November 29, 2021
Name: Sarah Fletcher
Company: Greatness Realized
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.