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November 11, 2019

Member Spotlight: Deb Sandvik

Deb Sandvik

Deb Sandvik is the Executive Director of HopeKids, an organization that serves children with cancer or other life-threatening medical conditions as well as their families. After moving to Nashville in 2005 from Los Angeles, Deb joined Cable when an acquaintance advised her that the organization provided the best networking opportunities in the city. Her ultimate career goal is and has been to help those in need – whether that is through her leadership of her team members or through the work she does directly with the families at HopeKids. One piece of advice that Deb would give to young women who are starting their careers would be to find a mentor. While she has worked with many mentors in her professional career, the person who has taught her the most is her mother. “She taught me how to create work-life balance and to always help others,” said Deb. 

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May 10, 2018

Nashville Cable Presents 2018 Power of Inclusion Awards

Dr. Fallon Wilson, Don Hardin Group and Thistle Farms recognized for their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the community

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Nashville Cable, the premier leadership organization for women’s professional advancement, annually recognizes a local individual, business and nonprofit organization with the Power of Inclusion Award for their commitment to diversity and inclusion within the Middle Tennessee community. This year’s recipients received the 2018 honors at a Cable monthly luncheon May 9 at the Omni Hotel.

The 13th Annual Power of Inclusion Awards luncheon featured guest speaker Linda Galipeau, who spoke on the topic of “why getting diversity, inclusion and belonging right is good for business.” Galipeau is the CEO of Randstad North America, an executive board member of Randstad Holding and chairwoman of the Randstad Innovation fund. Galipeau is passionate about diversity and has a track record of creating opportunities for others, championing women, and producing results for the betterment of the workplace and community.

Click here for Linda’s Presentation.

The 11 2018 Power of Inclusion nominees are all known for making waves in creating and implementing diversity within their industries and spreading the importance of inclusion and acceptance throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond. This year’s individual, business and nonprofit award recipients are each creating avenues for cultural awareness and change as they seek a more diverse workplace and leadership model.

The winner of the Individual Power of Inclusion award is Dr. Fallon Wilson,CEO and co-founder of Black in Tech Nashville.Wilson was nominated because of her efforts to create more opportunities for diversity within the tech industry and to see more inclusion within the Smart City Planning Group board. She is also widely involved in the Tech Inclusion Forum and has been recognized at the local, national and international levels for her work in STEAM, STEM and tech.

The winner of theBusiness Power of Inclusion award is Don Hardin Group because of its long and storied history of diversity and inclusion within the company. Don Hardin Group actively seeks relationships with MWBEs that are interested in joining the construction industry. It also works closely with MWBEs and majority firms to partner with mentorship programs so they are able to see more diversity and inclusion within staff, boards and permanent professionals within the company.

The Not for Profit Power of Inclusion award winner is Thistle Farms.This organization is committed to serving women who are healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Thistle Farms’ overall emphasis, Love Heals, has inspired its By Women For Women business model, which embraces diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its business – from the individuals they employ to the products and services they provide. Last year, Thistle Farms provided $1 million in salary to 59 women. Now 40 organizations across the country have replicated this program to bring healing to women and celebrate diversity and inclusion.

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March 23, 2018

Nancy Corley Named 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient

28th Annual ATHENA Awards program celebrates Women’s History Month

The Nashville ATHENA Leadership Awards Program announces its 2018 award recipients tonight at City Winery. Nancy Corley was honored with the 2018 ATHENA Award, and Emily Passini received the Young Professional Leadership Award. Corley is among 20 ATHENA nominees selected this year by middle Tennessee organizations and associations, and Passini represents a class of 18 Young Professional Award nominees.

“Tonight is such a very special night for our nominees. Each of these women are incredibly gifted and undoubtedly represent all the characteristics of the Goddess Athena,” says ATHENA Chair Roxianne Bethune. “Corley and Passini are exemplary women who have achieved great success in their careers and gone above and beyond to serve their communities. Andrea and I congratulate each of our recipients and our 38 nominees for their dedication and inspiration. It’s been a true honor to chair this amazing program!”

Corley is an attorney and partner at Corley Henard Lyle Langford PLC. Her passion to help women have voices and choices shows through her work representing domestic violence victims as well as activism. Nominated by Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee, Corley supports and volunteers with Salvus Center, A Step Ahead, Children are People, PATHS, Tennessee Lawyers Association of Women, Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, League of Women Voters and Hendersonville Women’s Club.

Nominated by the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee, Emily is a partner at Greenlight Media Strategies, a woman-owned and operated political consulting firm located in Nashville, Brooklyn, and Washington D.C. With nearly two decades of experience in campaign management, coalition building and grassroots advocacy, Emily is a past Tennessee House Democratic Caucus Director, served as a Political Director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in Washington D.C. and worked on former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s administration. She is a member of the organizing committee that launched Emerge Tennessee – the 17th state affiliate of Emerge America, she is currently serving as the Board Chair. Emily also serves on the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee Board of Directors.

ATHENA continues to be a premier program, powered by CABLE. The annual event is organized and sponsored through the collaborative efforts of local women’s organizations in partnership with local businesses, corporations, and individual sponsors, unlike other cities, which rely upon their local Chamber of Commerce.

The ATHENA Awards Program honors business and professional women for their career success, service to community and encouragement of women. This year’s ATHENA nominees include:

Cara Aaron

Marci Butler-Holt

Elaine Boyd

Judge Sheila Calloway

Theresa Carl

Olivia Cloud

Nancy Corley

Kelly Dixon

Kimberly Estep

Toni Fitzgerald

Honorable Brenda Gilmore

Cindee Gold

Bridgette Long Hickey

Patricia James

Carla Jarrell

Judy Spencer

Deanna Steele

Honorable Aleta Trauger

Belva Weathersby

Gail Carr Williams

ATHENA also provides the unique opportunity to feature rising women in the community who use their vision and persistence to excel, while reaching out and opening the way for others. This year’s ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award nominees include:

Jennifer Bennett

Keena Brown-Alexander

Veronica Clark

Katherine Daniels

Tracy DeTomasi

Kristen Heggie

Tassany Henderson

Jaleesa Johnson

Sabrina Knowlton

Dr. Shanell L. McGoy

Michelle Myers

Emily Passini

Erin Palmer Polly

Anca Pop

Nekasha Pratt

Angela Reeves

Dr. Ama Arthur Rowe

Corissa Wiest

Launched in 1993 through the support of the Patrons Society and local sponsors, the ATHENA Scholarship Program awards middle Tennessee high school females and young women, both traditional and non-traditional, scholarships for continuing their education. This year ATHENA presented $10,000 in scholarships to eight deserving students, who include:

Madison Bridges

Vasudhasri Devarasetty

Constance Fonseca

Allison Higginbotham

Kristi Maisha

Sophia Taylor

Hannah Turpen

Marley Wisby

Roxianne Bethune, founder and principal of Alliance Synergy Group, serves as the 2018 ATHENA chair with the support of co-chair Andrea Perry, attorney at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.

”Roxianne and I are honored to be involved with this organization and program,” says Perry. “This program would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, committee members, CABLE and nominating organizations. I look forward to chairing the 2018 awards program, and celebrating another incredible class of women leaders.”.

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November 15, 2017

Member Profile Spotlight: Catherine Hayes


Catherine Hayes joined Cable in 2017 because she wanted a place to engage and connect with likeminded women in the Nashville business community. She also wanted a place to learn from other talented and accomplished women.
When asked what she has gained from joining an organization like Cable, Catherine said, “I’ve learned that women are natural networkers. Our company has been able to expand our network of relationships and increase our business exposure. One of the biggest challenges women face today is owning their accomplishments, defying social expectations, and finding career opportunities that meet the needs of both work and life as traditional gender expectations still prevail.”
Catherine also gave advice to young women who are just starting their careers.
“You are limited only by the limitations you place on yourself. Don’t be afraid to take chances, be true to yourself, and don’t stay the course just because it feels safe.”
Catherine Hayes currently works for Versher LLC, where she leads as co-founder. She facilitates the placement of women in flexible job opportunities. Catherine is able to connect her love of her career with the mission of Cable by helping career-oriented women find a career in which they will flourish.

Thank you for joining Cable, Catherine! We appreciative you and your dedication to Cable and our mission.

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