What is the WestStar Alumni Association?
Once a graduate of WestStar, you can remain active by joining the WestStar Alumni Association. It is composed of those graduates who seek to build on relationships among leaders through both their support and involvement in leadership development.
There is a $50 annual membership fee which entitles you to an updated copy of the WestStar Alumni Directory and recognition in WestStar publications of your membership.
With approximately 917 alumni supporting the WestStar mission, they strongly believe WestStar is shaping the future of West Tennessee.
Membership runs from July 1 through June 30.
TN Association of Community Leadership (TACL)
Association of Leadership Programs (ALP)
Leadership Jackson & Leadership University
East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association, Inc.
Carroll County Chamber – Leadership Carroll
Chester County Chamber – Leadership Chester
Crockett County Chamber – Leadership Crockett
Decatur County Chamber – Leadership Decatur
Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber – Leadership Dyer
Fayette County Chamber – Leadership Fayette
Greater Gibson County Chamber – Leadership Gibson
Hardin County Chamber – Leadership Hardin
Haywood County Chamber – Leadership Haywood
Henderson County Chamber – Leadership Henderson
Lauderdale County Chamber – Leadership Lauderdale
McNairy County Chamber – Leadership McNairy
Obion County Chamber – Leadership Obion
Paris/Henry County Chamber – Leadership Henry
Tipton County Chamber – TOTAL Leadership
Weakley County Chamber – Leadership Weakley
Southwest Tennessee Development District (SWTDD)
Northwest Tennessee Development District (NWTDD)
West Tennessee Industrial Association
Charley's Top Ten Leadership Books
Recommended Reading List for Leadership Development
The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership by James C. Hunter.
If you are tired of books that lecture instead of teach; if you are searching for ways to improve your leadership skills; if you want to understand the timeless virtues that lead to lasting and meaningful success, then this book is one you cannot afford to miss.
How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life by Tom Rath & Donald O. Clifton.
How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person-your spouse, best friend, coworker, or even a stranger -fill your bucket" by making you feel more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative than before?
Gung Ho!: Turn on the People in Any Organization by: Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles
"Here is an invaluable management tool that outlines foolproof ways to increase productivity by fostering excellent morale in the workplace. It is a must-read for everyone who wants to stay on top in today's ultra-competitive business world."
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell
"Leaders are always looking for an edge. That often sends many of them looking for the next big thing. But weird leadership approaches and trendy management fads come and go. What remains the same? The qualities of leader!
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
“The Art of War is one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy in the world. It has been the most famous and influential of China's Seven Military Classics: "for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name." It has had an influence on Eastern military thinking, business tactics, and beyond.”
Who Moved my Cheese? by Spencer Johnson M.D.
The #1 International bestseller with over 21 million books in print! Who Moved My Cheese? is the story of four characters living in a “Maze” who face unexpected change when they discover their “Cheese” is gone.
Legacy Leadership Videos
Cathy Holland, Nashville. Interview by David Glasgow
Al Campbell, Madison County. Interview by Shelby Kee
Blake Anderson, Madison County. Interview by Martin Jelinek
Senator Dolores Gresham, Fayette County. Interview by Suzie Tidwell
Ken Davis, Crockett County. Interview by Cherry Rains
Ramay Winchester, Henry County. Interview by Michelle Atkins
Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, Shelby County. Interview by Jim Craig
Shelby Kee, Gibson County and Martin Jelinek, Madison County. Interview by Jack Matthis
Charley Deal, WestStar Executive Director. Interview by Scott Dahlstrom
Virginia Grimes, WestStar Program Coordinator. Interview by Scott Dahlstrom
WestStar 2038. Martin Jelinek, Shelby Kee, and Jack Matthis
Anne Banks, Haywood County. Interview by Russ Stoots
Bob Rutledge, Carroll County. Interview by Chris Crider
Bob Smith, WestStar Founding Director. Interview by Bill Seymour
Cheri Childress, Gibson County. Interview by Megan Madden Brock
Mayor David Gordon, Tipton County. Interview by Emily Land
Mayor Franklin Smith, Haywood County. Interview by Bob Hooper
Minnie Boomer, Tipton County. Interview by Ralph Cousar
Randy Rinks, Hardin County. Interview by Randy Rinks
Judy Renshaw, Madison County. Interview by LeeAnn Childress
Phillip Pinion, Obion County Interviewed by Chuck Doss
John Scott, Shelby County Interviewed by: Cary Vaughn
Harvey Livingston, Haywood County Interviewed by: Tim Stokely
James Ross, Madison County Interviewed by: Amy Griffin
Franklin Smith, Haywood County Interviewed by: Andy Helms
Dr. Nick Dunagan, Weakley County Interviewed by: Randy Huffstetler and Joey Mehlhorn
Jim Fitzhugh, Lauderdale County Interviewed by: Greg York
Jeff Griggs, Henderson County Interviewed by: Josh Reed
James Allison, Madison County Interviewed by Pam Nash
Charles Patterson, Chester CountyInterviewed by Jim Garland
June Walker, Fayette County Interviewed by: John Thorpe
Virginia Ann Walker, Fayette County Interviewed by: Alexandra Wardlaw
Betty Shelton, Fayette County Interviewed by: Linda Jones
Dan Paschall, Henry County Interviewed by: Emory Bradley
Ret. Justice Lyle Reid, Haywood County Interviewed by: Sarah Levy
Dr. Gene Gulish, Henry County Interviewed by Lisa Casteel
David Jowers, Henderson County Interviewed by: Melissa Davis-Lindsey
Charles Farmer, Madison County Interviewed by: Frank Wagster
Dr. Karen Bowyer, Dyer County Interviewed by: Margaret Prater
Jim Ayers, Madison County Interviewed by: Dave Bratcher
Becky Fly, Madison County Interviewed by: Kayla Taylor
Marty Sisco, Obion County Interviewed by: Phyllis Rauchle
Larry White, Dyer County Interviewed by: Patrick Williams
Paul Blount, Hardin County Interviewed by: Emery White
J. H. Luckey, Gibson County Interviewed by: Chad Lowery
Mayor Dale Kelley, Carroll County Interviewed by Jill Holland
Don Farmer, Gibson County Interviewed by: Julie Allen Burke
Bo Booth, Gibson County Interviewed by: Tom Witherspoon
Ed Timberlake, Tipton County Interviewed by: Lessie Fisher
Joe Barker, Madison County. Interview by: Teresa Sanders
Eric Bell, Chester County. Interview by: Emily Shelton
Speaker William Berry, Henderson County. Interview by: Michael Harper
Dr. Bruce Blanding, Madison County. Interview by: Darron Billings
Ernest Brooks, Madison County. Interview by: Trey Rabon
Lt. Gen. John Castellow, Crockett County. Interview by: Gary Reasons
Jack Cheshier, McNairy County. Interview by: Russell Ingle
Mike Cox, Obion County. Interviewed by: Leigh Schlager
Vance Dennis, Hardin County. Interviewed by: Kyle Etheridge
Bill Emerson, Crockett County. Interviewed by: Jasper Taylor
Dorothy Goodrum, McNairy County. Interviewed by: Justin Broadway
Andy Hooper, Henry County. Interviewed by: Tony Lawrence
Jeff Huffman, Tipton County. Interviewed by: Tim Sallee
Dan Hughes, Henderson County. Interviewed by: Tim Rogers
Bobby Hysmith, Chester County. Interviewed by: Beth Naylor
Carl & Alice Kirkland, Madison County. Interviewed by: Frank McMeen
Robert Kirkland, Obion County. Interviewed by: Lindsay Frilling
Ben Marks, Benton County. Interviewed by: Jennifer Hayden
Junior Moore, Weakley County. Interviewed by: Jason Brigance
Houston Patrick, Weakley County. Interviewed by: George Daniel
Mary Kate Ridgeway, Henry County. Interviewed by: Mary Hickman
Edgar Shults, Jr. Dyer County. Interviewed by: Gurpal Bindra
Bill Williams, Henry County. Interviewed by: Gary McEntire
Jerry Wilson, Robert Rooks, and Allen King; Haywood County Interviewed by: Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Nancy Cates, and Lisa Carlton