Cable is the premier women’s leadership organization for women’s professional advancement.


Susan Huggins, President & CEO

An eighth generation Nashvillian, Susan graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1973. She joined the marketing department of Jack Daniel Distillery that same year and became Director of Marketing Information Systems & Communication Services before she left in 1987 to start Direct Link, a full-service direct mail company.

A Past President of the Downtown Rotary Club, she is the past Chair of the YWCA Board of Directors and is active in Leadership Nashville. She also has Board experience with the Nashville Sports Council, the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle TN, St. Mary’s Sewanee, Cable, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, FiftyForward, St. David’s Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee and St. Luke’s Community House.

A past President of Cable, Susan won their Spirit of Leadership Award in 1999 and was their ATHENA nominee in 1997 and 2008. In 2011 she was hired as their first Executive Director.

In 2002 she was inducted into the YWCA’s “Academy for Women of Achievement”. She has also been named a “Woman of Influence” by the Nashville Business Journal, a leading “Woman in Business” by Nashville Lifestyles and was named to the “In Charge” list for nonprofit leaders in the Nashville Post in 2013 and 2014.

Susan has been married to her husband, Bill, since 1977 and they have two grown children, Allen and Ruth, daughter-in-law, Maggie, and grandchildren, Emory and Charlotte.

Heidi Tieslau, Director of Operations