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Board Walk of Fame – April 8, 2020

April 8 : 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Cable honors Tennessee women and companies who are taking the lead in promoting women on corporate boards through its annual Board Walk of Fame event. During the event, these corporate leaders – who have acted on the evidence that more women on boards and in senior leadership positions leads to improved financial results and corporate vitality – are recognized and inducted into Cable’s Corporate Board Hall of Fame.

Keynote Speaker: Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG
President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Valerie Montgomery-RiceValerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, provides a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. Marrying her transformational leadership acumen and strategic thinking to tackle challenging management issues, she has a track record of redesigning complex organizations’ infrastructures to reflect the needs of evolving strategic environments and position the organization for success through sustainability tactics.

The sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the freestanding medical institution, Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011.

Prior to joining Morehouse, Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers. She was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

Dedicated to the creation and advancement of health equity, Montgomery Rice lends her vast
experience and talents to programs that enhance pipeline opportunities for academically diverse
learners, diversify the physician and scientific workforce, and foster equity in health care access
and health outcomes. To this end, she holds memberships in various organizations and participates on
a number of boards, such as the following: member, National Academy of Medicine, and board of
directors for National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, The Metro Atlanta Chamber,
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, The Nemours Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, Westside
Future Fund, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of
Deans, and Horatio Alger Association.

Montgomery Rice has received numerous accolades and honors. She was named to the Horatio Alger
Association of Distinguished Americans and received the 2017 Horatio Alger Award. For three
consecutive years (2016-2018) Georgia Trend Magazine selected Montgomery Rice as one of the 100
Most Influential Georgians. Other honors include the following: Girls Inc. 2019 Smart Award, The
National Medical Association OB/GYN 2019 Legend of the Section Award, The Turknett Leadership
Character Award (2018), Visions of Excellence Award, Atlanta Business League (2018), Links
Incorporated Co-Founders Award (2018), Trumpet Vanguard Award (2015), The Dorothy I. Height
Crystal Stair Award (2014), National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Women of Impact (2014),
YWCA – Women of Achievement of Atlanta-(2014) and Nashville (2007), American Medical
Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (2011) and Working Mother Media Multicultural
Women’s Legacy Award (2011).

A Georgia native, Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia
Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and an honorary degree
from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Doctor of Humane Letters honorary
degree from Rush University. All reflect her lifetime commitment to education, service, and the
advancement of health equity. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory
University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at
Hutzel Hospital.

Montgomery Rice is married to her fellow Georgia Institute of Technology alumnus, Melvin Rice Jr.,
and they have two children: Jayne and Melvin III.


April 8
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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