CELEBRATING 15 YEARS
Event In Print
As we blissfully, naively set out to launch our 15th anniversary year for Women to Watch, it’s a safe bet that we didn’t envision the twists and turns 2020 would bring. While a global pandemic has changed so many aspects of daily life and our ability to gather, it has also underscored the importance of the healthcare village and full complement of responsibilities required to keep the system running under pressure. The pandemic has also forced companies to embrace flexibility. The Women to Watch Class of 2020 embodies the innovation and leadership necessary to see our community, state and country through this public health crisis and to make our systems stronger as a result.
We desperately wanted to find a way to join friends and colleagues together to warmly congratulate this year’s incredible honorees. We changed dates … and then changed dates again; we looked at different formats that would afford more space; and ultimately, we recognized there was no safe and responsible way to gather a large group together at this time.
Although it isn’t what any of us originally planned, the t allows us to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the Class of 2020 as we award each leader with her virtual plaque (real ones being mailed!) and to hear their voices as they join a long list of visionary female leaders who have made all aspects of the healthcare continuum better for all of us.
Event in Prin
We also want to extend a huge thanks to our 2020 Presenting Sponsor Cumberland Pharmaceuticals and Gold Sponsors KraftCPAs and the Nashville Health Care Council for their continued support of this important recognition of healthcare leadership. Cheers to the Women to Watch Class of 2020 and to being able to see each other’s smiling faces in person again soon!
Cindy Sanders & Susan Graham Co-Publishers, Nashville Medical News
Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors:
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals is proud to sponsor this year’s Women to Watch event, honoring this distinguished group of individuals. These incredibly talented professionals have each made their own unique mark on Nashville’s healthcare industry, helping to advance the care and resources provided to Middle Tennesseans. From medical professionals working on the front lines, to educators inspiring healthcare students, leaders supporting their teams and advocates of veterans and mental health patients, this year’s class is composed of 10 remarkable women.
“What an incredible and treasured honor! I am thrilled to be in the company of such an esteemed class of Women to Watch 2020. On behalf of all of us at Music Health Alliance, we are grateful to Nashville Medical News for recognizing the importance of healthcare access for music industry professionals as part of Nashville’s growing and vibrant healthcare landscape.” –Tatum Hauck Allsep
“Being surrounded by such a great group of professionals and partners supports our efforts to promote better mental health and awareness in our communities. Thank you for this recognition on behalf of our staff and our volunteers who inspire me each day.” – Jackie Cavnar
It is an honor to recognize each of these accomplished ladies, as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Nashville Medical News’ Women to Watch. To the Class of 2020, we salute you!
A.J. Kazimi Chief Executive Officer Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
“In the words of William James, ‘The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.’ It is my wish to create a legacy of hard work, integrity, and service to others that will persist in each relationship I build and each organization of which I am a part. There are women in medicine all over Nashville and beyond spending life creating their own legacies. I believe each one of those women is a ‘Woman to Watch,’ and, thus, it is an incredible honor to receive this award.” – Nicole McCoin
“I am honored to be listed among a dynamic group of women who are driving the future of healthcare and are impacting our community during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. We are learning together, we are partnering in innovation, and we are jointly working towards a healthier tomorrow.” – Amber Price
“Thank you for this honor! I accept this award in recognition of the more than 115,000 Tennessee nurses working tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic to care for those affected and keep everyone healthy. 2020: Year of the Nurse has highlighted the significant impact nurses have on leading change and maintaining the health and well-being of all Tennesseans. I am proud to be a registered nurse and implore state leaders to recognize the critical role nurses play by removing arbitrary barriers and antiquated regulations that limit our ability to practice to the full extent of our education and training in Tennessee.” –Tina Gerardi
“Thank you for honoring me and all these amazing women in the Women to Watch Class of 2020. This year has certainly had its share of challenges – especially within the healthcare industry. But I’m proud to share in this honor with this group of women who have demonstrated courage, leadership and compassion and fought these challenges head-on to make a positive impact in our community and industry.” – Cindy Reisz nashvillemedicalnews
“Anybody can do the science of dentistry … that’s the simplest part. Caring and loving people is the art. And if you can’t perfect the art, your chair will always be empty. Thank you very much for the honor. I am humbled to be acknowledged amongst such phenomenal women. “ – Julie Gray
“Thank you so much for this award! It means a lot to me because it reflects all the hard work Centerstone’s Military Services has done to ensure military service members, veterans, and their families have access to the behavioral healthcare they may need. We give back to this community because we understand that military service and military life may impact mental well-being and during some points in our country’s existence, we have forgotten that fact. As this cost was incurred by some for the freedom of all, we at Centerstone’s Military Services feel we owe it to our military families to ensure any such impact can be ameliorated.” – Jodie Robison
“It’s an honor to be among these outstanding women leaders recognized by Nashville Medical News. The healthcare environment we face today is vastly different from what it was just a few months ago, and strong, innovative leaders are, and will be, essential in meeting the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Nashville and all over the globe, advanced practice registered nurses have not only unselfishly cared for people with COVID-19 but stepped up to lead in hospitals, practices, clinics, public health units and testing sites. They have spearheaded transitions to technology-based healthcare and begun research into COVID-19 responses and best practices. As the pandemic continues, these nurses and others like them will continue to provide care and find solutions. Now more than ever, I am proud to be a nurse.” – Pam Jones
“Thanks to Nashville Medical News for hosting this ‘event in print,’ and a special thank you to all the people who have supported me through the years, including my family, friends, mentors, colleagues, and clinic staff. I want to remind everyone that prioritizing the people and things in your life is the key to having it ‘all.’ COVID-19 has put that sentiment into sharp focus for me, and I hope it does the same for others.” – Melissa Scalise AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020
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