Year: 2013

All Year: 2013

November 1, 2013

The Path We Follow, The Path We Make

This month we celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of Cable and its originators, a group of professional women who found themselves unable to realize aspirations equal to their male counterparts.  We honor these women who banded together as they waited to be to be recognized, waited  for the opportunities that men could count on, who waited in line to get a table at a restaurant while their male colleagues were waved on through.

We celebrate these specific women and the women of their day who, with persistence, courage and foresight, pulled together in a unified effort to elbow their way into meeting rooms, conferences, board rooms, sports teams, elected  offices, clubs, organizations and Ivy League schools.  The founding of Cable is emblematic of a time when it was not a given that the smartest, fastest or most talented  got the job or the promotion or equal pay for equal work.

For those too young to remember 1978, it is unfathomable to think now about starting your own networking organization because the doors to male dominated organizations were not open to you. Because of the women who marched and protested and worked harder than any man to prove themselves, we no longer have to have a Cable.  We are now able to join any organization, school, sport and political contest and arm of the military service we choose.  But we must continue to march and protest and work harder and Cable still exists because equal is still not equal.

Today Cable remains a beacon for women who aspire to run their own businesses, be CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, sit on corporate boards or work part time while raising children and hope to return to robust careers when the children are grown.

We are grateful to our Founding Mothers and vow to care for the organization they created.  We will nurture it for future generations of women and men who will continue to seek equality where it doesn’t exist.  As Cable members we will continue to foster a culture where all are welcome and each is supported in Choosing their Path.

We are grateful for the path that has been forged for us and promise to roll up our sleeves and work together to make an even better path for others following us.

Happy Birthday Cable!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

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October 1, 2013

What’s Your EQ?

If you attended the Board Walk of Fame breakfast in September you were treated to examples of women who have charted their path to the board room.  They have also been proactive in extending a hand helping other women achieve professional excellence by promoting their qualifications for open board seats.  Their successes have been dependent on actualizing their personal vision and learning that applying knowledge alone will not ensure that success.

This month we welcome speaker Laura Belsten to the Cable luncheon to enlighten us about Emotional Intelligence (EQ).  The luncheon will be followed by a workshop for those who want to dig deeper into the topic and do some self-exploration.  The topic of EQ is an important component in understanding how each of us can raise the prospects for women in society, in the board room, in the workplace.

What makes us different as women and as individuals begins with what makes us the same.  The part of the brain we all have that controls emotion, motivation and long term memory, the Limbic System, is central to our level of emotional intelligence (EQ).



EQ defines how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.  It has become an important concept in business circles as we ask why some people are more successful than others.  Or, as we question why some people are promoted or hired into positions in spite of their obvious inappropriate, boorish, combative, belligerent (I could go on but you get the idea) behaviors.

Women have for over one hundred and fifty years been working to gain gender parity.  Still, professional opportunities continue to be different for men and women.  In part, this is due to how effectively we position ourselves for opportunities through networking (social navigation), how we ask for what we want (make personal decisions)and how we manage our behaviors.

What makes one person a great leader or a great team mate are grounded in EQ.  Research according to The Emotional Intelligence experts Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves in their book, The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book has established that the strongest driver of leadership and personal excellence is high EQ.  By contrast, low EQ can be correlated to unmanaged moods of fear, anxiety, and depression as well as physical illness including sleep apnea.

This may come as a surprise to some but there is no difference in EQ by profession or gender.  Women actually average higher in EQ than men.   As individuals, we can leverage this self-knowledge about our EQ to advance our own successes personally and professionally.  Learn about your EQ.  Learn how your EQ can facilitate better personal and professional relationships.

The great news is that EQ can be learned over your lifetime.  The higher your EQ, the more prepared you are for opportunities on your path.


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September 25, 2013

50 Percent Increase in Tennessee Public Companies with Women Board Directors

 25 Sep 2013 12:35 PM |

– Speaker Harwell and Buffett Biographer Schroeder Address Crowd of 400 at Board Walk of Fame
– Cable to Launch New Corporate Board Academy in October 2013

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (September 25, 2013) – Nashville-based Cable and the Lipscomb University College of Business today announced that their newly released Women in Corporate Leadership Census reveals a 50 percent increase in Tennessee public companies with two or more women on their boards compared to the prior study year. Speaker Beth Harwell and keynote speaker Alice Schroeder Warren Buffett biographer and board director on a number of international boards addressed the new study results and the importance of diversity in governance to more than 400 Tennessee business leaders at Cable’s fourth annual Board Walk of Fame event on September 19 at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena.

“We are encouraged by this progress toward balance in corporate leadership at some of our largest and most prominent organizations, though research shows that Tennessee remains in the bottom quartile for women in leadership compared to other states,” said Susan Allen Huggins, Executive Director of Cable. “Cable’s Women on Corporate Boards team has worked for years to educate Tennessee business leaders on tangible and intangible benefits of gender diversity in the boardroom and while there is still work to be done, this new research points to momentum and a forward-thinking shift that our state’s workforce and consumers are coming to expect.”

The annual Board Walk of Fame breakfast honors individuals and companies that are leading the way for Tennessee to move from the lowest numbers of women in leadership nationally to diversity in leadership that more closely aligns with the state’s workforce and consumer demographics. In addition to introducing top-line study results at the event, Cable announced the October 2013 launch of its pioneering Corporate Board Academy, following a competitive search for Tennessee women with board relevant levels of fiscal, general and specialized executive experience. The Academy will support board candidates as they pursue and consider their first corporate board seats.

“The inaugural 2013 class of Cable’s Corporate Board Academy has been selected, and this impressive group of women representing some of Tennessee’s most successful companies will begin the program in October,” said Huggins. “Delivered in conjunction with the Tennessee chapter of Women Corporate Directors, the academy will provide a curriculum developed by women serving on some of the world’s most prestigious boards. We look forward to presenting our first class in the spring of 2014.”

About Cable and Women on Corporate Boards

Nashville Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with nearly 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 for expansion nationally. Cable’s hallmark initiative, Women on Corporate Boards, is dedicated to increasing numbers of women on Tennessee corporate boards and in the executive suite, and to helping lead that movement nationally. Cable is a member of the InterOrganization Network, an alliance of 17 women’s organizations with a common mission across the U.S. This provides a national context for benchmarking research and enhances our resources to effect positive change in Tennessee. For more information about Cable and Women on Corporate Boards, please visit

About Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University delivers a complete liberal arts education characterized by an integration of Christian faith and practice with academic excellence, preparing each student spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically for life and eternity. Lipscomb’s innovative curriculum and graduation requirements challenge students academically, spiritually and in their role as global community citizens. Lipscomb offers eight bachelor’s degrees in 78 majors or 145 areas of undergraduate study, several pre-professional programs and an accelerated adult degree program for those who wish to complete their undergraduate degrees in the evening. The University also offers 25 master’s degrees, four education specialist degrees and three doctorate degrees in 58 fields of study.


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August 27, 2013

Creating Your Legacy

Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451


Our September luncheon speaker, Felicia Anchor, will be relating a compelling story, a personal story about legacy.  I wonder how often you think about your legacy.  I am not talking about your will and what you will leave to your children.  I am not talking about things at all.  I am referring to the influence you have made in making things better where ever you have been, in touching the lives of others to inspire them, teach them, pull them up, support their dreams.

When I work with leadership teams or individuals it is very often to define what is next for them, how will success continue to be realized.  A question I like to put before them as we begin is “For what will you be remembered?”   Notice I did not ask how will you be remembered but for what.  As you continue to make decisions on your path there will be opportunities to help others along the way and influence the way the world works, especially how women work in it.

In the late 1880’s a teenage girl traveling alone arrived in the U.S. from Germany with very little but what she could carry and a drive to find a better life for herself and her brothers.  She worked hard as a milliner and saved enough money to buy passage for her two brothers to sail to America in subsequent years.  You can say my great-great grandmother’s legacy was a new life in America but what has been passed down over the generations is more than that.  I take from her legacy the significance any individual can make in helping others if you are brave enough to continue on your own path and be aware of others you can help along the way.

I was privileged to coordinate the Cable Mentor program for the fourth time this year.  Forty-seven young leaders have been mentored over those years by women leaders of Cable.  The impact one person can have on another cannot be adequately expressed here.  The ripple effect a mentor has on another swells over time as each mentee will use the lessons they learned from their mentor to impact the lives of others and someday to mentor someone else for the betterment of all.

Cable can be proud of this legacy.  We are influencing the development of future women leaders, providing role models and proving their personal dreams can be found on the path they choose.  I will introduce you to these mentors and mentees at the September Cable luncheon.

  • Who left you a legacy?
  • To whom will you leave a legacy?
  • What will your legacy be?
  • Have you started writing it yet?

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