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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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April 19, 2018

Member Profile Spotlight: Many-Bears Grinder

Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder is a relatively new Cable member, joining the organization in December 2017. After attending a Cable session and speaking at a Cable event, Many-Bears decided to officially become a member after being incredibly impressed by the energy and passion of the women involved, and by the networking opportunities the organization provides.
“I knew I could learn so much from the dynamic membership of Cable, and also felt I could contribute as well, given my over 35 years in the military. I was a senior leader in a very male-dominated field, and I’m the first female to serve in my current position. My head hurts from breaking so many glass ceilings!”
Although Many-Bears has not had much time in Cable, she is enthusiastic about the benefits she will attain as a member. “From belonging to other associations, I know the value in finding mentors, sharing victories, methods, contacts and challenges with other like-minded individuals. It can truly strengthen each member.”
When asked about her own personal mentor, Many-Bears talked about her professional role model – Tammy Duckworth. Tammy was a Blackhawk pilot in Iraq, and insurgents brought her helicopter down. This accident resulted in her losing both of her legs and use of one arm. After a yearlong recovery process, she fought to reserve a position in the Illinois National Guard and served until she retired as a lieutenant colonel. She became the “first” in several categories, when she was elected as U.S. representative then later as U.S. senator, a seat she still holds today. She is a strong advocate for both veterans and women. Many-Bears admires Tammy’s ability to take adversity head on and turn an obstacle into a conquered challenge.

Many-Bears Grinder is the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs. As a member of the governor’s Cabinet, she is responsible for the operation of five state veteran cemeteries and nine field offices that assist with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability claims submissions, and create programs to assist transitioning service members through pathways to education, employment, business resources and Veteran Treatment Courts.
Thank you for joining Cable, Commissioner Grinder. We so appreciate your service to our country and your dedication to Cable and our mission.

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April 9, 2018

Member Profile Spotlight: Rosemary Frank

Rosemary Frank has been a Cable member for 16 years. During her membership, she’s been involved in various committees: four years on the networking committee, three years on the finance committee, two years as treasurer, three years on women on boards and a year as chairwoman.
It all began in 2002, when Rosemary attended her first Cable meeting and recognized something special about the organization, and she knew she wanted to be a part of it. After that first meeting, Cable just became “organic” to her. “I’ve been lucky enough to hear so many influential speakers who have shared their life lessons and pearls to live by that have now become integrated in the woman I am today.”
To someone thinking about joining Cable, Rosemary has this to say, “A professional woman in Nashville cannot afford to not be a member. Cable is where you will learn how to do better, be better and attract better things for yourself. I truly believe we reap what we sow. Call it karma. Whatever you put out, it comes right back to you.”
In Rosemary’s opinion, the biggest challenge professional women face today is garnering the respect in their homes, among their extended families, equal to that which they have generated in their professions. As a divorce financial consultant, Rosemary has observed a recurring theme: Women who are extremely successful in their professional lives are extremely submissive in their personal lives, and that can develop issues of unfair treatment and inequality.
Rosemary’s single most defining moment in her career was realizing she had the power to change people’s lives. After 30 years in the corporate world, she now owns her own business and provides an array of services to her clients, including investment advisory services to individuals and families, particularly following death, divorce or job loss.
“Being able to serve others makes me feel fulfilled – knowing I’m helping people plan for the rest of their lives and emerge with new clarity and empowerment.”
Rosemary Frank is a financial adviser and divorce financial consultant at Rosemary Frank Financial, LLC.
Thank you, Rosemary for your longtime involvement in Cable and your service to others.

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March 20, 2018

Member Profile Spotlight: Robyn Bass

“Working closely together and building relationships are how you can get the most out of your membership.”
This is the advice Robyn Bass, a Cable member since 2016, would give to someone considering joining Cable. “Getting involved with a committee or taking a leadership role is the best way to network and stay active in the organization.” Robyn herself served on the Athena Awards Logistics Committee for Cable and learned that her greatest successes happen when she surrounds herself with likeminded individuals, and Cable has connected her with women who share her values and work ethic.
“Cable is such a well-respected organization, and for me, aligning myself with other professional women – both personally and professionally – has helped me maximize my growth potential.”
When asked about her biggest career setback and how she overcame it, Robyn mentioned that it was when she was helping start a company that failed before starting her current company a few years later. Robyn insists it was the lessons learned from her previous failure that fueled the success of her business. “Professional challenges force conversations that require introspection. What comes as a result of those conversations is always a better way and a better space to be in.”
This lesson motivated Robyn to launch and build a multimillion-dollar company from the ground up in just five years. Her company was recently named as a Top 25 Woman Owned Business in Nashville, and Robyn also just recently had her most career-defining moment when she was awarded the Hosts Global 2017 Leadership Award.
“I’m so proud to be a part of a company that promotes teaching and provides our team with opportunity to grow and thrive within our company and industry through education and certifications. Being proactive is everything I stand for and a direct result of our company’s success.”
Robyn Bass is a Hosts Global member and president/CEO of Maple Ridge Events. Her responsibilities include providing strategic leadership and establishing long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.
Thank you, Robyn, for your commitment and service to Cable and the community. We appreciate you!

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