Janet’s forty-year professional career has focused on the creation and management of strategies to impact and influence cultural change in organizations and the community. Janet began her career as a management trainee with First American National Bank. During a twenty-two year tenure she held roles of HR Manager, Corporate Employee Relations Manager, Workplace Diversity Manager, and Community Outreach Director progressed to Senior Vice President and was the first African American female to report to the CEO and serve on the Executive Committee. Notably she founded the Nashville Urban Bankers Association directly impacting diversity in the Nashville financial industry.
Janet currently serves as Talent Operations Program Manager for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she serves as an internal consultant supporting workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives. She previously held roles as Talent Acquisition Manager and Director of the Greater TN HERC for Vanderbilt University. Prior to Vanderbilt, Janet was Associate Vice President of HR at Meharry Medical College, Sr. Manager of Global Diversity at Dell Computer, Compliance Services Manager for the Metropolitan Nashville Human Relations Commission, President of Rachel Consulting Services and Project Coordinator for the State of Tennessee Economic Council for Women.
A frequent speaker and community advocate, Janet was recognized as a “Woman Making History in Tennessee” by the Tennessean for mentoring and supporting women. Janet has received recognition for leadership in the community including INROADS Coordinator of the Year, Middle Tennessee Urban League Board Chair, CES Youth about Business Harriett Tubman Award, The YWCA Diversity Award, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce , Nashville Minority Business Development Week Chair, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Nashville Metropolitan Chapter Leadership Award. An alumni of Leadership Nashville, Janet served on Governor Bredesen’s transition team and as Commissioner for the Metro Civil Service and Metro Human Relations Commissions. Other board and community roles include Bethlehem Center, the Community Foundation, United Way of Middle Tennessee, the YWCA, and Fifty Forward, Business Liaison Group Coordinator, Nashville Workforce Network and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Nashville Chapter.
Janet Rachel served as Nashville CABLE’s twenty-first president where she initiated and implemented CABLE’s focus on diversity into the strategic plan. Her groundwork resulted in the widely attended 2000 SuperSession, “Reinventing Diversity: New Perspectives for Managing Our Differences and Similarities”, considered one of Nashville’s first public events on the topic. Janet’s guidance also encouraged CABLE’s ongoing outreach to women from all sectors of our community. She is a CABLE ATHENA Nominee and the recipient of the CABLE Spirit of Leadership, and Power of Inclusion Awards.