Lipscomb’s Andrews Institute and CABLE launch CABLE Leadership Academy

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Responding to the need for leadership training for women at all stages of their careers, Lipscomb University’s Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership and CABLE, a professional networking organization for women, will launch the first CABLE Leadership Academy on Saturday, May 19.

bell_tower_1“Just as great communities are intentional not accidental, so are leaders. CABLE has a long history of being intentional in the development of women leaders and we are honored to partner with them to develop and deliver the CABLE Leadership Academy at the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. Lipscomb's partnership with CABLE, which includes the Women on Corporate Boards initiative supported by Lipscomb's College of Business, takes another step forward with the launch of this first class,” said Linda Peek Schacht, executive director of the Andrews Institute. 

The program is designed for women who are just beginning their careers, transitioning into a new career or anyone wishing to refresh their leadership skills. Participants will learn from instructors from national public, private and non-profit organizations, including Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

“CABLE is delighted to partner with the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb to roll out the first cohort class of the CABLE Leadership Academy. This is a leadership development certificate program that will enable our members and sponsors' employees to improve their leadership skills to advance their careers,” said Susan Huggins, executive director of CABLE.

Outgoing CABLE President Sandra Vance will welcome the inaugural class that includes private, public and nonprofit leaders representing major CABLE sponsors Deloitte and FirstBank along with a variety of other organizations and businesses including Zeitlin & Co.; Realtors; HOAR Construction; Nissan; Allstate Insurance Co.; Tennessee Valley Authority; AMF Financial Group; Lovell Communications; Rudy, Wood, Winstead & Williams; AT&T; and FirstBank. The program is offered exclusively to CABLE members and was customized in response to membership surveys.  Sessions will be held at the Andrews Institute on the Lipscomb campus in Green Hills and also at the university’s new Cool Springs location later in 2012.

The CABLE Leadership Academy is a ten-session program that will explore a variety of topics including: 

  • Developing as a Leader: Focusing on core elements of leadership including a study of and interaction with successful leaders as well as an assessment of participants’ management and leadership styles;
  • 21st Century Leadership: Managing and leading across generations, cultures and sectors in communities and organizations;
  • Compelling Vision, Distinctive Voice: Effective communication and influencing others in a digital age; and
  • From Vision to Strategy to Results: Strategic planning and execution in communities and organizations through collaborative leadership.

In addition to Schacht and other Lipscomb faculty, instructors for the 2012-13 Academy classes are successful female leaders and scholars from across the country including:

  • Agenia Clark, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee;
  • Barbara Kellerman, the James MacGregory Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and founding executive director of the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership;
  • Lydia Lenker, executive-in-residence at the Andrews Institute and press secretary to former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen from 2003 to 2011, which follows a long career as a broadcast journalist in radio and television news;
  • Astrid Sheil, associate professor of communication studies at California State University, San Bernadino, and author of Dynamic Public Relations: The 24/7 PR Cycle;
  • Deborah Taylor Tate, executive-in-residence in Lipscomb’s department of communication and journalism and former Federal Communication Commission commissioner; and
  • Kathy Cloninger, CEO emeritus of Girl Scouts of the USA and advocate for girls’ and women’s issues.

Classes will include leadership exercises led by Cathy Cate, Andrews Institute director of community leadership programs and former executive director of Leadership Blount. The inaugural class will complete the certificate program on Saturday, July 14, after meeting Tuesday evenings for eight weeks.

For more information about the upcoming fall CABLE Leadership Academy program, visit or 615.966.6155.

About the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership

Founded in October 2010 to build on the legacy of Nashville leader Nelson Andrews, the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership promotes and showcases private, public and nonprofit leaders working together for the common good. Its programs engage emerging and current leaders in the study and practice of this collaborative leadership model. These include a Master of Arts in Civic Leadership, Citizen Leadership Academies on critical community issues, and customized programming for civic and community leadership groups, including Nashville’s CABLE.


Nashville CABLE is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with more than 600 members and a 30-year history of helping women reach their full potential.  The organization’s mission of “Connecting Women and Opportunity has shaped its networking programs and advocacy initiatives, and created a forward-thinking infrastructure for expansion nationally. CABLE is a member of the InterOrganization Network (ION), an alliance of 15 women’s organizations with a common mission across the U.S.  This provides a national context for benchmarking research and enhances our resources to effect positive change in Tennessee.  For more information about CABLE, visit