NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Morgan Mansa

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Matia Powell Morgan Mansa serves as the Executive Director of The Barnes Housing Trust Fund, a grant program within the Office of Mayor Megan Barry. In this role, Mansa oversees The Barnes Fund and Metropolitan Housing Trust Fund Commission, increases awareness of the importance of affordable housing funding and development, and manages property disposal and deed restriction processes. Mansa, an experienced affordable and fair housing advocate, has an extensive background in nonprofit, public, and private sectors, working most recently in the Research & Planning Division of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. Prior to this position, Morgan was the Executive Director of Chicago Area Fair Housing [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Matia Smith

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Matia Powell Born & raised in rural West Tennessee, Matia is a connector with a passion for service. As the Vice President of Community Engagement at Alignment Nashville, Matia is responsible streamlining the missions and resources of more than 150 partner organizations and 300 Alignment Team members to support the strategic plan of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). Prior to joining Alignment Nashville, Matia spent six years in the Communications Department for MNPS. During her tenure, she lead efforts to restructure both internal and external communications, harnessing the power of social media to help MNPS more effectively communicate with families and stakeholders. She played a [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Laini Brown

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Laini Brown Laini Brown was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 1st to Kenneth Brown a graphic artist and Marie Brown a literary agent, prior to her first birthday the family relocated to New York City. In 1996 she moved to Nashville. In 2000 she enrolled at Tennessee State University as a full time student majoring in Mass Communications. While at TSU Brown was the director of TSU News. In 2004 Brown graduated from TSU with a B.S. degree in Mass communications, and began searching for a career that was in line with her degree. In 2005 Brown was hired by Hachette Book Group [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Reggie Smith

Click To Here Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Reggie Smith Reggie Smith is a native of Murfreesboro, TN. He works as a Client Service Advisor with Pinnacle Financial Partners and has over ten years of experience in retail banking operations. Reggie started his banking career with Wachovia/Wells Fargo before joining the Avenue Bank/Pinnacle team. In his current role, he works with Small Businesses and Private Banking clients to help meet their banking needs. His mission at Pinnacle is to provide clients with distinctive financial service and effective advise and to make a positive impact on the community. Reggie is active in the community, including co-founding a non-profit with his wife Lashaunda that focused on [...]

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: Rasheedat Fetuga

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Rasheedat Fetuga Mother, teacher, mentor and internationally acclaimed activist, Rasheedat Fetuga is a visionary with a revolutionary style of leadership and activism that transforms communities through self-empowerment, creativity, healing and love. A birth, adoptive and surrogate mother of too many children to count, Rasheedat embraces her divine gift for loving and protecting children and has dedicated her life to doing just so. Rasheedat is the founder and CEO of Gideon’s Army, a grassroots army for children eliminating the root causes of the prison pipeline. With a reputation for powerful grassroots action, Gideon’s Army embodies a new way of organizing that is both powerful and strategic. [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Rita Mitchell

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Rita Mitchell Executive Vice President & Manager Private Client Services Middle Tennessee First Tennessee Bank Rita Mitchell is Executive Vice President & Manager of Private Client Services for First Tennessee Bank. In this role she manages Private Banking, Medical Private Banking, and the Family Office for Middle Tennessee. Rita has over 38 years of financial services experience. Rita earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is a graduate of the Advanced Business program of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. In addition, Rita is licensed as an insurance representative in the areas of life, health, property and [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Perri Dugard Owens

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Perri Dugard Owens PERRI DUGARD OWENS | President & CEO of duGard Communications (dGC) – is an experienced communications, public relations and marketing professional and has developed strategies and programs for clients of varying sizes and multiple industries. She brings proven leadership in developing media relations initiatives, launching major brands, creating measurable results, along with building awareness to achieve goals through various media channels. Her experience includes internal, external and crisis communications, advertising, social media and digital strategy. As a result, Perri has been able to utilize her skills in meaningful ways within transit/transportation, healthcare, non-profit, music/entertainment, tourism, financial services, faith-based and religious institutions as [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Justin L. Harris

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Justin Harris Justin L Harris is a certified Human Resources Professional, Practitioner, Writer/Blogger (www.UnlikelyHRGuy.com, www.PerformanceICreate.com), specializing in Management Development and Organizational Behavior. For well over 15 years he has inspired and led managers in broadcasting, higher education, banking, and in the retail industry. He prides himself on being an "Unlikely HR Guy", using a practical, consultative approach to educate on engagement, performance, inclusion, compliance and communication. Justin currently serves as the HR Director and Business Partner for the Nashville and Knoxville properties of the E.W. Scripps Company, which includes Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 Network. Prior to advising members of the local media, Justin was the Director [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Taiisha Bradley

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Taiisha Bradley Taiisha Bradley, MA was appointed Marketing Manager at The Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro in 2017. In this role, she creates and implements innovative multimedia marketing strategies that attract new patrons, while retaining and deepening relationships with current patrons. Taiisha comes to the Center with more than 11 years of experience in nonprofit communications and 18 years of marketing and branding. This role also works with community leaders, businesses and organizations to represent Downtown Murfreesboro as the vibrant hub of shopping, dining, and arts entertainment that it is. Prior to this role, Taiisha worked as a foster parent recruiter and trainer in [...]