By Janel Shoun on 8/1/2011
A Lipscomb University business professor and an alumni serving as an adjunct professor were selected among the 14 winners of the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELA), given annually by the Nashville Area Chamber and YP Nashville (Young Professionals Nashville).
Lipscomb faculty winners were Allison Duke (‘02), Lipscomb University’s assistant professor of management and director of the Master of Human Resources program, and Jacob Arthur (‘08), of FDH Consulting and an adjunct professor in the information security program.
The Nashville chamber annually nominates 50 of Nashville’s young professionals who are making significant accomplishments in their chosen career fields along with a commitment and contribution to the community. The 2011 NELA award winners represent the top young professionals under 40 in 14 classifications who are making a difference in their industry and the community.
Lipscomb-related individuals who were among the 50 nominees included: John Lowry, assistant dean of executive education and alumni William Paddock (‘09), owner of WAP Sustainability, Peter Westerholm (‘99), with the state of Tennessee, Kolin B. Holladay (‘94), of Adams and Reese LLP and Kyle W. Duke (‘02) of HealthSpring.
The awards dinner, where the final 14 were chosen, was held on the Lipscomb campus on Thursday, July 28. The Lipscomb University College of Business is a sponsor of the annual NELA awards event.
Lipscomb congratulates its two emerging leaders:
Duke won the NELA education category, which honors any individual whose business or primary job responsibilities focus on the educational development and well-being of the Nashville area.
Duke has worked in the education field since 1997. She started her career as a high school teacher, then became a community college instructor, and she is now an assistant professor of management at Lipscomb University.
In addition to her full teaching load, Duke created the master’s program for human resources at Lipscomb, featuring a concentration in conflict management. The first class of 18 students is graduating this August.
Between 2007 and 2010, she also worked with CABLE to conduct a three-year “Women in Corporate Leadership” study, which has garnered statewide recognition. Duke stays active in the community as a board member of Youth Encouragement Services (YES) and a volunteer for Room in the Inn, Brentwood Hills Children’s Ministry and Nashville Rescue Mission Hope Center. Since 2005, she has also been involved with a boys’ home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Arthur won in the NELA technology category, which honors any individual whose business or primary job responsibilities focus on the technology needs of an organization.
Arthur created Frasier, Dean & Howard (FDH) Consulting’s security consulting division, and is one of the top penetration testers in the Nashville area.
Arthur is a Microsoft Certified Professional and holds the Subject Matter Expert designation on Windows Server 2003. He has also assisted in the development of certification tests for Microsoft learning. Arthur is an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University, and has helped more than 600 local students prepare for the ACT exam.
He is an active volunteer with City of Children Mission Team in Ensenada, Mexico, and he was actively involved in rebuilding and relief efforts in New Orleans in 2007 and after the Nashville flood in 2010. Arthur’s professional associations include the Nashville Technology Council and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Click here to see Tennessean coverage of the NELA Awards