Meet Our Keynote: Michael Graber

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Michael Graber is the founder and managing partner of the Southern Growth Studio, an innovation + strategy boutique in Memphis. Michael has years of experience working in the trenches advising more than 200 top companies and nonprofits, including Cardinal image.pngHealth, Arrow, FedEx, ServiceMaster, Mars PetCare, Jack Nicklaus, Hunter Fan, Rheem, and others. Michael also has deep nonprofit experience, driving strategy and innovation for ALSAC/St.Jude, Heifer International, Church Health, Porter Leath, and numerous foundations.

Michael frequently publishes, speaks, and presents workshops on innovation, corporate culture, creativity, business model strategy, and leadership. When not he’s not working, you can find Michael playing music around his native Memphis, TN. Michael is also the author of two books and more than 500 articles in INC., Innovation Excellence, and the Daily Memphian.


386 Tiffani Mensch is the Director of Community Engagement for the Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN). With over a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising and community outreach, Tiffani is passionate about helping nonprofits achieve greater mission impact. Tiffani currently serves on the boards of Girls Inc. of Knoxville, 91.9 Inc. WUOT, and the Standards for Excellence Institute's Standards Council. She also volunteers with several local nonprofits. She earned an MA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.