Month: September 2021

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September 27, 2021

Cable Member Profile: Alisha Smith Haddock

Alisha Smith Haddock

Name: Alisha Smith Haddock
Age: 42
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.

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September 20, 2021

Cable Member Profile: Jill Spry

Jill Spry

Name: Jill Spry
Age: 55
Company: State Farm Insurance Companies
Title: Agency Recruiter
Brief description of your job responsibilities: To attract new talent to our agency and guide candidates through our selection process.
Cable Member Since: 2010
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s): I have a dual membership with RUTHERFORD Cable. I have been a part of the Networking Committee for Nashville Cable and PowerConnect Brentwood and Donelson. I currently serve on the Member Services and Retention Committee and Programs Committee for RUTHERFORD Cable.

Why did you decide to join Cable? As a recruiter for a Fortune 50 company, networking with professional women was a high priority. Though my initial decision to join Cable was for business purposes, I have grown and developed both personally and professionally. The biggest benefit for me is that I have gained lifelong friends and mentors.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? By attending monthly meetings, I have gained insight and acumen into industries, organizations and charities that I might not normally be exposed to. The mentoring and relationships I’ve gained through Cable are priceless.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Joining Cable can be life-changing. The connections I’ve made have improved my business, provided me with growth and development, and exposed me to both issues and opportunities in my community.

What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? As a recruiter, I literally get to change the trajectory of individuals and their families. The increased income, freedom and flexibility our career provides is just the tip of the iceberg. My job satisfaction comes when an agent I recruited calls to thank me for changing their life for the better. In one recent letter I received, the agent thanked me for providing her with a career opportunity that has allowed her to send her daughter to medical school debt-free!

What would you say has been your biggest career setback, and how did you get through it? A couple of years ago, I was not selected for a promotion that I highly anticipated. What helped me get through it was viewing the bigger picture. In my past, I’ve been guilty of being a workaholic and placing a great emphasis of my identity on my career; not being selected for the promotion allowed me the freedom and flexibility to spend the last two weeks of my mother’s life at her bedside. Seeing the bigger picture and focusing on what is truly important has been the biggest blessing.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? Know what you value and what you believe, and act accordingly. Let your values and your beliefs drive every decision you make, even when it’s hard.

What was your very first job? My dad owned a construction company, and my mom would enlist my sisters and me as the cleanup crew on job sites to prepare for the various inspections required. I cleaned every toilet in Stones River Manor assisted living facility addition! My boyfriend (now husband) also used to pay me 50 cents a bucket to pick pimento peppers on his farm. My first “big girl” job was as an accounts payable clerk for our local pharmacy.

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