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NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading Women 2018: Jamie Dunham

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Women Jamie Dunham Jamie Dunham leads Brand Wise, a brand strategy firm with a focus on building cultural relevancy for brands. A postmodernist on the subject of branding, Dunham works to ensure consistent branding across all consumer touchpoints to tell their brand story and engage consumers. Her popular blog www.TheLipstickEconomy.com offers perspectives on marketing to the 108 million adult women in the U.S. that make 85% of all consumer purchases. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to blogs and news media. Jamie has provided counsel to many consumer and non-profit sectors whose audience are women. Brands she has helped guide include Beaches of South Walton, CareNow [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Deborah A. Cole

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Deborah A Cole-Citizens Deborah A. Cole, a native Tennessean is a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee where she earned, with high distinction, the Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration Degrees. She has completed numerous technical, regulatory, lending and strategic planning courses as part of her on-going bank related education and is a Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer. She is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received certification as a Trust Operations Specialist from the Cannon Financial Institute at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Deborah [...]

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: 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 [...]