I hope the legacy I leave as a member of Nashville’s Cable community is that I was always willing to help other women achieve success, further their career and feel encouraged to have hope for the future.
As a child my mother and father were both role models, going to school at night to improve their technical skills and working hard to make a better life for their two daughters. Both taught me that hard work makes dreams come true. They also taught me how to play and have fun in life. I was the first in my family to graduate college, an achievement that paved the way for my younger sister and cousins to follow.
Personally, my most fulfilling achievement has been as the Mother of our family and home. Terry and I celebrated 43 years of marriage this year and we have two wonderful grown children with successful careers and families of their own. A granddaughter brings special joy to our lives, as does the stability and comfort we have — we know this is something many people do not enjoy, so we are grateful and humbled by God’s blessings.
Professionally, over the years I have worked as a spokesperson for a nuclear power plan, a financial services supervisor and salesperson, an entrepreneur, a COO of a healthcare provider and a senior level manager for a large regional bank. The mind set and skills to achieve these positions and successfully execute them go back to the lessons I learned when young: work hard, always seek to improve yourself, help others along the way, and don’t take yourself too seriously. I could not have achieved my accomplishments without my friends from Cable!
As to my Cable Presidency, probably the most impactful accomplishment for women that year was the publication of “A Boardroom with a View: Women in Corporate Leadership”, Cable’s first study on the number of women that serve on the Board of public corporations located in Tennessee. I also am proud of the Super Series conference we held at the Adventure Science Center focusing on women in science with keynote speaker, Kathy Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space.
But, my most memorable moment was at our February meeting focused on diversity. We had secured Diane Nash (one of the original civil rights student leaders in Nashville working with John Lewis) as our speaker and it was her first visit back to Nashville since she left Fisk. Mayor Bill Purcell introduced her saying that when she was making history in the civil rights movement she had to go to the mayor of Nashville. He turned to Ms. Nash and said, “today the mayor of Nashville has come to you, to honor you.” This luncheon resulted in the diversity task force being established which ultimately led to the successful Power of Inclusion Programs.