Cable offers interactive, first-class programs to support women’s professional advancement.


As the premier leadership organization, Cable offers interactive, first-class programs to support women’s professional advancement. Browse the following list to find out how we can support you.

Membership Luncheon, Monthly

Connect with an active network of business-minded women who are motivated to reach their fullest career potential. During these educational membership luncheons, expert speakers present various topics to drive women to action in their business and community. Speakers are carefully considered, ensuring that each luncheon is a valuable opportunity.


Power of Inclusion Luncheon, Annually

Replaces the Membership Luncheon in May

Unlock your organization’s potential by learning the power of inclusion, realizing the potential of employees at all levels of the workforce. Each spring, our “Power of Inclusion” luncheon discusses ways to dissolve exclusionary tendencies. These oftentimes built-in practices perpetuate unequal opportunity and decrease productivity in our global economy.


PowerConnect, Monthly

Monthly neighborhood meetings to discuss the current PowerConnect topic and to build personal connections with a smaller group of Cable members. Cable invites an expert speaker to introduce a new topic on a business skill and then members break into smaller city-wide groups to share knowledge of the topic on a deeper level. Topics range from “Networking” to “Closing the Sale.”


ATHENA Award Program

Join us during Women’s History Month in March — with more than 500 communities throughout the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world — to honor exceptional women leaders who inspire others to achieve excellence in their own professional and personal lives.

From its beginning, the Nashville ATHENA Award Program has been and continues to be a unique community-supported program, organized and sponsored through the collaborative efforts of local women’s organizations in partnership with local businesses and individual sponsors, unlike other cities, which rely upon their local Chamber of Commerce.

Originally organized under the auspices of the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), a consortium of fourteen women’s organizations brought the ATHENA Award Program to Nashville in 1990. In 1995, through a recommendation approved by both Boards, annual organizing responsibility for the event transferred from Nashville NAWBO to Cable, where it continues today under the Cable Foundation’s 501(C)(3) and pursuant to a license from ATHENA International.


ATHENA PowerLink

Women business owners are invited to apply for the year-long ATHENA PowerLink® (APL) mentoring program to expand her business profitability with the assistance of a team of volunteer expert advisors. The experts on her advisory panel will analyze the factors necessary for the company to grow and recommend actions to get it there.

APL has helped women-owned businesses grow to the next level since 1999. The program has been presented in Nashville since 2007, serving six locally owned businesses so far.

Applying is free. If you are selected to participate, you pay only a one-time fee of $250, thanks to the generous support of First Tennessee Bank.


Corporate Sponsor Mentor Program

Our “Reaching Nashville Women” sponsors are invited to choose a number of their emerging leaders to participate in a seven-month mentoring program designed to sharpen their professional skills. The program includes monthly half-day meetings focused on strength finding, presentation skills, civic leadership and more. Participants also are assigned a seasoned member coach to meet with the mentor monthly. In the last 2-3 months of the program, participants put their new skills to action by joining a non-profit to help advance their mission.


Corporate Board Preparation

Equip yourself with knowledge needed to increase the numbers of women on corporate boards.

  • Board Walk of Fame
    Each year Cable honors women who have moved to the top of their professions and are now serving on corporate boards, along with companies who have at least three women board members at its Board Walk of Fame event.  Since the inaugural Board Walk of Fame event in 2010, Cable has honored 75 individual women board members and 31 Tennessee corporations.  Come join us as we celebrate these women and corporations each November. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
  • Conversation Series
    Conversations and panel discussions are held with women serving on corporate boards. Join us to learn what you can do during your career to equip and prepare you to join corporate boards or help other women get there. Aspiring and current women board members are invited to attend.
  • Corporate Board Academy (CBA)
    A partnership with the Tennessee Chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), the only global membership organization for women corporate directors. Instructors from WCD and leading board members in the Middle Tennessee area meet with CBA participants to provide education on board service expectations, writing a board bio, illuminating what goes on in the board room, and coaching you to interview for a board position.


Executive Leadership Academy

A partnership of Lipscomb University’s Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, an academic incubator that encourages civic change and builds community. The Executive Leadership Academy is a 32-hour program focusing on four modules: “Developing as a Leader”, “Leading Across Generations and Cultures”, “Vision and Voice”, and “From Vision to Strategy to Results.”


Power of Inclusion (POI)

Power of Inclusion places special emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion. This committee plans the annual event to recognize individuals, businesses and non-profits in Nashville that are champions of diversity. POI Awards reflect high standards for a diverse workplace which include: hiring practices, efforts to advocate for diversity in the Nashville community, and demonstrable achievement resolving inequalities between different segments of the work force.