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December 6, 2021

Cable Member Profile: Patricia Brown James

Patricia Brown James

Name: Patricia Brown James
Age: 62
Company: PB&J Consulting
Title: Founder/Consultant/Coach
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Provides career transition and executive coaching, competency-based training course design and delivery, HR turnkey projects, and business development services to private and corporate clients.
Cable member since: 2012
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s):
2016-17 Programs Chair
2017-19 Women’s Leadership Programs Chair
Guest speaker – Mentoring program and ELA

Why did you decide to join Cable? To connect with a diverse group of women from across Middle Tennessee who have a shared interest in moving women forward and networking with a passion.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? An amazing group of friends and new connections from many different companies, occupations and backgrounds. A network to call on. Continuous learning from amazing speakers and programs.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Networking on steroids – monthly meeting table discussions, events, speakers, social events, etc. Whatever you may need or have a question about, within Cable it is only two calls away. No six degrees of separation in this organization!

What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? Creating and leading an amazing team of co-workers while leading human resources for North and South America at Bridgestone Americas.

What is your ultimate career goal? I am living it! Retired from a successful and challenging corporate career, still working in my area of passion but on my terms and giving back to help move women forward through mentoring, coaching, and volunteering.

What was your very first job? Like most young women – babysitting. Followed by working in a restaurant as a hostess, cashier, and waitress.

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October 18, 2021

CABLE MEMBER PROFILE: KATHY WALSH

Kathy Walsh

Name: Kathy Walsh
Company: Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
Title: Executive Director
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Manage a statewide nonprofit organization.

Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable to network with and learn from other women leaders.

What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I have met so many incredibly strong and successful women through my membership in Cable. The guest speakers at the meetings always inspire me.

How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? The benefits of joining Cable include networking, educational opportunities and building relationships with other successful women leaders.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? One of the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today is the gender pay gap. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women earn 82 cents for every dollar a man earns. Women earn less than men in nearly all occupations. Unfortunately, the pandemic has set women’s labor force participation back more than 30 years. The pandemic has stalled gains made in closing the pay gap, and layoffs and a lack of childcare have forced many women out of the workforce entirely.

Another challenge facing women in the workplace is sexual harassment. Studies estimate that 25% to 85% of women have experienced some sort of harassment at work. Sexual harassment can affect women in a number of ways, including their mental and physical health, finances, and opportunities to advance in their careers.

What would you say has been the single most defining moment in your career so far? Working in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence for more than 30 years, I have had many defining moments in my career, from being hired to lead a statewide nonprofit agency to helping legislators craft and pass more than 200 new laws to help increase safety and resources for victims of domestic and sexual violence, to receiving a handwritten note from a survivor encouraging me to never give up fighting for the rights of victims of abuse. I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to do work that makes a difference in people’s lives.

What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? My advice to a young woman starting her career is to do something you love. If you are passionate about your work, it will make all the difference in your life.

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June 28, 2018

Member Profile Spotlight: Elizabeth Moss

Like many entrepreneurs, Elizabeth Moss joined Cable for the opportunity to grow her business through networking. As a result, not only has she expanded her company and her network, but she has grown personally as well. Early on, Elizabeth took advantage of the professional development programs Cable offers. She participated in the Executive Leadership Academy and was chosen as an ATHENA Powerlink program recipient as well.
When asked how she would describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization, Elizabeth responded:
“First and foremost, join to meet the like-minded women who are supportive of one another’s growth and development. Also, it is one of the few organizations that provide the opportunity to do business with women and grow professionally. Lastly, the CableZaps are one of the top benefits, and I enjoy telling everyone about that value.”
Elizabeth began her career as a certified nursing assistant with the aspiration of working with adolescents in a drug treatment facility. She completed an LPN course at a nursing home, where she recognized the need for whole care for aging individuals. After assessing how she could meet this need, Elizabeth launched Caregivers by WholeCare in 1997 and has since grown this company to 130 employees, serving countless seniors in Middle Tennessee.
Since achieving her ultimate career goal of owning her own business, Elizabeth wants to help other women get to a point where they are passionate about their respective careers. Through mentorship and leadership, she urges women to know their strengths, develop them, plan their dreams and “go for it!”
Elizabeth is the founder and chief care officer of Caregivers by WholeCare, which provides innovative non-medical home health services to help adults age in place. Her business model is to provide care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Caregivers by WholeCare offers its patients a comprehensive continuum of care services, including care giving, transportation, technology and care management.

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June 19, 2018

Member Profile Spotlight: Rita Johnson-Mills

Rita Johnson-Mills first heard of Cable about two years ago after learning more about the Athena awards. After experiencing Cable’s mission up close and being moved by its strong support of women, she was eager to join the organization. Since becoming a member, Rita has met and networked with fellow female professionals, heard from various dynamic speakers during the luncheons, and learned more about the city of Nashville. She truly values all the wonderful programs and benefits Cable offers and sees it as the premier organization for networking, education, and access to important information and people.
When asked what advice she would give to a young woman just starting her career, Rita stated:
“Be patient, and don’t go into your first job looking for your next job. Be present, and look for ways to grow and challenge yourself every day.”
Rita gives this particular advice because the most defining moment of her career was making the transition from corporate America to starting her own business. She truly believes that her patience in her corporate job set the pace for how she would ultimately become her own boss. Without her experience and full attention in the corporate world, Rita would not have been as prepared to step out on her own.
Rita Johnson-Mills is the CEO of RJMills Enterprises, a professional consulting firm specializing in health care.
She is also a public speaker with an emphasis on diversity.
Thank you for joining Cable, Rita!

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