About Rita

In a career spanning four decades, Rita P. Mitchell has a proven track record of achievement and success in the highly competitive financial services industry. Rita became president of her own insurance and securities brokerage firm, Mitchell Financial, Inc., spoke on the TEDx stage, has been a frequent contributor to Black Enterprise magazine, and became the first-ever recipient of First Horizon’s 2018 Inclusion & Diversity Leader’s Award. Before retiring in early 2018, Rita served as Executive Vice President and Manager of Private Client Services for Middle Tennessee, First Tennessee Bank, now First Horizon.

In addition, Rita is a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence, the U. S. Department of Commerce Regional Minority Service Firm of the Year (8 state region), Dr. R. H. Boyd Woman Business Owner of the Year, U.S. Small Business Woman Advocate of the Year, the 2014 YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement, and the 2018 recipient of the NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans.

In 2018, Rita wrote her debut book, Own Your Phenomenal Self: A Guide on Character, Success, and Leadership which serves as a “pocket mentor” to empower young career women to achieve their desired success and an Amazon bestseller.

Rita is a certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. Currently, she serves on the boards of the YWCA USA, Cheekwood, Leadership Nashville Alumni Association, the Founders' Advisory Board of Studio Bank, and is past Board Chair of the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee.

Most recently, Rita published her second book, Spoken Art: Too Brave To Back Down which is a one-of-a-kind mother-daughter memoir of art, poetry, fashion, and the power of affirmation thinking.

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  • 2018 First Horizon’s Inclusion & Diversity Leader’s Award
  • 2018 NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans
  • 2017 Molly Todd Cup Award, CABLE
  • 2014 YWCA Academy, Women of Achievement 2008 Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Award of Excellence
  • 2008 Women of Influence, Nashville Business Journal

  • YWCA Nashville & Middle TN (Past Board Chair) YWCA USA National Board
  • Founders Advisory Board, Studio Bank Cheekwood Board
  • Leadership Nashville Association Nashville Downtown Rotary International Women’s Forum
  • Mayor’s Council on Gender Equality

  • Advanced Minority Business Executive Program, Dartmouth College
  • B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Series 6, 7, 24, 63 and 66 Licenses NASD
  • Life, Health, and Property & Casualty- Licensed (States: TN, NY, & OH)
  • John C. Maxwell Coach and Speaker