September 27, 2021
Name: Alisha Smith Haddock
Company: The Housing Fund
Title: Vice President, Director of Community Impact
Cable Member Since: 2020
Why did you decide to join Cable? I’ve been engaged with Cable for many years from the outside. I’ve known many members and have attended numerous luncheons and events, and then I finally decided to join.
What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I’ve learned that there is power in numbers, especially women coming together to encourage, support and learn from other women.
How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? The benefit of Cable to someone thinking of joining is to begin looking at your career and your relationship with other women differently. You feel empowered and energized to share what you know with other women, as well.
In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? Women continue to deal with sexism in the workplace. Continuing to navigate and deal with biases that attempt to hold you back in new ways is a challenge – but not impossible.
What would you say has been the single most defining moment in your career so far? Having the courage to make bold career moves and decisions that are in your best interest.
What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? Helping push a community forward in a strategic way that has had decades of challenges through no fault of their own.
What would you say has been your biggest career setback, and how did you get through it? I was in a predominately white institution that penalized me for not being white. I was unprotected and unsupported, left to fight on my own. But my biggest career setback turned out to be my biggest career setup. I thought I had failed; but what I learned was what an unhealthy executive position was really like, and then I was able to know what a healthy executive experience was once the opportunity presented itself again.
What is your ultimate career goal? To become president/CEO of an organization that serves ordinary people and helps them reach their goals.
What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? I advise women to truly get to know themselves through much self-reflection, work diligently on their craft, and always extend a hand-up to the next woman or person.
Who is your professional role model/mentor, and how has that relationship benefited you? My mother, Abonda Smith, and grandmothers, Nora E. Ransom and Maxine J. Smith, are my role models. All very smart and capable women whose strength and belief in God made me who I am. My mentor, Sharon Hurt, inspires a fearlessness in me that helps me to push myself out of my comfort zone to help my community in new and innovative ways.
What was your very first job? Kroger on Clarksville Highway.
If you had unlimited funds and could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would freely travel the continent of Africa.
If you could have one super power for a day, which one would you choose? I would unify the world.
What is a catch phrase that absolutely drives you crazy? “When praises go up, blessings come down” – we are all incredibly blessed, we just have to choose to see it. Waking up is a blessing, and no matter how hard life gets, if we wake up, we get another chance! We are blessed.