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Nashville emerging leaders recognized
This article was originally published by The Tennessean on August 6, 2019.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville recently recognized 70 young professionals during the 13th Annual Nashville Emerging Leaders held at Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium. The NELAs recognized five finalists in 14 industries and a committee chose winners in each.
“As the Nashville region thrives, it’s critical for our community to retain, attract and inspire action by more upcoming leaders to be a part of the solution in addressing challenges and opportunities that advance our community” said Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Ralph Schulz. “By recognizing the 2019 NELA finalists, YP Nashville and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce provide an opportunity for more young professionals to learn from peer role models why it’s important for each of us to professionally and personally invest in the prosperity of our region.”
A committee of industry experts, community leaders and past NELA recipients within each industry selected finalists based on their level of professional achievement, demonstrated leadership and community impact. A full list of 2019 NELA winners is below.
Architecture, engineering and construction: Rachel Gresham, Project Architect, TMPartners
Arts, entertainment and music business: Jeremy Bradford, finance, Universal Music Group Nashville
Business services: Amber Hurdle, Keynote Speaker, Author and Certified Talent Optimization Consultant, Amber Hurdle Consulting
Community service and nonprofit: Shan Foster, VP, External Affairs & AMEND Together,YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee
Education: Tisha Brown-Gaines, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Belmont University
Financial services: David Wells, Principal and Portfolio Manager, Woodmont Investment Counsel
Government and public affairs: Ashley Northington, Agency Director and Founder, DENOR Brands + Public Relations
Hospitality and tourism: Shannen Stewart, Founder, Heels & Handshakes, LLC
Human resources: Jade Taylor, Senior Human Resources Generalist, Compassus
Legal services: Gulam Zade, CEO & General Counsel, LOGICFORCE
Medical and health care services: Drake Dudley, Dentist, First Impressions Dentistry and Nashville Smiles UP Dentistry
Public relations, advertising and marketing: Mary Ruth Raphael, Vice President, MP&F Strategic Communications
Real estate services: Edward Henley III, Principal & Project Executive, Pillars Development
Technology: Brooke Scott, Digital Technology Manager, Caterpillar Financial