Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Women Elaine Fisher Cato
As we enjoy Black History Month, Elaine Fisher Cato, M.Ed., is excited for her new appointment as Chair for the National Congress of Black Women, Nashville Chapter (NCBW) headquartered out of Washington, DC with an endeavor to advocate for African American women. Ms.Cato is also a businesswoman, entrepreneur, innovator, educator, model and a proud Mom to two wonderful daughters.
Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Ms. Cato is an alumna of Tennessee State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. During her matriculation, Ms. Cato excelled on the dean’s list and was head majorette for the Aristocrat of Marching Bands all the while holding a part-time job. She continued on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of Connecticut and prides herself as a member of the prestigious Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The former JET Beauty of the Week is also a former Miss Black Tennessee and Miss Black USA for which in a circle of life, she served for six years as executive state director for the Miss Black Tennessee USA Scholarship Pageant.
As she embarked on her professional career in banking, education and real estate, Ms. Cato always inspired for something even greater and has never been afraid of failure. As an innovator, Ms. Cato succeeded in becoming first-runner up for ABC’s national reality show ‘American Inventor II’. With strong determination, Ms. Cato outshined thousands of other contestants to become a finalist to present her invention of her self-patented ‘Convertible Backless Bra’. As a testament to her outstanding ingenuity, Ms. Cato was the first and only contestant to ever have her product brought to the mass market with a promotional tour in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada in partnership with the intimate apparel company Maidenform.
Currently, Ms. Cato is working on new patents for other innovative projects through the foresight of Modern Innovations & Elaine Cato Creations. She also currently serve on the Advisory Board for the Nashville International Black Film Festival (IBFF). As a member of The United Inventors Association (UIA) and after commissioning as a panelist for various organizations (e.g., Chicago Black Inventors Association and the National Black MBA Association), Ms. Cato aspires to continue educating others by sharing her knowledge of taking a unique inventive concept from idea to market.
Ms. Cato’s philosophy: “Make use of your God given talents to create life changing opportunities”.