Year: 2022

All Year: 2022

April 11, 2022

Cable Member Profile: Liz Sitgreaves

Name: Liz Sitgreaves
Age: 38
Company: Law Offices of John Day, PC
Title: Attorney
Brief description of your job responsibilities: I provide legal representation in tort litigation cases across Tennessee for individuals who have been seriously injured and for families of wrongful death victims.
Cable Member Since: 2018 (I think?)
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s): ATHENA Chair

Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable to meet and network with strong, smart, successful women.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? As an attorney, it is easy to get secluded into a bubble of legal professionals. By joining Cable, I’ve gained a network of women in other professions.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Cable provides excellent networking opportunities as well as information and inspiring programming that I can use in achieving my career and personal goals.

What would you say has been the single most defining moment in your career so far? I, along with another attorney in my firm, Brandon Bass, successfully represented a doctor who was catastrophically injured when an impaired driver hit her with his vehicle before a Williamson County jury resulting in a verdict of $18.6 million, which is believed to be the largest verdict ever in Williamson County.

What was your very first job? My first job out of law school was a judicial clerkship with Judge Frank Clement on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. It was an incredible learning experience that gave me the opportunity to work with a great boss and gain valuable experience.

If you had unlimited funds and could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I love to travel, so this changes frequently; but recently a friend went to Italy, and after seeing her posts of the incredible food and cultural sites, I’d say there!

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March 8, 2022

Cable Member Profile: Julia Baker

Julia Baker

Name: Julia Baker
Company: BFT Land Design
Title: Principal Business Manager
Brief description of your job responsibilities: All aspects of operations
Cable Member Since: 6 years
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s): VP Membership, Traditional Athena Nominee

Why did you decide to join Cable? When I was introduced to Cable, I saw it as an excellent opportunity for professional networking and personal relationship-building.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? One of the most surprising and unexpected things I have gained from joining Cable is learning how to participate in various roles on the board of directors. In addition to the professional development and growth I have experienced by being part of Cable, I have made rich and valuable friendships.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Cable provides a variety of resources and benefits to women at whatever level they may be in professionally. If you are a college student, it is a wonderful environment to learn to network, laying the foundation for entering the workplace. If you are a young professional, Cable allows you to meet other professionals in your industry and receive rich program content to inspire and educate you in your professional and personal development. For seasoned C-Suite members, Cable gives a platform to share your experience and knowledge with others, as well as opportunities for influence through mentoring.

What would you say has been the single most defining moment in your career so far? After 30 years of being a partner at one of the strongest and most renowned landscape architecture firms in the Southeast, the decision was made to close the doors. I had to work through a range of emotions personally, while managing the huge task of closing a business, encouraging and assisting employees with their emotions, and figure out my next career move.

What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? On the heels of the previous question, I am thrilled to say that with two amazing partners we founded a new landscape architecture firm in January of this year. BFT Land Design’s opening its doors and hitting the ground running has definitely been my biggest career achievement to date!

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January 4, 2022

Cable Member Profile: Nicole Rowan, BBA, MSM

Nicole Rowan

Name: Nicole M. Rowan, BBA, MSM
Company: Metropolitan Action Commission
Title: Landlord Liaison/Housing Court Navigator
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Advocate and provide resources and support on behalf of individuals and families facing eviction due to being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I work with the applicants, the landlords, LEGACY court and the attorneys to resolve the past due rental balances and to prevent the tenant from being evicted because of their rental arrears. MAC received funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to support families in Davidson County who are facing housing instability and homelessness. The mayor applied for these funds and distributed them to MAC for disbursement to eligible individuals and families who apply for the HOPE Program.
Cable Member Since: 2020
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s): Current Board Member: Chair of Member Engagement

Why did you decide to join Cable? I decided to join Cable for professional development, business growth and networking purposes. As an entrepreneur, I knew that there would be opportunities to collaborate and connect with other Cable members to create win-win scenarios for myself and for those that I partnered with to leverage the strength of our combined efforts to achieve shared goals. To be honest, when I joined Cable, my purest desire was just to be of service to the organization and to give back by volunteering. I had benefited from the rich knowledge shared by many of the speakers at the luncheons, and I saw all of the hard work of the Cable board members, and this made me want to join.  

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I desired an opportunity to learn from and build relationships with like-minded women who are leaders in their respective fields of business, and Cable has given me this opportunity. Cable has also provided me with board experience and the opportunity to serve.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? I would communicate to anyone thinking about joining Cable that it is a great organization for those who desire to serve, learn, grow and connect. There are myriad ways to get involved and to stay connected with other women who are willing to mentor, support and to have coffee/tea. If you are looking for a place for professional development, Cable is a safe place to plug in and join one of our signature programs. I would also say you will get out what you put in, so be willing to reach out and ask questions and to have meaningful conversations concerning your career goals and aspirations.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? I believe that some of the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today are 1. Being treated equally in the workplace, 2. Speaking up and trusting our own voices, 3. Building alliances with the key decision-makers, 4. Becoming a member of the C-Suite, 5. Work life harmony/balance, 6. Overcoming perfectionism and imposter syndrome, and 7. Building a sisterhood that is beneficial to all women. As professional women, we do face many obstacles and barriers that are real as well as created. However, I believe that, with the right tools and resources as well as the gumption to advocate for ourselves and our sisters, we can continue to make progress that breaks down and eliminates the challenges that we currently face, so that the next generations will not experience such inequity in the workplace as a result of being female.

What would you say has been your biggest career setback, and how did you get through it? One of my biggest career setbacks was leaving a job that I loved and work that I felt called to do. Making this decision was very difficult because I knew that I was on a trajectory to move up in the organization. This was communicated with me by my leadership team, and I was receiving accolades and opportunities to lead outside of my assigned role. As my work responsibilities grew, I was spending less and less time with my family. I had two young children and a husband that were only seeing me a few hours per day. One day, my oldest daughter wrote me a note as we were getting ready in the morning for school and work. The note said, “When are you coming home, I miss you, you don’t get home in time to read us bedtime stories anymore, are you coming home yes or no (circle one).” As you can imagine, I held back tears as I read the note and the whole car ride until I dropped my girls off for school. I sat in the parking lot at work and cried because I knew something had to change. I decided that day that I needed to take a break from working so many hours and that I needed to focus on my family and raising my girls before I missed all their monumental moments. My career setback was leaving a position that I loved to focus on being a wife and mother and to pursue my entrepreneurial dreams. I was blessed to be able to do this for two years, and it was one of the best things that ever happened because it helped me to focus on what really mattered. I have reentered the workforce, and I’m still figuring out where I go from here and what I will do next. Even though taking time away from the workforce may be considered as a career setback, in my opinion it made me appreciate every stay-at-home mom and every working mom who is trying to find the harmony in taking care of family, home and your business. I grieved the loss of having a team to lead, guide, mentor and support, as well as the work and its impact. However, my setback was just a setup to help me to build and grow healthy relationships within my core family unit, which is priceless.

What is your ultimate career goal? I no longer have traditional thoughts and goals as I once did as it relates to my career goals. I had plans and aspirations to become the CEO of a global nonprofit organization, and I planned and prepared to achieve this goal. Then I realized that I could plan all I want to; but if it is not in alignment with the plan and purpose for my life, it will not come to fruition just because I was willing to work hard and prepare. Therefore, I say use me for your good purposes, Lord, to be a voice for the vulnerable and a battle axe against injustice and help me to honor you and to give you glory in all that I put my hands to do. At the end of my career, I just want to hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” To sum it all up, I would say my ultimate career goal is to be of service in areas that matter to the least, the lost, the broken and the underrepresented and to impact meaningful change in legislation and policies that keep marginalized people in a cycle of poverty and lack.

However, if I had to list some career goals that are more traditional because volunteering and serving doesn’t pay the bills or keep the lights on 😊, one of my career goals is to start a nonprofit organization that provides free/low-cost training to small nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, board governance, staff development, fund raising, and operational and financial stewardship to create a sustainable business. I enjoy teaching, coaching and mentoring others to achieve success, and if I had unlimited funds, I would most definitely give away my gifts and talents to help nonprofit organizations be successful in the marketplace for the purpose of creating solutions to local and global issues that plague our society and communities. Another career goal is to be a full-time advocate for education rights, health equity, and equal rights for women, children and minorities. My ultimate career goal is to fulfill my God-given purposes and to live a life of service. I’m yielded to His will and ready for my next divine assignment, whatever it may be. I just want to be used for His glory here on Earth to make the world a better place for my children and the generations to follow.

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