NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading Women 2018: Yolanda J. Jackson

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Women Yolanda J Jackson Yolanda J. Jackson, an educator, uses the landscape of Music City Nashville to create platforms for teachers and professionals from the entertainment industry to share knowledge to engage students to excel in high school and to gain transferable skills for employment. Yolanda is an educator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Currently, she holds the position of academy coach for Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. As an academy coach, she serves as a liaison between the school and the business community supporting the career academy model. The career academy approach is high school reform that attempts to create a more supportive and personalized learning [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading Women 2018: Dr. Donna Y. Ford

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Women Dr Donna Y Ford Donna Y. Ford, PhD, is Professor of Education and Human Development and Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University. She is the former Betts Chair of Education & Human Development, and currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Special Education and Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ford has been a Professor of Special Education at the Ohio State University, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. Professor Ford earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Education (educational psychology) (1991), Masters of Education degree (counseling) (1988), [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Stuart Tutler

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Stuart Tutler Headmaster of New Hope Academy, Stuart Tutler. leads his staff and faculty with a wonderful balance of grace and truth. God called Stuart to the New Hope Academy family in 2003, transitioning him from a fifteen-year career in the healthcare industry to his current role as educator and leader. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Penn State University. After residing in California for several years, he relocated to Tennessee in 1996 with a desire to find a quiet place to raise his young children. Today he lives in Franklin and his children, [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Tina L. Smith

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Tina L Smith Dr. Tina L. Smith, a native of Alabama currently serves as the interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and interim Chief Diversity Officer at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Smith has served in a variety of roles since joining the university in 2002. Prior to transitioning to the Chancellor’s Office in 2016, Smith was the associate dean of students for inclusion initiatives and cultural competence and liaison and director of the Posse Program from 2013 to 2016. From 2007 to 2013, she served as assistant dean and senior director of student health and wellness. She served in numerous student affairs roles [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Sharon Kay JAZZY 88 WFSK

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Sharon Kay Sharon serves as General Manager at Fisk University’s radio station JAZZY 88 WFSK. When hired in late 2005, Kay was the first female to serve in that capacity in the station’s history. WFSK (formerly WRFN) came to the air in 1973, making it the first African American FM radio station in Nashville. In 2015, she those honored as a Women of Legend & Merit in Media by Tennessee State University, in 2009 was named Nashville’s Best Radio Station General Manager at the 13th Annual Achievement in Radio Awards, making her the first African American to receive the award. Ms. Kay is also well [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Lagra Newman

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Lagra Newman Lagra Newman is the Founder and Head of School of Purpose Preparatory Academy, a high performing elementary school in Nashville, TN. Purpose Prep, a public, non-selective charter school, educates children predominately within the North Nashville community and focuses on strong literacy acquisition. In 2017, Purpose Prep earned Reward status for being among the top 5% of schools in the state of Tennessee for academic performance. A staunch advocate for undeserved communities, Ms. Newman is deeply committed to ensuring that all children have access to quality education. Lagra began her career as an inner-city teacher for Teach for America where she taught fifth grade [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Joyce Espy Searcy

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Joyce Espy Searcy Joyce Espy Searcy is a native of Yazoo City, MS and currently serves as Director of Community Relations at Belmont University. At Belmont, Joyce leads the effort to consistently improve the effectiveness of Belmont’s engagement with neighborhoods, community groups, non-profit organizations and governmental authorities and to increase the level of awareness regarding Belmont’s identity and mission. A graduate of Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities, she has over 46 years of experience in the non-profit and educational arenas. She also attended Harvard Business School’s “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” on full scholarship and completed Vanderbilt’s Owen School’s “Finance and Accounting for Executives”. Joyce is [...]

Sara Zaske, Author Of Achtung Baby: An American Mom On The German Art Of Raising Self-Reliant Children Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Sara Zaske An Entertaining, Enlightening Look at the Art of Raising Self-Reliant, Independent Children Based on One American Mom’s Experiences in Germany When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she knew the transition would be challenging, especially when she became pregnant with her second child. She was surprised to discover that German parents give their children a great deal of freedom―much more than Americans. In Berlin, kids walk to school by themselves, ride the subway alone, cut food with sharp knives, and even play with fire. German parents did not share her fears, and their children were thriving. Was she doing the opposite of what [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. DeAundra Jenkins-Holder

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr DeAundra Jenkins-Holder -The Dream Dr. DeAundra Jenkins-Holder is a native Nashvillian and a career educator with 25 years of service as a teacher, principal and professor. She earned a B.A. from Fisk University, and M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota, an Ed.S. and Ed.D. from Tennessee State University. She began her career in 1993, as the first and only African-American teacher in districts in Minnesota, and subsequently in Utah as well, before returning home to Nashville. She taught high school English and Afro-American studies at Hunters Lane High School, then she became Dean of Students at Maplewood High School. For the next three years, [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Adrienne R. Battle

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Adrienne R Battle Dr. Adrienne Battle currently serves as a Community Superintendent for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Her primary responsibility is supporting all PreK-12 schools in the Southeast Quadrant and all MNPS high schools. Prior to being appointed a Community Superintendent, Dr. Battle served in many capacities as a professional educator. Her tenure includes serving as an Executive Lead Principal, Executive Principal, Network Lead Principal, Curriculum Principal, Teacher, Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University and University of Phoenix. Dr. Battle has a proven track record of facilitating quality learning experiences for students and families across Davidson County. One of her most recent successes as [...]