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May 12, 2017

Nashville Cable Presents 2017 Power of Inclusion Award Recipients

Alliance Synergy Group’s Roxianne Bethune, First Tennessee Bank and Pathway Women’s Business Center recognized for their commitment to diversity and inclusion

On Wednesday, May 10th, Nashville Cable celebrated it’s 12th Annual Power of Inclusion Awards and acknowledged individuals and corporations who “Pay It Forward” with their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the local community. Social justice educator, advocate and mediator Kasar Abdullah was the Keynote speaker and gave a dynamic presentation on global citizenship.

Each year at this luncheon, CABLE provides an award to an individual, a business and a not for profit for enhancing and inclusion in Nashville. The nominees have demonstrated inclusive behavior and actions to support their nominations. These include utilizing unique approaches to enhance business diversity, diverse employee development and retention strategies, creating an inclusive and diverse employee environment that supports and sustains its diversity through strategic initiatives, a record of accomplishments and support for cultural awareness, community and organizational change.

The recipient of the Individual Power of Inclusion award is Roxianne Bethune of Alliance Synergy Group. Bethune was nominated because she is a devoted, tireless promoter of business equity and inclusion through her role as Project Manager of DBE on numerous projects including the Music City Center, Omni Hotel, Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, Ascend Amphitheater, and the Nissan Renovation Project resulting in DBE, prime and partnerships resulting in more than $250 million to diverse companies and unparalleled opportunities to diverse communities.

The recipient of the Business Power of Inclusion award is First Tennessee Bank because of its long and storied history of diversity and inclusion as exhibited by its awards and recognitions including 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Workers Mothers Magazine since1995; 2017 Diversity Leaders Award by profiles in Diversity Journal; 2017 Top LGBT-inclusive business by Human Rights Campaign; and the Top 50 Companies For Executive Women by National Association of Female Executives in 2009 and 2012-2016. In Middle Tennessee the leadership is 66% female.  The bank has relationships with minority and female business and currently spends well over 10% with them.  Through the First Tennessee Foundation they supported non-profit organizations in the community. They have donated more than $70 million and volunteered more than 20,000hours to more than 1000 not for profit organizations. They have a formal diversity programs with employee resource groups, mentoring programs, special women’s initiatives and a diversity networking association.

The Not for Profit Power of Inclusion award recipient is the Pathway Women’s Business Center. This organization is committed to ensuring that women are afforded resources to reach financial empowerment and stability through entrepreneurship.  The center is intentional with its diversity and inclusion initiatives that focus on entrepreneurship education, removal of barriers to enhance participation, providing of tools and flexible programming and cultural competency and inclusive partnerships.  Its partnerships with AARP, AWAKE, Beech Creek Baptist Church, the Oasis Center, and colleges and universities such as Lipscomb, Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College have help to expand entrepreneurship education for diverse populations including minority medical professions. In 2016, they held 159 classes and delivered 8900+hours of education. In 2016, they originated 153 loans totaling more than 38.1 Million to 144 clients.  Through their clients, they have created 45 new businesses, 59 new jobs and more than $2 million in new capital.

All of the nominees are contributors to a diverse and inclusive Nashville. We would like to recognize them below:

  • The Individual Award recognizes someone whose personal behavior is a model of inclusion and is a catalyst for inclusive relationships among diverse populations in the community.
    • Roxianne Bethune, Alliance Synergy Group
    • Stephen Handy, Pastor, McKendree United Methodist
    • Rita Mitchell, First Tennessee Bank
    • Davita Taylor, Metro Nashville Airport Authority
    • Alisha Wix, Skanska USA
  • The Business Award recognizes a Corporation that ‘walks the talk’ and demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion in their employment practices, programs and community outreach.
    • Advance Financial
    • Bank of America
    • Biscuit Love
    • First Tennessee
  • The Not-for-Profit Award recognizes a Not-for-Profit entity that facilitates understanding and promotes opportunity for underserved communities.
    • Discovery Center
    • Girls to the Moon
    • Interfaith Dental
    • Intrepid College Prep
    • OZ Arts
    • Pathway Women’s Business Center

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April 5, 2017

 Nashville ATHENA Program Honors Patricia Glaser Shea with the 27th Annual ATHENA Award 

The Nashville ATHENA Awards and Scholarship Program announced its 2017 award recipients on March 30th, 2017 at OZ Arts Nashville with special guests Mayor Megan Barry and OZ Arts CEO Tim Ozgener. Patricia Glaser Shea was honored with the 2017 ATHENA Award, and Dr. Tameka Winston received the Young Professional Leadership Award. Shea is among 23 ATHENA nominees selected this year by middle Tennessee organizations and associations, and Dr. Winston represents a class of 25 Young Professional Award nominees.

“Every year it is to no surprise that we have such an impressive and outstanding group of women representing the ATHENA and Young Professional Leadership classes. It’s always very hard for our judges to select one recipient in each category because of how outstanding each of these women are,” says ATHENA Chair Mendy Mazzo. “Patricia and Tameka have gone above and beyond to improve the communities in which we live and to inspire both women and young girls. Roxianne and I congratulate each of our recipients and our 48 nominees for their dedication and inspiration. It’s been a true honor to chair this amazing program!”

CEO Emeritus of YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Shea continues her work with the organization in a consulting role. She has re-shaped the community conversation on domestic violence, expanded services for women and children, changed laws to improve safety for victims of domestic violence, and ensured the financial stability of the 118-year old non-profit. During her 11 years leading the organization, Shea also founded the YWCA’s Advocacy Committee and MEND initiative, increased those served by domestic services and programs to over 10,000 a year, spearheaded a $1.4 million renovation for the Weaver Center, and launched a transitional housing program for women and their children to move back into the community. A co-chair of Mayor Barry’s Gender Equity Council and board member of the CNM, Shea was nominated by the International Women’s Forum’s Tennessee chapter.

Havingworked in higher education for over fifteen years, Dr.Winston is the department chair and an award-winning professor in the Department of Communications at Tennessee State University. An author and Sirius XM radio show host, she uses her platforms to serve as a mentor to, advocate for and inspire students and young adults throughout the Nashville community and nationally. Dr. Winston was nominated by Women in Higher Education in Tennessee.

Presented by Saint Thomas Health, Nashville ATHENA continues to be a premier program, powered by CABLE. The annual event is organized and sponsored through the collaborative efforts of local women’s organizations in partnership with local businesses, corporations and individual sponsors, unlike other cities, which rely upon their local Chamber of Commerce.

The ATHENA Awards Program honors business and professional women for their career success, service to community and encouragement of women. This year’s ATHENA nominees include:

Council Member Burkley M. Allen

Rebecca Bayne

Renee Bobb

Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Hill

Brown Felder

Rebecca S. Climer

Dr. Angela J. Gaskin

Rep. Brenda J. Gilmore

Dr. Glenda Glover

Kim Hawkins

Rita F. Johnson-Mills

Elizabeth L. Knox

Marlee Mitchell

Hasina A. Mohyuddin

Mekesha H. Montgomery

Patricia Glaser Shea

Laura Smith

Joycelyn A. Stevenson

Dr. Wendy J. Thompson

Nicole Tremblett

Evette White

Tawana Williams

Dr. Letha Woods

Shannon Wright

To see our event video of the Traditional Nominees Click Here

ATHENA also provides the unique opportunity to feature rising women in the community who use their vision and persistence to excel, while reaching out and opening the way for others. This year’s ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award nominees include:

Katie Alexander

Sloan C. Allen

Dr. Nicole K. Arrighi

Tonya Austin

Staci L. Bockman

Christina M. Carlisle

Meg M. Chamblee

Erin D. Coleman

Nikki N. Fant

Amanda Strickland Floyd

Meagan E. Frazier

Hart Harrison

Kellee N. Hill

Monchiere’ Holmes-Jones

Royya L. James

Penny Grace Judd

Daveisha S. Moore

Sarah S. Moore

Tera Rica Murdock

Chara H. Rand

Dr. Crystal G. Rucker

Crissy Wieck Welhoelter

Caroline Randall Williams

Dr. Tameka Winston

Alisha Wix

Launched in 1993 through the support of the Patrons Society and local sponsors, the ATHENA Scholarship Program awards middle Tennessee high school females and young women, both traditional and non-traditional, scholarships for continuing their education. This year ATHENA presented $17,000 in scholarships to eight deserving students, who include:

Lauren Cravens ATHENA Patrons Society scholarship 

Shelby Farrar UPS scholarship 

Samantha Hawkins Tony and Mendy Mazzo scholarship 

Helena Makendengue Women in Technology scholarship 

Gabrielle Napper  First Tennessee scholarship 

Lean Shakhtour Saint Thomas Health scholarship 

Sabrina To ATHENA Patrons Society scholarship

Mendy Mazzo, Vice President of Skanska, serves as the 2017 ATHENA Awards Program Chair with the support of co-chair Roxianne Bethune, Senior Executive President of Alliance Synergy Group, LLC.

”Mendy and I are honored to be involved with this organization and program,” says Bethune. “This program would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, committee members, CABLE and nominating organizations. I look forward to chairing the 2018 awards program, and celebrating another incredible class of women leaders.”

 

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