Lipscomb’s Allen Arena was full of community leaders, award recipients, Cable’s Corporate Board Academy Class of 2015, Cable Nashville members and directors, sponsors and guests as Maryann Bruce’s keynote speech reminded us all about what’s truly important. It is probably exactly what you thought it was; the time spent with loved ones, the ‘unplanned’ circumstances in life, and the possibility of a curveball that we just can’t control.
Among the impressive group of business men and women networking at the early hour of 7am this morning, inductees of the 2015 Board Walk of Fame included Nancy Falls, Cynthia Gibson, Elaine MacDonald, Emily Reynolds, Karen Saul, Melody Sullivan and Pam Stephens. All of these women have served on public or private boards with revenues, market cap and/or assets greater than $200 million. All of them have 17 different hats that they wear at any given moment, and all of them with accolades, accomplishments, board and c-suite positions, and accomplishments that are simply stunning.
Between these incredible women that are woven into the fabric of Nashville’s legacy and the keynote speaker who quite literally has cheated death numerous times to include her experience as a survivor of flight 1549 crashing into the Hudson River, the room was full of inspiration, hope, motivation and empowerment that may not have been there when we started. The miracle of watching the positive energy envelop the room was a sight to behold, and I am reminded of how lucky I am to be in a city where folks like this walk among us every day.
Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of diverse professionals committed to connecting women and opportunity. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the organization and am becoming more involved. I highly recommend it for any professionals who wish to connect with more of our city’s influencers and leaders. The programs are robust and impressive and I often leave a keynote speaker’s presentation emotionally charged and refreshed to tackle another week; as was the case with the incredible Maryann Bruce.
To learn more about the woman with seemingly nine lives who is on “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” list and the independent director for an NYSE traded holding company, MBIA Inc., click here.
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Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees in the Board Walk of Fame, and to the corporate board academy members! I appreciate the opportunity to be a business owner in an environment that supports and promotes small business and recognizes leaders. I look forward to getting to know more members of the business community and hope to create strategic alliances that are beneficial to all parties, always. For more on my company, please visit www.thechefandicatering.com
And remember, life is short! It might as well be delicious. ~ Erica Rains, CEO, The Chef and I Nashville
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