Hear from the 2016 ATHENA Recipient
Dr. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks
“You are the CEO of You”
Dr. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks is a highly sought -after speaker and presenter, and a scholar in women’s and minority issues as well as a communication’s expert. She served as Executive Director of The Tennessee Economic Council on Women from January 1, 2012 until June 30, 2016. She has extensive experience in both state and federal government, education and communications.
She currently serves as Deputy Clerk with the Davidson County Clerk’s Office. Since the Spring of 2015, she has served as an adjunct professor at Belmont University in the College of Education. She also mentors female youth and professional women individually and through several organizations.
Most recently, Dr. Qualls-Brooks was one of three individuals named “Person of the Year” by the Nashville Tennessee Tribune Newspaper. She has also been named the Outstanding Community Leader Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Delta Omega Chapter (December 2016). She was selected to become a member of the Women’s Fund, an outreach of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. She was also inducted into her high school Hall of Honor, July, 2016. She is a graduate of Alexander High School in Brookhaven, MS. Nashville ATHENA Recipient, (March, 2016), Woman of Legend and Merit Award from Tennessee State University (March, 2015). Additionally, she was inducted into the prestigious 2014 Academy of Women of Achievement presented by the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
The consummate professional was also the Nashville CABLE, “Power of Inclusion” award recipient, presented in May, 2013 to an individual who walks the talk with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. She was the 2011 recipient of the Women of Influence Award from the Nashville Business Journal. She was selected to serve as a Vision 2020 National Delegate for Tennessee, which is a program administered by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine to achieve women’s economic and social equality. She is a member of Nashville CABLE, the largest organization for women’s networking and leadership in Middle Tennessee and served as the 2015-2016 Vice-Chair of Programs. She continually strengthened the monthly program offerings for this organization. Additionally, in July 2013, she was inducted into Consortium of Doctors, Ltd., a national organization devoted to the uplifting and promoting of women and children in all areas of life. She chaired the logistics committee for the national conference in Nashville, July 2014 and was voted Co-Director in July, 2016.
A strong advocate for education, she has earned a doctorate degree in higher education administration from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in English from Tennessee State University. The Mississippi native earned her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the U. of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Qualls-Brooks formerly served as a Congressional Affairs Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Special Projects Coordinator with the Office of the Treasurer of the African Methodist Episcopal Church worldwide. Prior to those positions, she served as Assistant Commissioner in the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Director of Public Relations at Tennessee State University.
She is a member of several organizations, the Nashville chapters of Les Gemmes, Inc., the Coalition of 100 Black Women Foundation and Societas Docta, Inc. She also serves as a member of the Women’s Political Collaborative of TN and the TN Women’s Political Caucus. She belongs to Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church and resides in Antioch, TN.