NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Denise D. Bentley

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Denise Bentley Denise Bentley, a native of Nashville, holds a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Ms. Bentley is the Executive Director of Tennessee Youth Courts, Inc. (TYC), a nonprofit that focuses on juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention. In addition, Bentley serves as adjunct faculty for Argosy University teaching criminal law-related courses as well as working with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Vanderbilt University. Before coming to TYC, Ms. Bentley was the program director for the Tennessee Youth Court Program, a teen-driven juvenile delinquency prevention/intervention diversion program based on restorative justice. Youth courts have been an [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Chef Batts

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Chef Keith Batts Keith Batts, professionally known as Chef Batts, was born in Nashville, TN. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Chef Batts, LLC, Keith has branded himself as the front-runner of the new millennium chef. After receiving his Bachelors degree in Business Management from Tennessee State University, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a chef. In pursuit, Charlotte, NC is where Keith went next. In Charlotte, he received his culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University with magna cum laude honors. Upon graduation Keith returned home for an internship with Tomkats Catering. While on the Tomkats team, he traveled to [...]

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: Angela Mitchell Hill

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Angela Mitchell Hill With over 20 years of experience, Angela Mitchell Hill maintains her mission to educate and empower through a unique culture and industry methodology that inspires and assist thousands in achieving their goals. A skilled speaker and teacher, she provides education and empowerment to manicuring and cosmetology schools, students and professionals. Angela serves on educational boards, mentors, employs, writes and consults. Many lives have been positively impacted by her knowledge, experience and insight. In addition to being a mother, tenured airport concessionaire and entrepreneur, she supports various nonprofits, social enterprises and community/small business development initiatives. In the words of Ms. Mitchell Hill, "Faith, [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Tequila Johnson

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Tequila Johnson Tequila Johnson has 10 years of experience in community outreach, community organizing, business strategy, development, and project management. Tequila is the Co-Founder and Vice President of The Equity Alliance, a Nashville-based grassroots non-profit that equips citizens with tools and strategies to engage in the civic process. Through her involvement in local politics and community organizing, Tequila is a strong champion of equality and political engagement for ethnic minority communities. She also serves as Co-Founder and board member of the Power of Ten PAC where she helps to equip minority candidates with the tools and strategies needed to operate successful political campaigns. She is [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Renita Joy Jackson Perkins

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Renita Perkins Renita Joy Jackson Perkins was born in Nashville Tennessee. She is a product of Metro Nashville Public Schools. She graduated with honors. She received her Masters in Administration and Supervision, as well as an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) all from Tennessee State University. Currently, she is scheduled for completion of her doctorate degree in May of 2019. Renita Perkins is married to Chancelor Russell T. Perkins. They have four well established, thriving adult children, all products of Metro Nashville Public Schools. A Reading Specialist that works for Metro Nashville Public School, a Nurse, a Veterinarian and a Businessman and she has eight beautiful [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Kyonzté Hughes-Toombs

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Kyonzte Hughes-Toombs Kyonzté Hughes-Toombs currently serves as Deputy General Counsel with the Tennessee Department of Health. She has practiced healthcare and administrative law with the Department for over seven years. In addition to advising the Medical Laboratory Board and the Council on Certified Professional Midwifery, she oversees the advisement and prosecution of disciplinary cases before several regulatory boards, including the Board of Pharmacy, the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities, the Emergency Medical Services Board, and the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Prior to working for the Department, Kyonzté owned her own solo firm practicing family and criminal law. Kyonzté has also worked for a [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. James Bailey

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr James K Bailey Dr. James K. Bailey, III is the phenomenal Pastor of Sweet Savior church and an outstanding Executive Administrator at Whites Creek High School within the Metropolitan Nashville Public School District. Most importantly he is a dedicated family man. On June 5, 1993, he wedded Shemika Hambrick-Bailey, who works diligently in service along with her husband. Out of this union they have two beautiful daughters Ja'Mika and Ja'Mecia Bailey who are both college graduates. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from American Baptist College with a major in Bible and Theology and a minor in Church Vocations. He has also earned [...]

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 [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Danielle Whitworth Barnes

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Danielle Whitworth Barnes Danielle Whitworth Barnes serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The Department provides services to over two million Tennesseans each year through programs such as Families First, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Child Support, Child Care Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Disability Determination Services, Adult Protective Services, Child and Adult Food Program and Social Services Block Grant. Operating a budget of over $2.6 billion and providing leadership to almost 5,000 employees, Ms. Barnes continues to drive for strong results for individuals, families and communities through meaningful work outcomes and community partnerships. Prior to joining [...]