Year: 2014

All Year: 2014

October 24, 2014

Cable President speaking at Williamson County Women in Business Luncheon

24 Oct 2014 10:54 AM |

Women in Business Luncheon

Join us Tuesday, October 28 from 11:30 am – 1 pm

Featuring: Yolanda Harris-Jackson, President of Cable

Growing up as a “Preacher’s Kid,” Yolanda was a natural born leader. She fell in love with the ability to help people realize their inner beauty and thrive from the resulting self-confidence. Following this belief she decided to pursue a licensure as a Manicurist. Entering college, she found a one-of-a-kind service to offer other students and paid her expenses through college on just “doing nails and make-up.” A 19-year career in the beauty and wellness industry was the perfect route for Yolanda, allowing her to transform people’s lives physically, mentally and spiritually. Read more here

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October 4, 2014

Cable seeks more leadership roles for women

04 Oct 2014 12:26 PM |

 This is a special time of year for Cable. We are gearing up for our annual Board Walk of Fame event and getting ready to celebrate our organization’s 36th year.

Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of diverse professionals committed to advancing women professionally. Pursuant to the mission of “Connecting Women and Opportunity,” Cable is determined to connect Tennessee’s qualified female candidates with board service. The organization’s hallmark initiative is Women on Corporate Boards, which advocates for gender diversity on boards and in top leadership teams of Tennessee companies.

Research shows that companies with greater numbers of women on their boards and in executive leadership positions boast superior financial performance compared with their peers, and the investment community is beginning to embrace diversity as an investment platform. Despite these trends, women continue to be underrepresented on corporate boards and in C-suites across the country, particularly in Tennessee.

On Sept. 30, Cable will honor four Tennessee women champions and five Tennessee companies for their achievement in gender diversity leadership in our state with their induction into the Board Walk of Fame.

This event helps to raise awareness among the business community in Tennessee and beyond of the need to appoint women to corporate boards, the availability of qualified women and the value women bring to those boards.

This year’s Board Walk of Fame honorees include: Caren Gabriel, CEO of Ascend Federal Credit Union; Glenda Baskin Glover, president of Tennessee State University; Lisa Kranc, vice president of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association; and Jeanette Tully, CEO of Aloha Station Trust.

Board Walk of Fame will also honor corporate heroes AutoZone, Dollar General, Genesco, HCA Holdings and Scripps Network Interactive. These professional women and leading corporations are true champions for gender diversity by setting the example each day in their work.

The Board Walk of Fame is Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Joyce Russell, president of Adecco Staffing U.S., is the keynote speaker and will share insights based on her company’s 650,000 talent placements globally. Her presentation, “Gypsies, Techies and Trekkies,” will address the talent environment where career migration, rapid technological changes and diverse global workplaces are creating new and challenging landscapes for today’s leaders.

For information about our Board Walk of Fame, or to register, please visit

Please help support Cable’s hallmark initiative. We are not only dedicated to increasing the number of women on Tennessee corporate boards and in the executive suite, but we want to help lead that movement nationally.

Susan Allen Huggins is President and CEO of Cable.

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July 8, 2014

Yearning for the Gold

“Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress.”


This month, as we kick off a new Cable year, I find it most appropriate to reflect on our July membership luncheon topic “Yearning for the Gold.”  Hopefully you are either currently working in or seeking out your own “gold medal” career. In this quest, we must not allow the bumps in the road to stop us.  As leaders in the community we must continue moving forward and allowing ourselves to discover the impossible. 

I am reminded of the very young Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas. At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions. She was the first woman of color of any nationality and the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She was also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic games.” (See

Gabby was a determined young lady who knew that in order to win the gold she had to take the necessary risk, a risk so great that she left her family behind to move across country to train with elite Coach Liang Chow.  Some may say that she was so young, she had little to lose. But I say no matter what the age, risk-taking is never easy but is necessary to reach the gold.

I am looking forward to hearing our July speaker, Dr. Judy Cummings, share with us about the moments when she knew it was time for a change and learning how she overcame the many obstacles in her path.

The video below highlights women who are considered “overcomers.” They overcame obstacles and beat the odds with great determination in order to win the gold.

Please take a moment to watch this four-minute video that will motivate you to “reach for the gold” in all that you do.


-Yolanda Harris-Jackson, Cable President

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July 3, 2014

Profits increase with diverse perspective

03 Jul 2014 9:48 PM |

Evette White

Research shows that companies with greater numbers of women in executive leadership and board positions boast superior financial performance over their peers.

According to Credit Suisse, as much as 14 percent average growth, compared with 10 percent for boards with no female directors. Companies that embrace gender diversity are better governed, better managed and have better long-term growth prospects. As I learned during Nashville’s Corporate Board Academy, this is particularly true when there is a critical mass of three or more women on a board.

Bottom line: Board gender diversity has a positive impact on the bottom line.  

Clearly, this is a win-win proposition for both companies and their shareholders, but even though some company boards are diverse, a vast majority of companies in the U.S. are not. According to 2020 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index of Fortune 500 companies, women held just 18 percent of U.S. board seats. To further confuse the issue, many of the companies who have not diversified their board tables have women as their primary target audience.

Gender diversity is not my soapbox. Many women like me have simply worked hard to create value and have enjoyed a successful career because of it. So even I was surprised by how strong my reaction was to this disparity. It just seems that we’d leverage diversity as an asset for a stronger economy.

So, I took a look around to better understand what could get us closer to a tipping point. Some countries have quotas for a gender mix. That has made a difference, but I hope we can get there because it is the smart thing to do. Raising awareness of this issue is a good place to start. Identifying board-ready women and making sure they’re prepared is another step in the right direction.

I had the privilege of participating in the inaugural Corporate Board Academy, made possible by Cable, Women Corporate Directors and Nashville’s EY. Over three Saturday sessions, I had the opportunity to have my board bio critiqued by board members, engage with corporate directors from both public and private companies, and gain an understanding of the corporate board landscape.

Cable’s upcoming 2014 Women on Corporate Boards is being offered at a lower cost than similar courses thanks to the support of sponsors undefined Avenue Bank, Tennessee Chapter of Women on Corporate Boards, and the Nashville office of EY. Questions can be emailed to

Evette White is Partner and CEO of Sullivan Branding.

Read this article on The Tennessean’s website

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