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Leadership Nashville announces 2017-18 class

Leadership Nashville Announces 2017-18 Class

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Leadership Nashville has announced its 2017-18 class. The organization, founded in 1976, will bring together some of the city s top leaders for a nine-month program to discuss issues such as government, media, education, business, labor, diversity, quality of life, human services, health, arts, entertainment, and crime and criminal justice. The program will begin in September.

We do not attempt to pass out solutions, said Leadership Nashville Executive Director Jerry B. Williams. In fact, our participants are so diverse that they would never agree with each other. Instead, we expose them to various viewpoints on each issue, believing that Nashville will be stronger because decisions these leaders make in the future will come from a broadened, enlightened perspective. Participants were chosen from more than 260 applicants.

The 2017-18 Leadership Nashville class:

Brian Abrahamson, vice president, human resources and communications, Ryman Hospitality Properties

Anna Claire Bowen, clinical director, Voices for Children, and president, Junior Chamber of Commerce

Grant F. Boyd, managing director, private wealth, SunTrust Bank

Scott D. Carey, office managing shareholder, Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Paul M. Connelly, vice president and chief information security officer, HCA

Stephen C. (Steve) Cook, executive managing director, LFM Capital Partners

David (Buck) Dellinger, COO, Metropolitan Development Housing Agency

Steven K. (Steve) Ertel, vice chancellor for communications, Vanderbilt University

Richard (Rick) Ewing IV, director, customer success management, Oracle Corp.

Cherae M. Farmer-Dixon, DDS, dean, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

Monica C. Fawknotson, executive director, Metro Sports Authority

Shan Foster, senior director of external affairs and MEND, YWCA

Thomas C. (Tom) Harwell, partner and director of leading and marketing, Eakin Partners

Vanessa J. Hickman, chief administrative officer, Metro Nashville Airport Authority

Jennifer O. Hillen, president-elect, Junior League of Nashville, and director, accounting and tax programs, National Business Officers Association

Tina K. Hodges, CEO and chief experience officer, Advance Financial

Bobby J. Joslin Jr., CEO, Joslin & Son Signs

Penny G. Judd, president, PennAvenue Strategies

Brock Kidd, founding partner, Pinnacle Asset Management; private wealth manager, Raymond James Financial Services

Tracy Kornet, news anchor/reporter, WSMV-TV4

Jason Locke, deputy director, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

John R. Lowry, vice president of development and external affairs, Lipscomb University

Wanda C. Lyle, managing director/general manager, UBS Nashville Business Solutions Center

Rhonda L. Marko, president and CEO, Destination Nashville

Frederick (Rick) Martin, senior director, Compassion Forward, Asurion

Marcia A. Masulla, founder and managing partner, Nashville Fashion Week; CEO, Roar Nashville

Mendy C. Mazzo, vice president of business development, Skanska USA

E. Marlee Mitchell, partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis

Tyson Moore, market president, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; market executive, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Central and West Tennessee

Charles (Charlie) Nelson, president, Nelson s Green Brier Distillery

Thomas F. (Freddie) O Connell, Metro councilman, 19th District

David E. Plazas, opinion engagement editor, The Tennessean; deputy director, opinion and engagement, USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee

Stephanie M. Pruitt, poet and founder, Mind Your Own Creative Business

Jennifer H. Puryear, community volunteer and president, Bacon on the Bookshelf

Sylvia Rapoport, president, The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park

Michael J. Regier, general counsel and secretary, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Lauri Rice, co-senior rabbi, Congregation Micah

Courtney Ross, chief economic development officer, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Tara Scarlett, president and CEO, Scarlett Family Foundation

George H. Schultz, Mid America regional credit executive, Regions Bank

Jamaal B.Sheats, director and curator, Fisk University Galleries

Anna J. Shepherd, chair, Metro Nashville Public Schools Board of Education

Amber M. Sims, chief strategy officer, Saint Thomas Health System

KatyVarney, partner, MFP Public Relations

Stacy Widelitz, composer/president, Stacy Widelitz Music

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