Business college debut's Board Walk of Fame honoring gender-diverse companies

By Janel Shoun on 3/1/2011

  
  

 

As part of the Board Walk of Fame 2011 Awards Breakfast today, Lipscomb University College of Business debuted the official Virtual Board Walk of Fame, a permanent interactive display on campus that honors Tennessee’s female CEOs and directors as well as companies within the state that include women directors.
 
The 32 women and 11 companies honored at both the Board Walk of Fame breakfast in Allen Arena and on the Virtual Board Walk of Fame display in the Swang Business Center were identified as part of the 2010 “Women in Corporate Leadership” study, sponsored by Nashville CABLE and released at the breakfast.
 
The Virtual Board Walk of Fame, a kiosk located in the College of Business’ home in the Swang Center, serves as a tangible recognition of the role gender diversity plays in Tennessee’s economic success by listing information on female Tennesseans serving on boards throughout the nation, Tennessee-based companies that have installed women as directors and female CEOs of the state’s public companies as of 2009 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.
 
The Board Walk of Fame will be updated continuously as the College of Business documents the results of progress made through the ongoing “Women in Corporate Leadership” study.
 
To see the 2011 honorees on the Virtual Board Walk of Fame click here.
 
The Virtual Board Walk of Fame display is available for public viewing during normal business hours. Attendees at the breakfast were invited to sign a digital guestbook that will be included in the computer display, and those who wish to show their support of breaking the gender barriers in Tennessee can visit www.adque.com/LUWOCB to sign the digital guestbook.
 
“At Lipscomb, ethical and equal business practices are not something that we view as optional. So we wanted to establish a bricks and mortar declaration to any businessperson, student or citizen who comes to our college that eradicating gender barriers in Tennessee is an important goal, not just because it’s fair, but because it makes sense for the bottom line,” said Turney Stevens, dean of the College of Business and member of the CABLE Advisory Board. “Our hope is that those who see this informational display will be inspired to help move Tennessee from last to first in gender equality in our nation.”
 
The College of Business partnered with CABLE five years ago to conduct a biennial census of SEC filings and document the number of Tennessee women serving as corporate board members and CEOs in public companies. The Lipscomb study, conducted for CABLE, is the only research of its kind in Tennessee.
 
The two previous studies found little improvement. The 2010 study was similar, finding that women remain underrepresented on the boards of directors and in the executive suites of Tennessee’s publicly traded companies. More than 91% of the 617 corporate directors were men at a time when women made up 48.0% of the Tennessee work force. Out of the 72 public corporations, 46% had no female directors at all.
 
To support CABLE’s goal to hold up the state’s more gender-diverse companies as examples to their peers, the Lipscomb College of Business established the Virtual Board Walk of Fame. Beginning March 2, it will list the 11 Tennessee public companies with two or more female directors. According to the study, they are:
 
AmSurg Corp.
Buckeye Technologies Inc.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.
FedEx Corporation
First Farmers & Merchants Corporation
Healthways Inc.
Mountain National Bancshares Inc.
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Tractor Supply Company
Unum Group
Wright Medical Group Inc.

 Also listed in the Virtual Board Walk of Fame will be the 16 female corporate directors of Tennessee public companies, the 15 female Tennessee residents who serve as corporate directors on public companies outside of Tennessee and the first female CEO of a Tennessee public company as of the 2009 SEC filings: Amy Miles, director and CEO of Regal Entertainment Group.

 
These women were also recognized at today’s Board Walk of Fame 2011 Awards Breakfast, held by CABLE and sponsored by the Lipscomb University Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity.
 
 
 
About CABLE
 
Nashville CABLE is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with over 500 members and a 30-year history of helping women reach their full potential.
 
About Lipscomb’s College of Business
 
The mission of Lipscomb’s College of Business is to equip future business leaders with both professional skills and a strong sense of integrity. To that end, the college has established the Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity to serve as a national forum integrating best practices in governance with integrity and faith for corporate leaders.
 
 
 
The Tennessee women business leaders honored in 2011
on the Virtual Board Walk of Fame include:
 
The Grand Prix of Female Leadership
Amy E. Miles
First female CEO of a
Tennessee public company
Director and CEO of Regal Entertainment Group
 
 
 
Tennessee Women who Serve on the Boards of Tennessee’s Public Companies
 
 
 
Pictured from left to right:
Ron Samuels, Avenue Bank president, sponsor
Sue Atkinson (represented by Karen Hargis in photo)
Pinnacle Financial Partners director
Martha Bachman (not pictured)
Green Bancshares director
Darlene Baxter
First Farmers & Merchants Corporation director
Colleen Conway-Welch
Pinnacle Financial Partners director
Katherine Buckman Gibson (not pictured)
Buckeye Technologies director
Claire Gulmi (not pictured)
AmSurg Corp. director
Dr. Rebecca Hawkins 
First Farmers & Merchants Corporation director
Carol Jackson (not pictured)
First Security Group Inc.
Amy Miles (not pictured)
Regal Entertainment Group director
Linda Ogle (not pictured)
Mountain National Bancshares director
Ruth Reams (not pictured)
Mountain National Bancshares director
Linda Rebrovick
HealthStream director
Brenda Rector
J. Alexander's Corporation director
Katie Winchester
First Citizens Bancshares director
Marsha Yessick
Cornerstone Bancshares director
Shirley Zeitlin
O'Charley's director
LoLita Toney, CABLE president
 
 
 
Tennessee Women who Serve on the Boards of Out-of-State Public Companies
 
 
 
From left to right:
Jennifer Banner (represented by
Sophie Yurkoski in photo)
BB&T Corporation director
Lauren Brisky
Abercrombie & Fitch director
Colleen Conway-Welch
RehabCare Group director
Deborah Everhart (not pictured)
Coca Cola Bottling Consolidated director
Linda Goodspeed
American Electric Power director
Columbus McKinnon Corporation director
Nancy Peterson Hearn
Siebert Financial Corp. director
Edith Kelly-Green (not pictured)
Applied Industrial Technologies director
Dr. Linda Norman (not pictured)
Span-America Medical Systems director
Hazel O’Leary
CAMAC Energy director
ITC Holdings Corp. director
Marianne Miller Parrs (not pictured)
CIT Group director
Stanley Black & Decker director
Terry Rappuhn
AGA Medical Holdings director
Cathy Ross (not pictured)
Steelcase Inc. director
Janet Thompson (not pictured)
Autobytel Inc. director
Laurie Tucker
Iron Mountain Inc. director
LoLita Toney, CABLE president
 
 
 
Tennessee Public Companies with Two or More Female Directors
 
 
 
From left to right:
L. Randolph Lowry, Lipscomb University president, sponsor
Kevin Eastridge, chief accounting officer, AmSurg Corp.
Buckeye Technologies Inc. (not pictured)
Michael Woodhouse, CEO, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.
Judith Edge, corporate VP of human relations, FedEx Corporation
T. Randy Stevens, CEO, First Farmers & Merchants Corporation
Mary Chaput, CFO in transition, Healthways Inc.
Mountain National Bancshares Inc. (not pictured)
Karen Hargis, market manager, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Kim Vella, sr. VP & chief people officer, Tractor Supply Company
Nancy Medley, director of service & administration, Unum Group
Wright Medical Group Inc. (not pictured)
LoLita Toney, CABLE president