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Cable Executive Leadership Academy

A Partnership of Nashville Cable and Lipscomb University

You told us what you wanted. We've designed it just for you—a leadership certificate program to match your needs. Complete a leadership certificate in four week days! We offer four courses you requested taught by successful Nashville and national leaders and scholars, and as a Cable member, you have a seat at the table to meet and learn from leaders from Nashville and across the US in courses designed just for you.

Whether just starting your career, transitioning into your encore career, or anywhere in between, this program will help you develop or refresh your leadership skills for the 21st century.

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Spring Session One: April 11-12, 2019.
Deadline to register Wednesday April 3. 


For more information, contact Linda Peek Schacht.

If you are not a Cable member, you may register and pay your Cable dues at the first session. If you plan to do this, please contact Linda Peek Schacht or visit the Nashville Cable website to join.

The additional courses for the Foundations of 21st Century Leadership certificate (CABLE 3001 and CABLE 4001) will be offered in May-June 2019. All graduates of previous Cable Leadership Academies are also eligible for advanced leadership courses. Completion of the four foundations courses is required to enter advanced courses.

Course Descriptions

Faculty and Guest Speakers

Participants in this theory-to-practice executive education program engage internationally known faculty, local and statewide leaders including:

  • Catherine Cate, Executive Director, Leadership Tennessee and Director of Community Spring 2016

  • Dorie Clark, Harvard Business Press author of Reinventing You and Stand Out 

  • Aerial Ellis, Instructor in Public Relations; Fellow at the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations; Adviser in Public Relations at the Student Society of America; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication and Journalism at Lipscomb University.

  • Joey Hatch, Executive Vice President / General Manager for Skanska USA in the Midwest U.S. overseeing offices in Tennessee and Ohio.

  • Gini Pupo-Walker, Senior Director of Education Policy and Strategic Growth, Conexión Américas 

  • Jennifer Purdom, Human Resource Business Partner, Change Healthcare

  • Dr. Astrid Sheil, Author and expert in the Hermann Brain Dominance Index leadership development assessment, which is included in the course fee. Dr. Sheil teaches in both College of Business and School of Communications at University of California San Bernardino. A corporate executive before entering academia, she is an author and 2015-2016 American Council on Education Fellow.

  • Linda Peek Schacht, Former Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business and Government, former Vice President for Global Communications and Public Affairs Strategy of The Coca-Cola Company, White House veteran, and founding director of the Nelson and Sue Andrews institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb University.  Linda also serves as the Leader in Residence, Associate Professor of Practice and Strategic Adviser to the Dean in the College of Leadership and Public Service at Lipscomb University.

  • Michelle Cummings Steele, Academic Director and Assistant Professor in the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership for the College of Leadership and Public Service at Lipscomb University.

  • Diane Watson, Leadership Coach