By January 4, 2017Awards and Honors
Cover image courtesy of Forbes. (Source)

Two local leaders have made the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education Class of 2017 providing further proof that Memphis is fertile ground for innovation in education. Mendell Grinter, founder of Campaign for School Equity, and Hardy Farrow, executive director of LITE Memphis (Let’s Innovate Through Education), are named among young leaders from around the country who are “opening minds and access to quality education for all and increasing opportunities and new pathways to learning, especially for previously overlooked or undervalued populations.”

Mendell Grinter

Forbes highlighted Mendell Grinter for his advocacy and accomplishments through Campaign for School Equity, the nonprofit that he launched in July of 2016 to increase access to high-quality education for minority students. CSE mobilizes faith and community leaders, parents and students to affect legislative policy and create meaningful change in education outcomes for students in Tennessee. Last year, Grinter placed as Runner Up in the Forbes Under 30 Summit Nonprofit Change the World Competition against more than 1,000 applicants. Read his guest post for Teach901, Our Children Matter, here.


Hardy Farrow

Hardy Farrow is lauded for his work in helping minority students to identify their strengths and become entrepreneurs. LITE Memphis works with 750 students each year and uses a multi-stage approach to guide program alumni through college and help them transition into creating wealth in their communities as entrepreneurs post-college. During a recent LITE Pitch Night, students presented ideas ranging from solutions for recruiting more male teachers to job prep boxes for homeless communities to a comedy showcase to battle depression and mental illness in African American communities. Farrow is a Teach for America alumnus with a long list of previous honors including the National Innovation in Teaching award and the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching award.

Congratulations to both honorees. We’re excited to witness their continued influence and success in improving education in Memphis.

Forbes publishes 30 Under 30 lists in 20 categories and industries. See the full list for Education and more lists here.