Awards

Below is Rita’s legacy of work. It is the culmination of fighting for people's causes, standing where no one stood, and fighting battles that no one else was strong enough to finish. In every endeavor, Rita’s effort is 200% and her intent is to make a difference and leave things better than where they started. When Rita speaks, she speaks from a place of expertise. Rita is a person who doesn’t settle for anything but success. This list of community involvement, achievements, awards, and publications is Rita’s body of work. This list represents the care, the heart, the struggle and the journey itself.

Community Involvement

  • Board Member USA YWCA
  • Board Chair of the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee
  • Board Member Cheekwood
  • Rotary Club of Nashville, Member
  • Leadership Nashville Alumni Association, Member
  • Mayor’s Council on Gender Equality
  • YWCA, Board of Directors, Current 2015-2017, Past-Chair 2009-2012
  • 2018-2019 Treasurer of NECAT, Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television Board
  • The Women’s Fund, Immediate Past Chair
  • CABLE, Board of Directors, 2009-2011, Secretary 2016-2017
  • Purpose Preparatory Academy, Charter School, Founding Board Member 2012-2016
  • Nashville Local Organizing Committee - 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four, Board Member
  • Tennessee Supreme Court, Board of Professional Responsibility, Board Member, 2009-2011
  • CABLE, ATHENA Chair 2009-2010
  • 2008 Women’s Economic Summit, Middle Tennessee Honorary Chair
  • Member - U.S. Senator Bill Frist’s Advisory Board on Small Business 1999 - 2000
  • Chair (Region IV) Small Business Administration Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board 1999 - 2000
  • International Women’s Forum-Tennessee Chapter, Member
  • The Coalition of 100 Black Women (1998-2006)
  • Member Small Business, Agriculture and Labor Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 1997 - 2000
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Charter Member, 1994 - 1999
  • Charitable Solicitations Board, Metro Government 1994 - 1997
  • President Board of Directors, The Tennessee Minority Purchasing Council Education Foundation 1993 - 1994
  • Board of Directors, The Tennessee Minority Purchasing Council 1992 - 1994
  • United Way, Fundraising for the Davidson County, 1991 Section Chair of General Services Area for the Minority Resource Development Division

Achievements, Awards, and Publications

  • 2019 Own Your Phenomenal Self Author
  • 2019 Certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer, and Speaker
  • 2019 Athena Awards Program Panelist for "The Fearless Girl: The Future is Yours" Discussion and Reception
  • 2018 The first recipient of First Horizon's Inclusion & Diversity Leader’s Award
  • 2018 Recipient of the NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans
  • 2017 Black Enterprise Contributing Author (articles on BlackEnterprise.com.)
  • 2016 CABLE, Molly Todd Cup Award
  • 2014 AWA Honoree, YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement
  • 2012 YWCA Leadership Award
  • 2011 Finalist KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year
  • 2011 Board of Probation and Parole Voice for Victims Award
  • 2010 CABLE, Civic Outreach Award
  • 2008 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence
  • 2008 Women of Influence Award, Nashville Business Journal, Mentor Category
  • 2004, 2007, 2009, President’s Award First Tennessee Bank
  • 2003 - 2009 Leadership Award, First Tennessee Bank
  • 2002 Private Client Services Top Producer, AmSouth Bank
  • 2002 “Trust Top Team,” AmSouth Bank
  • 2002 Top Wealth Management Team, AmSouth Bank
  • 2002 Top Gun Quarterly Sales, AmSouth Bank (2)
  • 2002 “Top 10 Business People to Watch in 2002,” The Nashville City Paper
  • 2001 Top New Private Banker, AmSouth Bank
  • 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006, 1999, 1997, 1994 Athena Award Nominee
  • 1998 Regional Winners Award, Edward Jones
  • 1998 Centennial Leader Award, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Human Ecology
  • 1997 U.S. Small Business Administration Women in Advocate of the Year (Tennessee & Eight State Regional Winner)
  • 1997 Dr. R.H. Boyd Woman Business Owner of the Year Award
  • 1997 U.S. Department of Commerce Regional Minority Service Firm of the Year
  • 1995 Tennessee Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business
  • 1994 Impact Award Winner, Tennessee Minority Purchasing Council
  • 1993 Recognized for Rita’s Report, INC. Magazine, “One of the Best Newsletters in America”