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Inaugural Corporate Board Academy graduates 13 local business women

24 Feb 2014 3:10 PM |

Nashville Cable program prepares board-ready women for corporate board roles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Jan. 28, 2014) – Nashville Cable today announced the graduation of 13 local business women from the inaugural Corporate Board Academy, which is designed to help prepare board-ready women to obtain meaningful corporate board roles.

Teresa Broyles-Aplin, Anita Elliott, Kathy Jones, Carol McCoy, Mary Mirabelli, Rita Mitchell, Billye Sanders, Katy Sheesley, Teresa Sparks, Laura Smith Tidwell, Laura Reinbold, Denise Warren and Evette White successfully completed the program, which began in October 2013 and concluded in January 2014.

Research shows that companies with greater numbers of women in executive leadership positions boast superior financial performance compared to their peers. Despite these trends, women continue to be underrepresented on corporate boards and in C-suites across the country, particularly in Tennessee.

Pursuant to its mission of “Connecting Women and Opportunity,” Cable is determined to connect Tennessee’s qualified female candidates with board service. The organization’s hallmark initiative is Women on Corporate Boards, which advocates for gender diversity on boards and in top leadership teams of Tennessee companies.

In its inaugural offering, Cable’s Corporate Board Academy covered a variety of topics including, building the best board bio, audit committee responsibilities, compensation committee roles and responsibilities, building a personal elevator pitch and conducting mock interviews with corporate leaders, along with additional content stemming from a generous donation of time from the Tennessee chapter of Women Corporate Directors and Ernst & Young.

“We are very proud of these 13 women who are positioning themselves to serve on public corporate boards,” said Susan Huggins, executive director of Cable. “It is essential that more corporate boards are aware of the great talent available to them. This academy is just one successful effort to help achieve that goal.”

About Cable and Women on Corporate Boards

Nashville Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with nearly 500 members and a 30-year history of helping women reach their full potential. The organization’s mission of “Connecting Women and Opportunity” has shaped its networking programs and advocacy initiatives, and created a forward-thinking infrastructure for expansion nationally. Cable’s hallmark initiative, Women on Corporate Boards, is dedicated to increasing numbers of women on Tennessee corporate boards and in the executive suite, and to helping lead that movement nationally. Cable is a member of the InterOrganization Network, an alliance of 15 women’s organizations with a common mission across the United States. This provides a national context for benchmarking research and enhances CABLE’s resources to effect positive change in Tennessee. For more information about Cable and Women on Corporate Boards, please visit