Month: November 2013

All Month: November 2013

November 27, 2013

Chamber leader lauds progress of women in Nashville’s economy

27 Nov 2013 1:44 PM |

Janet Miller, Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, spoke at Wednesday’s Cable luncheon about the great strides women have made, and will continue to make, in the Nashville business community. She related that when she started her career in the 1970s,  she was  referred to as “the skirt”; now there are nine women on the chamber’s Board of Directors, and the top five women-owned businesses in Nashville generated a combined 2012 revenue of nearly $682 million.

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November 26, 2013

Step Up. Be Ready. Be Part of the Solution.

Last month Cable celebrated 35 years as a women’s leadership organization and with that celebration we were reminded of the reason the organization was formed and remains relevant today.  The struggle for equality has provided the backdrop for on-going efforts by women all over the world from the famous and powerful to those who, unnoticed, contributed mightily to create options, opportunities and substantial change for the roles women play.  With so much progress made to gain equality, why is it still illusive?

In a recent article in the New York Times titled Jump-Starting the Struggle for Equality by Philip N. Cohen (November 24, 2013) he states  “the labor force hit 46 percent female in 1994, and it hasn’t changed much since. Women’s full-time annual earnings were 76 percent of men’s in 2001, and 77 percent in 2011. Although women do earn a majority of academic degrees, their specialties pay less, so that earnings even for women with doctorate degrees working full time are 77 percent of men’s.”

The reason the gap stubbornly persists is as much a result of traditional women’s careers not being sought by men (lack of pay) as it is a lack of work-family policies that promote gender equality.  The fact that women have moved in large numbers into male-dominated fields along with a rejection of traditional gender roles belies the notion that women aren’t ready, willing and able to step up to any role they choose.

Although the focus on gender bias has had a positive effect in terms of eliminating obvious deliberate exclusion, ready, willing and able doesn’t guarantee a woman will be recognized for the skills and talents she brings to the table.  What has replaced deliberate exclusion is called the second-generation gender bias.  This occurs when powerful but subtle and often invisible barriers arise from cultural assumptions and organizational structures and practices of interaction that inadvertently benefit men.

We find this in the dearth of role models for aspiring women leaders, gendered career paths where work is structured or designed to fit the traditional man’s lifestyle, women’s lack of access to networks and sponsors and double standards for measuring competencies for women versus men (successful men are assertive, decisive and independent, successful women are nice, caretaking and unselfish).

Promoting women’s opportunities has been a hallmark of Cable for 35 years.  We certainly are known for our networking.  We have become increasingly focused on providing our members with leadership opportunities and professional development.  No matter the path she chooses, a successful woman must know how to influence without being aggressive, how to be decisive without being exclusive, how to embrace her gender uniqueness without being trapped by gender stereotypes.
Cable is there for you with leadership opportunities.  Get involved in a committee, be a part of the Board of Directors.
Cable is there for you with professional development.  Enroll in the Executive Leadership Academy.
Cable is there for you to take the next step in your professional aspirations.  Help us work for more Women on Boards.  Apply for a spot in the next Corporate Board Academy and prepare yourself to be board ready.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”    — Longfellow

Donna Yurdin, SPHR is President of Credo Management Consulting and is a consultant specializing in Diversity and Inclusion.

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November 26, 2013

Chamber leader lauds progress of women in Nashville’s economy

Janet Miller, Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, spoke at Wednesday’s Cable luncheon about the great strides women have made, and will continue to make, in the Nashville business community. She related that when she started her career in the 1970s,  she was  referred to as “the skirt”; now there are nine women on the chamber’s Board of Directors, and the top five women-owned businesses in Nashville generated a combined 2012 revenue of nearly $682 million.

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November 4, 2013

Cable to celebrate 35th anniversary of connecting women and opportunity

 04 Nov 2013 11:08 AM |

Organization founded in 1970s era of occupational segregation and still valued

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Cable has connected women and opportunity for 35 years.

An organization that is today comprised of more than 600 Middle Tennessee men and women, Cable was founded at a time when women entered the paid labor force in increasing numbers but faced occupational segregation from their male counterparts. 

In Nashville in the 1970s, female professionals – well-educated lawyers and bankers – weren’t eligible to join the Chamber of Commerce. They couldn’t become part of the Lions Club, Exchange Club or Rotary Club. They couldn’t eat lunch at Nashville City Club or Cumberland Club.

A lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board – a woman who received her paycheck from the federal government – couldn’t even open a credit card in her own name. Instead, she was told by her bank that she had to be part of her husband’s credit.

“That’s the environment in which we were working,” recalled Bea Hubbard, who received her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1975.

“And so,” said Martha Craig Daughtrey, senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, “it occurred to some of us that we needed our own organization.”

That was the beginning of Nashville Cable – a women’s group formed in 1978 that connected professionals like “a network of strong cable,” said Carol McCoy, the organization’s second president and a chancellor for the Davidson County Chancery Court. 

Today, Cable is comprised of dedicated leaders committed to sharing professional experiences and lessons with others who are trying to move their businesses and careers forward.

On Nov. 13, the organization marks an important milestone with its 35th anniversary celebration.

The boundary of women’s influence has moved because the members of Cable have continued to connect each other to opportunity. Cable is now at the forefront encouraging companies to include women on their boards and supporting the development of women as leaders, entrepreneurs and exceptional contributors to the community.

At the 35th anniversary celebratory luncheon at Music City Center, one of Nashville’s top professional females, Janet Miller, will discuss the impact of women on Middle Tennessee’s economic past, present and future. As Chief Economic Development Officer of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Miller she will share the challenges women have overcome and the challenges yet before them.

Nashville Cable will celebrate its successes and its mission for the future as it continues to connect women and opportunity.

NASHVILLE CABLE 35TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON

When: Nov. 13, 2013, 11:30-1 p.m.

Where: Music City Center (201 Fifth Avenue S., Nashville)

Registration: $30 Cable members, $35 guests

More information: www.nashcable.staging.wpengine.com

Members of the media are invited to attend. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Cable’s Executive Director Susan Huggins at cable_ed@nashvillecable.org or 615-321-2260.

About Janet Miller

As Chief Economic Development Officer of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Janet Miller supports development in a 10-county region of Middle Tennessee and has helped bring numerous companies to the area: Nissan’s North American headquarters, Dell Computer Corporation, Caremark Rx, Asurion, Louisiana-Pacific, HCA, PRIMUS/Ford Motor Credit, Mars Pet Care and others. Since she took on the departmental leadership role at the Chamber in 2002, more than 130,000 jobs have been created in the Nashville region and more than 400 companies recruited.

About Cable  

Nashville Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with more than 600 members and a 35-year history of helping women reach their full potential. The organization’s mission of “Moving Women Forward” has shaped its networking programs and advocacy initiatives and created a forward-thinking infrastructure to effect positive change. Cable’s hallmark initiative is Women on Corporate Boards (WoCB), with key programs also including The ATHENA Awards, the Cable Civil Leadership program in partnership with Lipscomb University, and the Power of Inclusion Awards and luncheon. 

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