Yvonne Wood is president of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Board. She is the founding member and past Chair of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. She is Vice-Chair of the Woman’s Economic Council Foundation. Serving as Chair of Boards and Commissions for the Women’s Council, she actively helped to create gender balance on state boards and commissions. Wood owns Wood Conference & Event Planning. She is a member of the French Lick Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is the recipient of the esteemed Molly Todd Cup Award designating her as a woman who spends her life making the World a better place to live. She is active in the Tennessee Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. Wood served as Chair of ATHENA International, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating leadership opportunities for women. She represented Tennessee on the Southern Regional Education Board. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
During her first career with the State of Tennessee, she was Director of the Federal-State Medicaid Program Integrity Unit, where she won two national awards for detecting fraud and abuse resulting in restoring funds back into the Medicaid program. She also served as the national president of the National Association of Medicaid Program Integrity Directors, Associate Director for Government Relations for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and Director of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, where she contributed to and wrote several pieces of legislation acted into law, among which makes scholarships available to Tennessee’s most talented students, and a law mandating a two-step pay increase to employees who successfully complete the Certified Administrative Professional exam.
Wood was responsible for bringing the American Council on Education’s Women’s Higher Education Identification program to Tennessee. A lifelong advocate and activist on issues affecting women and families, she has been recognized for her service by receiving several distinguished awards: the Stennis Center for Women in Public Service “Pacesetter Award”, the Nashville ATHENA award, the YWCA Academy of Women of Achievement, the Tennessee Human Rights Commission Award, the CABLE “Spirit of Leadership Award”, the Nashville Business Journal Women of Influence Award, and the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus Yellow Rose Award. She was named Woman of the Year by Women in the Workplace and received the NAWBO Women Business Owner of the Year Award. Wood served as president of the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus.
Wood served as CABLE president, a leadership organization for women’s professional advancement. During her tenure, she brought the Women on Boards Committee Chair to a board level position, and focused on training for women interested in serving on those boards, recognizing the importance of women bringing their skills to the corporate arena. She also brought strong half day programs of significance such as CABLE Quest, with sessions focusing on topics such as “A View From the Bench” by Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder, with seven women judges as special guests. Other speakers were Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte, “Helping Others First” and Debi Taylor Tate, “The Art of Negotiating”. She also brought the ATHENA International Conference to Nashville featuring journalist and author Cokie Roberts.
She was recognized by the Tennessee General Assembly and the Metro Nashville Council with Resolutions for her leadership and advocacy for women. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Nashville. She holds a BA degree from the University of Tennessee and M.Ed from Vanderbilt University.