The mission of Collegiate Life Investment Foundation (CLIF) is to serve as the premier vehicle to inform drivers across the state of Tennessee about the dangers of distracted driving, and to educate college-aged students and those matriculated into college, preventative ways to avoid its negligence.
Larissa Redmond Thompson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Collegiate Life Investment Foundation (CLIF). She is a proud graduate of Christian Brothers University (Memphis, TN), where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. Thompson graduated from John Marshall Law School (Atlanta, GA) in 2015 with a Juris Doctorate; as well as completed her studies at Capella University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Leadership. Mrs. Thompson currently works for a Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) as a Program Associate, where she works tirelessly to implement new programs in public spaces, safety and security, and property development in the Memphis Medical District.
She regularly travels state-wide to deliver speeches and seminars about the dangers of distracted driving, and serves as a Traffic Educator Consultant in the City of Collierville (Tenn). She started the organization as a law school student with goal of returning to her home city, Memphis, to make a positive impact on Memphis and she has reached her goal with precision. Her work was recognized by Tennessee Department of Transportation and Homeland Security, and Governors Highway Safety Office when she was selected to be a recipient of the Directors Award at the 2016 statewide safety conference. Over the years Larissa has been highlighted by several prominent companies including serving as a guest blogger for UHAUL’s Moving Insider Blog, she was named an Advocate for Change by AT&T, and was the selected speaker for the 2015 Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office “Thumbs Down to Texting While Driving” Campaign. Recently, Larissa was chosen as a 2017 Top 20 under 30 recipient for the Memphis Flyer magazine, for her efforts throughout the Mid-South. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporate, Junior League of Memphis, and a host of other professional organizations across the country.
Thompson continues to educate high school and college students across the state of Tennessee on the dangers of distracted driving through the foundations C.A.R.E.S. (Children Advocates for Road Education & Safety) Program, which serves as a peer-to-peer awareness and educational program for teen driver safety. Larissa is married to Mr. James C. Thompson and the mother of a 9-month-old, Shelby.
This link provides parking directions: https://www.memphis.edu/uc/directions/index.php
*** January Dinner Meeting is on January 16th and February Dinner Meeting is on February 13th. For rest of the year, monthly dinner meeting meeting will be on Second Tuesday of the month. Meeting venue can be different every month, please kindly notice.
January 16 Meeting Logistics
- Venue Name: Beale Room, The University of Memphis
- Address: 363 University Center, Memphis, Tn 38152
- Website: https://umwa.memphis.edu/campusmap/deptsbldg.php?Building_Id=82&Dept_Id=1394