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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry: A Conversation With Leading Women In Business

Christie Berger | May 25, 2017

An exploratory discussion about women, leadership and Nashville

Growth and change depend upon the strength of our communities and those who are chosen to lead from within. Nashville is no exception to this proclamation. As an executive coach in Nashville, I saw the need to bring leaders together to advance the discussion of women in leadership and civic initiatives that impact us all both professionally and personally. As a result, I established Fusion Leader Circuit (FLC) to ignite learning through neutral forums across industries and communities.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry hosted the current FLC cohort comprised of ‘Women Executives in Human Resources’ this week. The passion for our city was apparent in the many initiatives Mayor Barry and her team are pursuing. When it came to the discussion of women in leadership, it was clear that this topic was of equal importance, as well as, ensuring that the face of our city’s leadership represent the make up of all the people they serve.

 Mayor Barry is in her position not because she is a woman. She is in the position because she is the right leader at the right time for our city.  That said, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the monumental achievement of being the first female Mayor of Nashville.  As an executive coach, I am fascinated and inspired by people’s stories and lessons learned along their journey. As Mayor Barry shared a glimpse into her own professional journey, there were 3 key points that came to the surface:

  1. Embrace the importance of relationships and model what is possible.
  2. The impact of “indifference” and how caring for the collective creates healthy communities.
  3. The lever of change is action.

It all comes down to caring enough to take action in a way that drives positive change for all. Thanks again to Mayor Barry and her team for encouraging the dialogue that paves the path towards action.

Today’s dialogue highlighted the contributions and commitment of Nashville’s leading voices. If you would like to learn more about how you can contribute your voice visit Fusion Leader Circuit.