NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dannelle Walker Whiteside

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dannelle Walker Whiteside-General Counsel Dannelle Walker Whiteside currently serves as General Counsel for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where she leads the APSU Office of Legal Affairs and serves as secretary for the University’s Board of Trustees. She has worked extensively in the areas of education law and policy and has dedicated her career to promoting equal access to education. Ms. Whiteside previously served as General Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, in Philadelphia, PA where she reviewed, evaluated, and resolved complex and sensitive cases ranging from sexual violence to disability discrimination, in both the elementary and postsecondary [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Laquita Stribling

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Laquita Stribling Over the last two decades, Laquita Stribling has worked her way up from entry-level associate to senior vice president at Ranstad USA. Laquita is now responsible for four districts and nine offices across three states, approximately 1,500 employees and over $40 million in revenue. In addition to her impressive career, Laquita has been extremely influential in her community. Her passion to give her time to community service is driven by the scripture: “To whom much is given, much is required.” Laquita pays it forward every day. She sees the work she does at Randstad to be a ministry. It's very rewarding to help [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Yolanda S. Greene

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Yolanda S Greene Yolanda Greene serves as Rutherford County Market President with First Tennessee Bank. Yolanda shares more than 18- years of banking and leadership experience. Spending all of her career serving the Rutherford County and Tennessee Market, Yolanda has held various roles within the Commercial, Business Bank, Credit and Community Segments. Greene’s expertise and experience with multiple lines of business, allows her to provide local leadership and delivery to the Rutherford County Market through supporting commercial, consumer and community segments with Reliable, Relationship and Relevant Banking. Yolanda is an alumni of Leadership Rutherford and has been honored as the 2017 Nashville Business Journal 40 [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Harry L. Allen

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Harry L Allen Studio Bank Harry L. Allen, is co-founder and chief relationship officer of Studio Bank (In Organization), a new boutique bank serving Nashville and opening later in 2018. As a co-founder, Mr. Allen has been integral in the formation stage of the bank including recruiting members of the executive team, board of directors, and initial investors of the new bank, helping raise $40 million in start-up capital. Mr. Allen will serve as the Bank’s lead business development officer, supporting and representing the Bank’s commercial lending line of business and informing and shaping the Bank’s approach to relationship management. Mr. Allen will manage the [...]

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 [...]