Month: October 2017

All Month: October 2017

October 18, 2017

Meet Cable’s Chair Elect: Veronica Marable Johnson

Veronica Marable Johnson is currently employed with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce – Membership/Growth Division. She is responsible for full sales lifecycle, relationship building, customer engagement for new membership base, community outreach ambassador, and services and benefits promotion on behalf of the downtown regional chamber. A true community servant for the underserved communities, she just completed an eight year tenure as the Director of Programs and Operations for the Center for Women’s Health Research @ Meharry Medical College. The Center was the nation’s first research facility devoted exclusively to understanding why women of color are at greater risk of certain diseases. Under her guidance, she helped coordinate over 1,000+ mammograms for underserved women and organized Nashville’s 1st African American Women’s Heart Health Outreach with the American Heart Association, along with planning/organizing other community related health disparity initiatives for women of color. As the Director of Programs and Operations, she managed the Center’s Fiscal responsibilities (grants/contracts), Programs, Fund Development and Community Outreach Initiatives.

After graduating from Austin Peay State University (with a BBA in Accounting), she began her professional career with First American National Bank. She spent her formative years in Accounting, Human Resources, Credit and Consumer/Mortgage Lending, spearheading professional women’s initiatives and chaired the first Corporate-wide (7 state) Diversity Council. As Senior Vice President and Corporate Director of Diversity, she advocated for the first prenatal/lactation rooms to be built at the corporate office and service center locations for working mothers. After the bank was acquired by AmSouth Corp, Veronica began working as the Middle Tennessee Market Recruiting Manager for Randstad. Following her tenure with Randstad, she became the first African American female to manage a multi-million dollar sales portfolio in the Middle Tennessee Region for Roadway Express.

She is currently active on various community boards and organizations, including the Nashville Downtown Rotary, Leadership Nashville, Nashville CABLE, Nashville Business Incubation Center, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metro Nashville Chapter, The Hendersonville Area Links, AARP-TN Executive Leadership Council, Lupus Foundation, The Music City Lead’s Mentoring, Alive Hospice, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church – where she is the Associate Youth Director, Sunday School teacher and a member of the Social Media Ministry.

Her previous board and organizational experience has included Girl Scouts of Middle TN, TN Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, YWCA, TN Economic Council on Women, American Heart Association – Go Red for Women Society/Executive Team, Women’s Political Caucus, National Association of Black Accountants, Jr. Chamber of Commerce, Urban League of Middle TN, Junior League, SHRM, American Diabetes Assoc., American Red Cross, Trevecca Nazarene Univ. Advisory Board, ASTD, Harding Place YMCA and numerous others.

She is the proud mother of Haleigh Ann Johnson; a college senior @ MTSU. Haleigh is a 2014 Honor Roll Graduate of Ezell Harding Christian School – where she was the first African American Student Body President, American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State Delegate, a Member of the Beta Club, a Lady Eagle Basketball Captain (with a retired jersey of 1,000+ career points and numerous athletic awards), Inaugural Class member of the Music City Girls Leadership Academy, and she holds the Girls Scouts Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. At MTSU, Haleigh is an active member of the National Association of Black Accountants, The National Society for Leadership & Success, the Lambda Sigma Honor Society and a Residence Hall Desk Assistant. Haleigh spent her summer as an HCA Tax Accounting Intern, while also maintaining her first high school employment opportunity with the Grand Ole Opry.

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October 9, 2017

About Laurie Winston

After earning her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Memphis, Laurie earned her Masters in Education while employed as an underwriter at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in Chattanooga. She spent the next six years teaching mathematics and coaching cross-country at GPS in Chattanooga and Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, which further ignited her passions of teaching, counseling, encouraging others, communicating with compassion, efficacy, and diplomacy, and fostering a spirit of collaboration.

Following the birth of her first child, Laurie began an independent tutoring business, and, after their second child was born, began practicing yoga. She soon realized that yoga was something she needed to share, and in 2011, she earned the RYT-200 yoga certification. In 2014, Laurie and her family moved to the Nashville area, where she continued teaching yoga and tutoring math to individual clients. She was employed for two years with the Williamson County School system, teaching math part-time, before joining the BluePrint Strategy team and working with Cable. Laurie believes that each day should be filled with meaningful occupation, work and play that bring her joy and employ her gifts and strengths. Her passion is in empowering others to do the same, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the mission of Cable.

Laurie can be reached at lwinston@nashvillecable.org.

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October 3, 2017

Member Profile Spotlight: Judge Lynda Jones

Judge Lynda Jones has been a member of Cable for more than 10 years, and she currently holds a position on the Cable Board on the Membership and Awards Committee. She joined Cable to expand her network: “I knew I needed to find professional sisters to inspire me and help me excel in all areas of life,” and that is exactly what she found through Cable.

As Lynda was the first person in her extended family to graduate from college and law school, Cable provided her with the experience to grow alongside other professional women looking to continuously improve themselves. Through Cable, she realized how much women can support one another and lift one another up: “Throughout my 10-year membership, I discovered you can learn excellence from just simply being friends with other achieving women.” I draw inspiration from other working mothers too. It can be a challenge to juggle a teenager, career, older parents and a spouse with health issues. I am constantly amazed at what other women juggle with a smile on their face.”

When asked how she would describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization, she offered this advice:

“It’s a supported tribe of like-minded women who believe YOU can do anything. Cable helped me build my law practice and opened my eyes to greater achievements. I am so grateful and fortunate to be in a job that I LOVE. I credit Cable for putting me here.”

Lynda shares her biggest career setback and how it is a prime example of perseverance: “I lost my first attempt at judgeship, but I did not give up. I examined myself and started evolving and meeting more people who believed in me.” Lynda’s confidence and determination are inspiring to all women, and she is a true example that, with hard work, focus and a strong support system, anything is possible.

Lynda Jones is the Davidson County General Sessions Court judge, Division IX. She manages 40,000 cases per year, including criminal and civil matters, mental health committal, and business docket, while overseeing three direct employees and working with four other Metro departments, including Sheriff, Probation and Clerks.

Thank you, Lynda, for continuing to serve our community and for being a longstanding Cable member!

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