Kathy Jones, RutherfordCABLE President, announced the inaugural class of the RutherfordCABLE Center for executive Leadership (CEL) Academy, a brand new leadership development program. RutherfordCABLE created the program in partnership with Nissan and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Paul A. Martin Honors College, which developed and will instruct the advanced leadership curriculum.
“This advanced leadership development program focuses on the tenets of executive leadership, including developing and leading teams, diversity, servant leadership, ethics and financial analysis,” Jones said. “We are very pleased to announce that we have a full first class, with 26 Rutherford County businesswomen as participants.”
“Developing and supporting strong leaders is the benchmark of our corporate success,”said Nissan Vice President of Manufacturing, Susan Brennan. “In order to effectively compete in a worldwide marketplace, we must continue to strengthen all leaders within Nissan and in the communities we serve.”
Jones added thatmembers’ reception of the new program was incredible. “We even had a waiting list. We had multiple applications for the two scholarships funded by Nissan and the one scholarship funded by the five RutherfordCABLE founders.” Lieutenant Monica Seiler, Corps Officer/Executive Director, The Salvation Army of Rutherford County, received a full scholarship from RutherfordCABLE Founders’ to participate.
"I'm excited to be a member of the inaugural Academy,” Seiler said. “This program will enable me to better lead our Army forward as we continue to teach responsibility, accountability and sustainability. The skills I gain at the Academy will be put back to work in the community as I share this knowledge with our Life Recovery Program shelter residents and our staff team."
The five founders of RutherfordCABLE (founded in 2009) Rebecca Climer, Stephanie Brackman, Andrea Loughry, Terri Sterling, and Robbi Uselton, provided one scholarship
to a RutherfordCABLE member. The Founders’ scholarship was awarded to Lieutenant Monica Seiler, Corps officer and pastor at The Salvation Army in Murfreesboro. Nissan provided two scholarships, which were awarded to Lindsey Fournier, Development Coordinator at Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation and Dawn Nasoori, KBR Strategies. The fee for the 10-week program is $495 per person.
“The most exciting part of the Center for Executive Leadership is learning alongside other powerful business women,” said Jennifer Seratt, Principal, Provident Consulting, Inc. and RutherfordCABLE member. “I have an MBA, but being in a classroom with other business leaders promises to be a much more in-depth learning experience. I can't wait to use what I learn to empower the nonprofit leaders I work with everyday to be creative problem solvers and servant leaders.”
Jones said the 10-week course meets at the MTSU Honors College with one session at the Nissan vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, and will center on “participants taking their skills and talents to the next level through higher-level coursework, challenging classroom discussion and focused reading materials.” Coursework begins Sept. 4. An Advanced Academy course, which will be focused on experiential learning and involvement, will be open to all Phase I participants, and will begin in January 2014.
The program was developed, administered and the majority of the instruction is by Dr. David Foote and Dr. Earl Thomas, Professors in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and Middle Tennessee State University Institute of Leadership Excellence.
RutherfordCABLE Members and Inaugural CEL Academy participants are:
- Lisa Bass, Middle Tennessee State University
- Amelia Bozeman, Business Education Partnership
- Candy Crim, Staffmark
- Anne Davis, Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation
- Beverly O. Davis, LPL Financial
- Anita Dozier, Coley & Coley Family Eye Care
- Kim Eischeid, Claiborne & Taylor
- Lindsey Fournier, Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation
- Kathy Jones, Stewart Title
- Veronica King, Discovery Center
- Paula Mansfield, First Tennessee Bank
- Melissa Marr, Nissan
- Mary Meisenbach, City Tile & Floor Covering
- Nicki Mullins, Nissan
- Dawn Nasoori, KBR Strategies
- Nicole Nulph, Nissan
- Jean Anne Rogers, Jean Anne Rogers Optometrist
- Monica Seiler, Salvation Army
- Jennifer Seratt, Provident Consulting, Inc.
- Felicia Shirley, Nissan
- Terri Schultz, Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity
- Jill Spry, State Farm
- Terri Sterling, Sterling Communications
- Carolyn Tumbleson, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties
- Dawn White, TheVacuumCenter.com/TheSewingCenter.com
- Lori Williams, Murfreesboro Electric Department
About RutherfordCABLE RutherfordCABLE is a five-year-old organization of more than 180 members providing professional and personal development, as well as business growth, through building long-term relationships and structured networking and referrals. The organization is the first chapter of the 30-year-old NashvilleCABLE. Monthly breakfast meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, with informal networking beginning at 7:30 a.m., followed by structured, facilitated networking and a top keynote speaker. Meetings are concluded by 9 a.m. Free networking events are held monthly, as well as a Reading Group, outreach events and activities, workshops and more. The organization’s mission is “Connecting Women and Opportunity.” For more information, and to join RutherfordCABLE, visit rutherfordcable.org.
About Nissan North America In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.