Month: February 2021

All Month: February 2021

February 22, 2021

Cable Member Profile: LaTanya Channel

Name: LaTanya Channel
Company: United States Small Business Administration
Title: State Director, Tennessee
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Manage a team providing resources to small businesses in the state of Tennessee.
Cable Member Since: 2019

Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable after attending with several colleagues and because of the emphasis on connecting all women of all ages in all industries.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable?  I have gained closer bonds with women who I knew before Cable, but because of Cable we actually stayed connected.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Joining is especially beneficial if you are new in town and need to meet and connect with others.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career?  Imposter syndrome is real and will cause you to hold yourself back.  If you are approached for a job change or career change, give it serious consideration because the person(s) who approached you ALREADY knows you are the best for this opportunity. Do not say “no” for any of these two reasons: You do not think you are worth it or because you do not believe you are qualified. You are worth it; you are qualified. You need to just simply decide if the job or career fits your lifestyle (geography, pay, culture, etc.).  Again – you ARE worth it; you ARE qualified. Mull over everything else, not these two aspects.

What was your very first job? I was born and raised in a small, northern (geographically) but southern (in values) city where most folks work for the same “company” called the Federal Government. So, my first job was in that same city at age 14, at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., as part of Mayor Marion Barry’s Summer Youth Employment Program (affectionately called “SYEP” by D.C. natives). I was terrified, but I learned confidence, how to be responsible in a work environment, how to open a bank account and also learned other bus routes to get me around the city!

If you had unlimited funds and could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would take two months traveling, learning and listening in Eritrea, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Southern Italy, and New Zealand; and then, after all of that “work” (traveling, learning, and listening to the people, culture, and vibes of those places), I’d vacation for a month in an overwater bungalow in the Bora Bora!

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February 2, 2021

Cable Member Profile: Tracy Ayers

Name: Tracy Ayers
Company: Renasant Bank
Title: Senior Managing Director
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Providing investors and developers of commercial real estate properties throughout the Southeast with banking services to help them be successful.
Cable Member Since: 2013
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s): Past Finance Chair, current At Large Board Member on Finance Committee

Why did you decide to join Cable? Prior to joining, I had visited at some luncheon meetings and was so impressed by the caliber of women I met and the excitement in the room at the meetings. I knew right away that this was a place I wanted to be. While my career was already established, I knew that this was a place that I could grow as a person, sharpen my skills and give back to other women on their own journeys.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? The most important to me is knowing that I’m not alone in my journey. There are members with every skill set and at every stage of career that you can imagine, with generous spirits, who are willing to push each other and Nashville forward. 

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Being in the room (even if virtually) with women the stature of those in Cable is the great benefit. Members get to choose how much they want to tap into.  There are countless opportunities for education, networking, celebration, recognition, skill sharpening and giving back, and each member can choose how to participate.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? While we as women still face challenges such as pay inequity and discrimination, we’ve made some progress, and these are topics that are openly discussed now. Among women that I know, confidence and knowing our own value is one of the biggest hurdles to our success. We should have our own “personal board of directors” who will tell us honestly of our value and encourage us to reach for the next rung.

What would you say has been your biggest career setback, and how did you get through it? The recession of 2008/2009 hit all of commercial real estate pretty hard. I learned that the loyalty of clients and friends can get you through even the worst of times and see you to the other side successfully.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? Get involved!  Join Cable! Seriously, though, not just joining an organization but volunteering your time and talents, make connections, and find the places and people you enjoy. This will naturally pay dividends in the future.

If you had unlimited funds and could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would want to take a year and see the whole world, every continent! I’d spend extra time where it’s warm.

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