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December 2, 2020

Cable Member Profile: Nancy Simerly

Nancy Simerly

Name: Nancy Simerly
Company: The Milam Group, Fridrich & Clark Realty LLC
Title: Real Estate Agent
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Represent clients’ needs and vision; guide and negotiate transactions to the most rewarding results and experience possible for each and every client.
Cable Member Since: 2017

Why did you decide to join Cable? I was relatively new to Nashville, had read about Cable and was interested. My friend Julia Baker, who happened to be the membership director, invited me to a meeting. I was immediately sold and joined.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I have met amazing leaders in our community, listened to inspirational and informative talks, and broken bread with individuals I would not otherwise have met.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Cable opens your eyes to possibilities both within our community and across the world. It introduces you to the women who are making a difference for Nashville. And it provides role models of leaders who inspire each of us to reach higher.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today?  The biggest challenges to professional women in business today include the unfortunate rollback of women in business in general as a result of the pandemic, as well as the ongoing issue of being taken seriously as a leader.

What is your ultimate career goal? I became a real estate agent with Fridrich & Clark Realty in 2019 and have just recently joined The Milam Group. This is my fifth career, with each being a unique and successful platform for my skill set. My goal is to surpass my success in all previous careers, becoming a model of professionalism and a force for good in the Greater Nashville area’s real estate field. I love Nashville, and the people in it. I want to contribute significantly to both the business and nonprofit communities.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? Go for it with all you have, but don’t feel limited by whatever field you choose. It’s possible and delightful to reinvent oneself multiple times, as your personal and professional needs evolve.

What is a catch phrase that absolutely drives you crazy? “No problem.” This phrase implies one was creating or had a problem. Since it is typically used in place of a simple thank you, it negates a sense of gratitude, replacing it with a jarring question as to whether one’s need really was a “problem.”

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November 5, 2020

Cable Member Profile: Costin Shamble

Name: Costin Shamble
Company: Austin Peay State University
Title: University Attorney
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Provide legal counsel and advice to leadership and business units regarding internal business matters related to human resources, contracts and procurement, equity and inclusion, and other areas as needed.
Cable Member Since: 2020

Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable to build stronger relationships, network and collaborate with an established network of diverse professional women that I might not otherwise encounter on an individual basis. 

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? While I have only attended one virtual meeting, Cable is a very welcoming and engaging group of women.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Cable is a great opportunity to engage with and build a stronger network of professional women from all walks of life and enhance personal development.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? Do not be so rigidly focused on a mapped-out career path at the beginning of your career. Explore different avenues to help you learn and discover what is the best personal fit.

If you had unlimited funds and could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? North Island, Seychelles.

What is a catch phrase that absolutely drives you crazy? Thoughts and prayers

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October 21, 2020

Cable Member Profile: Novonda Lilly

Name: Novonda Lilly
Company: Vanderbilt Health
Title: Director Talent TempForce & Executive Search
Brief description of your job responsibilities: I lead Vanderbilt Health’s TempForce team, with oversight of 300 employees with five direct reports focused on filling temporary staffing needs across the organization. I lead Vanderbilt Health’s Executive Search team with two direct reports focused on filling executive-level positions for the organization.
Cable Member Since: 2014
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s): Power of Inclusion Committee, Programs Committee

Why did you decide to join Cable? I was introduced to Cable by Janet Rachel, past Cable president, and I decided to join Cable when I made a personal commitment to invest in my own personal and professional career by networking, learning and sharing my expertise to aid in the development of others. Cable provided a win/win for me to learn and share.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I have been encouraged, motivated and challenged. The motivational speakers have encouraged me, the Power of Inclusion committee has motivated me to continue to be the change we hope to see in this world, and serving as the vice chair of Programs has challenged me by creating a platform for me to share my time and talents with the organization while networking and helping the organization transition to our current virtual format.  

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? I would challenge you to look at Cable as an investment in yourself. This organization will give you the opportunity to network, learn and share your talents. We are always seeking volunteers to serve in leadership roles and committee roles to aid in the continuous improvement of Nashville Cable.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? I like to encourage younger women with three words: Believe, Achieve, Become!! If you believe you can, you will achieve your goals, and you will become what you believe. Follow your goals; identify a mentor that is in the space you desire so that you can receive guidance that can help you jump over obstacles that might have blocked your path.

What was your very first job? My very first job was at the age of 14. I was a summer program assistant working with youth at Watkins Park Community Center through a summer program hosted by Bethlehem Centers of Nashville. I now serve on the board of directors for Bethlehem Centers of Nashville.

If you could have one superpower for a day, which one would you choose? I would love to have the power to quantum leap on vacations, and the first place I would go currently is to the beach. My feet are definitely missing the sand during COVID. However, I am patiently surviving quarantined life. 😊

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October 7, 2020

Cable Member Profile: Donzaleigh Powell

Donzaleigh Powell

Name: Donzaleigh Powell
Company: D-ConneX, LLC
Title: Consultant
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Business and Workforce Development, Training
Cable Member Since: 2017
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s): Networking and Event Board Chair      

Why did you decide to join Cable? I was seeking an additional pipeline of networking connections.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I’ve gained experience speaking with people of diverse backgrounds and industries.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? The main benefit I’ve found is the opportunity to connect with someone I typically would not have had a chance to meet.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? One challenge is remaining relevant in an ever-changing environment.

What would you say has been the single most defining moment in your career so far? The ability to successfully coordinate multiple large-scale networking events in order for both large and small businesses to have the ability to make meaningful connections.

What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? Drastically increasing corporate diversity and inclusion within two years.

What would you say has been your biggest career setback, and how did you get through it? I experienced a layoff during 2012; but I was confident in the benefits I could bring to a new team, and was hired for a great position within Metro Government within less than two months.

What is your ultimate career goal? Work for D-ConneX, LLC, full time and continue to help others through my nonprofit Lifestyle 31.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? Hold true to your word and your integrity.

Who is your professional role model/mentor, and how has that relationship benefited you? Roxianne Bethune has been an amazing mentor to me. She is always an encouragement and provides sound advice when I need guidance.

What was your very first job? Wendy’s

If you had unlimited funds and could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Dubai

If you could have one superpower for a day, which one would you choose? Invisibility

What is a catch phrase that absolutely drives you crazy? “That’s what’s up.”

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