Members in the News

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Nashville Chapter is comprised of some of the city’s most progressive African-American business and professional women, and these members are being recognized for their service and advocacy to the community and contributions in their professional fields.

K. Dawn Rutledge, president of the Metropolitan Nashville Chapter, will be saluted March 10 during the Nashville Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” Awards ceremony. Out of more than 300 nominations, Rutledge was selected as one of Nashville’s top young professionals. A public relations, marketing and writing veteran, Rutledge is currently director of university publications at Tennessee State University.

Sandra Holt, Ph.D., has been nominated for the Nefertiti Award sponsored by the Nashville Chapter of Societas Doctas, Inc. The Nefertiti Award is presented annually and honors women of African descent who demonstrate the characteristics of Queen Nefertiti in the areas of leadership, family, religion, government and education. The awards ceremony will take place Feb. 25. Holt is director of the Honors Program at Tennessee State University.

Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, Ed.D., has been selected by the Nashville Business Journal as part of its “Women of Influence” Awards, which goes to women who have played a major role in shaping their companies and their community. Qualls-Brooks, who serves as assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, will be honored at a Feb. 24 luncheon in the category of Public Policy.

Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., has been selected as recipient of the “The Elizabeth Blackwell Medal” from the American Women’s Medical Association. The award was created as a lasting tribute to the first woman awarded an M.D. degree from an American medical school and is granted to a woman physician who has made the most outstanding contributions to the cause of women in the field of medicine. Rice is the founder and executive director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, the nation’s first research center devoted exclusively to understanding diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

Kia Jarmon, one of the organization’s newest members, is representing the Metropolitan Nashville Chapter as its 2011 ATHENA Young Professional Leader nominee. Jarmon, owner of MEPR Agency, will participate in a March 9 luncheon sponsored by CABLE, in which the winner will be announced.

“We are very proud of our members and their accomplishments,” Rutledge said. “This is a testament to the quality of members we attract into this incredible organization. They are busy women who still find time to give back with great purpose.”