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: Lt. Leshuan Darnell Oliver

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Lt. Leshuan Oliver Leshuan Darnell Oliver was born in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. Leshuan attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree. Leshuan was hired as a Patrolman for the University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD) after graduation and some of his career highlights at UTPD are as follows: Promoted to the Criminal Investigation Section in May 2008, became a Police Corporal July 2010, received the department’s Community Officer of the Year, and was the 2011 University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Award recipient of the Hardy Liston, Jr. Symbol of Hope. Leshuan continued his career in law enforcement with the Vanderbilt University [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Judge Allegra Montgomery Walker

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Judge Allegra Montgomery Walker Allegra Montgomery Walker was elected to General Sessions Court, Div. IV August 2014. Before being elected, she served an Assistant District Attorney for the Davidson County District Attorneys General’s Office. While serving in that capacity, she focused her practice on Domestic Violence. Upon her departure from the District Attorney’s Office, Judge Walker was recognized by her peers for her work in domestic violence. In addition to serving as a prosecutor, Judge Walker served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Davidson County Public Defender’s Office. Judge Walker earned a B.S. degree from Fisk University in 1993 and a J.D. degree from [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Rita Roberts-Turner

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Rita Robert-Turner Rita Roberts-Turner serves as the chief administrative officer of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority. She began her duties in May 2016. Prior to joining the transit authority, she served as the chief of staff for the Office of the General Counsel at Vanderbilt University. She began a long career in public service in 1998 having worked as an assistant public defender, assistant metropolitan attorney, and later as chief of staff for former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean over a 15-year period. She also served as the director of the Metropolitan Government’s Human Resources Department before joining Vanderbilt University. Roberts-Turner [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Ashley Northington

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Ashley Northington Ashley Northington is an award winning entrepreneur and strategic communications professional. She is passionate about helping people and organizations distill data that transforms into engaging stories that help shape public policy and create new programs, partnerships, and initiatives. As a champion of telling the stories that matter, she is the founder and agency director at DENOR Brands & Public Relations, a public relations, marketing, and brand strategy firm in Tennessee, Louisiana, and beyond. Through her agency, she and her team focus on communication strategies that influence policy and programs in the education, nonprofit, and small business sectors.  Most notably, her team helped message [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dwayne Tucker

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dwayne Tucker Dwayne Tucker is the CEO of DT Consulting, founding the company in December, 2010. Dwayne brings a unique blend of leadership in line, staff and executive management experience, as well as significant executive coaching and management expertise. Serving for nearly 30 years as both a leader of human capital and an Operations Executive in the Financial Services and Transportation industries, Dwayne has held the titles Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO), Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and General Manager with Fortune 500 companies First Data, Northwest Airlines and Alliance Data. As President of Alliance Data’s Transaction Services business unit, Dwayne annually achieved double-digit revenue and [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Rubin Cockrell

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Rubin Cockrell Dr. Cockrell’s Personal Mission Statement- To educate, enrich, and enhance people’s lives so that they may achieve their goals. Dr. Cockrell’s Personal Slogan- “Failure is not an Option, Excuses are not Acceptable, and Excellence must be a way of Life.” – Dr. Rubin Cockrell Dr. Rubin Cockrell is an International Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur and Professor. Dr. Cockrell serves as CEO of Positive Images & Associates, a global firm that specializes in educational leadership, empowerment, and management consulting for clients in over forty-five countries around the world. In his role with the Nashville, TN-based company Dr. Cockrell trains global business leaders, students, government [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Damon R. Cathey

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Damon Cathey Dr. Damon Cathey serves as Community Superintendent of the Northeast Quadrant, overseeing all schools located within the Stratford, McGavock and Maplewood clusters. Dr. Cathey’s 21-year career includes time spent as a teacher, consultant and administrator. Prior to returning to MNPS, Dr. Cathey consulted with Tribal Education, he worked as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Kingsport City Schools. In this role, Damon supervised curriculum implementation K-12 and led the district improvement journey - moving toward non-negotiable goals for student achievement and classroom instruction, providing embedded professional development in literacy and mathematics K-12, and formalizing the use of research-based instructional strategies in [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Yolanda Shields

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Yolanda Shields Yesbuilds CEO Yolanda Shields Nashville native is a business leader and best-selling author. She has over 20 years of experience as a business leader and also does international workforce development and social entrepreneurship work in the continent of Africa and other 3rd World Countries. She is a much sought-after speaker and trainer in the area of small business, entrepreneurship, nonprofit startup and sustainability, fund development, grant writing, diversity, human capital management, career development, and social entrepreneurship. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, France, and Africa. She has earned a B.S. in Education and Social Work (APSU) MBA (HRM and Entrepreneurship). She [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Charles Winfrey

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Charles Winfrey Charles E. Winfrey, Jr is a well-known financial expert in the matters of retirement income planning. Since 1995, he has assisted clients to preserve their capital, increase their income, avoid estate taxes, and protect their estate values. He has advised physicians and business owners approaching retirement, retired teachers and retired AT&T, NES, HCA, Nissan and Vanderbilt employees. His unique retirement and estate planning seminars have been very popular among retirees and pre-retirees. Charles is best known as author of the books “Seven Secrets to Financial Success”, “Rollover Mistakes Retirees Make” and his latest book “Legacy.” Charles is a graduate of the University of [...]