Barbara Richards and her son, Mark, moved to Nashville in 1976 from Oxford, Mississippi. Although Barbara grew up in upper East Tennessee, graduated from the University of Tennessee and attained a Master of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University, she chose Nashville as their new home. That year Barbara entered the Insurance business and began her career in the financial service industry. Today Barbara and her son own Radnor Wealth Management, PLLC, a local wealth management and planning firm.
In the early years, it was a time when communications between individuals was largely by phone and fax. No cell phone, internet, Face Book, or Twitter. You get the picture. Fortunately for Barbara, she was introduced to several women serving on Tennessee’s Commission on theStatue of Women. These women were Barbara’s first introduction into the women’s businesscommunity and her husband, Stanley, of 40 years! Carol McCoy, founding member and Second president of Cable, shared her connections with Barbara over the next few years through introductions to members of the Commission, the YWCA Board of Directors and the women’slegal and local banking community. A common trait among these women was they were activists, and, when they were on a mission, they began to organize, move forward and did not stop until the job was done. One result of their efforts was the acceptance of women to the downtown YMCA. At that time women were not allowed membership in the downtown YMCA, however, they could be members of satellite YMCA’s. Other successes were the opening of female members to clubs such as Rotary and Kiwanis and the acceptance of women as members to the exclusive private downtown lunch clubs where power brokers met and conducted business. Together, the women were an incredible force.
Barbara learned many things from these relationships including the importance of giving back to others and sharing connections to help others achieve their goals. The common thinking among these women was how to leverage their relationships so others could meet, support and form bonds to better themselves and the community. The result was the formation of CABLE.
Over the years Barbara has been active in other organizations including The Tennessee Golf Association, Middle Tennessee Heart Association, St. Thomas Foundation, Metro Nashville Beer Board, Nashville Multiple Sclerosis Society and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Today, Barbara enjoys spending time with family, playing golf with grandchildren, helping individuals with their life planning through her work at Radnor Wealth Management, PLLC and sharing time with the many long-time friends, most of which she met through CABLE connection.