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April’s Luncheon: Pursuing Joy – When Success is Not Enough

April 11, 2018 : 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Hear from Pat Glaser Shea

“Pursuing Joy – When Success is Not Enough”


Her 3 key takeaways will be….

  • The difference between individual success and pursuing joy
  • A framework for becoming the CEO of your life
  • Questions for finding your own path and creating the world in which you want to live


About Pat:

Pat Shea is a visionary leader who integrates business savvy with a passion for social impact to launch new ideas, build community, and lead organizations into the future.

Shea is Partner /Owner in Shea Advisory Services, an organization focused on helping entrepreneurial, for-profit and non-profit leaders develop and advance mission-focused lives.

In December 2016 after 11 years at the helm, Shea transitioned from her role as CEO of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee.  During her tenure, Shea stabilized the struggling 100+ year old organization, grew the annual budget to $5M and increased the number of individuals served. She retired debt and renovated the Weaver Domestic Violence Center. She added transitional housing and collaborated with Metro Police to assess lethality of domestic calls. Shea changed the conversation around domestic violence and birthed MEND, an initiative that recognizes the responsibility of men in reducing gender violence. She established the YWCA Advocacy Committee working with legislators to strengthen DV laws. She re-engineered the GED program into a Family Literacy Center, launched Girls Inc. and re-opened Dress for Success.  She pioneered the YWCA’s coveted junior board, and launched two of Nashville’s most recognized successful fundraisers – the YWCA Annual Spring Breakfast and Wine, Women & Shoes.

While CEO, Shea cultivated inclusiveness in every aspect of the YWCA’s community engagement including advancing the national YWCA mission “Eliminating Racism. Empowering Women”; hosting citywide Stand Against Racism events; and building a diverse board of directors and staff.

Always looking for ways to empower women, Shea founded the Nashville Chapter of Women Presidents’ Organization, an international organization of women business owners who have guided their businesses to generate +$1M annually.

Prior to becoming a non-profit leader, Shea created and lead consulting organizations within HCA/Quorum and co-founded Echelon Health, a start-up focused on health services for women.

Shea holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Dayton. She is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and Leadership Tennessee; a board member for the Center for Nonprofit Management; a founding director of Studio Bank; the co-founder and co-chair of Mayor Barry’s Gender Equity Council; a member of the Rotary Club and International Women’s Forum.  In March 2015, Pat delivered a highly acclaimed TEDx Talk on how the end of violence begins with men. She is often called on to speak and her editorials regularly appear in the Tennessean.

In addition to being the 2017 Athena Award recipient, Shea has received the NBJ’s Most Admired CEOs; NBJ’s Women of Influence, Trailblazer Award; Tennessean of the Year – Finalist; Cable’s Promote Women Award; Jean Crowe Visionary Award; Community Nashville’s Human Relations Award; and Tennessee Voice for Victims Award.


April 11, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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807 Clark Place
Nashville, Tennessee 37203