Year: 2017

All Year: 2017

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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September 8, 2017

Member Profile Spotlight: Teona Chapman

This month’s member spotlight is Teona Chapman. Teona has been a member of Cable since 2016 and currently serves on the Entrepreneurship Committee. She originally joined Cable to network with other local professional women, and in just a year’s time, Teona has been inspired by the talented and accomplished individuals who make up Cable’s membership and has made many new friends and mentors as a result of joining the organization.

When asked about her personal career as a female leader in the banking industry, Teona shared what she thinks is the biggest challenge professional women face in the business world today.

“For many women, I think it’s being able to wear many hats and juggle lots of roles. Professional women are expected to lead boardrooms, volunteer for the PTO, change diapers, attend HOA meetings, cook dinners, make lunches, etc. I think the biggest challenge today is managing time and responsibilities with all that’s expected of professional women.”

Teona is vice president of Business Banking for First Tennessee Bank.  She believes that women should work hard at the job they have to prove themselves and help land future opportunities.

Thank you for your involvement and service with Cable, Teona! We are lucky to have you.

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August 23, 2017

Member Profile Spotlight: Leighanne White

Leighanne White joined Cable in April 2017 and is relatively new to the organization. She decided to join Cable because it provided her with the opportunity to meet and learn from successful women in the area. It has been four years since Leighanne moved to Nashville from Pennsylvania, and Cable has allowed her to expand both her professional and social networks and connect with a diverse group of female leaders.

We asked Leighanne a variety of questions about her professional background, one of which was what she considers to be the most single defining moment of her career.

“Having the courage to leave my laboratory-based job and begin an office job when my education and past professional job experience had all been in a lab setting. Though it was difficult and a bit scary, it was the best decision I could have made because it allowed me to grow professionally, develop new skills and discover strengths I did not know I had. I also learned that I am not defined by my college degree or past job experience and that, with hard work and determination, I can achieve anything I set my mind to.”

Leighanne also credited a lot of her success and inspiration to her role model. “My mother-in-law is a professional role model for me and also a mentor in all aspects of my life. She is hardworking, never tiring and extremely ambitious. She is a great listener and an admirable leader. I consider myself very lucky to be able to learn from her experiences as a business owner, CEO, mother, wife, sister and friend.”

Leighanne White is an implementation specialist at HealthStream. She works with a collaborative team to set up projects for client–patient satisfaction surveys. Her duties include organizing and implementing project changes to ongoing surveys, and managing and updating project documentation of standard operating procedures.


Thanks for taking the initiative to join Cable, Leighanne! We appreciate you and your commitment to our mission.

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August 4, 2017

Member Profile Spotlight: Judge Melissa Blackburn

Judge Melissa Blackburn joined Cable in 2010 and serves on the Mentoring Committee.  She joined Cable because she values the opportunity to share the experiences of women in similar roles as a resource in how she approaches her own career. Likewise, she believes women have a responsibility to share their experiences with younger women entering the professional world.

We asked Melissa what she believes is the biggest challenge women face in the business world today –

“I would expand this question beyond the business world. We are seeing women take leading roles in business, nonprofit management, the arts and government. Although we have made great progress, time-worn attitudes about the strength, resolve or determination of women to be successful and help those around us to reach their potential still persist. We can overcome these challenges with consistent and diligent work.”

To a young woman starting her career, Melissa would say, “Persistence! The only ‘no’ that matters is the ‘no’ you impose upon yourself. You will be told ‘no’ in your career. You will, at times, not be taken seriously. It matters not one bit so long as you have confidence and faith in your abilities.”

Melissa Blackburn is a judge for the Davidson County General Sessions Court, Division II. In addition to regular General Sessions civil and criminal dockets, she is presiding judge of the Mental Health and Veterans Specialty Treatment Courts.

Thank you, Melissa, for all you do!

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