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November 27, 2013

Chamber leader lauds progress of women in Nashville’s economy

27 Nov 2013 1:44 PM |

Janet Miller, Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, spoke at Wednesday’s Cable luncheon about the great strides women have made, and will continue to make, in the Nashville business community. She related that when she started her career in the 1970s,  she was  referred to as “the skirt”; now there are nine women on the chamber’s Board of Directors, and the top five women-owned businesses in Nashville generated a combined 2012 revenue of nearly $682 million.

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November 26, 2013

Chamber leader lauds progress of women in Nashville’s economy

Janet Miller, Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, spoke at Wednesday’s Cable luncheon about the great strides women have made, and will continue to make, in the Nashville business community. She related that when she started her career in the 1970s,  she was  referred to as “the skirt”; now there are nine women on the chamber’s Board of Directors, and the top five women-owned businesses in Nashville generated a combined 2012 revenue of nearly $682 million.

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November 4, 2013

Cable to celebrate 35th anniversary of connecting women and opportunity

 04 Nov 2013 11:08 AM |

Organization founded in 1970s era of occupational segregation and still valued

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Cable has connected women and opportunity for 35 years.

An organization that is today comprised of more than 600 Middle Tennessee men and women, Cable was founded at a time when women entered the paid labor force in increasing numbers but faced occupational segregation from their male counterparts. 

In Nashville in the 1970s, female professionals – well-educated lawyers and bankers – weren’t eligible to join the Chamber of Commerce. They couldn’t become part of the Lions Club, Exchange Club or Rotary Club. They couldn’t eat lunch at Nashville City Club or Cumberland Club.

A lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board – a woman who received her paycheck from the federal government – couldn’t even open a credit card in her own name. Instead, she was told by her bank that she had to be part of her husband’s credit.

“That’s the environment in which we were working,” recalled Bea Hubbard, who received her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1975.

“And so,” said Martha Craig Daughtrey, senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, “it occurred to some of us that we needed our own organization.”

That was the beginning of Nashville Cable – a women’s group formed in 1978 that connected professionals like “a network of strong cable,” said Carol McCoy, the organization’s second president and a chancellor for the Davidson County Chancery Court. 

Today, Cable is comprised of dedicated leaders committed to sharing professional experiences and lessons with others who are trying to move their businesses and careers forward.

On Nov. 13, the organization marks an important milestone with its 35th anniversary celebration.

The boundary of women’s influence has moved because the members of Cable have continued to connect each other to opportunity. Cable is now at the forefront encouraging companies to include women on their boards and supporting the development of women as leaders, entrepreneurs and exceptional contributors to the community.

At the 35th anniversary celebratory luncheon at Music City Center, one of Nashville’s top professional females, Janet Miller, will discuss the impact of women on Middle Tennessee’s economic past, present and future. As Chief Economic Development Officer of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Miller she will share the challenges women have overcome and the challenges yet before them.

Nashville Cable will celebrate its successes and its mission for the future as it continues to connect women and opportunity.

NASHVILLE CABLE 35TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON

When: Nov. 13, 2013, 11:30-1 p.m.

Where: Music City Center (201 Fifth Avenue S., Nashville)

Registration: $30 Cable members, $35 guests

More information: www.nashcable.staging.wpengine.com

Members of the media are invited to attend. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Cable’s Executive Director Susan Huggins at cable_ed@nashvillecable.org or 615-321-2260.

About Janet Miller

As Chief Economic Development Officer of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Janet Miller supports development in a 10-county region of Middle Tennessee and has helped bring numerous companies to the area: Nissan’s North American headquarters, Dell Computer Corporation, Caremark Rx, Asurion, Louisiana-Pacific, HCA, PRIMUS/Ford Motor Credit, Mars Pet Care and others. Since she took on the departmental leadership role at the Chamber in 2002, more than 130,000 jobs have been created in the Nashville region and more than 400 companies recruited.

About Cable  

Nashville Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with more than 600 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. 

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September 25, 2013

50 Percent Increase in Tennessee Public Companies with Women Board Directors

 25 Sep 2013 12:35 PM |

– Speaker Harwell and Buffett Biographer Schroeder Address Crowd of 400 at Board Walk of Fame
– Cable to Launch New Corporate Board Academy in October 2013

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (September 25, 2013) – Nashville-based Cable and the Lipscomb University College of Business today announced that their newly released Women in Corporate Leadership Census reveals a 50 percent increase in Tennessee public companies with two or more women on their boards compared to the prior study year. Speaker Beth Harwell and keynote speaker Alice Schroeder Warren Buffett biographer and board director on a number of international boards addressed the new study results and the importance of diversity in governance to more than 400 Tennessee business leaders at Cable’s fourth annual Board Walk of Fame event on September 19 at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena.

“We are encouraged by this progress toward balance in corporate leadership at some of our largest and most prominent organizations, though research shows that Tennessee remains in the bottom quartile for women in leadership compared to other states,” said Susan Allen Huggins, Executive Director of Cable. “Cable’s Women on Corporate Boards team has worked for years to educate Tennessee business leaders on tangible and intangible benefits of gender diversity in the boardroom and while there is still work to be done, this new research points to momentum and a forward-thinking shift that our state’s workforce and consumers are coming to expect.”

The annual Board Walk of Fame breakfast honors individuals and companies that are leading the way for Tennessee to move from the lowest numbers of women in leadership nationally to diversity in leadership that more closely aligns with the state’s workforce and consumer demographics. In addition to introducing top-line study results at the event, Cable announced the October 2013 launch of its pioneering Corporate Board Academy, following a competitive search for Tennessee women with board relevant levels of fiscal, general and specialized executive experience. The Academy will support board candidates as they pursue and consider their first corporate board seats.

“The inaugural 2013 class of Cable’s Corporate Board Academy has been selected, and this impressive group of women representing some of Tennessee’s most successful companies will begin the program in October,” said Huggins. “Delivered in conjunction with the Tennessee chapter of Women Corporate Directors, the academy will provide a curriculum developed by women serving on some of the world’s most prestigious boards. We look forward to presenting our first class in the spring of 2014.”

About Cable and Women on Corporate Boards

Nashville Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with nearly 600 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 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 17 women’s organizations with a common mission across the U.S. This provides a national context for benchmarking research and enhances our resources to effect positive change in Tennessee. For more information about Cable and Women on Corporate Boards, please visit www.nashcable.staging.wpengine.com.

About Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University delivers a complete liberal arts education characterized by an integration of Christian faith and practice with academic excellence, preparing each student spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically for life and eternity. Lipscomb’s innovative curriculum and graduation requirements challenge students academically, spiritually and in their role as global community citizens. Lipscomb offers eight bachelor’s degrees in 78 majors or 145 areas of undergraduate study, several pre-professional programs and an accelerated adult degree program for those who wish to complete their undergraduate degrees in the evening. The University also offers 25 master’s degrees, four education specialist degrees and three doctorate degrees in 58 fields of study.

 

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