Each year, Cable honors Tennessee women and companies who are taking the lead in promoting women on corporate boards through its annual Board Walk of Fame event. During the event, these corporate leaders – who have acted on the evidence that more women on boards and in senior leadership positions lead to improved financial results and corporate vitality – are recognized and inducted into Cable’s Corporate Board Hall of Fame.
Board Walk of Fame is hosted by Cable’s Women on Corporate Boards and Tennessee Women Corporate Directors, who work to advocate for gender diversity in the top leadership positions of Tennessee companies.
Studies show that, while the percentage of female directors is improving, Tennessee continues to rank among the lowest states for representation of women on corporate boards. More champions are needed to increase the number of women in leadership positions and on boards. By hosting the Board Walk of Fame, Cable strives to show the business community in Tennessee and beyond the availability of qualified women and the value women bring to corporate boards.
This year we will be hosting Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice as our keynote speaker. Dr. Montgomery Rice is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she is the founder and former director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color. Her dedication to leading the creation and advancement of health equity is manifested in every aspect of her work and has led to membership in numerous organizations and boards, such as membership in the National Academies of Science and the Horatio Alger Association. She serves on the board of directors for UnitedHealth Group, the Nemours Foundation, 23&Me, Wellpath, Josiah Macy Foundation, CARE, and the Westside Future Fund. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards such as the Dean Griffin Community Service Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Girls Inc. 2019 Smart Award, The National Medical Association OB/GYN 2019 Legend of the Section Award, The Turknett Leadership Character Award (2018), Visions of Excellence Award, Atlanta Business League (2018), Links Incorporated Co-Founders Award (2018), Trumpet Vanguard Award (2015), The Dorothy I. Height Crystal Stair Award (2014), National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Women of Impact (2014), YWCA – Women of Achievement of Atlanta-(2014) and Nashville(2007), and the American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (2011) to name a few. Dr. Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She holds an honorary degree from both the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Rush University.