In addition to Dorie, we have the following faculty for our Fall Program: 


Aerial Ellis will share lessons from her book The Original Millennial and her consulting work in diversity and inclusion for organizations in the business, government and nonprofit sectors.  Aerial won the prestigious Plank Fellowship, allowing her to work in Johnson and Johnson’s corporate communications and diversity and inclusion departments. She graduated from TSU and teaches communications at Lipscomb University.



Patti James will share the latest on research on best practices for developing women in the workplace.  She is recognized internally and externally as an inspirational leader, coach, and mentor, having advised leaders at every level, from CEO to emerging leader. One CEO who worked with her praised her strategic ability and willingness to speak truth to power: “On more than one occasion her good business sense kept us out of the ditch.”  Patti’s career began in human resources with Shell Oil, followed by time with Schlumberger Limited, before joining Bridgestone Americas from 1992 to 2013. Following retirement from Bridgestone, James revitalized a regional nonprofit leadership program.  She is active in the nonprofit community, chairing Cable’s Womens Leadership Cluster programs, and mentors with Rutherford CABLE, Middle Tennessee SHRM, OSU Fisher College of Business, tnAchieves, and WOMEN Unlimited and consults with PB&J Consulting.




Linda Peek Schacht has advised corporate, government and nonprofit leaders on communication and strategy for three decades. With her help, participants will leave with a strategy for bringing their leadership vision to life with a focus on growth and results.  The founding director of Lipscomb’s Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, she is former vice president for global public affairs and communication for The Coca-Cola Company and is a veteran of the Carter White House.  She held the top communications positions at USA Today and for the US Senate Majority Leader.  As a participant in the World Economic Forum, she helped launch the modern corporate social responsibility movement. She is a former senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a sought after speaker and mentor for emerging, mid-career and veteran leaders, including as a LEAD coach for Tennessee’s Department of Human Resources.  She created both the Cable Executive Leadership Academy and Music City Girls Lead academy for high school girls and is a founder of Leadership Tennessee. 


Added benefits for this certificate opportunity are:  

Leadership Exercises will be led by Cathy Cate, executive director, Leadership Tennessee 

Executive Coach Diane Watson will work with participants in two group coaching sessions in the months following the academy.