As CABLE’s fourth President, Lydia Cox is proud to note CABLE surpassed the early leaders’ wildest dreams. The original purpose of CABLE was to meet other professional women and provide business and personal contacts through networking and mutual support. The professional diversity of the membership was tremendously valuable in moving careers forward as well as the formation of lifelong friendships. During the early years of CABLE, members were committed to help each other discover their greatest potential in new work roles, serve as mentors, and share lessons learned along the way.
During Lydia’s presidency, one of the excellent national speakers was Marilyn Moats Kennedy, author of Office Politics,who emphasized leadership, networking, and influence in professional and personal lives. CABLE Spotlight and Networking Works columns were added to the CABLEgram as well as Career Day for Girl Scouts. The Promote Women Award was presented to Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey.
For the last twenty-five years Lydia has successfully managed The Lydia Cox Company delivering services in strategic planning, organizational assessment, operational implementation, and interim presidencies. She has worked with seventy plus nonprofit organizations. Lydia’s career also includes eighteen years in public education, both in the classroom and high school administration. She is the former President/CEO of American Heart Association, Middle Tennessee, Fifty Forward, and served as Interim President/CEO of United Way of Middle Tennessee. Her professional and community affiliations in addition to CABLE include: Peabody Board of Trustees, American Heart Association, Leadership Nashville, Insight Counseling Centers, Open Table Nashville, Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Center for Nonprofit Management and Otter Creek Church. She has served as an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University and Massey School of Business.
Lydia’s educational background includes a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, a MS from the University of Tennessee, and a BA from David Lipscomb University. Excellence, determination, relationships, results, a willingness to take risks, the ability to laugh and have fun along the way, and to live life with gusto are descriptive of Lydia’s leadership style and personality. A quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” has served as a guiding principle in Lydia’s life.
Both Lydia and her husband, Roger Fish, are committed to strong families ties and friendships. They enjoy time with their daughter, Suzanne Fish Thigpen (Tate) and grand daughter, Kathleen, and their home is referred to as “The Mission” where family and friends enjoy their hospitality, home cooking, and safe haven when needed. For sixteen years they lived aboard their sailboat in the Caribbean from the Bahamas to Trinidad enjoying diving, snorkeling, and the people they had the opportunity to meet. Their passion for travel sends them on several new adventures each year.