Month: October 2021

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October 18, 2021

CABLE MEMBER PROFILE: KATHY WALSH

Kathy Walsh

Name: Kathy Walsh
Company: Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
Title: Executive Director
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Manage a statewide nonprofit organization.

Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable to network with and learn from other women leaders.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I have met so many incredibly strong and successful women through my membership in Cable. The guest speakers at the meetings always inspire me.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? The benefits of joining Cable include networking, educational opportunities and building relationships with other successful women leaders.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? One of the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today is the gender pay gap. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women earn 82 cents for every dollar a man earns. Women earn less than men in nearly all occupations. Unfortunately, the pandemic has set women’s labor force participation back more than 30 years. The pandemic has stalled gains made in closing the pay gap, and layoffs and a lack of childcare have forced many women out of the workforce entirely.

Another challenge facing women in the workplace is sexual harassment. Studies estimate that 25% to 85% of women have experienced some sort of harassment at work. Sexual harassment can affect women in a number of ways, including their mental and physical health, finances, and opportunities to advance in their careers.

What would you say has been the single most defining moment in your career so far? Working in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence for more than 30 years, I have had many defining moments in my career, from being hired to lead a statewide nonprofit agency to helping legislators craft and pass more than 200 new laws to help increase safety and resources for victims of domestic and sexual violence, to receiving a handwritten note from a survivor encouraging me to never give up fighting for the rights of victims of abuse. I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to do work that makes a difference in people’s lives.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? My advice to a young woman starting her career is to do something you love. If you are passionate about your work, it will make all the difference in your life.

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October 4, 2021

CABLE Member Profile: Katina Beard

Katina Beard

Name: Katina Beard
Age: 48
Company: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Brief description of your job responsibilities: To ensure the financial, strategic and clinical goals are met to provide quality health care to the communities served by MWCHC

Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable to interact with professional women who represent the diversity of our community. As with any area, you tend to stay focused on the people in your area of expertise. By joining Cable, I knew I would meet women whom I would not otherwise have an opportunity to connect with who would help me grow personally and professionally.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? My personal and professional network has grown, and I have more resources to reach out to for help.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Cable helps you grow your professional network. For new careers, you get to meet women in your area, for mid-careers, you get to reconnect with women you’ve crossed paths with, and for end-careers, you get to see there is light on the other side.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? The biggest challenge professional women face is the feeling of isolation. Many believe the struggles, fears and self-doubt they feel are only happening to them and no one else. The challenge is to create safe spaces for women to have real conversations of compassion and solidarity.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? My advice to a young woman starting her career is to take it slowly. Build relationships for the sake of really getting to know a person and not just because you believe it will benefit your career. I would also say to stay in learning mode; it helps renew your mind.

What was your very first job? McDonald’s. And, yes … I loved it! I worked there when I was in high school, and I still remember the sense of independence it gave me to say, “I have to go to work.” But it also gave me a different work ethic because, at that time, the “no-call-no-show-you-get-terminated” policy was in full effect.

What is a catch phrase that absolutely drives you crazy? “I’m just living the dream.” Really? My dream is to live on a beach and be able to eat doughnuts without regret.

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