Year: 2021

All Year: 2021

December 13, 2021

Cable Member Profile: Pamela Sessions

Pamela Sessions

Name: Pamela Sessions
Age: 56
Company: Renewal House
Title: CEO
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Responsible for complete oversight of all agency operations and management. Serves as a strategist and visionary, creates positive agency culture, engages the community, and ensures resources are available to sustain the organization.
Cable Member Since: 2021

Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable because I wanted to be part of a network of incredible women who are smart, fierce and making a difference in their community.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I gained new relationships immediately that I would not have had without the network of the group. I’ve also learned more about leadership from the educational opportunities hosted. These trainings have been a great reminder for me of some of the things I should do more in my day-to-day work life.   

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? One of the many benefits of joining Cable is it opens up an enormous toolbox of resources to support you in your personal and professional endeavors. Having this network helps you feel less isolated as a female leader.

What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? For me, my biggest career achievement is a project I am engaged in now. I’m facilitating the building of a new treatment facility for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders and their children at Renewal House. I worked on the design, engaged with a team and led the charge to raise $7.5 million so the project will be paid for upon completion. I learned more about construction and nontraditional financing than I ever thought I could know. I’m excited to be part of something that helps families and will live on long after I am gone.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? I would encourage a young woman starting her career to find a mentor.  There is no reason to travel a path alone when others have gone before you successfully. Sometimes you don’t always need advice, but you need someone to sound off to. Often, when I speak aloud to my mentor, I hear myself putting the pieces together and working through an issue. A good mentor provides the platform to be a creative and free thinker.  

What was your very first job? My first professional job was as a counselor in a private psychiatric hospital. I liked it because it was a different experience from my internships. My clients had so many resources, but life still had a way of throwing a curveball they couldn’t control. That was true 30 years ago and is still true today. I wish everyone understood there are times we all need support, and it is OK to get it. My grandmother used to say, “Everything that shines isn’t silver, and everything that glitters isn’t gold.”  Now, I understand that wholeheartedly. That provides me with the lenses in which I work with people today.

If you could have one superpower for a day, which one would you choose? If I had a superpower, I would create magic and allow everyone to be positive for a day. Negativity is not helpful. It steals too much energy that we could use for something beneficial. Positivity is much more powerful. On Thanksgiving Day, I was stuck in traffic. Instead of focusing on the delay, which I could not change, I waved the wand and made my own magic. I listened to music in the car and talked on the phone with friends I wouldn’t ordinarily have had time to call. That was much more productive than being annoyed. All of us could probably use a bit of magic today!

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December 6, 2021

Cable Member Profile: Patricia Brown James

Patricia Brown James

Name: Patricia Brown James
Age: 62
Company: PB&J Consulting
Title: Founder/Consultant/Coach
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Provides career transition and executive coaching, competency-based training course design and delivery, HR turnkey projects, and business development services to private and corporate clients.
Cable member since: 2012
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s):
2016-17 Programs Chair
2017-19 Women’s Leadership Programs Chair
Guest speaker – Mentoring program and ELA

Why did you decide to join Cable? To connect with a diverse group of women from across Middle Tennessee who have a shared interest in moving women forward and networking with a passion.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? An amazing group of friends and new connections from many different companies, occupations and backgrounds. A network to call on. Continuous learning from amazing speakers and programs.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Networking on steroids – monthly meeting table discussions, events, speakers, social events, etc. Whatever you may need or have a question about, within Cable it is only two calls away. No six degrees of separation in this organization!

What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? Creating and leading an amazing team of co-workers while leading human resources for North and South America at Bridgestone Americas.

What is your ultimate career goal? I am living it! Retired from a successful and challenging corporate career, still working in my area of passion but on my terms and giving back to help move women forward through mentoring, coaching, and volunteering.

What was your very first job? Like most young women – babysitting. Followed by working in a restaurant as a hostess, cashier, and waitress.

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November 29, 2021

Cable Member Profile: Sarah Fletcher

Name: Sarah Fletcher
Company: Greatness Realized
Title: Founder
Cable Member Since: 2020
Current or past Cable committee or board role (s): Mentorship Chair

Why did you decide to join Cable? New to Nashville, I joined Cable looking to connect with likeminded women. Women who had strong desire to create impact in their communities and the world; women who were strong business leaders; and women committed to celebrating and amplifying the voice of other women. I found that and so much more when joining Cable. 

What have you gained from joining an organization like Cable? Since joining Cable, I’ve gained a deeper sense of pride in what women are capable of when we come together in service, while lifting each other up. Cable is one of the oldest women’s organizations established in Nashville that is not afraid of adapting with the times. Since I’ve joined, we’ve adapted our programming to meet our members and community right where they are, in the backdrop of a pandemic and virtual culture. We’ve also opened our membership up to include men as allies, which I feel is revolutionary for most women’s organizations.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Environment is important to anyone with big goals, especially for women. The culture of Cable I feel is committed to women being confident, achieving their big, audacious goals, both personally and professionally, and serving our community at a high level. Our membership comprises exceptional women (and men) across our Greater Nashville community who are leaders, catalysts and invaluable resources to our organization and to our community.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? The biggest challenge we face as professional women is being seen and heard, equally, in a way that conveys value. We still have pay inequities in the workplace that don’t really tell women “we value your contribution.” Women need tools, resources, platforms, and opportunities that allow us to be seen, heard and valued.  

What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? My biggest career achievement is not being afraid to reinvent. Sometimes we are afraid of new opportunities or to build again or even build different. Those close to me can tell you that I’ve never been afraid to reinvent my career or try something new. I think the core value of remaining pliable and not “knowing it all” is one of the greatest character traits we can have. Welcoming reinvention has allowed me to negotiate with the U.S. Embassy and Cambodian Embassy to approve a multinational leadership program; I created a podcast, “Welcome to Reinvention,” which experienced an incredible growth to over 36 countries in one year and a podcast network to amplify the voices of women around the world.

What was your very first job? My first job was working for my aunt during my 7th and 8th grade summers. Her marketing and management firm, specifically for pharmaceutical companies, thrived at a time when Black women, specifically darker-pigmented Black women, were not creating the revenue and impact that her company was. The learning and education I received there were incredible. 

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November 1, 2021

CABLE MEMBER PROFILE: Karen Johnson

Name: Karen Johnson
Age: 52
Company: Davidson County Register of Deeds Office
Title: Davidson County Register of Deeds
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Elected Register of Metro Nashville Davidson County, head of department that records, safeguards and makes accessible all documents pertaining to land in the county.
Cable Member Since: 2020 (was a member previously a while back)

Why did you decide to join Cable? Cable is among the premier organizations for professional women, with a well-respected profile in Nashville. Having strong relationships to connectors who influence in every arena gives me the ability to continue to grow professionally and affects my ability to have a greater impact with the work I do in serving the people of our city.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? The women who make up the local chapter are leaders in our community who are driven for positive change and have excelled in their respective fields. I value connecting to women with purpose who empower and invest in other women to close the wealth and opportunity gap. 

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? As we all know, relationships are at the core of everything we do. Cable puts you in the midst of women who will become friends you value for their knowledge, their connections and their camaraderie.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? The ceiling between us and the top of our professions still exists, and it is still made of glass – we see what’s on the other side, and we must be bold to break through. We still must walk where we are not always comfortable or welcome. We still must work a little later, stand out a little more to make it where men go with ease. But we ARE getting there more often than those who preceded us, inspired by other women who’ve broken through.

What would you say has been the single most defining moment in your career so far? When I was in my first Metro Council race, I won the primary but fell short by only 49 votes in the runoff. I learned that, in public service, you can always work a little harder and gain knowledge through what may appear to others as setbacks. There is no minimum and no maximum in earning the confidence of voters in your community – just that next level of hard work that you must find. I went on to win that same Council seat eight years later, outdistancing four other candidates without a runoff, and I easily won reelection before being elected county Register in 2018 in a very competitive race. Finding that extra level of commitment within myself continues to drive everything I do.

What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? I have been blessed to find success on two tracks: the corporate and political arenas. Having a master’s degree in business enabled me to work at the director level for a number of Nashville’s leading companies. In politics, I was elected to the Metro School Board, the Metro Council twice and now countywide as Register of Deeds.

What would you say has been your biggest career setback, and how did you get through it? It would have to be the aforementioned loss in my first Council race. I took the lessons learned and the votes not captured to make a stronger candidate of myself.

What is your ultimate career goal? To continue in my dream career – that of serving the people of Nashville and running the elected office entrusted to me with integrity, never settling for “the way things have always been.”

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? When you think you are working as hard as you can, work a little harder. When you think you know everyone you need to know, meet a few more because the relationships become richer and deeper as you advance to higher levels in your career.

Who is your professional role model/mentor, and how has that relationship benefited you? Tom Ciggaran, a health care executive and one of the owners of the Nashville Predators. Tom always believed I would excel, and he took the time to tell me so. When he walked into my new office in the Bridgestone Arena and said, “Now THIS is where you deserve to be,” I knew I had taken the right turn.

What was your very first job? Grandy’s Chicken

If you had unlimited funds and could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? My first stop would be South Africa for a visit to the continent of my roots, then I would make my way to the capitals of Europe purely to see their beauty.

If you could have one superpower for a day, which one would you choose? The power of HEALING, to rid hearts and minds of viciousness toward our fellow man.

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