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Women are stepping as much as the plate as leaders and trailblazers in all areas of enterprise and enterprise right here in Murfreesboro.

This yr, Murfreesboro Magazine’s 11th annual Women in Business honors 10 women who work in sports activities, IT, drugs, non-profit management, and extra.

Diane Turnham

Senior Associate Athletic Director & Senior Women’s Administrator, MTSU

Diane Turnham was an athlete from a younger age. She adored her father and pursued basketball in order to please him. She quickly got here to like it for herself. At first she was afraid to let down her dad and coach. “But I didn’t let them down,” she says. “I got tougher.”

After school and a grasp’s diploma, Turnham was recruited to be the primary full-time assistant women’s basketball coach at MTSU by her highschool coach Larry Joe Inman, who was then the top coach on the college. She was additionally made the volleyball coach, regardless of having virtually no information of the game. “It was a crazy time, but it shaped who I am and who I would become,” she says.

Turnham was a coach for 13 years. “I wanted to improve our women’s programs significantly, so I decided to fight for that,” she says. To pursue that aim, she moved over into athletic administration, finally turning into the primary and solely Senior Women’s Administrator in Women’s Athletics.

Turnham has pushed for women’s sports activities to be positioned on an equal footing with males’s athletics for all of her 35-year profession. “That our female athletes have the same rights, opportunities, experiences, equipment, and resources that our male athletes have—that is my greatest accomplishment,” she says.

Anna-Gene O’Neal

President and CEO, Alive Hospice

Anna-Gene O’Neal didn’t got down to lead Alive Hospice. She was invited to hitch the board in 2011 and gladly accepted.

“My two best friends had died from breast cancer. I had walked this journey with both of them, and they were the beneficiaries of great hospice care,” she says. Alive was at the moment looking for a brand new CEO, and O’Neal realized that she was in the position. She resigned from the board and was provided the place ten days later.

O’Neal got here to Alive after an extended healthcare profession. Before working in management and administration, she served at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a nurse in the NICU after which in the emergency division. “I saw first hand the fragility of life and frankly, at times, bad deaths,” she says. “I bring the compassion and understanding from the bedside plus the administrative knowledge and discipline to my role, for hopefully the right balance.”

She has continued to convey that stability to the event of the brand new Alive location in Murfreesboro, which can open this summer time.

O’Neal additionally serves as a mentor for others in her area. “I love meeting with younger professionals and encouraging them along the way through a commitment to education and hard work and continuous learning,” she says.

Veronica Terrell

Senior Manager, Deloitte / Owner, Couture Hair Studio

In all the things she does, Veronica Terrell says, “I show up prepared and ready to give my all.” She credit her late mom for setting the instance of all the time going above and past on the a number of jobs she labored.

A Tennessee State University and Leadership Middle Tennessee graduate, Terrell is an individual of deep religion. She capably juggles the calls for of her household, being a senior supervisor, and the possession of a hair salon. At Deloitte, a multifaceted skilled providers group, she leads a workforce of 23, whereas at Couture, she manages the enterprise and funds. In each of her skilled positions, she excels in figuring out the wants of her shoppers and designing an answer to satisfy them.

Terrell sees serving to these she works with develop their skills as one of her most necessary management roles. As chief of the Deloitte STEM (science, know-how, engineering, and math) Partnership Program with Glencliff High School, she encourages younger women to not be influenced by the adverse suggestions and statistics about women getting into STEM careers.

“We belong there, and have great minds, aspirations and ideas that can change the world,” she says. 

Terrell is president of Rutherford CABLE and member of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.

Retta Gardner

President and CEO, Guaranty Trust Company

The mantra “decide what you want and then work like crazy to get it” has been a life-long success components for Retta Gardner, the president and CEO of Guaranty Trust.

Gardner’s profession with the corporate started in 1996. She credit her greater than 20 years of on-the-job coaching, MBA from MTSU, and steerage from her mentor Wendell Mandrell as wonderful preparation for her present position. Her duties embrace setting coverage targeted on secure company progress, fostering worker alternatives, and inspiring group stewardship. She additionally manages 160 “fun, bright, and caring employees.”

“I have always believed in leadership by example, so I hope that in some small way I can inspire our team to believe in themselves and that anything is possible. I hope they look at me and say, ‘If she can do, I can too,’ because I’m not gifted, talented, born with any privileges, or naturally smarter than any of my team. What I do have is a crazy work ethic, ability to listen, and the love of continuous learning,” says Gardner.

Gardner additionally concerned in her group by way of United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and has beforehand volunteered for a number of nonprofits together with Meals on Wheels, Read to Succeed, and Way of Hope.

Dana Dement Jones

Partner, Women’s Health Specialists

A real Rutherford County native, Dr. Jones was born at Rutherford Hospital and grew up in Lascassas. She earned her Bachelor of Science from MTSU and her Doctor of Medicine at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. From there she moved to Knoxville for her residency coaching in obstetrics and gynecology on the University of Tennessee Medical Center earlier than returning house to Murfreesboro to hitch 4 different feminine physicians at Women’s Health Specialists.

Dr. Jones’s curiosity in drugs was piqued as a volunteer sweet striper at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. She encourages any younger lady in drugs to pursue her goals. “I can’t imagine a more rewarding career,” she says. “I thoroughly enjoy caring for women and educating them about their health.”

Having been mentored herself by Dr. Elizabeth LaRoche, Dr. Jones now mentors younger women herself. In her 16 years of training drugs, she continues to study from each different physicians and from her personal expertise as a affected person through the births of her three sons. “Most of all, I have learned multitudes from my patients themselves, as listening is the first step in the healing process,” she says.

Rita Shacklett

Library Director, Linebaugh Public Library System

Attending story hour at Linebaugh Public Library was one of Rita Shacklett’s favourite childhood actions. Now, because the library’s director, she nonetheless enjoys coming by means of its doorways every day. Her position permits her to merge her ardour for studying with the chance to serve others.

“What’s not to love?” says Shacklett, a Murfreesboro native and MTSU graduate who started her profession there 41 years in the past. “I have an opportunity to work with the best folks around and serve the community I love. Public libraries have always been my passion, because they give everyone, no matter their station in life, the same opportunities to learn, grow, and have fun through reading.”

Shacklett is chargeable for administering and advocating for all areas of the system’s 4 places all through Rutherford County, a bookmobile, and 72 staff.

She is happy concerning the opening of a fifth, all-digital department and group know-how middle that’s slated to open in fall 2017 on the Hobgood Elementary School Campus.

Shacklett is concerned with Read to Succeed, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Rutherford Reconnect, and First Presbyterian Church. Staying open to new concepts, brainstorming with individuals, and listening to the wants and pursuits of the group retains her targeted and rising.


Barbara Sutton

Partner, Dempsey Vantrease & Follis PLLC

“Everything new is a learning opportunity,” says Barbara Sutton. She attracts inspiration from Eleanor Roosevelt’s well-known urging to, “Do something every day that scares you.”

As a CPA, Sutton has the super alternative and duty to assist individuals handle and develop their companies. “I try to educate my clients to understand the wealth of information that financial statements provide,” she explains.

As Rutherford County grows, so too do the alternatives for Sutton and her agency. “We see this as an opportunity to help new businesses and start-ups grow and succeed in our community,” she says. “Our firm has always prided ourselves on championing small business owners.”

Sutton constructed a broad base of totally different skilled experiences earlier than incomes her CPA license. Her vary of information helps her advise shoppers—and different younger women who’re on the lookout for “advice or a sounding board in their careers.”

In addition to volunteering with almost a dozen native organizations, she meets repeatedly with the Women Presidents’ Organization, a gaggle of feminine businesswomen. “I cannot stress enough the power of synergy between businesswomen who are willing to support and mentor each other,” says Sutton. “I always come back with news ideas and energy after we meet.”

Christy Hackinson

Owner, The Alley on Main


The Alley on Main, owned and operated by Christy Hackinson and her husband, is a real instance of the entrepreneurial spirit. After the start of their third youngster, the household moved residence to Tennessee to make their dream of opening a restaurant come true. “If you want something, you have to make it happen,” says Hackinson. They moved in together with her mom, and 5 months later, the doorways of The Alley on Main have been open.

Hackinson continues to be intimately concerned with the enterprise. “From prepping food and helping out in the kitchen to running the dining room, I touch every aspect of the restaurant,” she says. She’s additionally concerned in mentoring and supporting the restaurant’s crew of staff, many of whom are nonetheless in faculty. “We make sure they know their school comes first,” she says. “And we offer a reward system for those who excel in their studies.”

The better part of the restaurant enterprise for Hackinson, although, is the prospect to work together with and get to know the restaurant’s friends. “The response you get when you serve someone a really good meal and you really hit it out if the park—there’s nothing like it. It makes everything worthwhile,” she says.


Dawn Rhodes

Regional Executive, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

Dawn Rhodes’s official obligation as a Girl Scouts regional government is recruiting and retaining women and volunteers in the world, however her day by day function and keenness is constructing camaraderie and galvanizing others to be their highest.

“I love being a part of something larger that makes a difference. I love the history of the Girl Scouts and that it is a generational organization, a movement that builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place,” she says.

In the three counties of Rutherford, Cannon, and Warren, the Saginaw, Michigan, native oversees 1,613 women “who are doing amazing things” and 724 grownup volunteers. She manages her many duties by being a recurring list-maker and drawing on the talents she discovered in the company world.

Although her mom died when the chief was solely eight years previous, Rhodes’s mom continues to be her inspiration. “My mother taught me not by words but by actions,” she says. “The power of motherhood is truly amazing.”

Rhodes recommends studying Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockerell and embraces the Albert Einstein’s recommendation to, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

Krista Dugosh

Owner, Fleet Feet Sports

Krista Dugosh calls herself a army brat and a complete science nerd. A board-certified pedorthist, she enjoys “empowering people to reach their personal goals” because the proprietor of two Feet Fleet Sports shops devoted to selling wholesome our bodies for his or her clients.

In 1999, Dugosh walked right into a enterprise that helped her discover the suitable footwear for a marathon. She informed her husband she needed to personal a retailer like that. “I started saving my money and always kept that goal alive,” she says

Now she owns two such shops, manages 20 staff, and has loved “unbelievable opportunities.” These have included working with firefighters to create health challenges after 9/11, an invite from New Balance to go to its operation and sports activities lab in Boston, and her firm incomes a nationwide Small Business Development Award in 2010.

Dugosh provides again by way of encouraging women to embrace their greatest selves by way of health and fitness and thru her firm’s involvement with charities in Rutherford and Wilson counties. She serves on numerous boards and was invited by Mayor McFarland to be a Better Boro Ambassador.

Dugosh was mentored by her father, a Navy fighter pilot who inspired her to concentrate on character first and objectives second.

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