RUTHERFORD Cable Meets March 13 at 7:30AM

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Bethany Hoppe, MTSU instructor of Communication Studies, will speak on Women in Leadership: Achieving the Learning Curve at the RUTHERFORD Cable meeting at 7:30 Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in the Stones River Country Club.

Hoppe is an author, speaker and advocate, Hoppe is a 2014 TedX Nashville speaker and the President-elect of the MTSU Commission on the Status of Women. Hoppe will address the monthly meeting attendees on how to help women address the pay gap and achieve more leadership roles in major corporations and leadership.

RUTHERFORD Cable members and guests are welcome, and the public is invited to attend. The cost for the meeting is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes breakfast. Reservations are available online at rutherfordcable.org and must be completed by Noon Friday, Mar. 9. A limited number of seats will be available for walk-ups on a first-come, first-serve basis with an additional $5 late-registration fee.

Hoppe will be discussing three aspects of why women are still working overtime to achieve equality based on research and on the writing of two successful women in business: Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and Gail Evans of CNN. Hoppe states, "Because most research on this complex subject rarely combines women's experiences with disabilities, I will share facts and stats that impact specifically women with disabilities, alongside women without disabilities. After all, we are all women first."

Bethany is an advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Through public speaking, writing, performance, and film, Ms. Hoppe teaches through action and daily selfadvocacy the importance that education plays in elevating the status of women who also happen to have disabilities, towards independence, agency, and political participation. She has been recipient of The Friends of Education Award for LSSD, Warren County (PA) Zonta Woman of the Year, and a former Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania. Ms. Hoppe resides in North Murfreesboro with her husband of 20-years and their five-year-old son.

RUTHERFORD Cable is a nine-year-old organization of approximately 260 members promoting the professional advancement of women. The organization provides professional and personal development, as well as business growth, through building long-term relationships, structured networking and referrals. The organization is the first chapter of the 30-year-old Nashville Cable.

Free networking events are held monthly in addition to special workshops and a yearly mentoring program underwritten by First Tennessee Bank; the Center for Executive Leadership in partnership with the Middle Tennessee State University Honors College and the Jones College of Business and underwritten by Nissan; RUTHERFORD Cable is the presenter of the RUTHERFORD ATHENA International Leadership Award Program. The organization's mission is to be the premier leadership organization for women's professional advancement.


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