Speaker Directory

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has created a Speaker Directory to provide a list of Nashville area speakers who have expertise on business related topics. Speaker participation is limited to representatives of Engage level and above Chamber members and Partnership investors.

The Chamber reserves the right to refuse participation by any proposed speaker at its discretion. Please note that this is not a promotional or sales opportunity, but an opportunity to provide education to civic and other organizations that seek speakers for their professional meetings. If you would like to be listed on this page, click here to fill out our application

Click the categories below to view the featured speakers.

Disclaimer: This Speaker Directory is provided as a source of information only. The goal is to help connect organizations with prospective speakers. All arrangements must be made directly between the organization and the speaker. The views and opinions expressed by speakers are not necessarily those of the Chamber. The Chamber is not responsible for any statements or actions of the speakers.

Business

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is the Founder and CEO of Mployer Advisor, the nation's leading digital marketplace for insurance advisor ratings and reviews with an industry-first broker rating, M Score. Prior to founding Mployer Advisor in 2019, Brian worked at the nation's largest publicly traded healthcare system, HCA Healthcare, for a decade. At HCA Healthcare, Freeman held several progressive leadership roles in the strategy group before leading finance and analytics for multiple lines of business. Across each role, Brian focused on tackling complex healthcare and insurance data streams to create new transparency—a passion he continues at Mployer Advisor. Click here to contact Brian.

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Craig Paxson

Craig Paxson, Founder of Visionary Results, is an executive coach and consultant focusing on small business and emerging leaders. He has over twenty years of management experience, including being CEO of a small business. Click here to contact Craig.

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George Hampton

George Hampton joined Currax Pharmaceuticals in April of 2019 as Chief Executive Officer and serves on its board of directors. Prior to joining Currax, Mr. Hampton served as executive vice president, primary care business unit for Horizon Pharmaceuticals (HZNP), a public biopharmaceutical company. In this role he was tasked with leading the forward-looking strategy, as well as establishing operational goals for the business. Previously, Mr. Hampton served as executive vice president, global orphan business unit and international operations for Horizon Pharmaceuticals. He has more than 25 years of experience as a successful executive in the pharmaceutical and biotech field on both a national and international scale including specific expertise in rare disease (ACTIMMUNE, RAVICTI, PROCYSBI), autoimmune (HUMIRA), primary care, orthopedic (CELEBREX), diabetes (BYETTA), anti-infectives and cardiovascular spaces. This includes roles of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and operations at G.D. Searle, Abbott, (now AbbVie), Amylin and Horizon Pharmaceuticals.

Hampton earned his Bachelor of Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He serves on the board of Amyrt Pharmaceuticals (AMYT.L), a biopharmaceutical company. Additionally, he serves on the board of IMAC (NASDAQ: IMAC) regeneration medical centers. Click here to contact George Hampton.

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H. Beecher Hicks, III

H. Beecher Hicks III has served as the President and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) since 2013. Henry is a Morehouse man, earning his MBA at UNC Chapel Hill, husband to Crystal, an award-winning elementary school teacher, and proud father to two grown sons. He is highly accomplished in bringing people together, whether making deals in investment banking, serving on local boards, historically launching the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows program as a White House Fellow under President Bill Clinton, as a local business owner or on the dance floor as a part-time DJ. In both his personal and professional life, Henry lives by the motto “Dream Big, Then Execute!” with his biggest and longest running dream, NMAAM, opening in 2021. Click here to contact H. Beecher Hicks, III.

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Jacolby Robinson

Jacolby Robinson is a Financial Center Manager of the Music Row location for Fifth Third Bank who has several years of experience specializing in providing financial advice, consultation, and literacy for both consumers and small business owners. Within Fifth Third, Jacolby has served on several committees including Employee Engagement, Coaching Taskforce, and Membership Advantage. While participating in Membership Advantage, a Financial Literacy and Empowerment program, she had the opportunity to partner with businesses in the community to educate and also provide strategic financial solutions. Click here to contact Jacolby.

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Janna Landry

Janna Landry is known for her sought after ability to coach business leaders, including medical professionals, executives, public figures and entertainers, offering a unique blend of executive acumen and entertainment experience to uncover, define and capitalize on the strengths and abilities of her clients.

Janna has been an aggressive and enthusiastic front-line business development leader and sales and marketing executive and has assisted hundreds of individuals and businesses large and small in communication clarity and brand development for elevated positioning in the marketplace. She believes in mentoring to produce high achievers and strong communicators and delivers results by teaching her cutting edge techniques for success in a competitive business climate. She has proven to be an exceptional closer and negotiator, and she has the formula to assist you in developing these skills.

Artistically speaking, Janna is an accomplished vocalist, public speaker and professional actor. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and has studied the voice extensively. Throughout her career in the entertainment industry she has a long list of production credits in theatre, television, and the music industry both recorded and live. She holds memberships in SAG, AFTRA, and AEA performing unions. She has taught private voice for over 25 years.

Click here to contact Janna.

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Jeffrey Deckman

Jeffrey Deckman is a nationally recognized thought leader and award-winning author on Conscious Leadership and organizational design mindsets, models, and methods. His recently published book: “Developing the Conscious Leadership Mindset for the 21st Century” won four national and international Stevie Awards® and is an Amazon best seller in the Occupational and Organizational Psychology category.

In 2021, Jeff won the International Business Awards bronze medal for 'Innovator of the Year' for his work on the M3 Process for Leadership and Organizational Transformation. The M3 Process guides leaders and their organizations through the complex evolution necessary to transform themselves and their organizations into being 21st century ready.

Jeff is a serial entrepreneur who has bootstrapped two multi-million dollar companies and was the co-founder and partner of a leadership Think Tank. He has also built and run several non-profits as well as multiple political organizations. As such he has experience in a wide range of leadership arenas in a wide variety of organizations.

Jeff is a passionate consultant, teacher, author and speaker on the topic of the ways and means to integrate consciousness and business practices to help organizations to maximize their ability to be resilient and powerful as they engage in capitalism more consciously. He is also a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and regularly publishes on Forbes.com.

Jeff is a stage 4 cancer “thriver”, a dedicated student of consciousness and a Reiki Master. He blends his life experiences with decades of front-line management experience to help his clients build powerful and resilient 21st century ready organizations.

Click here to contact Jeffrey.

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Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy is the current General Counsel of Nashville SC, responsible for broad range of legal and business matters.

Click here to contact Joe.

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Lucinda M. ("Cindy") Baier

Lucinda (“Cindy”) Baier is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's premier operator of senior living communities. As of year-end 2021, the $2.8 billion company operates nearly 700 senior living communities and has the ability to serve approximately 60,000 residents through its independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities. The company's 30,000+ employees are taking care of America's seniors.

Ms. Baier became Brookdale's President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors on February 28, 2018. From the beginning, she initiated the company's operational turnaround strategy and developed the “Winning Locally” action plan. Within her second year, the company's Net Promoter Score® increased 20%. In her third year as CEO in 2020, J.D. Power recognized the company as #1 in customer satisfaction (in a tie) in assisted living/memory care communities. As CEO, she led the company through the largest public health crisis in 100 years by prioritizing the health and well-being of its residents, patients, and associates. She focused the company’s efforts on increasing diversity, including the Board and executive leadership team approaching gender parity in 2020. Ms. Baier led Brookdale's efforts to negotiate and restructure leases with its largest three REIT partners. She led the company through the sale of assets, including Brookdale's interest in the unconsolidated entry CCRC ventures and the majority share of its home health, hospice, and outpatient therapy business. These deals unlocked significant value for Brookdale and shareholders. In 2022 Baier published her first book Heroes Work Here: An Extraordinary Story of Courage, Resilience, and Hope from the Front Lines of COVID-19 in which she shares how she and her team led Brookdale through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Baier has served more than a decade as a board member for public and private companies. Currently, she is on the board of directors of Argentum, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), and the Nashville Health Care Council, where she serves as Vice-Chair. She is a member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council, which identifies and connects diverse board candidates to NYSE-listed companies seeking new directors, and serves on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Board.

A number of organizations have recognized Ms. Baier. Some of her awards and honors include Amazon Best Selling Author, CEO Forum Group’s 2021 Top 10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America; Nashville Medical News’ Class of 2021 “Women to Watch”; Corporate Citizenship 2020 Award from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board; one of McKnight's 2020 "Women of Distinction"; and Nashville Business Journal’s "Most Admired CEO" list for two consecutive years.

Before becoming CEO of Brookdale, Ms. Baier was the company's Chief Financial Officer beginning in December 2015. In addition to experience as a seasoned chief financial officer for several companies, she has been responsible for multi-billion-dollar operations, the chief executive officer for a publicly-traded retailer, and served as an executive officer of a Fortune 30 company.

Ms. Baier is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Illinois State University, with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting.

Click here to contact Cindy.

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Nealy Glenn

Before Nealy Glenn opened The Cordelle nine years ago, she was an actress and writer. She attended the prestigious NYU graduate school for acting and continued to pursue her craft between Los Angeles and NYC for over twenty years. Nealy and her former husband had a successful partnership resulting in the sales of their man-on-the-run thriller THE MISTAKEN to Sony and a dark drama SLIPKNOT to Relativity Media. Occupant Films optioned the rights to their political thriller THE JACKALOPE. Through their collaboration, they were involved in navigating the complexities of the film industry: dealing with major film studios, managers, agents, and lawyers, along with marketing. Little did Nealy know, this was all training for when she became an entrepreneur.

She also produced, wrote, directed, and acted in a short film THE PASTOR’S WIFE. This experience, combined with her success as a photographer, has been instrumental in developing a creative marketing strategy for the two businesses The Cordelle and Saint Elle. Her photos can be seen at Photographer's Gallery in Los Angeles and at the prominent Beverly Hills Design firm, Buckingham Interiors.

Her knowledge of the film business, from creating and producing to marketing, combined with accomplishments as an artist, has been crucial in the development and success of design and development of The Cordelle.

From Nealy:

“Never did I think my path would cross over into business. Yet when my two friends from college said, ‘Do you want to move to Nashville and buy an old busted up building and turn it into a venue?’ I said, ‘SURE!’ We were all artists: my business partners were musicians, and I was an actress/writer. However, being an entrepreneur, oddly came fairly easy to me due to my family's long line of entrepreneurial endeavors. Being an entrepreneur was in my blood. However, we all had a lot to learn.”

Throughout the process of construction at The Cordelle, Nealy oversaw budgets, grants, accounting, and communication with the architects and contractors. The Cordelle opened on May 15th, 2014, with 37 events booked before opening. At that point, the business was so successful and busy, the team needed to know more. Therefore, through Pathway Lending's advising, Nealy attended the 10,000 Small Business Program at Babson College.

Through attaining education from the 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Preflight in 2018, Nealy was empowered to create change and to empower her team to focus on the fundamentals of business: Finance, Marketing, Research and Development, and Strategic “Big Picture” Thinking. The in-depth study into these topics has been invaluable as their team opened The Saint Elle, which caters to larger events.

Nealy is passionate about helping creatives learn how to do business because this has been her journey. She would love to have the opportunity to inspire others and tell her story.

Click here to contact Nealy.

Diversity & Inclusion

Beverly L Watts

Beverly L Watts, Executive Director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, specializes in providing training on the TN Human Rights Act, and federal Title VII, Title VIII(Fair housing), and Title VI and an Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion as it relates to the above laws. Click here to contact Beverly.

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Candace Warner

CANDACE WARNER, PH.D. is a sociologist who is passionate about culture, diversity, demographic data, and inclusion strategies. Candace has served as a trainer, facilitator, organizational consultant, and curriculum developer for public and private organizations seeking diversity and inclusion solutions since 2010.

Dr. Candace Warner is the founder and CEO of people3, Inc. The mission of people3 is to provide organizations with diversity and inclusion-centered training, consulting, and research solutions for individuals and organizations. Some of people3's current/past clients include Sony Music Nashville, TechnologyAdvice, PathGroup, Pillsbury Law Firm, TPAC, Asurion, Showpad, Sony Provident Label Group, Center for Nonprofit Management, as well as other health care, non-profit, and technology organizations. Through her work as a diversity and inclusion consultant for the last decade, Candace has also worked with multiple organizations such as auto manufacturing firms, police departments, construction companies, and railroad providers, and health care organizations.

Dr. Warner is also certified as a Cultural Intelligence trainer and assessment specialist through the Cultural Intelligence Center. Candace completed her master’s degree in Sociology and Ph.D. in Public Policy. Dr. Warner’s dissertation research centered on understanding diversity and inclusive-centered services and initiatives throughout Tennessee communities and municipalities. Her major research interests focus on economic inequality, poverty, race, ethnicity, and gender.

Click here to contact Dr. Warner.

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Daynise Joseph

Daynise Joseph manages Government and Community Affairs for Google Fiber in Nashville, TN Atlanta GA, and Huntsville, AL working with nonprofits, government agencies, and community stakeholders to support efforts to make digital literacy, STEM, and minority entrepreneur programs more widely available to underrepresented communities. Before joining Google, she was a nonprofit management consultant and nonprofit Executive Director in Nashville and grassroots community organizer working on various quality of life and social justice issues like affordable housing, living wages, public transportation, and education. Contact Daynise here, or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Travis Claybrooks

Travis Claybrooks is the founder and CEO of Raphah Institute. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at Thomas Edison State University and his Master of Divinity at Liberty University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University. His eclectic background includes service in the public sector as a police officer and as a soldier in the U. S. Army, as well as in the nonprofit sector as a child advocate. Currently, his nonprofit partners with the Davidson County Juvenile Court in leading the Restorative Justice Diversion Program, an alternative approach to resolving felony harms caused by youth in the Nashville community. Travis enjoys endurance athletics and weekend outings with his family. He resides in Nashville, TN.

Click here to contact Travis.

Entertainment

David Dombrowski

With over 40 years of service, David Dombrowski is recognized as one of the most successful executives in Major League Baseball. Under his leadership his clubs have amassed well over 2,000 wins, won four pennants and two World Series titles. He has served as President of Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox, President, CEO and General Manager of the Detroit Tigers, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Florida Marlins and General Manager of the Montreal Expos. Dombrowski is on the MCB Baseball Advisory team, and as a consultant he is sharing his experience and expertise with MCB in order to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville. Click here for more information on Nashville Stars Baseball. Click here to contact David.

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H. Beecher Hicks, III

H. Beecher Hicks III has served as the President and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) since 2013. Henry is a Morehouse man, earning his MBA at UNC Chapel Hill, husband to Crystal, an award-winning elementary school teacher, and proud father to two grown sons. He is highly accomplished in bringing people together, whether making deals in investment banking, serving on local boards, historically launching the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows program as a White House Fellow under President Bill Clinton, as a local business owner or on the dance floor as a part-time DJ. In both his personal and professional life, Henry lives by the motto “Dream Big, Then Execute!” with his biggest and longest running dream, NMAAM, opening in 2021. Click here to contact H. Beecher Hicks, III.

Entrepreneurship

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is the Founder and CEO of Mployer Advisor, the nation's leading digital marketplace for insurance advisor ratings and reviews with an industry-first broker rating, M Score. Prior to founding Mployer Advisor in 2019, Brian worked at the nation's largest publicly traded healthcare system, HCA Healthcare, for a decade. At HCA Healthcare, Freeman held several progressive leadership roles in the strategy group before leading finance and analytics for multiple lines of business. Across each role, Brian focused on tackling complex healthcare and insurance data streams to create new transparency—a passion he continues at Mployer Advisor. Click here to contact Brian.

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Colton Mulligan

Colton Mulligan founded FoxFuel Creative in his basement in 2015 with two of his best friends. They were cash flow positive in 90 days and worked with clients from Fortune 100 companies to local bars and breweries while growing the team to 10 folks and $2m in revenue by 2019.

At FoxFuel, Colton serves as CEO and is responsible for client relationships, guiding the discovery process through brand strategy into early creative concepting. With more than a decade of branding and marketing experience, Colton has worked to develop brand and marketing strategies for TSA Pre-Check, Hilton Hotels/Home2Suites, Ben Folds, M.L.Rose, Saint Thomas Health, Fiesta Grande, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Pinnacle Bank, Lipscomb University, Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins, Narus Health, Barge Design Solutions, RC Matthews, Waller, Centric Architecture, Lifepoint, HCA, and Community Health Systems. He also speaks at various events on Digital Marketing, Healthcare Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and his personal passion for addressing mental health in the workplace.

Colton lives in Nashville with his gorgeous wife Aly and his dog JT. He loves people, and he loves knowing their stories.

Click here to contact Colton.

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H. Beecher Hicks, III

H. Beecher Hicks III has served as the President and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) since 2013. Henry is a Morehouse man, earning his MBA at UNC Chapel Hill, husband to Crystal, an award-winning elementary school teacher, and proud father to two grown sons. He is highly accomplished in bringing people together, whether making deals in investment banking, serving on local boards, historically launching the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows program as a White House Fellow under President Bill Clinton, as a local business owner or on the dance floor as a part-time DJ. In both his personal and professional life, Henry lives by the motto “Dream Big, Then Execute!” with his biggest and longest running dream, NMAAM, opening in 2021. Click here to contact H. Beecher Hicks, III.

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Janna Landry

Janna Landry is known for her sought after ability to coach business leaders, including medical professionals, executives, public figures and entertainers, offering a unique blend of executive acumen and entertainment experience to uncover, define and capitalize on the strengths and abilities of her clients.

Janna has been an aggressive and enthusiastic front-line business development leader and sales and marketing executive and has assisted hundreds of individuals and businesses large and small in communication clarity and brand development for elevated positioning in the marketplace. She believes in mentoring to produce high achievers and strong communicators and delivers results by teaching her cutting edge techniques for success in a competitive business climate. She has proven to be an exceptional closer and negotiator, and she has the formula to assist you in developing these skills.

Artistically speaking, Janna is an accomplished vocalist, public speaker and professional actor. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and has studied the voice extensively. Throughout her career in the entertainment industry she has a long list of production credits in theatre, television, and the music industry both recorded and live. She holds memberships in SAG, AFTRA, and AEA performing unions. She has taught private voice for over 25 years.

Click here to contact Janna.

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Jeffrey Deckman

Jeffrey Deckman is a nationally recognized thought leader and award-winning author on Conscious Leadership and organizational design mindsets, models, and methods. His recently published book: “Developing the Conscious Leadership Mindset for the 21st Century” won four national and international Stevie Awards® and is an Amazon best seller in the Occupational and Organizational Psychology category.

In 2021, Jeff won the International Business Awards bronze medal for 'Innovator of the Year' for his work on the M3 Process for Leadership and Organizational Transformation. The M3 Process guides leaders and their organizations through the complex evolution necessary to transform themselves and their organizations into being 21st century ready.

Jeff is a serial entrepreneur who has bootstrapped two multi-million dollar companies and was the co-founder and partner of a leadership Think Tank. He has also built and run several non-profits as well as multiple political organizations. As such he has experience in a wide range of leadership arenas in a wide variety of organizations.

Jeff is a passionate consultant, teacher, author and speaker on the topic of the ways and means to integrate consciousness and business practices to help organizations to maximize their ability to be resilient and powerful as they engage in capitalism more consciously. He is also a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and regularly publishes on Forbes.com.

Jeff is a stage 4 cancer “thriver”, a dedicated student of consciousness and a Reiki Master. He blends his life experiences with decades of front-line management experience to help his clients build powerful and resilient 21st century ready organizations.

Click here to contact Jeffrey.

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Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy is the current General Counsel of Nashville SC, responsible for broad range of legal and business matters.

Click here to contact Joe.

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Nealy Glenn

Before Nealy Glenn opened The Cordelle nine years ago, she was an actress and writer. She attended the prestigious NYU graduate school for acting and continued to pursue her craft between Los Angeles and NYC for over twenty years. Nealy and her former husband had a successful partnership resulting in the sales of their man-on-the-run thriller THE MISTAKEN to Sony and a dark drama SLIPKNOT to Relativity Media. Occupant Films optioned the rights to their political thriller THE JACKALOPE. Through their collaboration, they were involved in navigating the complexities of the film industry: dealing with major film studios, managers, agents, and lawyers, along with marketing. Little did Nealy know, this was all training for when she became an entrepreneur.

She also produced, wrote, directed, and acted in a short film THE PASTOR’S WIFE. This experience, combined with her success as a photographer, has been instrumental in developing a creative marketing strategy for the two businesses The Cordelle and Saint Elle. Her photos can be seen at Photographer's Gallery in Los Angeles and at the prominent Beverly Hills Design firm, Buckingham Interiors.

Her knowledge of the film business, from creating and producing to marketing, combined with accomplishments as an artist, has been crucial in the development and success of design and development of The Cordelle.

From Nealy:

“Never did I think my path would cross over into business. Yet when my two friends from college said, ‘Do you want to move to Nashville and buy an old busted up building and turn it into a venue?’ I said, ‘SURE!’ We were all artists: my business partners were musicians, and I was an actress/writer. However, being an entrepreneur, oddly came fairly easy to me due to my family's long line of entrepreneurial endeavors. Being an entrepreneur was in my blood. However, we all had a lot to learn.”

Throughout the process of construction at The Cordelle, Nealy oversaw budgets, grants, accounting, and communication with the architects and contractors. The Cordelle opened on May 15th, 2014, with 37 events booked before opening. At that point, the business was so successful and busy, the team needed to know more. Therefore, through Pathway Lending's advising, Nealy attended the 10,000 Small Business Program at Babson College.

Through attaining education from the 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Preflight in 2018, Nealy was empowered to create change and to empower her team to focus on the fundamentals of business: Finance, Marketing, Research and Development, and Strategic “Big Picture” Thinking. The in-depth study into these topics has been invaluable as their team opened The Saint Elle, which caters to larger events.

Nealy is passionate about helping creatives learn how to do business because this has been her journey. She would love to have the opportunity to inspire others and tell her story.

Click here to contact Nealy.

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Sam Davidson

Sam Davidson is a keynote speaker at conferences, conventions, and colleges about how anyone can take an idea and turn it into reality. His messages focus on story telling, entrepreneurship, leadership, service, innovation and how you can have a better impact through each. Sam knows the unique challenges faced by anyone trying to chase down a dream and live a meaningful life. His talks are funny, uplifting, full of energy, and focused on actionable steps so attendees can take what he says and use it in their own personal and professional lives. Click here to contact Sam.

Health Care

Bruce Naremore

Bruce Naremore has an extensive 30-year health care career in hospital finance and operations, both as COO and CFO, as well as 7 years in finance leadership with a major health plan. He has worked in large tertiary and smaller facilities, and has excelled in both for-profit and community hospitals throughout his years of service. A CPA by training, he holds Bachelors and MPA degrees from LSU, as well as a Master of Accounting Degree from the University of New Orleans. Prior to joining Nashville General Hospital, Naremore served as Senior Vice President and CFO of East Jefferson General Hospital, with prior roles as CFO and COO in for profit hospitals in Las Vegas, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and New Orleans. Click here to contact Bruce.

Human Resources

Janet Meek

Janet Meek is CEO and founder of JSMAssociates, an executive search and talent acquisition firm based in Nashville, TN. A tenacious business leader with expertise in Talent Acquisition and Development, Sales and Marketing, and Human Resources, Janet consults with healthcare and technology companies on building employer brands that attract and retain the industry’s most qualified job candidates. Before starting JSMAssociates, Janet led a team of recruiters at AppleOne, one of the nation’s largest recruiting and staffing companies.

Janet has a history of assembling strong teams and introducing innovative ideas. She co-founded Sales Executives, an executive recruitment firm specializing in sourcing top sales talent for Fortune 500 companies. She founded Sales Management Group, a niche sales and marketing consulting firm delivering solutions for small businesses in Middle Tennessee.

Janet, who attended Middle Tennessee State University, is a certified Integrity Selling Systems Facilitator and founding member of the Nashville Association of Sales Professions (NASP). Janet is on the board of Tennessee Youth Courts. She has also held leadership or committee positions with the Middle Tennessee Society of Human Resource Managers, the Healthcare Financial Managers Association, and the Nashville Area and Brentwood Chambers of Commerce.

Click here to contact Janet.

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Lucinda M. ("Cindy") Baier

Lucinda (“Cindy”) Baier is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's premier operator of senior living communities. As of year-end 2021, the $2.8 billion company operates nearly 700 senior living communities and has the ability to serve approximately 60,000 residents through its independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities. The company's 30,000+ employees are taking care of America's seniors.

Ms. Baier became Brookdale's President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors on February 28, 2018. From the beginning, she initiated the company's operational turnaround strategy and developed the “Winning Locally” action plan. Within her second year, the company's Net Promoter Score® increased 20%. In her third year as CEO in 2020, J.D. Power recognized the company as #1 in customer satisfaction (in a tie) in assisted living/memory care communities. As CEO, she led the company through the largest public health crisis in 100 years by prioritizing the health and well-being of its residents, patients, and associates. She focused the company’s efforts on increasing diversity, including the Board and executive leadership team approaching gender parity in 2020. Ms. Baier led Brookdale's efforts to negotiate and restructure leases with its largest three REIT partners. She led the company through the sale of assets, including Brookdale's interest in the unconsolidated entry CCRC ventures and the majority share of its home health, hospice, and outpatient therapy business. These deals unlocked significant value for Brookdale and shareholders. In 2022 Baier published her first book Heroes Work Here: An Extraordinary Story of Courage, Resilience, and Hope from the Front Lines of COVID-19 in which she shares how she and her team led Brookdale through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Baier has served more than a decade as a board member for public and private companies. Currently, she is on the board of directors of Argentum, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), and the Nashville Health Care Council, where she serves as Vice-Chair. She is a member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council, which identifies and connects diverse board candidates to NYSE-listed companies seeking new directors, and serves on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Board.

A number of organizations have recognized Ms. Baier. Some of her awards and honors include Amazon Best Selling Author, CEO Forum Group’s 2021 Top 10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America; Nashville Medical News’ Class of 2021 “Women to Watch”; Corporate Citizenship 2020 Award from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board; one of McKnight's 2020 "Women of Distinction"; and Nashville Business Journal’s "Most Admired CEO" list for two consecutive years.

Before becoming CEO of Brookdale, Ms. Baier was the company's Chief Financial Officer beginning in December 2015. In addition to experience as a seasoned chief financial officer for several companies, she has been responsible for multi-billion-dollar operations, the chief executive officer for a publicly-traded retailer, and served as an executive officer of a Fortune 30 company.

Ms. Baier is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Illinois State University, with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting.

Click here to contact Cindy.

Leadership

George Hampton

George Hampton joined Currax Pharmaceuticals in April of 2019 as Chief Executive Officer and serves on its board of directors. Prior to joining Currax, Mr. Hampton served as executive vice president, primary care business unit for Horizon Pharmaceuticals (HZNP), a public biopharmaceutical company. In this role he was tasked with leading the forward-looking strategy, as well as establishing operational goals for the business. Previously, Mr. Hampton served as executive vice president, global orphan business unit and international operations for Horizon Pharmaceuticals. He has more than 25 years of experience as a successful executive in the pharmaceutical and biotech field on both a national and international scale including specific expertise in rare disease (ACTIMMUNE, RAVICTI, PROCYSBI), autoimmune (HUMIRA), primary care, orthopedic (CELEBREX), diabetes (BYETTA), anti-infectives and cardiovascular spaces. This includes roles of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and operations at G.D. Searle, Abbott, (now AbbVie), Amylin and Horizon Pharmaceuticals.

Hampton earned his Bachelor of Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He serves on the board of Amyrt Pharmaceuticals (AMYT.L), a biopharmaceutical company. Additionally, he serves on the board of IMAC (NASDAQ: IMAC) regeneration medical centers. Click here to contact George Hampton.

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H. Beecher Hicks, III

H. Beecher Hicks III has served as the President and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) since 2013. Henry is a Morehouse man, earning his MBA at UNC Chapel Hill, husband to Crystal, an award-winning elementary school teacher, and proud father to two grown sons. He is highly accomplished in bringing people together, whether making deals in investment banking, serving on local boards, historically launching the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows program as a White House Fellow under President Bill Clinton, as a local business owner or on the dance floor as a part-time DJ. In both his personal and professional life, Henry lives by the motto “Dream Big, Then Execute!” with his biggest and longest running dream, NMAAM, opening in 2021. Click here to contact H. Beecher Hicks, III.

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Janna Landry

Janna Landry is known for her sought after ability to coach business leaders, including medical professionals, executives, public figures and entertainers, offering a unique blend of executive acumen and entertainment experience to uncover, define and capitalize on the strengths and abilities of her clients.

Janna has been an aggressive and enthusiastic front-line business development leader and sales and marketing executive and has assisted hundreds of individuals and businesses large and small in communication clarity and brand development for elevated positioning in the marketplace. She believes in mentoring to produce high achievers and strong communicators and delivers results by teaching her cutting edge techniques for success in a competitive business climate. She has proven to be an exceptional closer and negotiator, and she has the formula to assist you in developing these skills.

Artistically speaking, Janna is an accomplished vocalist, public speaker and professional actor. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and has studied the voice extensively. Throughout her career in the entertainment industry she has a long list of production credits in theatre, television, and the music industry both recorded and live. She holds memberships in SAG, AFTRA, and AEA performing unions. She has taught private voice for over 25 years.

Click here to contact Janna.

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Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy is the current General Counsel of Nashville SC, responsible for broad range of legal and business matters.

Click here to contact Joe.

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John B. Conger, III

John started his career at age 7 carrying a 5 gallon bucket on his family’s 200 year old working farm in middle Tennessee. In his first successful venture, he bought and sold livestock to build the family business before heading to college.

He leveraged this entrepreneurial spirit to help scale one of the fastest growing companies in Kansas City from $5M to $75M. As VP of sales, he realized they could have the best products and processes, but people were his competitive advantage. After struggling to identify and manage the right talent, leading to stress at work and in his personal life, that is where Culture Index stepped in. With precise human analytics, he was able to both identify and manage talent that enabled him to build powerful teams that drove revenue growth.

Owner of a strategic advisory firm, John’s “WHY” is to strategically equip visionary leaders to show how they can purposefully leverage who they are to make a transformational impact on the world around them. Most executives have financial and legal advisors, John acts as their trusted people advisors to scale the business.

John starts each morning reading and meditating. After working with high powered executives all day, his highlight is coming home to his wife and three young boys.

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Kristen Davis

Kristen Davis is the president and CEO of Nurture the Next, whose mission is to create a future for children filled with promise and prosperity. A fierce advocate and champion for children and families, Kristen leads the agency’s strategic management, finance, and administrative needs.

A skilled trainer, Kristen is certified by myriad programs, including Healthy Families America, Circle of Parents, and Zero to Three. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker in the state. Kristen previously served as the Director of Programs for Nurture the Next, as a social worker for Marshall County Schools, and as Team Leader of the Peninsula Behavioral Unit in Knoxville. Kristen recently led the organization through a complete rebranding of the mission, vision, and name of the organization, creating an increase in awareness and reputation for serving families.

An appointed member of the Joint Task Force on Children’s Justice and Child Sexual Abuse and the Commissioner’s Children’s Advisory Council, Kristen has been instrumental in increasing awareness and education around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). In 2015, she was recognized as one of Nashville Business Journal’s 2015 “40 Under 40” for her significant positive contributions in Middle Tennessee, as well as a “Woman of Influence” in 2018. She was also named as the Jim Pryor Child Advocate in 2019.

Kristen has a spirit for service. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville and is a tireless volunteer with her church, and is a graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee. She lives in Nashville with her two children, and most weekends she can be found at hiking at Warner Park.

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Lucinda M. ("Cindy") Baier

Lucinda (“Cindy”) Baier is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's premier operator of senior living communities. As of year-end 2021, the $2.8 billion company operates nearly 700 senior living communities and has the ability to serve approximately 60,000 residents through its independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities. The company's 30,000+ employees are taking care of America's seniors.

Ms. Baier became Brookdale's President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors on February 28, 2018. From the beginning, she initiated the company's operational turnaround strategy and developed the “Winning Locally” action plan. Within her second year, the company's Net Promoter Score® increased 20%. In her third year as CEO in 2020, J.D. Power recognized the company as #1 in customer satisfaction (in a tie) in assisted living/memory care communities. As CEO, she led the company through the largest public health crisis in 100 years by prioritizing the health and well-being of its residents, patients, and associates. She focused the company’s efforts on increasing diversity, including the Board and executive leadership team approaching gender parity in 2020. Ms. Baier led Brookdale's efforts to negotiate and restructure leases with its largest three REIT partners. She led the company through the sale of assets, including Brookdale's interest in the unconsolidated entry CCRC ventures and the majority share of its home health, hospice, and outpatient therapy business. These deals unlocked significant value for Brookdale and shareholders. In 2022 Baier published her first book Heroes Work Here: An Extraordinary Story of Courage, Resilience, and Hope from the Front Lines of COVID-19 in which she shares how she and her team led Brookdale through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Baier has served more than a decade as a board member for public and private companies. Currently, she is on the board of directors of Argentum, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), and the Nashville Health Care Council, where she serves as Vice-Chair. She is a member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council, which identifies and connects diverse board candidates to NYSE-listed companies seeking new directors, and serves on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Board.

A number of organizations have recognized Ms. Baier. Some of her awards and honors include Amazon Best Selling Author, CEO Forum Group’s 2021 Top 10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America; Nashville Medical News’ Class of 2021 “Women to Watch”; Corporate Citizenship 2020 Award from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board; one of McKnight's 2020 "Women of Distinction"; and Nashville Business Journal’s "Most Admired CEO" list for two consecutive years.

Before becoming CEO of Brookdale, Ms. Baier was the company's Chief Financial Officer beginning in December 2015. In addition to experience as a seasoned chief financial officer for several companies, she has been responsible for multi-billion-dollar operations, the chief executive officer for a publicly-traded retailer, and served as an executive officer of a Fortune 30 company.

Ms. Baier is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Illinois State University, with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting.

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Nealy Glenn

Before Nealy Glenn opened The Cordelle nine years ago, she was an actress and writer. She attended the prestigious NYU graduate school for acting and continued to pursue her craft between Los Angeles and NYC for over twenty years. Nealy and her former husband had a successful partnership resulting in the sales of their man-on-the-run thriller THE MISTAKEN to Sony and a dark drama SLIPKNOT to Relativity Media. Occupant Films optioned the rights to their political thriller THE JACKALOPE. Through their collaboration, they were involved in navigating the complexities of the film industry: dealing with major film studios, managers, agents, and lawyers, along with marketing. Little did Nealy know, this was all training for when she became an entrepreneur.

She also produced, wrote, directed, and acted in a short film THE PASTOR’S WIFE. This experience, combined with her success as a photographer, has been instrumental in developing a creative marketing strategy for the two businesses The Cordelle and Saint Elle. Her photos can be seen at Photographer's Gallery in Los Angeles and at the prominent Beverly Hills Design firm, Buckingham Interiors.

Her knowledge of the film business, from creating and producing to marketing, combined with accomplishments as an artist, has been crucial in the development and success of design and development of The Cordelle.

From Nealy:

“Never did I think my path would cross over into business. Yet when my two friends from college said, ‘Do you want to move to Nashville and buy an old busted up building and turn it into a venue?’ I said, ‘SURE!’ We were all artists: my business partners were musicians, and I was an actress/writer. However, being an entrepreneur, oddly came fairly easy to me due to my family's long line of entrepreneurial endeavors. Being an entrepreneur was in my blood. However, we all had a lot to learn.”

Throughout the process of construction at The Cordelle, Nealy oversaw budgets, grants, accounting, and communication with the architects and contractors. The Cordelle opened on May 15th, 2014, with 37 events booked before opening. At that point, the business was so successful and busy, the team needed to know more. Therefore, through Pathway Lending's advising, Nealy attended the 10,000 Small Business Program at Babson College.

Through attaining education from the 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Preflight in 2018, Nealy was empowered to create change and to empower her team to focus on the fundamentals of business: Finance, Marketing, Research and Development, and Strategic “Big Picture” Thinking. The in-depth study into these topics has been invaluable as their team opened The Saint Elle, which caters to larger events.

Nealy is passionate about helping creatives learn how to do business because this has been her journey. She would love to have the opportunity to inspire others and tell her story.

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Patrick Leddin

Patrick Leddin, PhD is a Best-selling Wall Street Journal author, speaker, podcast host, entrepreneur, and professor. With a combination of academic, practical, military, and corporate experience, he is uniquely qualified to teach and inspire individuals at all organizational levels to be the leader they are meant to be.

Dr. Leddin’s impressive leadership experience ranges from soldiers as a Company Commander in the U.S. Army to senior leaders for KPMG Consulting, FranklinCovey and two successful leadership consulting businesses he co-founded with his wife Jamie.

Patrick is the founder and host of the Leadership Lab Podcast. He has had the privilege to interview and talk leadership with more than 100 guests to date including Stephan M.R. Covey, Patrick Lencioni, and Marshall Goldsmith.

His past clients include Vector, General Electric, Samsung, The U.S. Secret Service, Penn State Leadership. Academy, Trilogy Health Services and Long John Silver. He has presented to countless audiences in the United States, Canada, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and many other countries.

Patrick is the author of The Wall Street Journal Bestseller The Five-Week Leadership Challenge: 35 Action Steps to Become the Leader You Were Meant to Be and three additional books for the private and public sector.

In addition to his work at the Leddin Group, Patrick serves as Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Practice of Business Studies at Vanderbilt University where he teaches Corporate Strategy, Negotiation, Advanced Marketing, and Crisis Leadership.

Patrick is an avid outdoorsman and mountain climber.

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Sam Davidson

Sam Davidson is a keynote speaker at conferences, conventions, and colleges about how anyone can take an idea and turn it into reality. His messages focus on story telling, entrepreneurship, leadership, service, innovation and how you can have a better impact through each. Sam knows the unique challenges faced by anyone trying to chase down a dream and live a meaningful life. His talks are funny, uplifting, full of energy, and focused on actionable steps so attendees can take what he says and use it in their own personal and professional lives. Click here to contact Sam.

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Robert Young

Robert, a native of Tennessee, grew up watching his father (A.A. Young) conduct investigations as a Special Agent with CSX Railroad Police. Wanting to follow in his footsteps, Robert attended Middle Tennessee State University, graduating with a Bachelors of science in Criminal Justice (Minor in Business) in 2006. After obtaining his degree, Robert joined the Metro Nashville Police Department in 2007.

For more than a decade Robert served in many capacities within the police department, including; patrol division, flex unit, crime suppression units, countywide narcotics, and the Drug Task Force. Determined to arm himself with a wide range of skills, Robert took initiative to gain knowledge and certifications in a variety of areas by attending thousands of hours of training, taught by local, state, & federal authorities. Robert’s professional excellence and dedication to service constitutes significant accomplishments, awards, and accolades throughout his productive career. Robert was even the lead Agent on the largest wiretap case and cocaine haul in Nashville history.

Success seemed to get in the way of politics, which left Robert wondering, should he leave government work behind and try his hand at entrepreneurship. After much thought, in March 2018, Robert founded Covert Results, a private investigations and security firm in Middle TN.

In three short years, Robert has grown Covert Results to a level unimaginable. As of late 2020, Covert Results has 10 licensed private investigators and more than 40 certified armed guards, all with a law enforcement or military background. Covert Results has investigated more than 400 cases and secured peace of mind for thousands.

Robert just published his second true-crime novel, The Good Line. This action packed thriller will leave the reader wondering, Who are the Good Guys, and Who are the Bad?

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Travis Claybrooks

Travis Claybrooks is the founder and CEO of Raphah Institute. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at Thomas Edison State University and his Master of Divinity at Liberty University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University. His eclectic background includes service in the public sector as a police officer and as a soldier in the U. S. Army, as well as in the nonprofit sector as a child advocate. Currently, his nonprofit partners with the Davidson County Juvenile Court in leading the Restorative Justice Diversion Program, an alternative approach to resolving felony harms caused by youth in the Nashville community. Travis enjoys endurance athletics and weekend outings with his family. He resides in Nashville, TN.

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