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October 4, 2014

Cable seeks more leadership roles for women

04 Oct 2014 12:26 PM |

 This is a special time of year for Cable. We are gearing up for our annual Board Walk of Fame event and getting ready to celebrate our organization’s 36th year.

Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of diverse professionals committed to advancing women professionally. Pursuant to the mission of “Connecting Women and Opportunity,” Cable is determined to connect Tennessee’s qualified female candidates with board service. The organization’s hallmark initiative is Women on Corporate Boards, which advocates for gender diversity on boards and in top leadership teams of Tennessee companies.

Research shows that companies with greater numbers of women on their boards and in executive leadership positions boast superior financial performance compared with their peers, and the investment community is beginning to embrace diversity as an investment platform. Despite these trends, women continue to be underrepresented on corporate boards and in C-suites across the country, particularly in Tennessee.

On Sept. 30, Cable will honor four Tennessee women champions and five Tennessee companies for their achievement in gender diversity leadership in our state with their induction into the Board Walk of Fame.

This event helps to raise awareness among the business community in Tennessee and beyond of the need to appoint women to corporate boards, the availability of qualified women and the value women bring to those boards.

This year’s Board Walk of Fame honorees include: Caren Gabriel, CEO of Ascend Federal Credit Union; Glenda Baskin Glover, president of Tennessee State University; Lisa Kranc, vice president of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association; and Jeanette Tully, CEO of Aloha Station Trust.

Board Walk of Fame will also honor corporate heroes AutoZone, Dollar General, Genesco, HCA Holdings and Scripps Network Interactive. These professional women and leading corporations are true champions for gender diversity by setting the example each day in their work.

The Board Walk of Fame is Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Joyce Russell, president of Adecco Staffing U.S., is the keynote speaker and will share insights based on her company’s 650,000 talent placements globally. Her presentation, “Gypsies, Techies and Trekkies,” will address the talent environment where career migration, rapid technological changes and diverse global workplaces are creating new and challenging landscapes for today’s leaders.

For information about our Board Walk of Fame, or to register, please visit www.nashcable.staging.wpengine.com/bwof.

Please help support Cable’s hallmark initiative. We are not only dedicated to increasing the number of women on Tennessee corporate boards and in the executive suite, but we want to help lead that movement nationally.

Susan Allen Huggins is President and CEO of Cable.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/09/27/cable-seeks-leadership-roles-women/16269317/

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July 3, 2014

Profits increase with diverse perspective

03 Jul 2014 9:48 PM |

Evette White

Research shows that companies with greater numbers of women in executive leadership and board positions boast superior financial performance over their peers.

According to Credit Suisse, as much as 14 percent average growth, compared with 10 percent for boards with no female directors. Companies that embrace gender diversity are better governed, better managed and have better long-term growth prospects. As I learned during Nashville’s Corporate Board Academy, this is particularly true when there is a critical mass of three or more women on a board.

Bottom line: Board gender diversity has a positive impact on the bottom line.  

Clearly, this is a win-win proposition for both companies and their shareholders, but even though some company boards are diverse, a vast majority of companies in the U.S. are not. According to 2020 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index of Fortune 500 companies, women held just 18 percent of U.S. board seats. To further confuse the issue, many of the companies who have not diversified their board tables have women as their primary target audience.

Gender diversity is not my soapbox. Many women like me have simply worked hard to create value and have enjoyed a successful career because of it. So even I was surprised by how strong my reaction was to this disparity. It just seems that we’d leverage diversity as an asset for a stronger economy.

So, I took a look around to better understand what could get us closer to a tipping point. Some countries have quotas for a gender mix. That has made a difference, but I hope we can get there because it is the smart thing to do. Raising awareness of this issue is a good place to start. Identifying board-ready women and making sure they’re prepared is another step in the right direction.

I had the privilege of participating in the inaugural Corporate Board Academy, made possible by Cable, Women Corporate Directors and Nashville’s EY. Over three Saturday sessions, I had the opportunity to have my board bio critiqued by board members, engage with corporate directors from both public and private companies, and gain an understanding of the corporate board landscape.

Cable’s upcoming 2014 Women on Corporate Boards is being offered at a lower cost than similar courses thanks to the support of sponsors undefined Avenue Bank, Tennessee Chapter of Women on Corporate Boards, and the Nashville office of EY. Questions can be emailed to WoCB@NashvilleCABLE.org.

Evette White is Partner and CEO of Sullivan Branding.

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May 14, 2014

Cable presents 2014 Power of Inclusion awards

14 May 2014 10:11 PM |

 

Vanderbilt University’s Janet Rachel, Progress Inc. and Nissan recognized for diversity commitment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Cable recognized a local individual, non-profit organization and business for their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the Middle Tennessee community with the 2014 Power of Inclusion awards. Janet Rachel, a human resources and diversity professional at Vanderbilt University, Progress Inc., which serves adults with disabilities and senior adults needing care, and Nissan, received the 2014 honors at the Cable luncheon on May 14 at the Music City Center.

The ninth Power of Inclusion awards acknowledge individuals and corporations who “walk the talk” with their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the local community. The honor is awarded by Nashville Cable, a network of more than 500 local professionals committed to connecting women and opportunity.

“The Power of Inclusion is an important event for Cable, representing a connectedness with our mission,” Cable President Donna Yurdin said. “We are honored to celebrate those individuals and organizations who are embracing the importance of reaching out proactively to their internal and external communities to make a difference in the lives of others.”

The individual Power of Inclusion award 

This awards recognizes a person who demonstrates his or her passion and commitment to inclusion through the use of personal influence, knowledge and resources to ensure an inclusive environment in their personal and professional lives.

Rachel works within organizations to create and manage a diverse and inclusive work culture. She serves as Vanderbilt’s talent acquisition manager for diversity, relocation and career navigation where she develops and implements strategies to attract and retain diverse talent, provides transition and career coaching and manages the dual career and relocation programs.

Rachel graduated with honors from Tennessee State University and began her career as a management trainee with First American National Bank. She became the first woman of color on the executive committee when she progressed to senior vice president during her 22-year tenure. Her work impacted the advancement of diversity in the financial industry and the community. She has been acknowledged for her leadership by the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, the YWCA, CES Youth about Business, INROADS, Urban Bankers and 100 Black Women. In 2000, Rachel was recognized as a “Woman Making History in Tennessee” by The Tennessean newspaper for mentoring and expanding opportunities for women.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Rachel served as associate vice president for human resources at Meharry Medical College, senior manager for global diversity at Dell, compliance services manager for the Metro Human Relations Commission and she founded Rachel Consulting Services.

The non-profit Power of Inclusion award

This award recognizes an organization that promotes and facilitates equitable education, opportunity and social engagement with people from various backgrounds.

Progress Inc. was formed by a small group of concerned parents with a desire for their children to live independently. The non-profit agency has now provided daily activities and support staff to hundreds of adults with developmental disabilities for nearly 43 years. In 2009, Progress expanded its services by providing non-medical support to seniors in their own homes across Middle Tennessee. In 2013, Progress also founded a program for youths with intellectual disabilities – Camp Progress.

The business Power of Inclusion award

This award recognizes a business that values and demonstrates commitment to diversity through intentional strategies based on accountability, succession planning, strong inclusion practices, ongoing evaluation of recruitment/retention activities, and community outreach and empowerment.

Nissan North America’s commitment to diversity is core to its mission. Nissan believes diversity represents a competitive edge, and a strong environment of inclusiveness. Employees represent varied cultures, backgrounds and generations, thus representing strengths and talents that can be leveraged within our organization. With leadership out of the Americas Diversity Office, the results speak for themselves.

  • 2014 HRC Corporate Equality Index – Best Places to Work
  • 2014 Diversity Inc’s Top 25 – Nissan named “Noteworthy Company”
  • 10 percent of Nissan North America employees are Business Synergy Team members
  • 36% of Nissan’s workforce are from diverse backgrounds
  • 70% of management have completed “Championing Diversity” training
  • 13 – Number of Business Synergy Teams across Nissan North America

Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, chair of Cable’s Power of Inclusion committee, said: “We are thrilled to recognize an individual, a non-profit and a corporation for their exemplary examples of inclusiveness in their various activities. They serve as role models for us all.”

About Nashville Cable  

Nashville Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with more than 500 members and a 35-year history of helping women reach their full potential. The organization’s mission of “Moving Women Forward” has shaped its networking programs and advocacy initiatives and created a forward-thinking infrastructure to effect positive change. Cable’s hallmark initiative is Women on Corporate Boards (WoCB), with key programs also including The ATHENA Awards, the Cable Civil Leadership program in partnership with Lipscomb University and the Power of Inclusion Awards and luncheon. For information about Cable, please visit www.nashcable.staging.wpengine.com.

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February 24, 2014

Inaugural Corporate Board Academy graduates 13 local business women

24 Feb 2014 3:10 PM |

Nashville Cable program prepares board-ready women for corporate board roles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Jan. 28, 2014) – Nashville Cable today announced the graduation of 13 local business women from the inaugural Corporate Board Academy, which is designed to help prepare board-ready women to obtain meaningful corporate board roles.

Teresa Broyles-Aplin, Anita Elliott, Kathy Jones, Carol McCoy, Mary Mirabelli, Rita Mitchell, Billye Sanders, Katy Sheesley, Teresa Sparks, Laura Smith Tidwell, Laura Reinbold, Denise Warren and Evette White successfully completed the program, which began in October 2013 and concluded in January 2014.

Research shows that companies with greater numbers of women in executive leadership positions boast superior financial performance compared to their peers. Despite these trends, women continue to be underrepresented on corporate boards and in C-suites across the country, particularly in Tennessee.

Pursuant to its mission of “Connecting Women and Opportunity,” Cable is determined to connect Tennessee’s qualified female candidates with board service. The organization’s hallmark initiative is Women on Corporate Boards, which advocates for gender diversity on boards and in top leadership teams of Tennessee companies.

In its inaugural offering, Cable’s Corporate Board Academy covered a variety of topics including, building the best board bio, audit committee responsibilities, compensation committee roles and responsibilities, building a personal elevator pitch and conducting mock interviews with corporate leaders, along with additional content stemming from a generous donation of time from the Tennessee chapter of Women Corporate Directors and Ernst & Young.

“We are very proud of these 13 women who are positioning themselves to serve on public corporate boards,” said Susan Huggins, executive director of Cable. “It is essential that more corporate boards are aware of the great talent available to them. This academy is just one successful effort to help achieve that goal.”

About Cable and Women on Corporate Boards

Nashville Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with nearly 500 members and a 30-year history of helping women reach their full potential. The organization’s mission of “Connecting Women and Opportunity” has shaped its networking programs and advocacy initiatives, and created a forward-thinking infrastructure for expansion nationally. Cable’s hallmark initiative, Women on Corporate Boards, is dedicated to increasing numbers of women on Tennessee corporate boards and in the executive suite, and to helping lead that movement nationally. Cable is a member of the InterOrganization Network, an alliance of 15 women’s organizations with a common mission across the United States. This provides a national context for benchmarking research and enhances CABLE’s resources to effect positive change in Tennessee. For more information about Cable and Women on Corporate Boards, please visit www.nashcable.staging.wpengine.com.

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